Nadeshiko Japan squad

Japan Football Association has announced the squad who will take part in this year’s Algarve Cup tournament.

Japan are in a very challenging Group B alongside USA, Sweden and Denmark.

Japan kick off their Algarve Cup campaign against USA on 5th March 2014 at the Estádio Municipal da Belavista – Parchal. View the full Algarve Cup fixtures.

Nadeshiko Japan roster for the Algarve Cup 2014:

[GK]
Miho Fukumoto (Okayama)
Ayumi Kaihori (Kobe)
Erina Yamane (Chiba)
[DF]
Yukari Kinga (Arsenal)
Azusa Iwashimizu (NTV)
Saori Ariyoshi (NTV)
Megumi Kamionobe (Albirex Niigata) replaces injured Aya Sameshima (Houston)
Kana Kitahara (Niigata)
Saki Kumagai (Lyon)
Shiori Miyake (Kobe)
[MF]
Homare Sawa (Kobe)
Emi Nakajima (Kobe)
Kozue Ando (Frankfurt)
Asuna Tanaka (Frankfurt)
Aya Miyama (Okayama)
Nahomi Kawasumi (Seattle)
Mizuho Sakaguchi (NTV)
Nanase Kiryu (NTV)
Rumi Utsugi (Montpellier)
[FW]
Shinobu Ohno (Arsenal)
Yuki Ogimi (Chelsea)
Megumi Takase (Kobe)
Mana Iwabuchi (Hoffenheim)

Thanks to Ken Suzuki, WSU member

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5 Comments
  1. Terence Fullick 6 years ago

    Ken, have you heard anymore about Sameshima’s injury?, I believe it was her knee, do you know how serious it is, and will it effect her loan to the Houston Dash?

  2. WSU 6 years ago

    Nadeshiko Japan defender Aya Sameshima of Houston Dash has been forced to pull out of Japan’s Algarve Cup squad after picking up an injury. Megumi Kamionobe of Albirex Niigata was called up in her place.

  3. WSU 6 years ago

      Reply by Ken Suzuki on 17 Feb 2014

    Well, yes. Megumi Kamionobe impressed many at the Empress Cup final. But her teammate Kitahara is in the roster. If you checked the game you will see she was THE defender who guarded against Bev.

  4. WSU 6 years ago

    Very exciting! And kicking off the tournament against USA!!
    Are you heading to the Algarve yourself?

  5. WSU 6 years ago

      Reply by Dernhelm on 17 Feb 2014

    ALRIIIIIIIIIIGHT!! the old gang is back! Sawa, Kinga, Sharkaya!!! 😀
    sad for Kamionobe though :c

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