Nadeshiko Japan will play New Zealand and Italy in May

Japan Football Association announced Nadeshiko Japan (Japan Women’s National Team) will face New Zealand on 24th May in Kagawa and Italy on the 28th May in Nagano for international friendlies in their preparation for the FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015.

For the match against Italy on 28 May, Kirin Brewery Company Ltd. and Kirin Beverage Company Ltd., official sponsors for Japan National Teams, will be the sponsor and the match will be named “Kirin Challenge Cup 2015.”

Head Coach Norio Sasaki said “These two matches will be the last chance to prepare for the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada, and we are so pleased to play against good teams like them. New Zealand is well organized and is good at possession, like Switzerland which we will play against iat the first match of FIFA Women’s World Cup. Italy has high quality of individual players with excellent skills. We want to win these matches first and go on to Canada”

Japan’s International Friendly Matches:

Japan V New Zealand

Sunday 24th May 2015

Venue: Kagawa/Kagawa Pref. Marugame Stadium

Kirin Challenge Cup 2015

Japan V Italy

Thursday 28th May 2015

Venue: Nagano, Minami Nagano Sports Park

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