Biography of Homare Sawa, Japanese footballer & Womens Football World Cup 2011 Golden Boot Winner

Homare Sawa, the captain of Japan in Women's Football World Cup 2011, was the highest goal scorer of Women Football World Cup 2011 and secured the Golden Boots. In this Homare Sawa wiki article, you can read more about her including Homare Sawa biography, profile, career statistics of Homare Sawa and more.

With the able captaincy of Homare Sawa, the captain of the Japan women's football team, the girls accomplished it what has so far been only a dream for the boys, as Japan became the champion in the Women's Football World Cup 2011 as the first Asian country. In the Women's Football World Cup 2011 in the Commerzbank Arena in Frankfurt, Germany, with just four minutes to play in the extra time, Homare Sawa suddenly scored from the corner kick to equalize the result (2-2), thus allowing the match to be extended to penalty shoot out as Japan bagged the match with 3-1 in the tie breaker. No wonder, Homare Sawa will now emerge not only as the national hero of Japan, but as a new football legend in the entire women's football as a whole. Especially in countries like India where the level of football is still quite poor, let apart women's football that undergoes social marginalization even nowadays, this will be a revitaliser. Here we have given a complete Homare Sawa biography along with her profile and career statistics. Keep reading!

Biography of Homare Sawa, top scorer in Women's Football World Cup 2011

Homare Sawa Japanese Women Footballer Photo Wallpaper Often regarded as the best female footballer of Japan so far in the history of women's soccer in that country, Homare Sawa stepped into the highest level domestic league football in Japan as early as at an age of 12 years. Three years later, she made her international début only at the age of 15, in 1993, scoring as many as four goals. Homare Sawa hat trick against Philippines, in that very first match of her international career, drew attention of everyone. Soon she became a regular member of Japan national team of women footballers. Homare Sawa has also particapted in the last 5 FIFA Women's World Cups, as well as in Summer Olympic Games, 1996, 2004 and 2008.

In her long international career with the Japanese National Team, there are a number of Homare Sawa records and career achievements under her credits. She has the record of 171 Japan caps, as well as a Japanese female-best 82 international goals. She also scored a hat trick against Mexico in the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup group stage match. Homare Sawa also played in Washington Freedom, NTV Beleza, Atlanta Beat, Denver Diamonds, and Yomiuri Beleza.

Homare Sawa short profile & career statistics

  • Date of birth of Homare Sawa: 6th September 1978
  • Age of Homare Sawa: 32 years
  • Homare Sawa birth place: Fuchu
  • Homare Sawa present address: Tokyo, Japan
  • Homare Sawa playing position: Midfielder.
  • Homare Sawa height: 1.64 m
  • Homare Sawa current club: INAC Kobe Leonessa, in the Nadeshiko League Premier Division.
  • Homare Sawa jersey number: 10
  • Homare Sawa first international debut match: On 6th December, 1993, at the age of 15 only.
  • Homare Sawa international goals: 82
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Author: Sreekumar Nair19 Jul 2011 Member Level: Silver   Points : 1

It is true Mr Sarkar, Sawa is the motivational factor for Japanese girls and thereby for the entire Football community as a whole. Apart from the World Cup 2011, Japanese have also won the hearts of the country as also FIFA Fair play award, Adidas Golden Boot, Adidas Golden Ball Award both to Sawa. In a very adverse situation in japan due to the natural calamities there, this victory is a great morale booster. Hats off to the young team.

Author: Kumaraditya Sarkar20 Jul 2011 Member Level: Gold   Points : 1

Hello Mr Nair,

Yes quite true, in the last March more than 20000 people died in Japan in the earthquake. From those perspectives, the World Cup win by the national football team, moreover the women's team, will definitely act as a fountain-head of motivation and inspiration. Sawa has awesome leadership qualities as well and for sure after few decades she will be recalled as a legend.

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