Olympics: Nadeshiko Japan Announces Its Roster

Early Monday, head coach Norio Sasaki announced Nadeshiko Japan’s roster for the  women’s soccer tournament at this year’s Summer Olympics in Great Britain (JFA, Japanese version). All eighteen players on the primary roster were part of Japan’s 2011 World Champion squad, including Karina Maruyama, who injured her knee during Olympic qualifying last September. Also making the squad are defender Azusa Iwashimizu and U-20 forward Mana Iwabuchi, who both missed the Volvo Winners Cup in Sweden due to minor injuries (left ankle and foot, respectively). Not among the primary players or alternates is defender Rumi Utsugi, who was injured during Japan’s most recent friendly with the United States.

Included among the four alternates are  forward Ami Otaki (listed as “Ohtaki” by the JFA) of Olympique Lyonnais and goalkeeper Erina Yamane who is over 6’1″ tall (brief japandailypress.com story on Yamane from May 2012).

Japan has a send-off friendly versus Australia in Tokyo on July 11th and then a final tune-up friendly against USWNT group opponent France in Paris on July 19th.

As the seeded team in Group F, Japan will face Canada, followed by Sweden and South Africa.

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JAPAN’S SEMI-OFFICIAL OLYMPIC ROSTER

Names are in traditional Japanese order, with the surname first, then the given name.

Goalkeepers (2):
Fukumoto Miho
Kaihori Ayumi

Defenders (5):
Iwashimizu Azusa
Kinga Yukari
Kumagai Saki
Sameshima Aya
Yano Kyoko

Midfielders (5):
Kawasumi Nahomi
Miyama Aya
Sakaguchi Mizuho
Sawa Homare
Tanaka Asuna

Forwards (6):
Ando Kozue
Iwabuchi Mana
Maruyama Karina
Ogimi Yuki*
Ohno Shinobu
Takase Megumi

Alternates:
Yamane Erina (Goalkeeper)
Ariyoshi Saori (Defender)
Kamionobe Megumi (Midfielder)
Ohtaki Ami (Forward)

*Veteran forward Yuki Nagasato, who plays for Germany’s Turbine Potsdam, recently got married and now uses her husband’s surname, Ogimi (for example, see her FIFA.com profile).

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TABLE: Japan’s Semi-Official Olympic Roster, With Selected Statistics
(by position, then by surname)

PLAYER            S#  P.      D.O.B.   HT.  WT.  CAPS   G. | WWC
Fukumoto Miho      1  GK  10/02/1983  5'5"  143    60  -62 |   0
Kaihori Ayumi     18  GK  09/04/1986  5'7"  141    31  -27 | 600
Iwashimizu Azusa   3  DF  10/14/1986  5'4"  117    77    8 | 600
Kinga Yukari       2  DF  05/02/1984  5'3"  117    79    5 | 600
Kumagai Saki       4  DF  10/17/1990  5'8"  132    41    0 | 600
Sameshima Aya      5  DF  06/16/1987  5'4"  117    45    2 | 600
Yano Kyoko        12  DF  06/03/1984  5'5"  121    72    1 |   0
Kawasumi Nahomi    9  MF  09/23/1985  5'2"  108    31    8 | 223
Miyama Aya         8  MF  01/28/1985  5'2"  115   112   27 | 599
Sakaguchi Mizuho   6  MF  10/15/1987  5'5"  128    53   16 | 585
Sawa Homare       10  MF  09/06/1978  5'5"  119   179   80 | 593
Tanaka Asuna      14  MF  04/23/1988  5'5"  115    14    3 |   1
Ando Kozue         7  FW  07/09/1982  5'5"  126   103   17 | 490
Iwabuchi Mana     16  FW  03/18/1993  5'1"  115    11    2 | 122
Maruyama Karina   13  FW  03/26/1983  5'4"  121    70   14 | 176
Ogimi Yuki*       17  FW  07/15/1987  5'6"  132    83   37 | 371
Ohno Shinobu      11  FW  01/23/1984  5'1"  110   105   37 | 424
Takase Megumi     15  FW  11/10/1990  5'5"  132    26    5 |   4
--- ALTERNATES -------------------------------------------------
Yamane Erina      22  GK  12/20/1990  6'2"  172     0    0 | n/a
Ariyoshi Saori    ??  DF  11/01/1987  5'3"  115     5    0 | n/a
Kamionobe Megumi  ??  MF  03/15/1986  5'2"  115    18    2 |   1
Ohtaki Ami        ??  FW  07/28/1989  5'8"  130     1    0 | n/a

*Veteran forward Yuki Nagasato, who plays for Germany’s Turbine Potsdam, recently got married and now uses her husband’s surname, Ogimi (for example, see her FIFA.com profile).

Selected Legend:
S# – Shirt number. Only the numbers for the primary 18 players were specified.
HT. – Height, in feet and inches (converted from centimeters and rounded up).
WT. – Weight, in pounds (converted from kilograms, rounded up).
G. – International goals scored.
WWC – Minutes played in the 2011 Women’s World Cup (600 maximum, source: FIFA.com).

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SEE ALSO: Other Olympic Rosters
(in order of release date, most recent first)

  1. Japan
  2. Brazil
  3. New Zealand
  4. Sweden
  5. Colombia
  6. Great Britain
  7. Canada
  8. South Africa
  9. United States
  10. France

Only Cameroon and North Korea have yet to announce their rosters.