The Japan Football Association revealed on Thursday that Norio Sasaki, the coach of the Japanese women’s national soccer team, had renewed his contract and would remain leading the 2011 Women’s World Cup winners. Sasaki’s term as coach for Nadeshiko Japan ended in late September, several weeks after their silver medal win at this year’s London Olympics, and he had been seen as negotiating with the JFA about resigning.
Sasaki made his decision and agreed to a new deal in late October, commented the JFA. The coach said in an interview that he had received much advice and encouragement from various sources over the last two months. He revealed that he continues to find many challenges and rewards in coaching Nadeshiko Japan, and he wants the team to remain strong for the 2015 World Cup, hosted in Canada.
At 54 years old, Sasaki stated in August that he would retire after his contracted ended, as it was truly the height of his and Nadeshiko Japan’s soccer career. He led the Japanese women to victory in Germany against the United States at the 2011 World Cup. At this year’s Olympics, Nadeshiko reached the determining match for the gold medal, the farthest they’ve ever come in the international tournament. Playing in London, the game was a rematch against the United States, but they unfortunately lost 2-1.
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