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19/08/2011

World Champions Badge handed over to Nadeshiko

The Nadeshiko Japan women’s national team were awarded the FIFA Women’s World Cup Champions Badge on Friday for their success in Germany in July.

An hour before the kickoff of the charity match between the Nadeshiko and a Japanese Women’s League XI in Tokyo, JFA President Junji Ogura and Nadeshiko Japan captain Homare Sawa attended a presentation ceremony on the pitch with other national team players.
The Champions Badge was handed over to Ogura by FIFA Executive Committee member and acting AFC President Zhang Jilong, while Sawa received a FIFA pennant from former China international and FIFA Women’s Football Ambassador Sun Wen. Sawa and Sun used to play against each other in international games.
Ogura commented, “It’s the very first badge that Japan has earned and we are proud to have received it. Our players have said they want to be worthy of wearing it.
“At the same time, it is going to require a lot of hard work to retain the badge. Germany is the only team to have done that. We will work hard and, to start with, we should qualify for the Olympics.”
FIFA Women’s World Cup Champions Badges have been presented to the winners of the Women’s World Cup since 2007. The Badges are also awarded to the winners of selected FIFA events. Italy became the first recipient after winning the men’s World Cup in 2006.
The Nadeshiko Japan can wear the badge on their national shirt until the 2015 Women’s World Cup.