Japan’s women footballers kick off their quest for a rare double on Wednesday as the first action of the 2012 London Olympics gets under way.
The Asian giants upset the established order of women’s football last year after stunning the heavily favoured USA to win the FIFA Women’s World Cup™ in Germany on penalties.
The Nadeshiko are now attempting to become only the second side in history to hold the FIFA Women’s World Cup and Women’s Olympic Football Tournament gold medal at the same time in London.
But Japan, who face Canada in Coventry in their opening Group F game, will be desperate to make a winning start after a troubled build-up which has included defeats to France and the United States
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