2011 Women’s FIFA world cup winners Japan football team is looking to defend their title in upcoming 2015 FIFA world cup in Canada. Their captain Aya Miyama believes that team has got capabilities to lift the world cup trophy once again and we are keen to win the world cup. She also mentioned that we should consider ourselves as underdogs to avoid extra pressure of being title defenders in the tournament.
Aya Miyama said, “Our goal is to win this World Cup. We will play (hard) to achieve it. But we should shrug off the state of mind as defending champions and start as underdogs. We should challenge (the rivals) to become champions.”
“We should shrug off the state of mind as defending champions and start as underdogs,” she added.
Miyama was the part of 2011 world cup winning Japanese team and played good role in the midfield. This year Japan is in group C of FIFA Women’s world cup in which they’ll face Switzerland, Cameroon and Ecuador in the group matches. The captain believes that they have got a tough group and they need to work hard to advance in the competition.
She said, “We have never played against any of these three countries in the same group. So my impression is that we have a very difficult group. Despite the unfamiliar opponents facing us, we will definitely qualify to the knockout stage as we aim to win the tournament.”
Aya Miyama also mentioned in the given interview to FIFA.com that former players have done great work for the country to boost football tournament and now it’s our duty to take it to the next level.
“Japanese women’s football has a history of over 30 years. We owe our development and successes to the efforts by the former national team players who are seniors to me. They did their job well even before I started my career. We should continue what they have started and the most important work is developing the women’s game” she said.
2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup is starting from 6th June and Japan will play their first game of competition on 8 June against Switzerland at BC Place.