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Japan, USA ready for battle royal

Japan, USA ready for battle royal

The FIFA Women’s World Cup Germany 2011 comes to a conclusion on Sunday, with two-time world champions USA bidding to complete a hat-trick of titles against the technically accomplished Japanese, who are making their first appearance in the Final and have yet to record a win against the Americans.

It promises to be a tight encounter between two evenly matched sides who reached the final in identical style: the Stars and Stripes recording a 3-1 semi-final win over France, and the Japanese beating Sweden by the same scoreline.

The game
JapanUSA, Sunday 17 July, Frankfurt, 20.45 (local time)

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Minute-by-minute analysis of the Women’s World Cup final between the Americans and Japanese. The Journal’s Matthew Futterman and Laura Stevens are in Germany for the game, while Yoree Koh contributes from Japan and David Goldenberg provides commentary on the match and ESPN telecast.

  • For Japan, heroes abound. Besides the captain Sawa, the keeper Kaihori was a wall all day and knocked back two great shots in the shootout. Miyama got a goal after leading the attack much of the day, and Ando kept the U.S. team on its heels with her dangerous runs all day. Japan is certainly the biggest underdog winner in World Cup history — men’s or women’s.

  • The U.S. women are rightly devastated. They played one of their best games on the biggest stage, but to no avail. Homare Sawa brought her team back and totally outclassed the Americans in the shootout.

  • Kumagai up to win. And she does! What a comeback from Japan, your 2011 Women’s World Cup champion. That was magnificent. The Japanese never gave up even after going down twice.

  • Wambach scores. 2-1, Japan.

  • Sakaguchi scores to put Japan up 2-0. Solo got a hand on it but couldn’t push it out. Now the U.S. has to score.

  • Tobin Heath’s shot gets blocked, as well. Not a great shot, but a great block by Kaihori. The Americans look like novices here.

  • Lloyd’s goes high! But then Nagasato’s shot gets blocked by Solo. Japan is still up 1-0. Wow.

  • Miyama uses trickery to roll it in past Solo. Japan has the 1-0 edge.

  • Solo swings her arms as she walks up for her turn.

  • Shannon Boxx is going first. And she misses! Wow. She went to the same side as she did against Brazil — and a great kick save from Kaihori.

  • Everyone in the bar stands up and waits in trepidation, arms around each other.

  • U.S. kicks first.

    • 4:15 pm
    • Start of Penalty Kicks
    • by David Goldenberg
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    Who’s going to take the kick Rapinoe took against Brazil? Japan is up first in this shootout.

    • 4:14 pm
    • Start of Penalty Kicks
    • by David Goldenberg
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    The commentators’ worst fears have come true. It may not be fair, but it’s pretty exciting.

  • Solo is on the field receiving medical attention. She looks like she’s in pain. Medics are wrapping her knee. Not what the U.S. wants to see right before penalty kicks.

    • 4:13 pm
    • 2-2, End of Extra Time
    • by David Goldenberg
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    A good shot from Lloyd is blocked, and Heath’s follow-up is blocked as well. Bring on the PKs!

  • Red card! Azusa Iwashimizu takes down Morgan from behind right outside the box as she had an open path to the goal.

  • As Mana Iwabuchi comes in as a substitute, Abby Wambach gets a great service from Heather O’Reilly to her feet — but kicks it way over the goal.

  • It’s all about Sawa. “Sawa, we’ll give you all kinds of awards when you come home,” says one red-faced fan.

  • That was a gutsy goal by the captain. She has scored more goals than anyone else in the tournament with five. PKs coming now?

  • It’s more wild here than before — just a mish-mash of crazed shouts.

  • Goal! Homare Sawa with an amazing header on the ensuing corner. In her fifth World Cup, she scores a beauty.

    • 4:05 pm
    • 2-1, United States, 114th Minute
    • by David Goldenberg
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    Sawa puts a great ball through for Kinga, who catches Solo off her line. Rampone, though, runs back and clears the ball off the line for a corner. Solo looks a bit hurt from her effort.

    • 4:04 pm
    • 2-1, United States, 114th Minute
    • by David Goldenberg
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    Tobin Heath comes in for Rapinoe. I’m not sure why, though, besides for wasting time with a substitution. Rapinoe had another great day.

    • 4:03 pm
    • 2-1, United States, 113th Minute
    • by David Goldenberg
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    There’s another miscommunication for the U.S. at the back as Rapinoe and Lloyd run into each other and leave the ball in front of the wide-open goal. No Japanese player takes advantage, though. That was a close one for the Americans.

    • 4:01 pm
    • 2-1, United States, 111th Minute
    • by David Goldenberg
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    Despite their long odds, the Japanese don’t look panicked. They keep building up slowly, though they’re bringing their defenders up now.

    • 3:59 pm
    • 2-1, United States, 108th Minute
    • by David Goldenberg
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    An eerily similar play to Japan’s earlier goal as the ball bounces around in the six-yard box. This time, though, the U.S. clears it out.

    • 3:56 pm
    • 2-1, United States, 107th Minute
    • by David Goldenberg
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    Can the U.S. hold on? The Americans seem to be shrinking back into their defensive shell, which is what cost them a goal in the second half.

    • 3:55 pm
    • 2-1, United States, 106th Minute
    • by Yoree Koh
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    Fans are linking up here, but it’s quiet.

    • 3:55 pm
    • 2-1, United States, 105th Minute
    • by Laura Stevens
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    The players run in for a sip of water as the goalies change sides.

    • 3:54 pm
    • 2-1, United States, 105th Minute
    • by David Goldenberg
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    That’s four headers for goals in four games for the beast in the air. Darke called it another Wambach winner, and Foudy just suggested that if the Americans win, U.S. Soccer will have to bronze Wambach’s head.

    • 3:53 pm
    • 2-1, United States, 103rd Minute
    • by Laura Stevens
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    The crowd goes wild! Jumping, hugging, waving of American flags. Flashes are going off across the stadium as everyone captures the moment on their cameras. “U-S-A!! U-S-A!!”

    • 3:53 pm
    • 2-1, United States, 103rd Minute
    • by David Goldenberg
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    Goal! Wambach gets a great serve from Morgan and hits it in with — what else? – her head!

  • We’re not the only ones captivated by this match. The White House just released a photo of Barack Obama and his family tuning in, too.

  • O’Reilly makes another good run and serves it to Wambach, who gets stonewalled in front of the goal. The U.S. looks like the aggressors so far in extra time.

  • Miyama, who scored Japan’s lone goal, gets a yellow for a hard tackle. Amy Rodriguez and Stephanie Cox start warming up on the sideline for the Americans.

  • Morgan and Solo seem to be the two players with the most star power tonight. They both get the crowd roaring like no one else.

  • Morgan gets away again and looks like she might get another strike. She does, but it’s a bit too far wide.

  • The Americans are dominating possession in extra time, but they do seem a bit tired. Time for a substitute?

  • The U.S. starts quickly in extra time by earning a corner and two quick headers on goal from Wambach, but Kaihori gets them both.

  • Here we go! Excited fans are cheering. Air horns are going off to the beat of a drum.

    • 3:37 pm
    • 1-1, Start Extra Time
    • by David Goldenberg
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    The Japanese players are lying all over the field getting treatment, while the U.S. is huddled up. Does it say anything about how tired the respective teams are? Chastain seems to think so. While we’re talking about the announcers, everyone in the studio seems to hate the idea of penalty kicks. I think fans like them more than former players.

  • Standing ovation from the crowd as regulation ends. The U.S. team huddles up on the field. The Japanese players’ legs are being shaken out by trainers.

    • 3:34 pm
    • 1-1, End of Regulation
    • by David Goldenberg
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    Sameshima gets free, but O’Reilly tracks her down to end regulation. We’re headed for extra time!

  • Two minutes of extra time draws cheers here.

  • Sakaguchi gets an opportunity but shoots it far left. Two minutes of extra time left.

  • Lots of nerves all around with both teams getting sloppy. No major chances in these last minutes of regulation so far.

  • The tension is building here in the stadium, but the crowd is loving it. Both teams are getting equal love when they get close to scoring or steal the ball.

  • Rapinoe’s kick is well-defended again, but the US is still on the offensive side of the field. The Americans are serving crosses all over the box, but Japan seems composed.

  • Lloyd makes a great run from midfield but gets stopped in the box. The U.S., though, is pressing forward and has earned a corner.

  • Another breakdown from the Americans as Japan keeps up the attack.

  • The bat breaks into the cheer song for the Sendai soccer team — one of the cities Tohoku affected by the earthquake and tsunami.

  • The crowd in Frankfurt goes wild again! Tons of screaming, flashes, air horns and Japanese flags waving!

  • Madness! Everyone breaks into “Nippon, nippon!”

  • Goal! Miyama takes advantage of a terrible clear by Buehler and Krieger. Miyama does well to finish it off.

    • 3:21 pm
    • 1-0, United States, 79th Minute
    • by Laura Stevens
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    The teams are playing to a sold-out crowd: 48,817 people.

    • 3:18 pm
    • 1-0, United States, 77th Minute
    • by David Goldenberg
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    Can the U.S. hold on for 15 more minute? Julie Foudy seems a bit nervous, despite her supposed impartiality as a commentator.

    • 3:17 pm
    • 1-0, United States, 76th Minute
    • by Yoree Koh
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    If ever stress were a reason to smoke: Almost everyone in the bar lit up right after Morgan’s goal.

    • 3:15 pm
    • 1-0, United States, 74th Minute
    • by David Goldenberg
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    The U.S. scored, but Japan is now on the attack. A few shots by sub Yuki Nagasato and the Japanese captain Homare Sawa are keeping the American defenders on their toes.

    • 3:13 pm
    • 1-0, United States, 72nd Minute
    • by David Goldenberg
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    Morgan, the 22-year-old soccer prodigy, has not been intimidated by the greatest stage. She had an awesome (and similar) goal to put away France in the semis, and now this. She has tons of confidence.

    • 3:12 pm
    • 1-0, United States, 71st Minute
    • by Yoree Koh
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    And there it is. Fans are bemoaning Japan’s speed. But they’re still holding onto hope: “It’s OK, we still have 20 minutes,” mutter some spectators.

    • 3:12 pm
    • 1-0, United States, 70th Minute
    • by Laura Stevens
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    The stadium goes wild: jumping, cheering, air horns, flashes! American flags waving everywhere as the screen flashes “TOR! GOAL!”

    • 3:11 pm
    • 1-0, United States, 68th Minute
    • by David Goldenberg
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    Goal! Morgan gets a great feed from Rapinoe on a counter attack. She takes a terrific touch to beat Kumagai, then slots it past Kaihori. Beautiful shot. She makes Sundhage’s decision to put her in at halftime look very smart.

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Virtually a permanent fixture at the top of the FIFA/Coca-Cola Women’s World Ranking in the last three years, USA are looking to cement their status as one of the pre-eminent sides in the women’s game by winning their third world crown. Although their last FIFA Women’s World Cup™ title came back in 1999, the Americans won Olympic gold at Athens 2004 and again at Beijing 2008, and are strongly fancied to return to the top of the podium at Germany 2011.

The road to Germany
The two-time world champions reached the finals the hard way. An unexpected 2-1 defeat to Mexico in the semi-finals of the CONCACAF qualifying event denied them a direct ticket to Germany and meant they had to fight it out for the last available berth with Italy in a play-off. Alex Morgan’s injury-time strike gave them a 1-0 win in a tight first leg in Padua, with Amy Rodriguez scoring the only goal of the return leg to confirm the Stars and Stripes’ safe passage.

The star players
After the retirement of evergreen Kristine Lilly, Shannon Boxx takes over as the heartbeat and inspiration of the side, with a clutch of ambitious youngsters providing a talented supporting cast. Goalkeeping has always been one of the Americans’ strong suits and even though star shotstopper Hope Solo is an injury worry, Nicole Barnhart has proved herself a very able deputy. Striker Abby Wambach can be relied upon to carry a potent threat, while young forward Alex Morgan will be looking to fulfil the rich promise she showed at the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup Chile 2008.

The coach
Not many of the coaches plying their trade at Germany 2011 have career records quite as impressive as Pia Sundhage. Aside from a spell with Lazio in Italy, the Swede spent all her playing career in her homeland, winning four Swedish league winners medals and four cup winners medals. In making 146 appearances for her country, she scored 71 goals and played at two FIFA Women’s World Cups (1991 – where Sweden finished third – and 1995) and the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games. She also helped the Scandinavians win the European title in 1984.

After a stint as player-coach with Hammarby IF DFF she retired in 1996, whereupon she went to coach in the WUSA, winning the league in 2003 with Boston Breakers. An assistant to China coach Marika Domanski-Lyfors at the last FIFA Women’s World Cup finals, she then took charge of the USA team, steering them to success at the 2008 Algarve Cup and at the Women’s Olympic Football Tournament at Beijing later that year.

Previous FIFA Women’s World Cups 
USA have appeared in every FIFA Women’s World Cup finals to date. The only FIFA tournament they have ever failed to qualify for in any age category was the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup Trinidad and Tobago 2010.

The Americans have never finished outside the top three at the world finals. Crowned world champions in 1991 and 1999, they took third place in 1995, 2003 and 2007.

The stat
2 – The number of games USA have lost in 66 outings since their semi-final exit at China 2007: against Norway in the opening match of the gold-medal-winning campaign at Beijing 2008, and that Germany 2011 qualifier against Mexico. Of their remaining games, they have won 58 and drawn six.

What they said
“Things have really changed since FIFA started the U-17 and U-20 Women’s World Cups. In the qualifiers, for example, we played against Costa Rica and Guatemala and they were both very technical. Technique is very important to the future of this sport and it’s something we need to work on in this country. We need players who are more technical. Standards have improved a lot and it’s going to get harder and harder to stay at the top of the Ranking. We’re doing what we can though,” USA coach Pia Sundhage, after her side finally reached Germany 2011.

Squad List

 
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Japan

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Japan’s star continues to rise in global terms, not that the Nadeshiko have been poor performers in the past. Consistently strong showings at youth World Cups in recent years have seen their senior national team stocked with solid depth across all positions. An unlucky group stage elimination at the 2010 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup was followed by an equally unfortunate penalty shoot-out defeat in the final of the 2010 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup. Fast and technical approach play will test any team and Japan will be quietly confident of success after years of underachievement where they have reached the knockout stage on just one occasion.

The road to Germany
Though only finishing third in the 2010 AFC Women’s Asian Cup, the Japanese impressed as much as any team at the eight-nation tournament in China. The Nadeshiko won four of their five matches in the highly competitive Asian qualifying competition, including a group encounter against Korea DPR and the crucial play-off against China. The only failing was an unlucky 1-0 semi-final defeat against eventual champions Australia in which the team created a host of goalscoring opportunities.

The star players
Japan have an array of attacking talent led by Duisburg forward Kozue Ando who scored three goals in qualifying. Teen sensation Mana Iwabuchi received her much-anticipated first senior call-up in February 2010 with the 2008 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup adidas Golden Ball winner scoring a brace in her second outing. The midfield is equally strong with diminutive Aya Miyama already a veteran despite being in her mid 20s. The jewel in the crown remains Homare Sawa, with the captain -whose international strike-rate is a goal every other game – looking to play in her fifth FIFA Women’s World Cup™.

The coach
Although only taking the reins in early 2008, Japan coach Norio Sasaki is highly versed in the women’s game. The astute Sasaki has led the Japanese at the 2008 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup and two AFC Women’s Asian Cups, with the team continuing to progress up the world rankings during this period. Sasaki also guided the Nadeshiko to fourth at the 2008 Women’s Olympic Football Tournament as the team reached an unprecedented high.

Previous FIFA Women’s World Cups

  • With China’s failure to qualify for Germany 2011, Japanwill claim the honour of being the only Asian nation to appear at all six editions of the FIFA Women’s World Cup™.
  • The Nadeshiko have just three wins from 16 matches and one quarter-final appearance in 1995 to show for their five World Cup appearances.


The stat
2 –
Japan scored at least two goals in four of their five qualification matches, the only exception being the 1-0 loss to Australia.

What they said
“We aim to be the FIFA Women’s World Cup champions,” Japan coach Norio Sasaki speaking prior to the 2010 AFC Women’s Asian Cup.

Squad List

 
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The United States was born on July 4th, 1776 according to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Usa
 
July 4th, 1776
 
July 4th
 
7 + 4 +2+0+1+1 = 15 = USA’s personal year (from July 4th, 2011 to July 3rd, 2012) = Advertising.  Sponsors.
 
 
15 year + 7 (July) = 22 = USA’s personal month (from July 4th, 2011 to August 3rd, 2011) = Lucky.
 
 
22 month + 17 (17th of the month on Sunday July 17th, 2011) = 39 = USA’s personal day = Perfect. Ideal. Nice.

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Abby Wambach was born on June 2nd, 1980 according to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abby_Wambach

June 2nd, 1980

6 + 2 +1+9+8+0 = 26 = her life lesson = what she is here to learn = Headers.  Headshots.  Popularity.  In the news.  Photos.  Photogenic.  Telegenic.  Charisma.  Personality.

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June 2nd, 1980

June 2nd

6 + 2 +2+0+1+1 = 12 = her personal year (from June 2nd, 2011 to June 1st, 2012) = Phenomenon.  Phenomenal.  Reversals.

12 year + 7 (July) = 19 = her personal month (from July 2nd, 2011 to August 1st, 2011) = Radiant.  Shining.  Beaming.  Vitality.  Life force.  Achievement.  Attainment.  Accomplishment.  It’s my time to shine.  Front and center.  Achieving success. 

19 month + 17 (17th of the month on Sunday July 17th, 2011) = 36 = her personal day = Crushed.  Feeling like the weight of the world is on her shoulders.

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Lauren Cheney was born on September 30th, 1987 according to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lauren_Cheney

September 30th, 1987

September 30th

9 + 30 +2+0+1+0 = 42 = her personal year (from September 30th, 2010 to September 29th, 2011) = Everybody loves Lauren.

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Amy Rodriguez was born on February 17th, 1987 according to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amy_Rodriguez

February 17th, 1987

2 + 17 +2+0+1+1 = 23 = her personal year (from February 17th, 2011 to February 16th, 2012) = Athelte.  Sports.

23 year + 7 (July) = 30 = her personal month (from July 17th, 2011 to August 16th, 2011) = Having a lot to be thankful for.

30 month + 17 (17th of the month on Sunday July 17th, 2011) = 47 = her personal day = Famous.  Internationally known.  Everybody knows her name.

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Alex Morgan was born on July 2nd, 1989 according to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alex_Morgan

July 2nd, 1989

7 + 2 +1+9+8+9 = 36 = her life lesson = what she is here to learn = Crushed.  Feeling like the weight of the world is on her shoulders.

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Megan Rapinoe Megan Rapinoe #16 of Team USA drives upfield with the ball against Team Ireland during the international women's soccer game held on July 23, 2006 at Torero Stadium in San Diego, California.   USA defeated Ireland 5-0.

Megan Rapinoe was born on July 5th, 1985 according to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Megan_Rapinoe

July 5th, 1985

July 5th

7 + 5 +2+0+1+1 = 16 = her personal year (from July 5th, 2011 to July 4th, 2012) = Shocks.  Surprises.  Amazing.  Stunning.  Unpredictable.  Expect the unexpected.  Anything can happen.

16 year + 7 (July) = 23 = her personal month (from July 5th, 2011 to August 4th, 2011) = Athlete.  Sports.

23 month + 17 (17th of the month on Sunday July 17th, 2011) = 40 = her personal day =  Helping out her fellow human being.

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Hope Solo was born on July 30th, 1981 according to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hope_Solo

July 30th, 1981

7 + 30 +1+9+8+1 = 56 = her life lesson = what she is here to learn = Tiebreaker.  Decisive.

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Pia Sundhage was born on February 13th, 1960 according to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pia_Sundhage

February 13th, 1960

2 + 13 +1+9+6+0 = 31 = her life lesson = what she is here to learn = Competition.  Challenges.  Tests.  Contests.  Contestant.  Runner-up.  Competitor.  Contender.  Opponent.  Scrimmage.  Practice.  Training.  Trainer.  Stir.  Catalyst.  Reaction.  Risk.  Striving to be number 1.  Personal best.  Outdoing yourself.  Rising to the challenge.  Stirring things up.  Stirring the pot.  Provoke a reaction.  Bring it on.  C’mon. 

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Homare Sawa was born on September 6th, 1978 according to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Homare_Sawa

September 6th, 1978

9 + 6 +1+9+7+8 = 40 = her life lesson = what she is here to learn = Helping out her fellow human being.

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September 6th, 1978

September 6th

9 + 6 +2+0+1+0 = 18 = her personal year (from September 6th, 2010 to September 5th, 2011) = Surreal.

18 year + 7 (July) = 25 = her personal month (from July 6th, 2011 to August 5th, 2011) = Thrilling.  Exciting.

25 month + 17 (17th of the month on Sunday July 17th, 2011) = 42 = her personal day = Everybody loves Homare Sawa.

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Kozue Ando was born on July 9th, 1982 according to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kozue_Ando

July 9th, 1982

7 + 9 +1+9+8+2 = 36 = her life lesson = what she is here to learn = Crushing [the competition].  Bending over backwards. 

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Aya Miyama was born on January 28th, 1985 according to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aya_Miyama

January 28th, 1985

January 28th

1 + 28 +2+0+1+1 = 33 = her personal year (from January 28th, 2011 to January 27th, 2012) = Courage.  Bravery.

33 year + 6 (June) = 39 = her personal month (from June 28th, 2011 to July 27th, 2011) = Perfect.  Ideal.  Nice.

39 month + 17 (17th of the month on Sunday July 17th, 2011) = 56 = her personal day = Tied the game 1-1.  1-0 tiebreaker in penalty kicks.

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Saki Kumagai in 2011.JPG

Saki Kumagai was born on October 17th, 1990 according to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saki_Kumagai

October 17th, 1990

October 17th

10 + 17 +2+0+1+0 = 30 = her personal year (from October 17th, 2010 to October 16th, 2011) = You have a lot to be thankful for.

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Mana Iwabuchi was born on March 18th, 1993 according to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mana_Iwabuchi

March 18th, 1993

March 18th

3 + 18 +2+0+1+1 = 25 = her personal year (from March 18th, 2011 to March 17th, 2012) =  Thrilling. Exciting.

25 year + 6 (June) = 31 = her personal month (from June 18th, 2011 to July 17th, 2011) = Competition. Challenges. Tests. Contests. Contestant. Runner-up. Competitor. Contender. Opponent. Stir. Catalyst. Reaction. Risk. Striving to be number 1. Personal best. Outdoing yourself. Rising to the challenge. Stirring things up. Stirring the pot. Provoke a reaction. Bring it on. C’mon.

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Nozomi YAMAGO

Nozomi Yamago was born on January 16th, 1975 according to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nozomi_Yamago

January 16th, 1975

January 16th

1 + 16 +2+0+1+1 = 21= her personal year (from January 16th, 2011 to Janauary 15th, 2012) = On the world stage.  For all the world to see.

21 year + 7 (July) = 28 = her personal month (from July 16th, 2011 to August 15th, 2011) = Heroine.  Unstoppable.

28 month + 17 (17th of the month on Sunday July 17th, 2011) = 45 = her personal day = Intense.  Hardcore.

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Norio Sasaki was born on May 24th, 1958 according to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Norio_Sasaki

May 24th, 1958

5 + 24 +1+9+5+8 = 52 = his life lesson = what he is here to learn = Keen.  Astute.  Able to size up people and situations.

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Japan was born on February 11, 660 BC according to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Japan

February 11th, 660 BC

February 11th

2 + 11 +2+0+1+1 = 17 = Japan’s personal year (from February 11th, 2011 to February 10th, 2012) = Inspirational.

17 year + 7 (July) = 24 = Japan’s personal month (from July 11th, 2011 to August 10th, 2011) = Dominating.

24 month + 17 (17th of the month on Sunday July 17th, 2011) = 41 = Japan’s personal day = Melting your heart.

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10:21 AM ET, 07/15/2011

First it was Paul the Octopus, the eight-limbed version of Miss Cleo who correctly predicted the outcome of every Germany match — and the tournament final — in the 2010 World Cup.

Well, now there’s a new German soccer oracle: Nelly the elephant.

The prognosticating pachyderm has been predicting the outcome of Women’s World Cup matches by kicking a ball into a goal adorned with the flag of the losing team.

So where should you place your bet for Sunday’s final between the United States and Japan?

Not where American hopefuls would like, as it turns out. Nelly reportedly “nutmegged” an invisible Hope Solo, planting her flag on the upstart Japanese to upset the U.S. and quash Abby Wambach and company’s hopes of a first World Cup title since 1999.

Oh nein!

Then again, what does Nelly know? She’s just an 18-month-old elephant with some dribbling skills.

story from and video at:  http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/early-lead/post/womens-world-cup-nelly-the-elephant-picks-japan-to-beat-usa-in-final/2011/07/15/gIQA6696FI_blog.html

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Nelly was born on December 27th, 2009 according to http://www.elephant.se/database2.php?elephant_id=5562

December 27th, 2009

12 + 27 +2+0+0+9 = 50 = her life lesson = what she is here to learn = 2011 Women’s World Cup.

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December 27th, 2009

December 27th

12 + 27 +2+0+1+0 = 42 = her personal year (from December 27th, 2010 to December 26th, 2011) = Everybody loves Nelly.

42 year + 6 (June) = 48 = her personal month (from June 27th, 2011 to July 26th, 2011) = Guidance.

48 month + 17 (17th of the month on Sunday July 17th, 2011) = 65 = her personal day = Calculating/miscalculating.  Worldly success.  Making it big time.

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using the number/letter grid:

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
A B C D E F G H I
J K L M N O P Q R
S T U V W X Y Z

Where:

A = 1 J = 1 S = 1

B = 2 K = 2 T = 2

C = 3 L = 3 U = 3

D = 4 M = 4 V = 4

E = 5 N = 5 W = 5

F = 6 O = 6 X = 6

G = 7 P = 7 Y = 7

H = 8 Q = 8 Z = 8

I = 9 R = 9

 

   5  7     12

Nelly           23

5 33      11

 

her soul number = 12 = Oracle.

her outer personality = 11 = Fair and balanced.

her path of destiny = 23 = Sports.

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Each letter of the first name rules 9 years of life.  Ages 0 to 9 are ruled by the sum of the month of birth and the first letter on the name.

Nelly   December 27th, 2009

12 (December) + 14 (N is the 14th letter of the alphabet) = 26

So from ages zero to nine she has the numbers 12 (December), 14 (N), and 26 (12+14=26) going on.

12 = Oracle.

14 = Be tolerant of Nelly.

26 = In the news.  Popular.

 

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