Asian women's football: deserves being heroics

When defender Saki Kumagai made the 11th minute decision and completed Japan’s incredible retrograde against the American team in the 2011 World Cup final, she not only wrote a new chapter for Japanese football but also gave world women’s football.

With that victory, Japan became the first country that surpassed all Germany, Norway or the United States to win a grand prize since these events took place in 1991.

Speaking of women’s football, the world may only notice Germany, the United States, Norway and Brazil, the teams that won 23 of the 27 first, second and third places at the Olympic and World Cup for women football from 1991 to 2008. Comparatively, in the recent 6 World Cups of men’s football, 10 different teams have been in the Top 3.

Asian women's football: deserves being heroics

However, in the 2011 World Cup, the rest of the world seems to have caught up with the top teams. To see more clearly, in the 2011 World Cup, the average difference in matches is only 1.5 goals, the lowest in the World Cup history until the 2015 World Cup. When the women football’s World Cup expanded to 16 teams in 1999, the average goal difference was reduced sharply and the number of unexpected results increased.

This change certainly has a significant contribution from Japan and other Asian teams. This is a little doubt because for a long time, Asia is still considered a low-lying area on the world’s women football ma. Remember in the 2014 World Cup, 4 teams of Iran, Japan, South Korea and Australia did not win a match and were at the bottom of the group stage. A year later at the Women’s World Cup, all five teams had at least one win, in which Thailand was the only team that did not qualify for the knockout round.

Best women football strikers of all time

Marta (Brazil)

Marta Vieira da Silva, born in 1986, is considered the No. 1 legend of women’s football in the world. She is mentioned with many different nicknames such as soccer queen, Pele wearing a skirt, the best player in the world, etc.

Best women football strikers of all time

The football player is well known for excellent ball handling skills, observation, dribbling, and score goals. Marta is the owner of the FIFA World Player of the Year award for 5 consecutive times in 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010. She also won the Golden Ball at the 2004 World U19 Women’s Football Championship. In addition, she and the Brazilian team won a silver medal at the 2004 Summer Games. Marta currently holds the record for the most goals scored at the World Cup with 15 goals, surpassing the previous record of Birgit Prinz with 14 goals.

Mia Hamm (USA)

Born in 1972, Mia Hamm is considered a legendary symbol of American women football. Mia Hamm is the inspiration for the grass dream of so many girls around the world, who bring gender equality in football. With 158 goals in 275 matches for the national team, Mia Hamm is honored by American men as the greatest striker of all time in the United States.

Mia Hamm has twice become the best female player in the world (2001 and 2002) and was chosen by the football king Pele as one of the 125 greatest players in the world of all time. Mia Hamm officially retired and gave up her glorious career in 2004.

Michelle Akers (USA)

Michelle Akers was born in 1966, she is one of the best female football players of American football. In the 1991 season, Akers set a record when he scored 39 goals in 26 games. Akers was also the top striker in the 1991 Women’s World Cup with 10 goals.