Written by Oluwaseun Oyediji
World Cup champion Yuki Nagasato detailed her decision to leave the Japan national team this week, in part due to disrespect from her federation.
The Red Stars midfielder left the team before the 2016 Olympics, but she chose to remain silent about her decision at the time.
“There was no right evaluation for players. There were disrespectful things for human beings,” she wrote on her website.
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“This lack of professionalism made me really exhausted,” she continues.
Nagasato joins a number of veteran soccer players speaking out about federation conditions before the 2023 World Cup
Nagasato is the first female footballer to play for the first team of a Japanese men’s club.
She represented Japan internationally between 2004 and 2016, scoring 58 goals in 132 caps.
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She won the FIFA Women’s World Cup in 2011 and came second in 2015.
Nagasato’s brother Genki is a professional footballer, and her younger sister Asano also played for Turbine Potsdam.
Nagasato married in July 2011 and changed her registered name from Nagasato to Ōgimi before the 2012 Summer Olympics.
Upon her divorce in 2016, she re-assumed her maiden name.
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