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Nadeshiko Japan Wins World Cup
Nadeshiko Japan Becomes World Champion by Beating U.S.A. for 1st Time Ever on Penalty Kicks in FIFA Women's World Cup
Japan's female national team, better known as 'Nadeshiko' Japan, fought back from a one-goal deficit twice and silenced the three-time world champion United States in a penalty shootout after a two-all tie in the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup final in Frankfurt, Germany, on July 17.
The 'miracle' victory inspired all Japanese at a time when the country is mired in the aftermath of the March 11 earthquake and tsunami while facing the disaster-caused nuclear crisis and political woes created by its prime minister.