Argentina Women's National Team arrive in Japan ahead of International Friendly Match (9/23＠Fukuoka)
22 September 2023
Ahead of their international friendly match against the Nadeshiko Japan (Japan Women's National Team) at Kitakyushu Stadium in Fukuoka, the Argentina Women's National Team arrived in Japan on Wednesday, 21 September.
The team arrived at Fukuoka airport in the afternoon of the 21st and were transferred to their hotel. Official training began the following day and preparations for the match are well underway.
The international friendly match between the Nadeshiko Japan and the Argentina Women's National Team is scheduled to kick-off at noon on Saturday, 23 September.
Coach and Player's Comments
German PORTANOVA, Head Coach
I am delighted for this opportunity to visit Japan. I have visited many countries, but Japan is an incredibly clean and wonderful country where I would love to work in the future. As for the Japan Women's National Team, I consider them to be one of the top teams in the world, along with the Spain Women's National Team. The Argentina Women's National Team is striving to get better, but we are not at the same level yet. I have a high regard for the Japan Women's National Team, and they are a team we wish to become one day. So, in that sense, this friendly means a lot to us. Although we finished without a win at the FIFA Women's World Cup Australia & New Zealand 2023™, we gained a lot from the tournament. We are missing many of our key players who play for Boca Juniors due to their participation in the Copa Libertadores, but this is a wonderful opportunity for us to play against a formidable opponent like Japan. We know how strong Japan is, but we are going to give our all to put on a spectacular match for the Japanese fans.
Aldana COMETTI (Madrid CFF/Spain)
I walked around the city of Kitakyushu, and the people were very kind and helpful, which made me very happy. It made me want to know more about Japan. We, the Argentina Women's National Team, are a team on the rise, constantly planning and tackling new challenges. Although it is a friendly, it is a crucial match for us to play against a formidable Japanese side, who won the World Cup in 2011, and we hope to make the most of this opportunity. I am hoping that the Japanese people will be able to watch the performances showcased by both national teams and take in some great women's football.
Argentina Women's National Team squad
German PORTANOVA (Argentina)
1 Vanina CORREA (Rosario Central)
12 Abigail CHAVES (Huracan)
19 Mariana LARROQUETTE (Orlando Pride/USA)
2 Adriana SACHS (Racing)
7 Romina NUNEZ (UAI Urquiza)
21 Erica LONIGRO (Rosario Central)
6 Aldana COMETTI (Madrid CFF/Spain)
4 Nerea AGUERO (Granada/Spain)
16 Lorena BENITEZ (Palmeiras/Brazil)
13 Sophia BRAUN (Leon/Mexico)
11 Catalina PRIMO (River Plate)
8 Daiana FALFAN (UAI Urquiza)
14 Paloma FAGIANO (River Plate)
10 Dalila IPPOLITO (Pomigliano/Italy)
17 Maricel PEREYRA (San Lorenzo)
9 Paulina GRAMAGLIA (Red Bull Bragantino/Brazil)
5 Catalina ROGGERONE (California State University, Bakersfield/USA)
20 Chiara SINGARELLA (University of South Alabama/USA)
International Friendly Match
Nadeshiko Japan (Japan Women's National Team) vs Argentina Women's National Team
Sat. 23 September 2023, 12:00
Venue: Kitakyushu Stadium (Fukuoka)
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