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Japanese team measured by heart, not height

Japanese team measured by heart, not height

Updated: July 14, 2011, 3:33 PM ET
By Joanne C. Gerstner

FRANKFURT, Germany -- The Japanese women knew they wouldn't be the tallest soccer team in the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup. They also figured they might not physically be the strongest.

But the Japanese knew something the rest of the world now has discovered: Soccer isn't just physical, it's emotional, mental and downright tactical.

The Japanese have enthralled their nation and captured the imagination of the soccer world with their inspired play en route to the World Cup final. ...

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