Lyon sign Japans World Cup winner Ohno

10 January 2013 06:46

French club Lyon on Thursday signed Japan's World Cup striker Shinobu Ohno and American midfielder Megan Rapinoe, two of the hottest properties in international women's football.

Ohno, 29, who played in Japan's 2011 women's World Cup winning side, penned a one and a half year deal with an option for another season.

A veteran of 101 internationals, with 38 goals, Ohno joins Lyon from INAC Kobe, the reigning Japanese champions.

Rapinoe, 27, who was nominated for the 2012 women's player of the year award, has joined until the end of the season.

Rapinoe has played 68 times for the United States, scoring 19 times and joins from the Seattle Sounders.

Lyon currently lead the French league and have been champions for the last six years. They are also the reigning European champions.

Source: AFP