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Japan captain Homare Sawa has been named as the FIFA Ballon d'Or winner for 2011.
The award for the women's world player of the year rounds off an outstanding few months for the midfielder who led her country to World Cup glory back in July, scoring in the Final against the United States. She beat off fellow nominees Marta and Abby Wambach to land the coveted title.
The other major women's award also went the way of Japan as their manager Norio Sasaki was announced as Coach of the Year, ahead of France's Bruno Biri and USA coach Pia Sundhage.
Sawa is only the fourth player ever to be confirmed as world player of the year and the first from Asia, following in the footsteps of Mia Hamm, Birgit Prinz and Marta.
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