Homare Sawa wins 2011 FIFA Women’s World Player of the Year

On 9 January 2012, at the FIFA Ballon d’Or Gala, the hugely impressive achievements of the Nadeshiko Japan in 2011 were recognised by the football world. Homare Sawa was named FIFA Women’s World Player of the Year. This continues a remarkable run of awards for Japan’s record goal scorer and most capped player, scoring the equalising goal in the 117th minute of the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup Final to take the match into a penalty shoot-out, as well as winning the Golden Shoe for the tournament’s best player and the Golden Boot for top scorer.

Norio Sasaki received the accolade for FIFA Women’s Football Coach of the Year having guided Japan to its first world title, and Junji Ogura, President of the Japanese Football Association together with Sawa collected the FIFA Fair Play Award for the impressive courage and spirit shown by Japan as they recovered from the terrible earthquake and ensuing tsunami that devastated large parts of the nation.

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