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Japan's women football team have achieved great recognition for their 2011 feats as Sawa and Sasaki picked up Fifa's awards in the female category at the ceremony in Zurich

INAC Kobe Leonessa and Japan international midfielder Homare Sawa has picked up Fifa award for the best female footballer of 2011.

The 33-year-old played a leading role in Japan's success at the 2011 Women's World Cup and adds the Fifa prize to the tournament's Golden Boot and Golden Ball honours.

Sawa dethroned Brazil's Marta, who had won the award for the last five years, with Abby Wambach from the USA coming in third place.

Meanwhile, Japan head coach Norio Sasaki secured the title for the best coach of 2011 for women's football category, ahead of the USA national team's Pia Sundhage and France's Bruno Bini.

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