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Ballon d'Or Gala: Nadeshiko Show How It's Done!
Sawa and Messi
The World Cup victory by the Japanese Women's Football team in Germany 2011 was a tremendous feat, especially following the earthquake-tsunami-radiation triple-tragedy of last March. Add three Ballon d'Ors to that feat and it's almost a story too unbelievable for Japanese football supporters. Captain Homare Sawa, coach Norio Sasaki and the Japan Football Assosiation received highest honors at last night's FIFA ceremony.

Sawa is the first player ever from Asia to win the Ballon d'Or.

Here's a clip of the women's presentation.

Here's a clip of the Women's Coach presentation

Here's a clip of the Fair Play presentation

It is partially voiced-over in Japanese but relevant bits remain in English.

If you're interested, here's the Voting Breakdown.

Japan Men's Coach Alberto Zaccheroni voted for 1. Iniesta 2. C.Ronaldo 3. Messi.
Japan Men's Captain Makoto Hasebe voted for 1. Messi 2. Dani Alvez 3. Xavi.

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