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Homare Sawa wins player of the  year

Updated: January 9, 2012, 5:24 PM ET
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Homare Sawa of Japan ended Brazilian forward Marta's five-year reign as FIFA player of the year on Monday in Zurich. American Abby Wambach was also a finalist.

Sawa, who led Japan to the title in the 2011 Women's World Cup, earned 28.5 percent of votes by national team coaches and captains, as well as journalists from around the world.

Japan beat Germany, Sweden and the United States during its run to the World Cup title. Sawa, 33, had five goals and was named tournament ...

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