The 2012 Laureus World Sports Awards is coming to London at the start of what will be a truly special year for sport in the English capital. The Ceremony will be broadcast to a worldwide TV audience from the heart of London at Central Hall, Westminster, on the evening of Monday, February 6th 2012 .The event provides a high profile focus as stars of the sporting world come together to salute the finest sports performances of the year.
Proceeds from the Laureus World Sports Awards directly benefit and underpin the work of the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation which supports almost 80 community projects around the world which have helped to improve the lives of more than one million young people through the use of sport.
Laureus World Sportswoman of the Year Nominees:
In July 2011, Homare Sawa captained Japan to its first ever FIFA Women’s World Cup win with a 3-1 victory over the United States in a penalty shootout in the final. In addition, she was awarded the Golden Boot for being the tournament’s leading scorer, with five goals, and the Golden Ball for being the top player. Long considered Japan’s finest female footballer, she made her debut in Japan’s domestic league at 12. In December 1993, at 15, she made her Japanese international debut, scoring four goals against the Philippines. She has played more than 170 times for Japan, scoring 80 goals. Now a player with Kobe Leonessa in the Japanese league, she has also played for Yomiuri Beleza, Denver Diamonds, Atlanta Beat, NTV Beleza and Washington Freedom.
Laureus World Team of the Year Nominees:
Japan Women’s Football Team
Thousands of flag-waving fans flocked to Tokyo Airport to welcome Japan’s women footballers home as the nation’s first ever World Cup winners. It was also the first World Cup victory by an Asian team. Coach Norio Sasaki had motivated his team by showing them film of the areas devastated by March’s earthquake and subsequent tsunami which reduced some of his players to tears, but it inspired them to produce extraordinary results. After finishing second in their group, Japan stunned two-time defending champions and host nation Germany 1-0 in the quarter-finals, before easily defeating Sweden 3–1 in the semi-final. The final against the United States in Frankfurt finished 2–2 after extra time, then Japan won a 3-1 penalty shoot-out. Captain Homare Sawa was awarded the Golden Boot for being the tournament’s leading scorer, with five goals, and the Golden Ball for being the top player.
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