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Marta named Player of the Year fifth year in a row
January 10th, 2011 7:50PM

TAGS:  brazil, fifa, germany, under-20 women's world cup, women's national team, wps


[AWARDS] Marta, who led FC Gold Pride to the 2010 Women's Professional Soccer title, won her fifth straight FIFA Women's Player of the Year. New awards went to Jose Mourinho (Inter Milan/Real Madrid) and Silvia Neid (German national team) as the men's soccer and women's soccer coaches of the year.

Marta, 24, is a free agent after FC Gold Pride folded following the end of the women's season. She will play for Brazil at the 2011 Women's World Cup.

"This is a special year and we're ready. It looks good," Marta, who got 38.2 percent of the votes, beating three-time winner Birgit Prinz (15.18 percent) and Prinz's German teammate, Lira Bajramaj (9.96 percent).

Mourinho, who led Inter Milan to the UEFA Champions League, Italian Serie A and Coppa Italia titles before moving to Real Madrid in the summer, won the men's soccer coaching award with 35.92 percent of the votes, ahead of Spanish national team coach Vicente del Bosque, who received 33.08 percent, and Barcelona’s Pep Guardiola (8.45 percent).

Pia Sundhage, the Swedish coach of the U.S. women’s national team, finished third (11.68 percent) behind Neid (24.06 percent) and Germany’s U-20 women’s team coach Maren Meinert (18.26 percent) even though the Americans beat Germany in 2010 and lost only one game.

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