Jan. 9 – Barcelona ace Lionel Messi won the FIFA Ballon d’Or in Zurich tonight, becoming only the fourth player in history to land three World Player of the Year awards… Japan’s Homare Sawa, star of the Women’s World Cup in Germany, won the women’s award. INSIDER’s Mark Bisson reports.

6/7/2010 UEFA president Michel Platini says the progression of three European teams to the semi-finals is “a triumph for technical education programmes and good governance”… Netherlands coach defends style of play… World Cup is shop window for Bundesliga… Accra crowds welcome Ghana team home. INSIDER’s Mark Bisson reports from Cape Town.