With Swedish Pia Sandhag, she will be a major figure succeeding Inka Greings as coach of the Swiss national team.
The Swiss Football Association (SFV) has found a successor to Inka Gringz. Pia Sundhage will now coach the women's national team. The Swiss Football Association will present the national coach on Tuesday morning in Müre near Bern (starting at 11am live on the SRF Sport app).
The 63-year-old Swede not only has an excellent reputation, but can also draw on a wealth of experience in women's football. As a player, she became European champion in 1984 and won the Swedish Championship four times with her club teams. But Sundhage was able to celebrate even greater successes after her move to the coaching bench: between 2008 and 2012, the woman who grew up in Ulrishamn in southern Sweden coached the US national team and won two gold medals at the Olympic Games with the women's team. A team led by star Megan Rapinoe.
My goal is to optimally prepare the team for the European Championship on home soil in 2025.
She narrowly missed out on winning the World Championship title after losing to Japan in the 2011 final. She then took charge of the Sweden national team for 5 years, most recently coaching the Brazilian national team for 4 years until they were eliminated in the group stage of the 2023 World Cup.
In La Liga, Sundhage succeeds head coach Reto Gertschen, who took charge on an interim basis for two matches after Inka Grings was sacked in mid-November. 2023 has been a disappointing year for the women's national team with only two wins from 16 matches. The Scandinavian is under contract until the end of 2025.
The new national coach was quoted as saying in the media statement: “I am pleased to deal with a group of talented players who have great potential.” “This year is the beginning of the campaign that will culminate in the 2025 European Championship in our country. My goal is to prepare the team optimally for this important event.
Experience with the European Championship on home soil
Sundhage already has experience as a European Championship coach on home soil. In 2013, she coached the Swedish women's national team to reach the semi-finals. “The European Championship on our soil is a unique experience. The 2013 UEFA Women's Championship in Sweden was one of the most enjoyable and important experiences of my life, both on and off the pitch. Tension, hope and expectations are rising. It is a great honor to be able to coach a team under this pressure. I love him.”
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