July 25, 2019 / 2:08 PM / 23 days ago

Soccer-Swede Sundhage to coach Brazil's women's team

STOCKHOLM, July 25 (Reuters) - Pia Sundhage will take over as manager of Brazil’s women’s team after quitting as coach to several of Sweden’s under-age international teams, the Swedish FA (SvFF) said on Thursday.

Brazil lost to hosts France in the last 16 at this year’s World Cup, prompting an impassioned plea from striker Marta to young girls in the country to get involved in the game.

Brazil’s previous manager Vadao, who also coached the team for two years from 2014, was removed just four weeks after Brazil’s World Cup exit.

Under him, Brazil had reached the semi-finals of the 2016 Olympic tournament in Rio and won two Copas America and a Pan American Games title.

"Brazil is a fantastic football nation full of talented players that I am looking forward to getting to know and work with," the 59-year-old Swede Sundhage told the SvFF website www.svenskfotboll.se.

“The national team is in an exciting phase at the moment - one needs, to a certain extent, to undergo a generational change, and at the same time they have qualified for the Olympics,”

Regarded as one of the pioneers of women’s soccer in Sweden and around the world, Sundhage, who won Olympic gold as coach of the U.S. team in 2008 and 2012, ended a five-year spell in charge of Sweden in 2017 before coaching the under-age teams. (Editing by Ken Ferris)

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