19) Pia Sundhage, Part II - ex Sweden & U.S. National Team coach, FIFA World Coach of the Year 2013
Pia Sundhage is a world-renowned coach and former professional player. Most recently she was the National Team coach for Sweden from 2012 to July 2017 who she lead to an Olympic silver medal in 2016. Prior to that she was the US National Team coach from 2007 to 2012, winning consecutive Olympic gold medals in 2008 and 2012, and as a result, earning the FIFA World Coach of the Year Award in 2013.
In this second half of our conversation, we delve further into her personal perspectives, discussing things such as inequalities between the women’s and the men’s game, her thoughts relating to fame, feminism, money, the possibility of one day coaching a men’s team, declining invitations from the White House, twice…all that and much more!
Playing • 146 Caps & 71 goals with Sweden National Team • 4 times Damallsvenskan champ, top Swedish league • 4 Swedish Cup titles • Euro 1984 gold • World Cup bronze, 1991 • 6th place in the voting for FIFA Women’s Player of the Century, 2000
Coaching • China National Team Assistant Coach, 2007 • US National Team Coach, 2007-2012 • Sweden National Team Coach, 2012-2017 • 2 Olympic golds with USA, 2008 & 2012 • Olympic silver with Sweden, 2016 • World Cup silver with USA, 2011 • Euro 2013 bronze with Sweden • FIFA World Coach of the Year, 2012