Ladies’s Olympic Soccer Event
- Pia Sundhage took the Brazil girls’s nationwide crew job in July 2019
- Swede hoping so as to add to her spectacular Olympics medal haul with As Canarinhas
- Sundhage: “We wish to go for the gold”
It’s fairly troublesome to supply Pia Sundhage a recent expertise. The 2-time gold medal-winning coach, who performed within the inaugural FIFA Ladies’s World Cup™, has loved an extended and storied profession each on and off the pitch. However though that journey has taken her throughout her native Europe, to North America and Asia, she now she faces a completely new problem, as coach of the Brazilian girls’s nationwide crew.
The previous USA and Sweden supervisor took over the As Canarinhas reins in July 2019 after their spherical of 16 exit to the hosts at France 2019, and she or he is definitely up for the problem. Her outgoing character is complemented by a sturdy pragmatism, which has maybe been the lacking piece within the jigsaw for Brazil of their quest for a serious title. With a bunch of stars at her disposal, together with veterans Marta and Formiga, Sundhage is seeking to this yr’s Ladies’s Olympic Soccer Event for her personal third gold medal, and the nation’s first in girls’s soccer.
FIFA.com sat down with the Swede to debate the romanticism of Brazilian soccer, dwelling in Rio, working with Marta, and her plans for Tokyo 2020.
FIFA.com: Discuss us via taking the Brazil job – how did the chance come about?
Pia Sundhage: It was a telephone name, and I simply stated sure. I didn’t even give it some thought. I’ve been in lots of international locations, I’ve had such improbable jobs and now I get one other one. I do imagine that this can be my greatest problem as a result of it’s a really completely different tradition. A foreigner, and a girl, coming to Brazil – and I can inform that [the federation, CBF] wish to do extra for ladies’s soccer. So to be a part of that type of change, I’m the fortunate one.
You’ve coached and performed all around the world. From what you’ve seen thus far, what challenges and alternatives does teaching in South America current?
There are two issues. One is to seek out probably the most gifted gamers. Brazil is an enormous nation and we all know there are such a lot of good gamers – how do we discover them? How will we determine them? If you happen to’re a lady, it’s best to be capable to play.
The opposite factor on the subject of the nationwide crew, I actually like that they play with a lot emotion. However when the emotion just isn’t that robust, you want a crew to lean on. And that’s my job, to just remember to shouldn’t be carried away when you will have dangerous emotions inside you, questioning your self, considering that you are able to do it by yourself, as a result of it’s a crew sport, and it’s the crew that may carry out.
It’s a little bit little bit of a stability for me. Soccer is emotion. It’s numerous ways, video clips right here and there however on the finish of the day, it’s the 89th minute and who will rating the final purpose?
You’re now dwelling in Rio. What do you make of the Brazilian way of life?
I’m feeling that it’s heat, and that’s not simply the climate! I stumble upon heat folks. All people loves soccer, which is good for me. They begin a dialog regardless that I don’t communicate Portuguese but, however they actually wish to be a part of the soccer.
I feel that the folks need the nation to achieve success. Women and men, youth – that feeling is contagious. I’ve an excellent life. I feel I’m on the proper place on the proper time.
It’s most likely truthful to say that, as a coach, you’re one thing of an Olympic ‘specialist’ – with two gold medals with USA and a silver with Sweden at Rio 2016. What’s the purpose for Tokyo 2020?
In fact we’re all enthusiastic and wish to go for the gold however on the finish of the day it’s a lot extra. The journey makes the distinction. The journey hopefully doesn’t cease after the Olympics, I hope it goes on for a few years.
As a crew: rating some objectives, don’t concede many objectives and just remember to do your highest. The non-public purpose is that I might be my highest in one other tradition with completely different gamers and, total, that Brazil – a soccer nation – can be profitable.
The final Olympics have been in Rio, and the ladies’s crew missed out on a medal after ending fourth. Is that getting used as a motivating issue for 2020?
I keep in mind when Brazil beat Sweden 5-1 (editor’s observe: Sundhage was teaching Sweden on the time) and once I went out from that stadium, there have been all of the folks across the Brazilian crew and the bus. It was like a press release: ‘You probably did effectively, carry on going’. It strikes folks. An important factor is to do your highest, that’s the one factor you are able to do. And do it along with others. So our job is to construct this cohesive crew.
Wanting again, it was an excellent Olympics however there may be room for enchancment. That’s when this tough work and enthusiasm kicks in. We’d like one another. If we will put that every one collectively, it will likely be a improbable journey.
You’re well-known for being an enthusiastic singer. Have you ever picked up any Brazilian tunes but?
I’m making an attempt to determine the way you depend the rhythm in samba – that’s not simple! However I promised myself that one in every of as of late I’m going to sing in Portuguese and with some form of samba. It’s very completely different from rock and roll, so I want a pair extra months with the intention to try this!