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Pia Sundhage’s joy could be her legacy in Brazil

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Pia Sundhage’s joy could be her legacy in Brazil

Pia Sundhage has been the head coach of the Brazil women’s national team since July 2019. Her eight wins and only one loss from 13 games played thus far has been accompanied by the team playing a more aggressive style while balancing the older generation with some of Brazil’s rising stars.

Sundhage’s work has been in the spotlight not only for what happens on the pitch, but also for her charisma. Videos of her playing Brazilian music on guitars, dancing with players and laughing with reporters at interviews have won the hearts of fans across the country.

Combined, there is considerably more anticipation around and attention on the Brazilian women’s team than there has been in some time. Expectations are high for this summer’s Olympics, but there is also a feeling that longer-term change is afoot.

“We have a chance, and there are eight more teams that have a big chance to do that [win the gold medal],” Sundhage told The Equalizer. “What is actually more interesting is how it’ll look five years from now. Because we need to find the structure and a pathway.”

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