Pia Sundhage spoke exclusively to The Equalizer ahead of the 2021 SheBelieves Cup about her time working thus far as coach of the Brazil women’s national team, learning Portuguese and becoming an impromptu social media sensation in the country.
The former United States women’s national team coach has been immersed in Brazilian culture for a year and a half and is using this experience to help build a new understanding of the women’s game in the country. Coaching stars such as Marta, Formiga and Cristiane, Sundhage understands that she also needs to develop young players in order to leave a legacy to the country of football. She says: “Doesn’t matter how many stars you have, you need a team behind the stars and you also need a star in front of the team.”
Check out our in-depth feature about the legacy she is leaving in Brazil. You can read our full Q+A with her below:
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