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U.S. WOMEN'S NATIONAL TEAM

December 6, 2010
FIFA FINALIST
Sundhage up for women's coach of year


Pia Sundhage is one of three finalists for the FIFA women's world coach of the year along with German coach Silvia Neid and German U-20 coach Maren Meinert.
Pia Sundhage is one of three finalists for the FIFA women's world coach of the year along with German coach Silvia Neid and German U-20 coach Maren Meinert.
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U.S. womenís national coach Pia Sundhage has been named a finalist for the FIFA women's world coach of the year.

She is vying for the award along with Germany Under-20 Womenís National Team coach Maren Meinert and Germany Womenís National Team head coach Silvia Neid.

This is the first time FIFA will present a women's coaching award. The awards will be presented at the first FIFA Ballon díOr gala as part of a televised ceremony in Zurich, Swizterland Jan. 10.

Sundhage led the United States to a 13-1-2 record this year and a berth in the 2011 Womenís World Cup in Germany. She has lost only two matches since taking over the U.S. team at the end of 2007, compiling a 53-2-4 record.

The finalists for the menís coach of the year are Vicente del Bosque, coach of Spainís World Cup champions, Pep Guardiola, coach of FC Barcelona and Josť Mourinho, coach of Real Madrid.

The finalists for the FIFA Ballon díOr for best menís and women's player. Andrťs Iniesta and Xavi of Spain and Lionel Messi of Argentina up for the menís award. Fatmire Bajramaj and Birgit Prinz (Germany) and four-time winner Marta are vying for the womenís award.

All of the nominees were selected by the captains and head coaches of the menís and womenís national teams as well as international media representatives selected by France Football. The votes from each of the three groups counted for one-third to obtain the final result.

The FIFA FIFPro World XI, the FIFA PuskŠs Award for the most beautiful goal of the year, the FIFA Presidential Award and the FIFA Fair Play Award also will be presented during the gala at the Zurich Kongresshaus.
   
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