Pia Sundhage Steps Down as Coach of Brazil Women's National Team
Pia Sundhage has officially resigned from her position as the coach of the Brazil women's national team, as confirmed by the country's Football Association (CBF) on Wednesday. This decision follows Brazil's untimely departure from the World Cup, marking their earliest exit from the tournament since 1995.
The team's performance in the tournament held in Australia and New Zealand saw them falter in the group stage, securing only a solitary victory out of the three matches played.
The 63-year-old Swedish coach, who assumed the role of Brazil's manager in 2019, still had a year remaining on her contract and was slated to lead the team in the upcoming Paris 2024 Olympics.
CBF President Ednaldo Rodrigues conveyed his gratitude, stating, "I would like to thank Pia and all those who worked with her and were part of the coaching staff." He further acknowledged Sundhage's contributions, highlighting her significant impact on Brazilian football during her tenure. He concluded by extending best wishes for her future endeavors.
The CBF additionally revealed that they will soon unveil the new coaching staff who will be entrusted with guiding the team in the forthcoming Olympic Games and the subsequent Women's World Cup scheduled for 2027.
Throughout her stewardship, Pia Sundhage oversaw Brazil in 57 matches, achieving 34 victories, enduring 10 defeats, and settling for 13 draws.