Football: New coach for Swedish women’s team

Swedish legend football coach Pia Sundhage is stepping down.

Football: New coach for Swedish women's team
Football coach Pia Sundhage. Photo: Jonas Ekströmer/TT

Sundhage, whose inspired coaching led the Swedish women's football squad to Olympic silver in Rio, will leave the team in 2017 and be replaced by Peter Gerhardsson, the Football Association announced on Tuesday.

Sundhage, 56, has headed Sweden since 2012 and previously led the United States to gold at the 2008 and 2012 Olympic Games.

She will stay on in her position through the European Championships in the Netherlands next July-August.

Her replacement, 57-year-old Gerhardsson, is currently the coach of Häcken, a Swedish first-division team that finished tenth out of 16 this year.

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New coach Peter Gerhardsson. Photo: Björn Larsson Rosvall/TT