Pia Sundhage
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The winner of last year’s FIFA Women’s Coach of the Year award has had a positive start at the helm of her native Sweden since replacing Thomas Dennerby in December 2012. In her first major test as Blagult coach, Sundhage led the hosts of the UEFA Women’s EUROs to the semi-finals of the competition where they narrowly lost to eventual winners Germany. The Swedes played good football en route to the final four, with Lotta Schelin finishing as the tournament’s top scorer with five goals. Sweden have also risen to fifth in the FIFA/Coca-Cola Women’s World Ranking over the course of the calendar year, a position they last occupied in 2011.