Silvia Neid has demonstrated her ability to lead a Germany side packed with experienced, top-quality stars to success on several occasions. In 2013 the coach sensationally proved she could do the same with a young ensemble on the international stage. Unable to call upon numerous injured regulars, Neid guided the youngest team at the tournament, with an average age of 23.5 years, to Germany’s sixth successive European triumph. The 49-year-old, who has been in her current role since 2005, masterminded Germany’s glorious FIFA Women’s World Cup™ campaign in 2007 and was named FIFA Women’s Football Coach of the Year in 2010. Her achievements have paved the way to a brighter future for the next generation of Germany’s female footballers.
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.