Who is England women’s football manager? Meet Sarina Wiegman
Now technically, at the time of writing this, Phil Neville remains England Lionesses’ head coach and will see out his contract until 2021 – but his successor has now officially been announced as Sarina Wiegman.
To fans of the women’s football world, Sarina Wiegman needs little introduction, she most notably led Netherlands to become the European Champions as well as FIFA Women’s World Cup 2019 finalists – only to be defeated by the powerhouse that is the USWNT.
Phil Neville will continue to lead England until the end of his term in July 2021, before Sarina Wiegman takes charge in September 2021, this is because the current Netherlands women’s national team manager will honour her commitment to the Netherlands FA to lead their Olympic women’s football campaign next year.
Wiegman has penned a four-year deal and will manage England for the UEFA Women’s Euro 2022 tournament on their home soil – something Sarina did very successfully for the Netherlands! As well as the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023 (Australia / New Zealand) and the UEFA Women’s Euro 2025 tournament.
Sarina Wiegman boasts an impressive CV both on and off the pitch. During her playing days, Wiegman earned 104 caps for her country and was the captain.
Her coaching portfolio starts in 2007, when she was appointed the manager of ADO Den Haag. In 2014, Wiegman became the Netherlands WNT assistant coach before becoming the head coach in January 2017.
During Wiegman’s time at the helm of Netherlands WNT, she has moved them up the FIFA World Rankings into third place, won the UEFA Women’s EURO Championship, won the Best FIFA Women’s Coach and played in the final of the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2019.
Whilst England Lionesses’ were defeated 3-0 by the Netherlands at Euro 2017 in the quarter-final stage and were knocked out of the Women’s World Cup 2019 in the semi-finals by USA (1-2) who went on to beat the Netherlands in the final.
Sarina is quoted on The English FA website about her appointment:
“I’m delighted and honoured to join England Women next year,”
“England is the cradle of football and the major developments in women’s football globally over recent years have been led by the FA. I’m very much looking forward to contributing my experience and expertise to this ambitious team.
“The ride with the ‘Oranje Lionesses’ has been amazing so far, but we haven’t reached our final destination yet. There are two more goals: qualifying for the UEFA Women’s EURO in 2022 and challenging at the Olympics next summer. That would be a fitting completion for me of everything we’ve strived to achieve in women’s football in my home country.
“I’m extremely excited by the prospect of leading England Women in the future, but for now I am 100 per cent focused on Oranje. I will do my utmost to add another chapter to their remarkable journey before making my next step.”
As for Team GB who will compete in the women’s football tournament at the Olympic Games hosted in Tokyo, a decision as to who will lead the team is yet to be announced.
Congratulations Sarina Wiegman on your appointment, and welcome to England.
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