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U.S. Women's National Team Head Coach Pia Sundhage Named Finalist for FIFA World Coach of the Year for Women's Soccer

Awards Will be Given out Jan. 10, 2011, in Zurich, Switzerland

CHICAGO (Dec. 6, 2010) -- U.S. Women’s National Team head coach Pia Sundhage has been named a finalist for the FIFA World Coach of the Year for Women’s Soccer, joining Germany Under-20 Women’s National Team head coach Maren Meinert and full Germany Women’s National Team head coach Silvia Neid. This is the first time FIFA will present this award.

The awards will be presented at the first FIFA Ballon d’Or gala on Jan. 10, 2011 as part of a televised ceremony at the Zurich Kongresshaus.

Sundhage led the USA to a 13-1-2 record in 2010 and a berth in the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Germany. Sundhage has lost just two matches since taking over the U.S. team at the end of 2007, compiling an overall record of 53-2-4.

The finalists for the men’s coach of the year are Vicente del Bosque, head coach of Spain’s World Cup champions, Pep Guardiola, head coach of FC Barcelona and José Mourinho, head coach of Real Madrid.

The finalists for the FIFA Ballon d’Or for best men’s player of 2010 and the 2010 FIFA Women’s World Player of the year were also announced with Andrés Iniesta and Xavi of Spain and Lionel Messi of Argentina up for the men’s award while Fatmire Bajramaj and Birgit Prinz (Germany) and four-time winner Marta are up for the women’s award.

All of the nominees were selected by the captains and head coaches of the men’s and women’s national teams as well as international media representatives selected by France Football. The votes from each of the three groups counted for one-third to obtain the final result.

The FIFA FIFPro World XI, the FIFA Puskás Award for the most beautiful goal of the year, the FIFA Presidential Award and the FIFA Fair Play Award will also be presented during the gala at the Zurich Kongresshaus.