Dutch former soccer participant and supervisor Louis van Gaal introduced compatriots Sarina Wiegman and Vivianne Miedema with awards from FIFA.
Wiegman, who was introduced as The Best FIFA Women’s Coach final 12 months, helped the Netherlands to a second-place end on the 2019 World Cup. She has since guided the crew to 10 wins from ten Euro qualifying video games.
The 51-year-old will lead the Netherlands on the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. She will then depart to take up the place of head coach for the Lionesses.
Before heading to Japan for the Games, the Dutch squad held a coaching camp in Zeist. Although that they had a warm-up sport towards South Africa cancelled attributable to COVID-19 restrictions, 1,000 followers have been invited to observe the gamers in a remaining coaching session.
Van Gaal, probably the most embellished managers in world soccer, made an look on the finish of the session, carrying trophies for each Wiegman and Miedema.
The Arsenal striker was named within the FIFA FIFPRO Women’s World XI and has continued to show her price after one other emphatic 12 months in entrance of objective, scoring 18 objectives and racking up 5 assists within the Women’s Super League.
“That was actually particular,” Wiegman instructed FIFA. “The precise award ceremony was final December, and it was [presented] on-line. I believe it’s unbelievable that Louis has come out right here, additionally to current Vivianne with her award.
“I stated to him that it was 20 years in the past that I performed my one hundredth sport for the Netherlands and he introduced me with an award for that as nicely. He was coach of the boys’s Dutch nationwide crew then, and now 20 years later he presents me with this nice award, which is for the whole crew after all – each gamers and workers.”
Wiegman was additionally named Best FIFA Women’s Coach in 2017, shortly after the Netherlands triumphed on the European Championship that 12 months.
Miedema revealed she was totally targeted on the upcoming Olympic Games, the place the Netherlands are set to face Brazil, China PR and Zambia in Group F.
“Obviously, it’s fairly particular to choose up a prize like that,” she stated. “But I hope that in a few weeks I’ll come dwelling with an Olympic medal. That’s what it’s all about proper now.
“It’s going to be a extremely powerful event. It’s going to be totally different from the World Cup or the EURO. We simply should be the most effective we will be, and hopefully will probably be sufficient.”
According to ESPN, van Gaal stayed to present the Dutch squad a crew speak, urging them to “go to the Olympics and go for gold.” The 69-year-old supervisor of Ajax, Barcelona, AZ Alkmaar, Bayern Munich and Manchester United throughout his profession, and had two spells in command of the Netherlands nationwide crew.
Before his time as a coach, Van Gaal performed as a midfielder for Royal Antwerp, Telstar, Sparta Rotterdam, Ajax and AZ.
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