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  • Jan 07, 2014


The American Swedish Institute welcomes former two-time gold medal winning  US Women’s Olympic Soccer Coach Pia Sundhage for two special events on February 5 and 6, 2014.

Sundhage, a native of Sweden and the current head coach of Sweden’s Women’s Soccer Team, currently serves as the distinguished Pearson Scholar of Swedish Studies at Bethany College in Lindsborg, Kansas. She visits the American Swedish Institute  for two special events that will inspire soccer fans and athletes alike.  On Wednesday, February 5, Sundhage will speak to leadership and coaching . In a smaller lunch on Thursday, February 6 ,she will speak to developing women’s soccer programs internationally. Both events are open to the public.

A Conversation with Former US Olympic Women’s Soccer Coach Pia Sundhage

Wednesday, Feb. 5, 6:30-8 p.m.

Join ASI for A Conversation on Leadership and Coaching with Pia Sundhage on Wednesday, Feb. 5. Sundhage is credited with transforming the U.S. Women’s National Soccer team into one of the most successful programs in the world. Hear her tips on how to inspire and lead your team to greatness.

$5 ASI members, $7 nonmembers, $3 ages 6–18, 5 and under free. Advanced registration recommended. Call 612-871-4907 to register.

Sponsored by the American Swedish Institute and Bethany College.

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Lunch with Pia Sundhage: Growing Women's Soccer Programs Internationally

Thursday, Feb. 6, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Having coached two of the most successful women’s soccer teams in the world, Sundhage will discuss the importance of the sport for women and girls and how we can expand its impact around the globe.

$40. Includes lunch and 30-minute talk. Limited seats available. Registration required by January 31; call 612-871-4907.

Sponsored by the American Swedish Institute and Bethany College.

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ABOUT PIA SUNDHAGE: Named by FIFA as 2012 Coach of the Year and a nominee for Coach of the Year again in 2013, Sundhage’s impressive record includes coaching the U.S. team to 88-6-1 and winning 11 tournaments, including three Algarve Cups and two Olympic gold medals. Sundhage currently serves as the head coach for the Sweden Women’s Soccer Team. She is known for her uniquely positive and unassuming coaching style. She began her first practice with the U.S. team after they lost the 2007 World Cup by playing Bob Dylan’s "The Times They Are A-Changin'" on her guitar, and the team said farewell by singing her “You Are My Sunshine” and giving her a guitar they autographed.

Sundhage is also one of the world’s all-time greatest female players, earning the sixth spot in the 2000 FIFA Women’s Player of the Century list. She made her debut with the Swedish team in 1975 when she was 15. She led the team to win the first European Women's Championship in 1984, when she scored the winning penalty kick, and to the bronze medal at the inaugural Women's World Cup in 1991, where she scored four goals. She retired after the 1996 Atlanta Olympics, where she played every minute of the three matches. Sundhage amassed 71 goals over 146 international games throughout her 22-year career.

ABOUT THE AMERICAN SWEDISH INSTITUTE: The American Swedish Institute (ASI) is a vibrant arts and cultural organization, museum, and historic home located at 2600 Park Avenue near downtown Minneapolis.  ASI serves as a gathering place for people to share stories and experiences around universal themes of tradition, migration, craft and the arts, all informed by enduring ties to Sweden.  In 2013, the Wall Street Journal called ASI “[a] model of how a small institution can draw visitors through exciting programming.”

ASI Museum Hours:  Tues, Thurs, Fri: noon-5 p.m.; Wed noon-8p.m.; Sat. 10 a.m.-5p.m.; Sun. noon0-5p.m., closed Mon. Museum Admission: $9 adults, $7 ages 62 +, $5  ages 6-18 and full-time students with ID. Free for ASI members and kids ages 5 and under.


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