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Sarina Wiegman follows in the footsteps of some legendary names in the women’s game by becoming the latest The Best FIFA Women’s Coach. The Netherlands native led her country to the UEFA Women’s EURO 2017 title on home soil. The hosts’ brand of attacking football brought an end to Germany’s run of six successive European trophies. Wiegman’s side came into their own in the knockout stages, scoring two and three goals in the quarter- and semi-finals against Sweden and England respectively before hitting four past Denmark in the finale.
In charge of Denmark's women's team since 2013, Nils Nielsen made up for the disappointment of missing the FIFA Women's World Cup Canada 2015™ with a superlative campaign at the recent continental finals. The Greenland-born coach steered his side to UEFA Women's EURO 2017 with an impressive qualifying record, and he promptly took them all the way to the final in the Netherlands before the hosts triumphed 4-2 in the decider. The highlight of that historic run was a quarter-final victory against Germany, a feat no team had achieved in any of the six previous editions. Denmark caught the eye with a 4-4-2 formation built on a highly experienced rearguard – his defensive quartet boasting over 350 caps between them – while explosive duo Pernille Harder and Nadia Nadim provided the firepower further forward. That approach has now made Denmark a force to be reckoned with in the women's game.
Lyon coach Gerard Precheur was always going to have a tough time matching his achievements of 2015/16, a treble-winning season that yielded trophies in the UEFA Women's Champions League, French league and French Cup. Nevertheless, he rose to the challenge. Les Fenottes defended their French crown with an eight-point gap over second-placed Montpellier and won the two knockout competitions with final wins against Paris Saint-Germain, both times edging dramatic penalty shootouts. Each of those triumphs carried the stamp of the talented, ambitious and demanding coach at the helm. "A fan," in his own words, "of possession-based football and through balls beyond defences," Precheur is now free to implement his philosophy with a new set of players. He stepped down from his Lyon role in June 2017, but not before ensuring his status as a true club legend.