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The Scotland Head Coach Anna Signuel has extended her contract until after the UEFA Women’s Euro 2017 tournament this summer.
The Swede joined Scotland back in March 2005, taking over from Vera Pauw, and has helped develop the game within the country to the point that they are about to make their debut at a major international tournament.
Back when she took over, Scotland was 29th in the World Rankings whereas today, they sit 21st in the world.
Speaking to the Scottish FA website, Signeul spoke of her delight at the new deal, and also talked about her aim of making sure Scotland are ready for the Euros, saying
“The next six months will be very intense and they will fly by as we have so much to do.”
In the run-up to the Euros, Scotland currently have seven matches scheduled.
First up in January, Scotland have two friendlies against Denmark which will be played in Cyprus. After this, they return to Cyprus for the Cyprus Cup which takes places between the 27th February and 9th March. In the group stage, Scotland will face Austria, New Zealand and South Korea. They will face a fourth match, which decides their final position in the tournament. Who they face will depend on their final position in the group.
And finally, their final warm-up game that has so far been scheduled is against Belgium on the 11th April which will be played in Leuven.
On the friendlies, Signeul commented:
“I’m pleased we get to play two competitive games against Denmark, who are a tough side, but we feel well prepared. It will be a good start for us before we go on to play in the Cyprus Cup and against Belgium.”