FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup: Thomas Dennerby takes charge as Indian Head Coach

The Swede has guided his country's national side to a third-place finish in the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup and a quarterfinal spot in the 2012 Olympics.

Sweden's Thomas Dennerby will coach the Indian Women's U-17 team leading up to the FIFA Women's World Cup in India next year.   -  Getty Images

Sweden's Thomas Dennerby has been appointed as the Head Coach of the Indian Women's U-17 team, AIFF announced on Saturday.

The 60-year-old guided the Swedish Women's National Team to a third-place finish in the FIFA Women's World Cup in Germany in 2011 and a quarterfinal spot in the 2012 London Olympics.

Dennerby comes off a stint with the Nigerian Senior Women's team, having coached the Super Falcons in the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup in France. He also coached the side to the AWCON title in 2018.

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The FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup is slated to kick-off on November 3, 2020 and with just under a year left to go, Dennerby has his work cut out for him. "With my experience of having coached in World Cups, Olympics, European Championships, I would be able to stitch them into a formidable team. The optimism and cooperation among all in the Federation makes me feel we will achieve it together," the coach said.

"Thomas is the right candidate to coach the Women's U-17 team in the FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup. I am confident that with his vast experience he will be able to impart the technicalities of modern day football to the future generation of Indian women’s football team," AIFF President Praful Patel said, wishing the Swede good luck for his stint in the subcontinent.

“It is a big challenge to be coaching the host of the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup India 2020. I am extremely humbled and grateful to AIFF for giving me the responsibility to groom the team for the World Cup,” he said.

As women's football grows in popularity world over, the Swedish Ambassador to India, Klas Molin, expressed his excitement at Dennerby's appointment.

“Women’s football is important as a sport and as a route to empowerment and equality. We look forward to supporting India on this exciting journey,” Molin added.

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