Friday, May 22, 2009

Goal for the Ages

Here at the WNT Blog, we've unearthed a gem from the archives and we just had to share it with you. When Pia Sundhage was hired to coach the U.S. Women's National Team, part of her long soccer biography was the fact that in the 1984 European Women's Championships, she scored a goal for Sweden against England in Gothenburg in the first leg of the two-game Final. Sweden won that match, 1-0, and although they lost the return leg in England, 1-0, Sweden won on PKs to take its first and thus far only European crown. Sundhage scored the winning PK in that shootout. But back to Sundhage's goal. As you will see, it was a brave diving header that rivals anything Abby Wambach has produced in her 99 goals and Abby has scored some nasty goals for sure. Sundhage scored 71 goals in her 146 international matches, but this goal was perhaps one of her best and surely one of her most important. It also gives you a glimpse of why she finished sixth in the voting for FIFA Women's Player of the Century back in 2000. Keep in mind, this goal was scored 25 years ago! Yikes! So now, we're Gonna Fly Now. Well, Pia is.

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5 comments:

Impedient said...

Sure that was a great diving header goal from Pia!

eagle#18 said...

Sick!!! It reminded me of Abby.

Jelly said...

Set to "Rocky"... fantastic. Oh. Great goal, too.

Yana said...

lol awesome :)... very nice goal!

Kat said...

And I thought Pia couldn't be any cooler. Well she just outcooled herself.