Anna Signeul

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Full nameAnna Signeul
Date of birth (1961-05-20) 20 May 1961 (age 58)
Place of birth Falun, Sweden
Playing position Midfielder
Senior career*
197278 Falu BS
197981 Sundborns GoIF
198084 IK Brage
198492 Strömsbro IF
Teams managed
198183 IK Brage
198486 Strömsbro IF
198789 IK Sätra
199394 Strömsbro IF
199698 Tyresö FF
19962004 Sweden U16/U18
20052017 Scotland (women's)
2017 Finland
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league onlyand correct as of 14 September 2011

Anna Signeul (born 20 May 1961) [1] is a Swedish former football player, who was the national coach of the Scotland women's team from March 2005 [2] until 2017. [3] She is currently the manager of the Finland women's team.

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Playing career

Signeul grew up in the town of Falun, Sweden and enjoyed participating in many sports as a child. [4] As a supporter of IFK Göteborg, she drifted towards football and joined local club Falu BS. [1] While still a teenager, she joined IK Brage before spending the majority of her playing career at Strömsbro IF. In total, Signeul made 240 appearances in the Damallsvenskan, the highest tier of Swedish women's football. [1] Although called up to several Sweden national squads, she was never capped for her country as a player. [4]

Falun Place in Dalarna, Sweden

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IK Brage association football club in Borlänge, Sweden

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Coaching career

Signeul began her coaching career at the age of 21 while still a player at IK Brage. [4] She coached at club level including spells at Strömsbro IF and Tyresö FF, and from 1996 worked with the Swedish Football Association as head of the national women's teams at youth level. [1] Under Signeul's tutelage, Sweden came third in the 1998 UEFA Women's Under-18 Championship before winning the competition the following year. [1]

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