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Quote Sheet: 2012 FIFA Player of the Year Gala

Quotes from the 2012 FIFA Player of the Year Gala as Abby Wambach took home 2012 Women’s Player of the Year and Pia Sundhage received the honor of 2012 Women’s Coach of the Year

On Abby Wambach winning the FIFA World Player of the Year:
“I’m so happy for Abby for all the work she has put into this team and into the sport. She’s so completely deserving of this award and I’m truly happy for her. She’s made such a huge mark on women’s soccer over the past decade. She’s an inspirational to not only the thousands of young girls around the country and world, but also to me.”

On Pia Sundhage winning the FIFA World Coach of the Year:
“I’m so happy for Pia because she sacrificed so much to come to the U.S., put on our crest every day and make us her priority day in and day out. She gave me my first cap so I feel indebted to her. Going into the Olympics, we definitely wanted to show the world we were number one and Pia really helped us stay positive, stay on track and take the field every game with that positivity and confidence that we could win. At the same time, she was always reminding us to continue to have fun and respect and enjoy the game. She completely deserves this award and we all wish her good luck to her in the future.”

On winning the FIFA World Player of the Year award:
“I’m very, very surprised. Individual honors only happen if you have great teams and great people who have given you the chance to be here. Not only do I think Marta and Alex could have won, but many other players could have been here as well. Thanks to FIFA, thanks to U.S. Soccer and thanks to all the fans and my family for putting me in this position. I don’t think of myself as the best player in the world, just a player who plays on the best team in the world.”

On Pia Sundhage winning the FIFA World Coach of the Year:
“Pia is the not the only great coach in the world, but in my opinion, this year she exemplified what separated her from all the other great coaches, and that was the ability to get her team to come home with the championship. That task is certainly not easy these days. A lot of things have to go right, a lot of your players have to play well and at the end of the day, she was the last coach standing. Her humility and her ability to effectively motivate her players are things I’ll never forgot and always be thankful for.”

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