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Women's coach Sundhage slams foreign imports

The Swedish national team's outspoken coach Pia Sundhage criticized the amount of foreign imports to the women's football league here.

Gathering her squad on Bosön outside of Stockholm for training, Sundhage told Swedish Radio that too many second-tier players are coming to Sweden to play. "Foreign players in the women's league is a good thing so long as they are stars," the former USA coach said.

Last season, over 70 players from abroad played in the Swedish league, a surprising figure for Sundhage.

"That so many players are coming from Iceland and Finland, and so on, is something the league should think about. I think it is ver important for Swedish talents, such as the under-19 team that just won the European Championships, to get a chance to play in the top league here.

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