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Going Dutch.

WOMEN'S football in Scotland got a national coach and technical director yesterday, when Vera Pauw accepted a four-year contract.

The 35-year-old Dutch coach spearheads a new deal for women and has a role identical to the one Craig Brown has in the men's game.

The wife of Bert Van Lingen, the No 2 at Rangers, Vera uses her maiden name, which she made famous as a sweeper in 87 Holland internationals after learning to play the game as a child.

She said: "I was the only girl in the neighbourhood so I kicked the ball about with my brothers and their pals in the streets.

"Every day we were out and then, at the age of 13, I was allowed to compete with women.

She added: "I'm flattered to get this job in Scotland where there's such a passion for the game.''

Craig Brown said: "Vera is well known for her coaching ability all around Europe.

"Everywhere I go I hear her mentioned in glowing terms. The SFA are very lucky to get her and I'm sure the game for women and girls will flourish under her guidance.''

Vera watched Scotland's women losing 3-0 to Spain on Sunday.

She said: "It wasn't a lack of quality. The simply need experience."

Backed by Lottery funding, her post is in the SFA's technical department.
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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Sep 17, 1998
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