Alen Stajcic and the meteoric rise of the Philippines women's national football team | The former Matildas boss and his dreams for the FIFA Women's World Cup 2023™
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Football in Australia was shocked with the sacking of Alen Stajcic as the Matildas coach, at the eleventh hour ahead of the FIFA Women's World Cup 2019™.
Following a stint at the Central Coast Mariners and amidst COVID lockdowns, Alen found himself with a new challenge at his feet: that of guiding the Philippines women's national team through the qualification process for a World Cup. And. they made it - for the first time ever.
Hear a fascinating, candid chat with Alen as Isobel Cootes quizzes him on motivation, appreciation...and how it feels to be the coach on the sideline as your team heads into a penalty shootout!
Watch every match of the FIFA Women's World Cup 2023™ live and on-demand on Optus Sport.
Listen to Optus Sport's award-winning limited series: Football Belongs, charting the cultural threads of Australian society through the lens of nine football matches:
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