Pedro Martinez Losa appointed Scotland Women’s Head Coach

Scotland's new head coach, Pedro Martinez Losa
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Pedro Martinez Losa has been appointed Scotland Women’s Head Coach ahead of the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup Qualifiers.

The Spaniard has signed a three-year contract with the Scottish FA and will start on 1 August, with his first match in charge of Scotland will be on 17 September away to Hungary.

The UEFA Pro Licence holder, who spent a three-year period as head coach of Arsenal Women, recently led FC Girondins de Bordeaux to a first ever Champions League qualification in the club’s history.

Pedro Martinez Losa told “It has been a long-held ambition of mine to coach a women’s national team so today represents a tremendous honour for me as I take charge of Scotland.

“I have admired from afar in recent years, watching a talented group of players take their nation to two back-to-back major championships and it’s now my job to ensure the team return to that stage.

“Scotland have an abundance of international talent alongside a well balanced mix of youth and experience throughout the squad, which was one of the main aspects which attracted me to the job.

“I want to achieve success on the pitch to inspire the next generation of female players in this country. I understand women’s football is growing rapidly in Scotland and I want to spearhead that with victories on the pitch.

“There is a promising journey ahead for the team and I can’t wait to get started ahead of the matches against Hungary and Faroe Islands.”

Ian Maxwell, Scottish FA Chief Executive said: “Pedro’s CV is extremely impressive and following an extensive recruitment process, his experience of women’s football across the globe set him apart from the field.

“In a coaching career spanning more than 20 years, Pedro has succeeded in Spain, the United States, England and France and joins the Scottish FA with a set of attributes which will allow Scotland to fulfil their enormous potential.

“With the new women’s and girls’ strategy set to be released later this week, Pedro’s appointment will re-energise the game in Scotland and ensure it returns to the forefront of people’s minds ahead of an exciting qualification campaign where we aim to again grace the biggest stage in women’s football at the FIFA World Cup.”

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