|Sport:||Football / Soccer|
|Role:||Former Head Coach of the German Women's Football Team|
Silvia Neid (born 2 May 1964 in Walldürn) is a former professional soccer player, and, since July 2005, has served as the head coach of the Germany women’s national football team after having been assistant to Tina Theune-Meyer for some time. Together with Doris Fitschen and Martina Voss, she is considered the most successful German women’s soccer player, having won seven national championships and six DFB-Pokaltrophies.
Neid’s career as a player began at SV Schlierstadt, later renamed to Klinge Seckach. She stayed with the club until 1983 when she signed up with SSG Bergisch Gladbach, then the dominant team in German football. She won the double with SSG in 1984, but moved to TSV Siegen after a titleless 1985 season. The club had its best years in the time Silvia Neid played for Siegen, winning six championships and five cups. When coach Gerd Neuser stopped coaching Siegen in 1994 Neid wanted to leave Siegen for SG Praunheim, but the club did not want to let her. Neid retired after the 1996 season and immediately took a coaching job with thewomen’s national team.
As an international she had her debut on 10 November 1982 against Switzerland, being swapped in in the 41st minute. She scored her first immediately after being on the field for only a minute and scored another goal later in the game. Neid won the UEFA Women’s Championship three times (in 1989, 1991, and 1995) with the German team, and finished the 1995 FIFA Women’s World Cup as runner-up. Her last game was at the1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta against Brazil.
She managed the under-19 German women’s national football team, winning the 2004 World Championshipwith them, and finishing the Women’s Championship as runner-up.
She took over for the national team on 20 June 2005. In 2005–06 Neid led the German team to the qualification for the 2007 FIFA Women’s World Cup. Germany defeated Brazil 2–0 in the final of the tournament. In 2008 she led the German team to the Bronze medal at the 2008 Summer Olympics.
In 2010, she was the first winner of the FIFA Ballon d’Or for Best Coach on Woman’s football.
Silvia coached her last international tournament with Germany at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, and with a fairytale ending of winning the Gold Medal over fellow female coach, Pia Sundhage. Silvia handed over the reins to Steffi Jones.