Spain women's national football team

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Spain
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s) La Roja (The Red [One])[1]
Las Soñadoras (The Dreamers)[2]
Association Royal Spanish Football Federation
Confederation UEFA (Europe)
Head coach Jorge Vilda
Captain Marta Torrejón
Most caps Marta Torrejón (80)
Top scorer Verónica Boquete (38)
FIFA code ESP
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 12 Steady (22 June 2018)
Highest 12 (March 2018 – June 2018)
Lowest 21 (June–August 2004, March 2008)
First international
Unofficial
Spain Spain 3–3 Portugal Portugal
(Murcia, Spain; 21 February 1971)
Official
Spain Spain 0–1 Portugal Portugal
(A Guarda, Spain; 5 February 1983)
Biggest win
Spain Spain 17–0 Slovenia Slovenia
(Palamós, Spain; 20 March 1994)
Biggest defeat
Spain Spain 0–8 Sweden Sweden
(Gandía, Spain; 2 June 1996)
World Cup
Appearances 2 (first in 2015)
Best result Group Stage (2015)
European Championship
Appearances 3 (first in 1997)
Best result Semi-finals (1997)

The Spain women's national football team (Spanish: Selección femenina de fútbol de España) represents Spain in international women's football.[3] Although not considered a powerhouse like its male counterpart, it has achieved some success like reaching the European Championship's semifinals in 1997. Spain's youth team have enjoyed a much larger success in recent times, like winning their two consecutive UEFA Women's Under-17 Championship in 2010 and 2011, as well as reaching four consecutive finals from 2014 to 2017, winning the 2015 edition of the tournament. At the FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup, it has reached the final once in 2014 and placed third place in 2010 and 2016, which brings hope to the senior team.[4]

In 2017 the national team won its first international trophy, when they participated for the first time in the Algarve Cup winning the tournament, defeating Canada in the final.

History

Early years

After underground women's football clubs started appearing in Spain around 1970 one of its instigators, Rafael Muga, decided to create a national team. It was an unofficial project as football was considered an unsuitable sport for women by both the Royal Spanish Football Federation and National Movement's Women's Section, which organized women's sports in Francoist Spain. When asked about the initiative in January 1971 RFEF president José Luis Pérez Payá answered I'm not against women's football, but I don't like it either. I don't think it's feminine from a esthetic point of view. Women are not favored wearing shirt and trousers. Any regional dress would fit them better.[5]

One month later, on 21 February 1971, the unofficial Spanish national team, including Conchi Sánchez, who played professionally in the Italian league, made its debut in Murcia's La Condomina against Portugal, ending in a 3–3 draw. The team wasn't allowed to wear RFEF's crest and the referee couldn't wear an official uniform either. On July 15, with a 5-days delay for transfer issues, it played its first game abroad against Italy in Turin's Stadio Comunale, suffering an 8–1 defeat. It was then invited to the 2nd edition of unofficial women's world cup (Mundialito 1981), but RFEF forbid them to take part in the competition.[6] Despite these conditions Spain was entrusted hosting the 1972 World Cup. RFEF vetoed the project, and the competition was cancelled and disbanded. The unofficial Spanish team itself broke up shortly after.

1980s: Officiality of the team

After the transition to democracy in the second half of the decade RFEF finally accepted women's football in November 1980, creating first a national cup and next a national team, which finally made its debut under coach Teodoro Nieto on 5 February 1983 in A Guarda, Pontevedra. The opponent was again Portugal, which defeated Spain 0–1. The team subsequently played 2-leg friendlies against France and Switzerland drawing with both opponents in Aranjuez and Barcelona and losing in Perpignan before it finally clinched its first victory in Zürich (0–1).[7] On 27 April 1985 it played its first official match in the 1987 European Championship's qualification, losing 1–0 against Hungary. After losing the first four matches Spain defeated Switzerland and drew with Italy to end third. The team also ended in its group's bottom positions in the subsequent 1989 and 1991 qualifiers. After the former Nieto was replaced by Ignacio Quereda, who has coached the team since September 1, 1988. Teodoro Nieto left the most International Footballer Conchi sanchez (Amancio) out of the Spanish Team even when the player was the first Capitain during the 70s, She was playing in Italy at the time winning championships and Italian Cups, there was not substantial reasons to leave such extraordinary player out at the peak of her career, the damaged was done to such brilliant player who loved to play for her country and fully deserved more respect and recognition.

1990s and 2000s: Growing up

The 1995 Euro qualifying marked an improvement as Spain ended 2nd, one point from England, which qualified for the final tournament. In these qualifiers Spain attained its biggest victory to date, a 17–0 over Slovenia. In the 1997 Euro qualifying it made a weaker performance, including a record 0–8 loss against Sweden in Gandia, but the European Championship was expanded to eight teams and Spain still made it to the repechage, where it defeated England on a 3–2 aggregate to qualify for the competition for the first time. In the first stage the team drew 1–1 against France, lost 0–1 against host Sweden, and beat 1–0 Russia to qualify on goal average over France to the semifinals, where it was defeated 2–1 by Italy. All three goals were scored by Ángeles Parejo.

This success was followed by a long series of unsuccessful qualifiers. In the 1999 World Cup's qualifying Spain ended last for the first time, not winning a single game. In the 2001 Euro's it made it to the repechage, where it suffered a 3–10 aggregate defeat against Denmark. In the 2003 World Cup's it again ended last despite starting with a 6–1 win over Iceland. In the 2005 Euro's, where a 9–1 win over Belgium was followed by a 5-game non scoring streak, it ended 3rd behind Denmark and Norway. In the 2007 World Cup's the team again ended 3rd behind Denmark and Finland despite earning 7 more points.

In the 2009 Euro's Spain made its better performance since the 1995 qualifiers, narrowly missing qualification as England clinched the top position by overcoming a 2–0 in the final match's second half. Spain had to play the repechage, where it lost both games against the Netherlands. In the 2011 World Cup's Spain again ended 2nd, with no repechage, after England again overcame a half-time 2–0 in their second confrontation.

2010s: First World Cup

Spain achieved 16 years later a place for the final stage of a European Championship. The team qualified for the UEFA Women's Euro 2013, after beating Scotland in the qualifiers playoff. In the group stage, a win over England and a draw against Russia was enough to qualify for the quarterfinals, where it was eliminated by Norway.

Two years later, Spain qualified for the first time ever to a World Cup, winning nine of its ten matches of the qualifying round. In the group stage of the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup. Their campaign, however, ended up being a disaster. Spain managed only a 1–1 draw into the weakest team in the group, Costa Rica, before losing 0–1 to Brazil. In the last match with South Korea, they still lost 1–2 after an initial lead, becoming the worst European team in the tournament. After the World Cup, the 23 players on the roster issued a collective statement for the end of Ignacio Quereda’s reign as head coach.[8] Later that summer, Quereda stepped down and was replaced by Jorge Vilda, who had previously coached the U-19 team, and was on the shortlist for the 2014 FIFA World Coach of the Year.[9][10]

Spain has achieved to qualify for the UEFA Women's Euro 2017 by winning all the matches and ahead in 11 points to the second classified. In 2017 the national team participated for the first time in the Algarve Cup winning the tournament.[11] However, its performance in the UEFA Women's Euro 2017 was very disappointing: only one match won (against Portugal, the worst ranked team in Euro), two defeats against England (0–2) and Scotland (0–1) in group stage, Miraculously Spain advanted to the quarter-finals, where losing against Austria in a quarter-final finishing 0–0 after extra time, then 3–5 in penalty shoot-out. Eventually, the national football team was eliminated after more than 345 minutes without scoring a single goal.

Competitive record

World Cup

FIFA Women's World Cup record FIFA World Cup Qualification record
Year Round Position Pld W D * L GF GA Pld W D L GF GA
China 1991 Did Not Qualify 1991 UEFA Women's Championship
Sweden 1995 UEFA Women's Euro 1995
United States 1999 6 0 2 4 5 10
United States 2003 6 2 0 4 8 11
China 2007 8 4 2 2 19 14
Germany 2011 8 6 1 1 37 4
Canada 2015 Group Stage 20th 3 0 1 2 2 4 10 9 1 0 42 2
France 2019 Qualified 6 6 0 0 17 1
Total 2/8 0 Titles 3 0 1 2 2 4 43 26 6 11 126 42

Olympic Games

Year Round Position MP W D L GF GA
United States 1996 Did Not Qualify
Australia 2000
Greece 2004
China 2008
United Kingdom 2012
Brazil 2016
Total 0/6 -

European Championship

UEFA Women's Championship record UEFA Euro Qualification record
Year Round Position Pld W D L GF GA Pld W D L GF GA
1984 Did Not Enter Declined Participation
Norway 1987 Did Not Qualify 6 1 1 4 7 9
West Germany 1989 8 2 2 4 4 8
Denmark 1991 6 0 2 4 3 13
Italy 1993 4 1 1 2 2 6
EnglandGermanyNorwaySweden1995 6 3 3 0 29 0
Norway Sweden 1997 Semi-Finals 4th 4 1 1 2 3 4 6 1 2 3 8 15
Germany 2001 Did Not Qualify 6 1 1 4 6 17
England 2005 8 2 1 5 10 10
Finland 2009 8 5 2 1 24 7
Sweden 2013 Quarter-Finals 7th 4 1 1 2 5 7 10 6 2 2 43 14
Netherlands 2017 Quarter-Finals 8th 4 1 1 2 2 3 8 8 0 0 40 2
Total 3/12 12 3 3 6 10 14 76 30 17 29 193 101

Team

Current squad

The following players were called up for the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup qualification against Israel on 7 June 2018.

Caps and goals as of 8 June 2018
No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
Goalkeeper
1 1GK Dolores Gallardo (1993-06-10) June 10, 1993 (age 25) 25 0 Spain Atlético Madrid
13 1GK Sandra Paños (1992-11-04) November 4, 1992 (age 25) 22 0 Spain FC Barcelona
23 1GK María Asunción Quiñones (1996-10-29) October 29, 1996 (age 21) 1 0 Spain Real Sociedad
Defender
5 2DF Ivana Andrés (1994-07-13) July 13, 1994 (age 24) 14 0 Spain Levante
2 2DF Eunate Arraiza (1991-06-03) June 3, 1991 (age 27) 4 0 Spain Athletic Club
15 2DF Marta Carro (1991-01-06) January 6, 1991 (age 27) 3 0 Spain Valencia CF
3 2DF Paula Nicart (1994-09-08) September 8, 1994 (age 23) 3 0 Spain Valencia CF
4 2DF Andrea Pereira (1993-09-19) September 19, 1993 (age 24) 18 0 Spain Barcelona
16 2DF María Pilar León (1995-06-13) June 13, 1995 (age 23) 14 0 Spain FC Barcelona
Midfielder
18 3MF Aitana Bonmatí (1998-01-18) January 18, 1998 (age 20) 4 0 Spain FC Barcelona
7 3MF Marta Corredera (1991-08-08) August 8, 1991 (age 26) 56 3 Spain Levante
12 3MF Patricia Guijarro (1998-05-17) May 17, 1998 (age 20) 12 3 Spain FC Barcelona
6 3MF Victoria Losada (1991-03-05) March 5, 1991 (age 27) 50 13 Spain FC Barcelona
11 3MF Alexia Putellas (1994-02-04) February 4, 1994 (age 24) 57 11 Spain FC Barcelona
19 3MF Amanda Sampedro (vc) (1993-06-26) June 26, 1993 (age 25) 38 10 Spain Atlético Madrid
14 3MF Virginia Torrecilla (1994-09-04) September 4, 1994 (age 23) 45 5 France Montpellier HSC
Forward
8 4FW Mariona Caldentey (1996-03-19) March 19, 1996 (age 22) 12 2 Spain FC Barcelona
17 4FW Lucía García (1998-07-14) July 14, 1998 (age 20) 6 0 Spain Athletic Club
20 4FW Olga García (1992-06-01) June 1, 1992 (age 26) 25 5 Spain Atlético Madrid
10 4FW Jennifer Hermoso (1990-05-09) May 9, 1990 (age 28) 58 22 France Paris Saint-Germain
9 4FW Maripaz Vilas (1988-02-01) February 1, 1988 (age 30) 25 15 Spain Valencia CF

Recent call-ups

The following players were named to a squad in the last twelve months.

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
DF Rocío Gálvez (1997-05-15) May 15, 1997 (age 21) 2 0 Spain Real Betis v.  Italy; March 7, 2018
DF Celia Jiménez (1995-06-20) June 20, 1995 (age 23) 15 0 United States Seattle Reign FC v.  Austria; April 10, 2018
DF Alexandra López (1989-02-26) February 26, 1989 (age 29) 14 0 Spain Madrid CFF UEFA Women's Euro 2017
DF Leila Ouahabi Cruz Roja.svg (1993-03-22) March 22, 1993 (age 25) 20 1 Spain FC Barcelona v.  Serbia; November 24, 2017
DF Irene Paredes (vc) (1991-07-04) July 4, 1991 (age 27) 54 8 France Paris Saint-Germain v.  Israel; June 7, 2018 PRE
DF Marta Torrejón (c) (1990-02-27) February 27, 1990 (age 28) 80 9 Spain FC Barcelona v.  Austria; April 10, 2018

MF Alharilla Casado (1990-11-13) November 13, 1990 (age 27) 6 1 Spain Levante UD v.  Czech Republic; March 5, 2018
MF Gemma Gili (1994-05-21) May 21, 1994 (age 24) 2 0 Spain FC Barcelona v.  Belgium; March 2, 2018
MF Sandra Hernández (1997-05-25) May 25, 1997 (age 21) 4 0 Spain Valencia CF v.  Italy; March 7, 2018
MF Silvia Meseguer RET (1989-03-12) March 12, 1989 (age 29) 57 5 Spain Atlético Madrid v.  France; September 18, 2017

FW Esther González (1992-12-08) December 8, 1992 (age 25) 2 0 Spain Atlético Madrid v.  France; September 18, 2017 PRE
FW Bárbara Latorre (1993-03-14) March 14, 1993 (age 25) 17 1 Spain FC Barcelona v.  Belgium; March 2, 2018

Previous squads

Coaching staff

Results and fixtures

For all past match results of the national team, see single-season articles and the team's results page

The following matches were played or are scheduled to be played by the national team in the current or upcoming season.

  Win   Draw   Loss

Date Venue Opponent Result Competition
July 19, 2017 Netherlands Doetinchem Portugal  2–0 Euro 2017
July 23, 2017 Netherlands Breda England  0–2
July 27, 2017 Netherlands Deventer Scotland  0–1
July 30, 2017 Netherlands Tilburg Austria  0–0
September 18, 2017 France Calais France  3–1 Friendly
October 23, 2017 Israel Ramat Gan Israel  0–6 2019 World Cup qualifying
November 24, 2017 Serbia Belgrade Serbia  1–2
November 28, 2017 Spain Palma Austria  4–0
January 20, 2018 Spain San Pedro del Pinatar Netherlands XI  2–0 Trainer
February 28, 2018 Cyprus Larnaca Austria  2–0 2018 Cyprus Cup
March 2, 2018 Cyprus Larnaca Belgium  0–0
March 5, 2018 Cyprus Larnaca Czech Republic  2–0
March 7, 2018 Cyprus Larnaca Italy  2–0
April 6, 2018 Finland Helsinki Finland  0–2 2019 World Cup qualifying
April 10, 2018 Austria Maria Enzersdorf Austria  0–1
June 7, 2018 Spain Murcia Israel  2–0
August 31, 2018 Spain Pontevedra? Finland 
September 4, 2018 Spain Ferrol? Serbia 

Overall official record

Honours

Titles

Med 1.png Champions: 2017
Med 1.png Champions: 2018

Other awards

Statistics

Most capped Spanish players

  • Still active national team players in bold.
Marta Torrejón is the most capped player in the history of the Spanish national team.
# Player Career Caps Goals
1 Marta Torrejón 2007–0000 80 9
2 Arantza del Puerto 1990–2005 71 ??
3 Mar Prieto 1989–2000 62 27
4 Sonia Bermúdez 2005–2017 61 34
5 Jennifer Hermoso 2011–0000 58 22
6 Rosa Castillo 1993–2000 57 ??
Silvia Meseguer 2008–2017 57 5
Alexia Putellas 2013–0000 57 11
9 Verónica Boquete 2005–2017 56 38
Marta Corredera 2013–0000 56 3

Top Spain goalscorers

  • Still active national team players in bold.
Verónica Boquete is Spain's all-time scorer with 38 goals.
# Player Career Goals Caps Average
1 Verónica Boquete 2005–2017 38 56 0.679
2 Sonia Bermúdez 2005–2017 34 61 0.557
3 Adriana Martín 2005–2015 33 37 0.892
4 Mar Prieto 1989–2000 27 62 0.435
5 Jennifer Hermoso 2011–0000 22 58 0.379
6 María Paz Vilas 2008–0000 15 25 0.600

Hat-tricks

Adriana Martin has scored 4 hat-tricks with Spain in her career
Player Competition Against Home/Away Result Date
Mar Prieto7 1995 EURO Q Slovenia Slovenia Home 17–0 20 March 1994
Itziar Bakero
Laura Del Río5 2005 EURO Q Belgium Belgium Home 7–0 29 February 2004
Adriana Martín5 2007 WC Q Poland Poland Home 7–0 30 March 2006
Adriana Martín4 2011 WC Q Malta Malta Away 0–13 19 September 2009
Sonia Bermúdez
Ana "Willy" Romero
Adriana Martín 2011 WC Q Turkey Turkey Away 0–5 21 November 2009
Adriana Martín4 2011 WC Q Malta Malta Home 9–0 24 June 2010
Verónica Boquete 2013 EURO Q Turkey Turkey Away 1–10 17 September 2011
María Paz Vilas7 2013 EURO Q Kazakhstan Kazakhstan Home 14–0 5 April 2012
Natalia Pablos5 2015 WC Q Republic of Macedonia Macedonia Home 12–0 13 February 2014
Sonia Bermúdez 2015 WC Q Republic of Macedonia Macedonia Away 0–10 10 April 2014
Jennifer Hermoso
Sonia Bermúdez 5 2017 EURO Q Montenegro Montenegro Home 13–0 15 September 2016
Verónica Boquete4
Ainhoa Tirapu holds the Spanish record for most international career clean sheets

4 Player scored 4 goals
5 Player scored 5 goals
7 Player scored 7 goals

Clean sheets

  • Still active national team players in bold.
# Player Career Clean Sheets Caps Average
1 Ainhoa Tirapu 2007–2015 20 46 0.435
2 Dolores Gallardo 2012–0000 13 25 0.520
3 Sandra Paños 2011–0000 11 22 0.500
4 Roser Serra 1991–1998 10? 33 0.303?
5 Ana Ruiz 1984–1988 4 17 0.235
Elixabete Capa 1997–2005 4 ?? ??

Progression

Youth teams

Under-20

FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup
2002: did not qualify 2004: 1st round 2006: did not qualify
2008: did not qualify 2010: did not qualify 2012: did not qualify
2014: did not qualify 2016: 5th 2018: Qualified

Under-19

UEFA Women's Under-19 Championship
2002: Final Round 2003: Final Round 2004: Mozilla.svg Champion
2005: Second Round 2006: Second Round 2007: Final Round
2008: Final Round 2009: Second Round 2010: Final Round
2011: Final Round 2012: Runner-up 2013: did not qualify
2014: Runner-up 2015: Runner-up 2016: Runner-up
2017: Mozilla.svg Champion 2018: TBD

Under-18

UEFA Women's Under-18 Championship
1998: did not qualify 1999: did not qualify 2000: Runner-up 2001: 4th (last edition)

Under-17

FIFA Under-17 Women's World Cup
FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup
2008: did not qualify 2010: Third Place 2012: did not qualify
2014: Runner-up 2016: Third Place 2018: Qualified
UEFA Women's Under-17 Championship
UEFA Women's Under-17 Championship
2008: did not qualify 2009: Runner-up 2010: Mozilla.svg Champion
2011: Mozilla.svg Champion 2012: did not qualify 2013: Third Place
2014: Runner-up 2015: Mozilla.svg Champion 2016: Runner-up
2017: Runner-up 2018: Mozilla.svg Champion 2019:

Under-16

There is also a women's national team that represents Spain in international football in under-16 categories and is controlled by the Royal Spanish Football Federation. This team usually participates each year in UEFA Women U-16 Development Tournament (although it is not an official tournament) with remarkable success[17]

Spanish autonomous women's football teams

These teams from several Autonomous communities of Spain are not affiliated with FIFA or UEFA and therefore they are only allowed to play friendly matches.

See also

References

  1. ^ "Spain's women add to La Roja euphoria". FIFA. Retrieved 2012-12-07. 
  2. ^ the RFEF will encourage the 'dreamers'
  3. ^ "Why Spain is absent from the World Cup". Fox Soccer. Retrieved 2012-08-05. 
  4. ^ "Equalizer Soccer – Laura del Rio enjoying new found freedom". Equalizersoccer.com. 2011-05-18. Retrieved 2012-08-20. 
  5. ^ The underground origin of the women's national team. Marca, 23 April 2013. David Menayo
  6. ^ Conchi Amancio's national team shook up the 1970s Spain. As Color, 17 July 2012
  7. ^ The official baptism of the women's national team. Marca, 14 May 2013. David Menayo.
  8. ^ Spain players call firing Ignacio Quereda women's World Cup exit
  9. ^ "Quereda's reign as Spain coach ends after 27 years". Equalizer Soccer. 31 July 2015. Retrieved 4 September 2015. 
  10. ^ "Vilda appointed coach of Spain's women's team". FIFA.com. 30 July 2015. Retrieved 4 September 2015. 
  11. ^ Champions of Algarve Cup
  12. ^ The Spanish women's national team honored at the 2014 National Sports Awards
  13. ^ UEFA Women's National Team Coefficient Overview (June 2016)
  14. ^ UEFA Women's National Team Coefficient Overview (November 2017)
  15. ^ UEFA Women's National Team Coefficient Overview (June 2018)
  16. ^ Ranking women's national football teams based on a formula invented and developed by Mark Ziaian
  17. ^ The U16s debut with a brilliant victory at the UEFA Development Tournament

External links

  • RFEF site
  • FIFA profile
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