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Spain women's national football team

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 Verónica Boquete
Most caps Arantza del Puerto (70)
Top scorer Laura del Río (40)
FIFA code ESP
FIFA ranking
Current 18 1 (25 September 2015)
Highest 14 (March 2015)
Lowest 21 (June 2004)
First international
Unofficial
Spain 3–3 Portugal
(Murcia, Spain; 21 February 1971)
Official
Spain 0–1 Portugal
(A Guarda, Spain; 5 February 1983)
Biggest win
Spain 17–0 Slovenia
(Palamós, Spain; 20 March 1994)
Biggest defeat
Spain 0–8 Sweden
(Gandía, Spain; 2 June 1996)
World Cup
Appearances 1 (First in 2015)
Best result Group Stage (2015)
UEFA Women's Championship
Appearances 2 (First in 1997)
Best result Semi-Finals (1997)
Spain national team in 2012

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 most of the other famous European nations, it has achieved some success like reaching the European Championship's semifinals in 1997. Its youth division has enjoyed some big success in recent times, like their two consecutive wins at the UEFA Women's Under-17 Championship in 2010 and 2011, as well as their third-place finish at the FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup, which brought hope to the women's senior team.[4]

In October 2012 the senior team qualified for the European Championship for a second time sixteen years later, after beating Scotland in repechage in the extra time's overtime.[5]

Contents

  • History 1
  • Competitive record 2
    • World Cup record 2.1
    • Olympic Games record 2.2
    • European Championship 2.3
  • Players 3
    • Current squad 3.1
    • Recent call-ups 3.2
    • Previous squads 3.3
  • Coaching staff 4
    • List of Spain women's national football team managers 4.1
  • Results and fixtures 5
    • Overall official record 5.1
  • Statistics 6
    • Most capped Spanish players 6.1
    • Top Spain goalscorers 6.2
    • Hat-tricks 6.3
  • Youth teams 7
    • U-20 7.1
    • U-19 7.2
    • U-18 7.3
    • U-17 7.4
  • References 8
  • External links 9

History

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 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.[6]

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, but RFEF forbid them to take part in the competition.[7] 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.

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).[8] 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.

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.

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 U-19 team, and was on the shortlist for the 2014 FIFA World Coach of the Year.[10][11]

Competitive record

World Cup record

FIFA Women's World Cup record
Year Round Position Pld W D * L GF GA
1991 Did Not Qualify
1995
1999
2003
2007
2011
2015 Group Stage 20th 3 0 1 2 2 4
2019 TBD
Total 1/7 0 Titles 3 0 1 2 2 4

Olympic Games record

Year Round Position MP W D L GF GA
1996 Did Not Qualify
2000
2004
2008
2012
2016
Total 0/5 -

European Championship

UEFA Women's Championship record
Year Round Position Pld W D * L GF GA
1984 Did Not Enter
1987 Did Not Qualify
1989
1991
1993
1995
1997 Semi-Finals 3rd 4 1 1 2 3 4
2001 Did Not Qualify
2005
2009
2013 Quarter-Finals 7th 4 1 1 2 5 7
2017 TBD
Total 2/11 7th 8 2 2 4 8 11

Players

Current squad

The following squad was announced for UEFA Women's Euro 2017 qualification against Finland on 27 October 2015

Caps and goals as of 28 October 2015.

0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
Goalkeeper
1 1GK Dolores Gallardo (1993-06-10) June 10, 1993 9 0 Atlético Madrid
13 1GK Sandra Paños (1992-11-04) November 4, 1992 4 0 FC Barcelona
Defender
22 2DF Ane Bergara (1987-02-03) February 3, 1987 5 0 FC Barcelona
5 2DF Ruth García (vc) (1987-04-26) April 26, 1987 48 3 FC Barcelona
3 2DF Leire Landa (1986-12-19) December 19, 1986 25 0 FC Barcelona
20 2DF Irene Paredes (1991-07-04) July 4, 1991 28 1 Athletic Club
4 2DF Melanie Serrano (1989-10-12) October 12, 1989 12 0 FC Barcelona
18 2DF Marta Torrejón (1990-02-27) February 27, 1990 54 7 FC Barcelona
Midfielder
17 3MF Marta Corredera (1991-08-08) August 8, 1991 29 2 Arsenal Ladies
10 3MF Jennifer Hermoso (1990-05-09) May 9, 1990 27 11 FC Barcelona
14 3MF Victoria Losada (1991-03-05) March 5, 1991 28 4 Arsenal Ladies
15 3MF Silvia Meseguer (1989-03-12) March 12, 1989 40 4 Atlético Madrid
11 3MF Alexia Putellas (1994-02-04) February 4, 1994 25 3 FC Barcelona
19 3MF Amanda Sampedro (1993-06-26) June 26, 1993 7 2 Atlético Madrid
6 3MF Virginia Torrecilla (1994-09-04) September 4, 1994 18 1 Montpellier HSC
Forward
8 4FW Sonia Bermúdez (1984-11-18) November 18, 1984 56 28 Atlético Madrid
7 4FW Natalia Pablos (1985-10-15) October 15, 1985 22 13 Arsenal Ladies
9 4FW María Paz Vilas (1988-02-01) February 1, 1988 10 12 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
GK Sara Serrat (1995-09-15) September 15, 1995 0 0 Sporting de Huelva 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup provisional squad, 23 April 2015
GK Esther Sullastres Injured (1993-03-20) March 20, 1993 0 0 Valencia CF v.  China PR, substitute; September 21, 2015
GK Ainhoa Tirapu (1984-09-04) September 4, 1984 46 0 Athletic Club v.  South Korea; June 17, 2015
DF Ivana Andrés (1994-07-13) July 13, 1994 2 0 Valencia CF v.  China PR; September 21, 2015
DF Miriam Diéguez (1986-05-04) May 4, 1986 29 0 FC Barcelona 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup provisional squad, 23 April 2015
DF Elixabet Ibarra (1981-06-29) June 29, 1981 42 2 Athletic Club 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup
DF Celia Jiménez (1995-06-20) June 20, 1995 6 0 Univ. of Alabama v.  South Korea; June 17, 2015
DF Paula Nicart (1994-09-08) September 8, 1994 1 0 Valencia CF 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup provisional squad, 23 April 2015
MF Nagore Calderón (1993-06-02) June 2, 1993 12 2 Atlético Madrid 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup provisional squad, 23 April 2015
MF Irene Del Río (1991-10-06) October 6, 1991 0 0 FC Barcelona 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup provisional squad, 23 April 2015
MF Carolina Férez (1991-06-26) June 26, 1991 1 0 Valencia CF v.  China PR; September 21, 2015
MF Débora García (1989-10-17) October 17, 1989 2 0 Atlético Madrid 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup provisional squad, 23 April 2015
MF Maitane López (1995-03-13) March 13, 1995 0 0 Levante UD 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup provisional squad, 23 April 2015
FW Verónica Boquete (c) Injured (1987-04-09) April 9, 1987 49 30 Bayern München v.  South Korea; June 17, 2015
FW Priscila Borja (1985-04-28) April 28, 1985 25 6 Atlético Madrid v.  China PR; September 21, 2015
FW Adriana Martín (1986-11-07) November 7, 1986 37 33 Levante UD 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup provisional squad, 23 April 2015
FW Erika Vázquez (1983-02-16) February 16, 1983 46 7 Athletic Club v.  South Korea; June 17, 2015

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 seasons.

      Win       Draw       Loss

Date Venue Opponent Result Competition
October 27, 2013 Collado Villalba, Spain Estonia  6–0 2015 World Cup qualifying
October 31, 2013 Madrid, Spain Italy  2–0
November 23, 2013 Aranjuez, Spain Romania  1–0
November 27, 2013 Fuenlabrada, Spain Czech Republic  3–2
January 14, 2014 La Manga, Spain Norway  1–2 00Friendly
February 13, 2014 Logroño, Spain Macedonia  12–0 2015 World Cup qualifying
April 5, 2014 Vicenza, Italy Italy  0–0
April 10, 2014 Skopje, Macedonia Macedonia  0–10
May 8, 2014 Tallinn, Estonia Estonia  0-5
September 13, 2014 Iaşi, Roumania Romania  0-2
September 17, 2014 Písek, Czech Republic Czech Republic  0-1
February 10, 2015 San Pedro del Pinatar, Spain Austria  2–2 00Friendly
February 11, 2015 San Pedro del Pinatar, Spain Belgium  2–1
March 3, 2015 Guadalajara, Spain New Zealand  2–2
March 5, 2015 La Roda, Spain New Zealand  0–0
April 8, 2015 Gijón, Spain Republic of Ireland  1–0
June 9, 2015 Montreal, Canada Costa Rica  1-1 002015 World Cup
June 13, 2015 Montreal, Canada Brazil  0–1
June 17, 2015 Ottawa, Canada South Korea  1–2
September 18, 2015 Weinan, China China PR  1–3 00Friendly
September 21, 2015 Chenzhou, China China PR  1–2
October 27, 2015 Helsinki, Finland Finland  1-2 002017 Euro qualifying
November 26, 2015 Dublin, Republic of Ireland Republic of Ireland 
December 1, 2015 Badajoz, Spain Portugal 
January 24, 2016 Montenegro 
April 8, 2016 Portugal  002017 Euro qualifying
April 12, 2015 Republic of Ireland 
September 15, 2016 Montenegro  002017 Euro qualifying
September 20, 2016 Finland 

Overall official record

Competition Stage Result Opponent Position Scorers
1987 EC QS Regular stage 0–1 1–2 Hungary 3 / 4
0–2 3–0 Switzerland
2–3 1–1 Italy
1989 EC QS Regular stage 1–1 1–0 Bulgaria 4 / 5
0–1 0–2 Czechoslovakia
1–0 0–1 Belgium
1–3 0–0 France
1991 EC QS Regular stage 0–0 1–2 Switzerland 4 / 5
1–3 0–5 Denmark
1–0 0–1 Belgium
1–3 0–0 France
1993 EC QS Regular stage 0–4 1–1 Sweden 2 / 3
0–1 1–0 Republic of Ireland
1995 EC QS Regular stage 0–0 4–0 Belgium 2 / 4
0–0 0–0 England
17–0 8–0 Slovenia
1997 EC QS Regular stage (Class A) 0–1 0–2 Denmark 3 / 4
5–1 2–2 Romania
1–1 0–8 Sweden
Repechage 2–1 1–1 England 1 / 2
1997 Euro Group stage 1–1 France 2 / 4
0–1 Sweden
1–0 Russia
Semifinals 1–2 Italy 3 / 8
1999 WC QS Regular stage (Class A) 1–2 1–2 Ukraine 4 / 4
1–2 1–3 Sweden
0–0 1–1 Iceland
Promotion 3–0 4–1 Scotland 1 / 2 Monforte (2), Auxi, Cabezón, Gimbert, Marco, Mateos
2001 EC QS Regular stage (Class A) 2–5 0–7 Sweden 3 / 4 ??
0–1 1–2 France Mateos
1–1 2–1 Netherlands "Chola", Fuentes, Gimbert
Repechage 1–6 2–4 Denmark 2 / 2 Cabezón, Gimbert, Mateos
2003 WC QS Regular stage (Class A) 6–1 0–3 Iceland 4 / 4 Auxi (2), Del Río (2), Ferreira, Gimbert
0–2 2–1 Russia Auxi, Del Río
0–3 0–1 Italy
Promotion Cancelled Hungary
2005 EC QS Regular stage (Class A) 1–0 0–0 Netherlands 3 / 5 Del Río
0–2 0–2 Norway
9–1 0–2 Belgium Del Río (5), Vázquez (2), Castillo, Gurrutxaga
0–1 0–2 Denmark
2007 WC QS Regular stage (Class A) 2–3 7–0 Poland 3 / 5 Del Río (2)
1–0 0–0 Finland Cabezón
3–2 4–2 Belgium Adriana (2), Cabezón, Gimbert, Gurrutxaga, Del Río + 1 o.g.
2–2 0–5 Denmark Adriana, Vilanova
2009 EC QS Regular stage 3–0 6–1 Belarus 2 / 5 Vázquez (3), Romero (2), Azagra, Cuesta, Auxi, Pérez
2–2 4–1 Czech Republic Boquete (2), Adriana, Gimbert, Torrejón, Vilanova
0–1 2–2 England Bermúdez, Boquete
4–0 3–0 Northern Ireland Vázquez (2), Bermúdez, Boquete, García, Del Río, Vilas
Repechage 0–2 0–2 Netherlands 2 / 2
2011 WC QS Regular stage 13–0 9–0 Malta 3 / 5 Adriana (8), Bermúdez (3), Boquete (3), Romero (3), Ibarra (2), Casado, Meseguer + 1 o.g.
2–0 1–0 Austria Adriana (2), Bermúdez
5–0 5–1 Turkey Adriana (5), Bermúdez (2), Boquete, Olabarrieta, Torrejón
0–1 2–2 England Adriana, Bermúdez
2013 EC QS Regular stage 10–1 4–0 Turkey 2 / 6 Adriana (4), Boquete (3), Bermúdez (2), Borja, Corredera, Olabarrieta, Vilas + 1 o.g.
3–2 3–4 Switzerland Adriana (2), Boquete (2), García, Vilas
4–0 13–0 Kazakhstan Vilas (7), Bermúdez (3), Boquete (2), Borja (2), Adriana, Meseguer, Torrejón
4–0 0–0 Romania Boquete (2), Adriana, Bermúdez
2–2 0–5 Germany Boquete, Romero
Repechage 1–1 3–2 Scotland 1 / 2 Adriana (2), Boquete, Meseguer
2013 Euro Group stage 3–2 England 2 / 4 Boquete, Hermoso, Putellas
0–1 France
1–1 Russia Boquete
Quarter-finals 1–3 Norway 2 / 2 Hermoso
2015 WC QS Regular stage 6–0 5–0 Estonia 1 / 6 Natalia (3), Bermúdez (2), Vicky (2), Hermoso (2), Torrejón, Paredes
2–0 0–0 Italy Bermúdez, Natalia
1–0 2–0 Romania Natalia (2), García
3–2 1–0 Czech Republic Bermúdez (2), Corredera, Boquete
12–0 10–0 Macedonia Natalia (6), Bermúdez (5), Hermoso (5), Boquete (2), Calderón (2), Losada, Torrejón
2015 World Cup Group stage 1-1 Costa Rica 4 / 4 Losada
0-1 Brazil
1-2 South Korea Boquete
2017 EC QS Regular stage 2-1 Finland 2 / 5 Putellas, Torrecilla
Republic of Ireland
Portugal
Montenegro

Statistics

Hat-tricks

Player Competition Against Home/Away Result Date
Itziar Bakero 1995 EURO Q Slovenia Home 17–0 20 March 1994
Mar Prieto7 1995 EURO Q Slovenia Home 17–0 20 March 1994
Laura Del Río5 2005 EURO Q Belgium Home 7–0 29 February 2004
Adriana Martín5 2007 WC Q Poland Home 7–0 30 March 2006
Sonia Bermúdez 2011 WC Q Malta Away 0–13 19 September 2009
Adriana Martín4 2011 WC Q Malta Away 0–13 19 September 2009
Ana Romero "Willy" 2011 WC Q Malta Away 0–13 19 September 2009
Adriana Martín 2011 WC Q Turkey Away 0–5 21 November 2009
Adriana Martín4 2011 WC Q Malta Home 9–0 24 June 2010
Verónica Boquete 2013 EURO Q Turkey Away 1–10 17 September 2011
Mª Paz Vilas7 2013 EURO Q Kazakhstan Home 14–0 5 April 2012
Natalia Pablos5 2015 WC Q Macedonia Home 12–0 13 February 2014
Sonia Bermúdez 2015 WC Q Macedonia Away 0–10 10 April 2014
Jennifer Hermoso 2015 WC Q Macedonia Away 0–10 10 April 2014

Youth teams

U-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

U-19

UEFA Women's Under-19 Championship
2002: Final Round 2003: Final Round 2004: 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

U-18

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

U-17

FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup
FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup record
Year Round Position Pld W D * L GF GA
2008 Did Not Qualify
2010 Third Place 3rd 6 5 0 1 13 6
2012 Did Not Qualify
2014 Runners-up 2nd 6 4 0 2 15 5
Total 2/4 5th place 12 9 0 3 28 11
UEFA Women's Under-17 Championship
Year Round Position MP W D L GF GA
2008 Did Not Qualify
2009 Runners-up 2nd 2 1 0 1 2 7
2010 Champions 1st 5 3 2 0 10 1
2011 Champions 1st 2 2 0 0 5 0
2012 Did Not Qualify
2013 Third Place 3rd 2 1 0 1 6 2
2014 Runners-up 2nd 5 3 2 0 10 1
2015 Champions 1st 5 3 2 0 13 4
Total 6/8 3 Titles 21 13 6 2 46 15

References

  1. ^ "Spain's women add to La Roja euphoria".  
  2. ^ the RFEF will encourage the 'dreamers'
  3. ^ "Why Spain is absent from the World Cup".  
  4. ^ "Equalizer Soccer – Laura del Rio enjoying new found freedom". Equalizersoccer.com. 2011-05-18. Retrieved 2012-08-20. 
  5. ^ Spain 3 Scotland 2 (4–3 on agg): Last minute agony for Anna Signeul's women in Euro qualifier . Daily Record, 24 October 2012
  6. ^ The underground origin of the women's national team. Marca, 23 April 2013. David Menayo
  7. ^ Conchi Amancio's national team shook up the 1970s Spain. As Color, 17 July 2012
  8. ^ The official baptism of the women's national team. Marca, 14 May 2013. David Menayo.
  9. ^ Spain players call firing Ignacio Quereda women's World Cup exit
  10. ^ "Quereda’s reign as Spain coach ends after 27 years". Equalizer Soccer. 31 July 2015. Retrieved 4 September 2015. 
  11. ^ "Vilda appointed coach of Spain’s women’s team". FIFA.com. 30 July 2015. Retrieved 4 September 2015. 

External links

  • RFEF site
  • FIFA profile
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