On August 15, 2023, he has fully entered the history of Spanish football. But not only that, also in the history of national sports. The victory of the Spanish women’s team against Sweden, in the semifinals of the World Cup that is being held in New Zealand and Australia, has meant a feat never seen before in a sport that in its women’s version continues to grow in our country. Next Sunday (12:00 p.m. Spanish peninsular time / La1) millions of Spaniards will be in front of the television to see in the middle of August if the team led by Jorge Vilda is capable of touching the sky by winning the first World Cup in its history. Until this final phase we had never passed a tie and now these women are one game away from being eternal. These women and a coach who has suffered in these months, but who, thanks to the support that the Federation has always given him, has been able to overcome everything to lead a unique group of players.
“A lot of confidence in Vilda and there are the results”, they assured from the Federation hours after seeing how Salma Paralluelo, first, and Olga Carmona, later, gave Spain the victory against Sweden. A triumph suffered, as have been the last months of the Spanish women’s team. Nothing is easy for this team, which since September 2022 has been having to deal with a mutiny organized by the hard core of the team.
Covered in that they needed better structures and the professionalism of their clubs, especially Barcelona -six of the 15 players belonged to the Catalan club- they launched a blackmail where the final objective was to throw Jorge Vilda out. There was no other. After the 2022 Euro Cup, where England knocked out the national team in the round of 16, these plays decided that they were going to change the coach. A maneuver that already worked well for many of them with Barcelona, when they forced Lluís Cortés to resign after winning the treble.
The Federation chaired by Luis Rubiales always stood by Jorge Vilda’s side, to whom he always gave his support and to whom he gave him the means to continue growing. Hand in hand with him, Spain has participated in three World Cups and always surpassed its previous classification. In fact, in the latter, you can win it. This performance was rewarded by the federal entity.
In fact, Luis Rubiales did not want to forget about the coach after achieving one of the greatest feats in the history of our sport: «What we have endured has been a lot. Let Jorge Vilda be called into question, who is a hard-working man, a world-class coach, who has resigned from other teams that offered him more money and stayed in Spain. We have stayed with those who have always wanted to be, but also with those who have valued the great work that has been done to grow, and we have forgotten the people with resentment. He has continued to work with his people and has ignored those who wanted to destroy ».
Let Vilda work
In the Federation they are pleased that, despite the pressure, they always let Vilda work. And, the coach is also a sports director. According to FIFA, the Federation is considered the best federation in the world for women’s football training and he is very much to blame for this. It cannot be forgotten that he has been working in Las Rozas since 2015, being an under-17 coach, then at the under-19 and has now spent eight years in the Absolute.
From the Federation they explain to OKDIARIO that “the only thing left was to take a definitive step with the Absolute, which has been taken by reaching this World Cup final, which allows us to be close to something big, titles.” They see it as the culmination of a lot of work, investment and commitment.
The support of the Federation
The support is based on the strategic plan that the Federation has been carrying out since 2018, when Luis Rubiales became president of the highest body. There was an investment of three million euros and it has grown to one of almost 28 in less than five years. All of this has had an impact on resources, on tools, on the professionalization of women’s football, which is helping them grow and take off.
This work has been reflected in the fact that our country has gone from 40,000 licenses to 100,000 in these five years. All this thanks to the strong commitment that the Federation is making for women’s football.
In addition, a women’s football department has been created in the strong Federation, the technical bodies have been equated with men’s football. In other words, medical services have been doubled with physiotherapists, doctors, nutritionists and other assistants.
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