Spain women's national football team

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Spain
Nickname(s)La Roja (The Red [One])[1]
AssociationRoyal Spanish Football Federation
ConfederationUEFA (Europe)
Head coachJorge Vilda
CaptainMarta Torrejón
Most capsMarta Torrejón (84)
Top scorerVerónica Boquete (38)
FIFA codeESP
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 12 Steady (7 December 2018)[2]
Highest12 (March 2018 – present)
Lowest21 (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
Appearances2 (first in 2015)
Best resultGroup Stage (2015)
European Championship
Appearances3 (first in 1997)
Best resultSemi-finals (1997)

The Spain women's national football team (Spanish: Selección Española de Fútbol Femenina) represents Spain in international women's football since 1980, and is controlled by the Royal Spanish Football Federation, the governing body for football in Spain.

Spain have qualified two times for the FIFA Women's World Cup and three times for the UEFA Women's Championship, reaching the semifinals in 1997. Spain's youth teams are one of the most successful and have enjoyed a great success in 2018, getting the two continental titles (U-17 and U-19), and reaching the two worldwide finals, winners in the U-17 World Cup and runners-up in the U-20 World Cup.

History[edit]

Early years[edit]

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.[3]

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.[4] 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[edit]

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).[5] 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[edit]

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.[6]

2010s: First World Cup[edit]

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.[7] 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.[8][9]

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.[10] 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[edit]

World Cup[edit]

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 8 8 0 0 25 2
Total 2/8 0 Titles 3 0 1 2 2 4 45 28 6 11 134 43

European Championship[edit]

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
NorwaySweden 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
England 2021 TBD 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 3/12 12 3 3 6 10 14 76 30 17 29 193 101

Olympic Games[edit]

Year Round Position MP W D L GF GA
United StatesAtlanta 1996 Did not qualify
AustraliaSydney 2000
Greece 2004
ChinaBeijing 2008
United KingdomLondon 2012
BrazilRio de Janeiro (state) 2016
JapanTokyo 2020 To be determined
FranceParis 2024
United StatesLos Angeles 2028
Total 0/6

Team[edit]

Current squad[edit]

The following players were named to the squad for the 2019 Algarve Cup.

Caps and goals as of 7 March 2019
No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
Goalkeeper
1 1GK Dolores Gallardo (1993-06-10) June 10, 1993 (age 25) 29 0 Spain Atlético Madrid
13 1GK Sandra Paños (1992-11-04) November 4, 1992 (age 26) 26 0 Spain FC Barcelona
23 1GK María Asunción Quiñones (1996-10-29) October 29, 1996 (age 22) 3 0 Spain Real Sociedad
Defender
5 2DF Ivana Andrés (1994-07-13) July 13, 1994 (age 24) 19 0 Spain Levante UD
12 2DF Marta Carro Cruz Roja.svg (1991-01-06) January 6, 1991 (age 28) 7 1 Spain Valencia CF
2 2DF Celia Jiménez (1995-06-20) June 20, 1995 (age 23) 21 0 United States Seattle Reign FC
16 2DF María Pilar León (1995-06-13) June 13, 1995 (age 23) 21 0 Spain FC Barcelona
3 2DF Leila Ouahabi (1993-03-22) March 22, 1993 (age 26) 25 1 Spain FC Barcelona
4 2DF Irene Paredes (vc) (1991-07-04) July 4, 1991 (age 27) 59 8 France Paris Saint-Germain
20 2DF Andrea Pereira (1993-09-19) September 19, 1993 (age 25) 24 0 Spain FC Barcelona
8 2DF Marta Torrejón (c) (1990-02-27) February 27, 1990 (age 29) 84 9 Spain FC Barcelona
Midfielder
19 3MF Aitana Bonmatí (1998-01-18) January 18, 1998 (age 21) 11 0 Spain FC Barcelona
7 3MF Marta Corredera (1991-08-08) August 8, 1991 (age 27) 64 5 Spain Levante UD
6 3MF Victoria Losada (1991-03-05) March 5, 1991 (age 28) 59 13 Spain FC Barcelona
15 3MF Silvia Meseguer (1989-03-12) March 12, 1989 (age 30) 62 5 Spain Atlético Madrid
11 3MF Alexia Putellas (1994-02-04) February 4, 1994 (age 25) 63 12 Spain FC Barcelona
14 3MF Virginia Torrecilla (1994-09-04) September 4, 1994 (age 24) 50 5 France Montpellier HSC
Forward
9 4FW Mariona Caldentey (1996-03-19) March 19, 1996 (age 23) 18 2 Spain FC Barcelona
17 4FW Lucía García (1998-07-14) July 14, 1998 (age 20) 13 0 Spain Athletic Club
22 4FW Nahikari García (1997-03-10) March 10, 1997 (age 22) 7 1 Spain Real Sociedad
21 4FW Olga García (1992-06-01) June 1, 1992 (age 26) 28 5 Spain Atlético Madrid
10 4FW Jennifer Hermoso (1990-05-09) May 9, 1990 (age 28) 64 27 Spain Atlético Madrid
18 4FW Alba Redondo (1996-08-27) August 27, 1996 (age 22) 4 1 Spain Fundación Albacete

Recent call-ups[edit]

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 (1995-09-10) September 10, 1995 (age 23) 0 0 Spain Sporting de Huelva training sessions in early October 2018

DF Eunate Arraiza (1991-06-03) June 3, 1991 (age 27) 4 0 Spain Athletic Club v.  Israel; June 7, 2018 PRE
DF Rocío Gálvez (1997-05-15) May 15, 1997 (age 21) 2 0 Spain Real Betis training sessions in early October 2018
DF Carmen Menayo (1998-04-14) April 14, 1998 (age 20) 0 0 Spain Atlético Madrid training sessions in early October 2018
DF Núria Mendoza (1995-12-15) December 15, 1995 (age 23) 0 0 Spain Real Sociedad training sessions in early October 2018
DF Paula Nicart (1994-09-08) September 8, 1994 (age 24) 3 0 Spain Valencia CF training sessions in early October 2018

MF Alharilla Casado (1990-11-13) November 13, 1990 (age 28) 6 1 Spain Levante UD v.  Czech Republic; March 5, 2018
MF Andrea Falcón Cruz Roja.svg (1997-02-28) February 28, 1997 (age 22) 6 1 Spain Atlético Madrid 2019 Algarve Cup PRE
MF Gemma Gili (1994-05-21) May 21, 1994 (age 24) 2 0 Spain FC Barcelona training sessions in early October 2018
MF Irene Guerrero (1996-12-12) December 12, 1996 (age 22) 0 0 Spain Real Betis training sessions in early October 2018
MF Patricia Guijarro Cruz Roja.svg (1998-05-17) May 17, 1998 (age 20) 16 3 Spain FC Barcelona v.  Belgium; January 17, 2018 PRE
MF Sandra Hernández (1997-05-25) May 25, 1997 (age 21) 4 0 Spain Valencia CF training sessions in early October 2018
MF Amanda Sampedro (vc) Cruz Roja.svg (1993-06-26) June 26, 1993 (age 25) 43 11 Spain Atlético Madrid 2019 Algarve Cup PRE
MF Ángela Sosa Cruz Roja.svg (1993-01-16) January 16, 1993 (age 26) 2 0 Spain Atlético Madrid v.  Belgium; January 17, 2019
MF Claudia Zornoza (1990-10-20) October 20, 1990 (age 28) 1 0 Spain Levante UD training sessions in early October 2018

FW Lucía Gómez (1996-10-11) October 11, 1996 (age 22) 0 0 Spain Levante UD training sessions in early October 2018
FW Esther González (1992-12-08) December 8, 1992 (age 26) 3 0 Spain Atlético Madrid v.  Poland; November 8, 2018 PRE
FW Bárbara Latorre (1993-03-14) March 14, 1993 (age 26) 18 1 Spain FC Barcelona training sessions in early October 2018PRE
FW Maripaz Vilas (1988-02-01) February 1, 1988 (age 31) 25 15 Spain Valencia CF v.  Israel; June 7, 2018

Previous squads[edit]

Coaching staff[edit]

Results and fixtures[edit]

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
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 Santander Finland  5–1
September 4, 2018 Spain Logroño Serbia  3–0
November 8, 2018 Spain Leganés Poland  3–1 Friendly
November 13, 2018 Germany Erfurt Germany  0–0
January 17, 2019 Spain Cartagena Belgium  1–1
January 22, 2019 Spain Alicante United States  0–1
February 27, 2019 Portugal Parchal Netherlands  2–0 2019 Algarve Cup
March 1, 2019 Portugal Lagos Poland  0–3
March 6, 2019 Portugal Albufeira Switzerland   0–2
April 5, 2019 Spain Don Benito Brazil  Friendly
April 9, 2019 United Kingdom Swindon England 
June 1, 2019 Spain Pamplona
June 8, 2019 France Le Havre South Africa  2019 World Cup
June 12, 2019 France Valenciennes Germany 
June 17, 2019 France Le Havre China PR 

Overall official record[edit]

Honours[edit]

Titles[edit]

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

Other awards[edit]

Player statistics[edit]

Most caps[edit]

  • 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 84 9
2 Arantza del Puerto 1990–2005 71 ??
3 Marta Corredera 2013–0000 64 5
Jennifer Hermoso 2011–0000 64 28
5 Alexia Putellas 2013–0000 63 12
6 Silvia Meseguer 2008–0000 62 5
Mar Prieto 1989–2000 62 27
8 Sonia Bermúdez 2005–2017 61 34
9 Victoria Losada 2010–0000 59 13
Irene Paredes 2011–0000 59 8

Most goals[edit]

  • 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 Jennifer Hermoso 2011–0000 28 64 0.438
5 Mar Prieto 1989–2000 27 62 0.435
6 María Paz Vilas 2008–2018 15 25 0.600

Hat-tricks[edit]

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 Turkey Turkey Away 0–5 21 November 2009
Adriana Martín4 Malta Malta Home 9–0 24 June 2010
Verónica Boquete 2013 EURO Q Turkey Turkey Away 1–10 17 September 2011
María Paz Vilas7 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 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[edit]

  • 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 15 29 0.517
3 Sandra Paños 2011–0000 14 26 0.538
4 Roser Serra 1991–1998 10? 33 0.303?
5 Ana Ruiz 1984–1988 4 17 0.235
Elixabete Capa 1997–2005 4 ?? ??

Rankings[edit]

Youth teams[edit]

Under-20[edit]

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: Runner-up

Under-19[edit]

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: Mozilla.svg Champion 2019: TBD

Under-18[edit]

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

Under-17[edit]

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: Mozilla.svg Champion
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: TBD

Under-16[edit]

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[18]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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

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