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Vero Boquete analyzes the evolution of women’s football in Spain
Sep 16 2021
It has made a radical change in just six years
In August she entered the top-10 of the Women’s World Ranking for the first time
“In the Eurocup and the next World Cup, Spain is going to be favorites”, he highlights
Much has changed in women’s football in Spain since the team that made its debut in a FIFA World Cup Canada 2015 to which it will seek its qualification for the Australia / New Zealand 2023 event from this week.
From a team that came out of the Canadian tournament with a draw and two defeats until the one that faces this qualifying phase as one of the favorites. Time in which women’s football in Spain has taken a radical turn to become one of the most powerful in the world, as evidenced by its recent entry and debut in the Top-10 of the FIFA / Coca-Cola Women’s World Ranking.
The progression of Spain
“I am seeing this change with great satisfaction. It is what we all wanted and now we have finally reached where our talent really deserved,” says Vero Boquete. The one who was the most iconic player of women’s football in Spain in the past decade tells FIFA.com the keys to this great moment.
“The entry of the big clubs and federations has been key. There is more professionalization and the level of the players has improved. Those who have talent, and who years ago could not continue with their progression, now do not slow down,” he tells us Vero, who played for Espanyol in Spain from 2008 to 2011 before becoming a globetrotter who has taken her to teams like Tyresö, Bayern, or Frankfurt, with whom she won the Women’s Champions League in 2015.
His reflection continues: “At the time when there was support and organization to be professionals, Spanish women’s football was among the first. At the level of society and mentality it has cost a little more, but it is happening and we are getting closer and closer. to be where we want. “
The sports evolution also captures their attention. A large part of the base of Spain that now starts qualifying for the Women’s World Cup have been her teammates at some point. “If I had to make my team with players I have played with, many would be Spanish. There has always been talent,” Vero Boquete, now 34 years old and an AC Milan player, stands out without hesitation.
Jumping to 2019, in France this change was more reflected in Spain. After the defeat in the quarterfinals at Euro 2017, that Women’s World Cup was set to make that final leap. Although the United States ended sleep prematurely in the round of 16, the findings were positive:
“Spain proved to be at a good level and that match removed the fears that existed. When you manage to reach that level, only good things come. In the next Eurocup, Spain is already the favorite poster. They will have to know how to manage to go from being a mediocre team to be the one that has to win the Eurocup or the World Cup, although they are players with a lot of experience ”, she comments convinced.
This allusion to favoritism is surprising, so Vero stops to explain: “We are talking about players who are already experts at club level. The Barça players have played two finals, they are European champions … Those who are out are having success It’s not going to be a problem ”, he highlights about a Spain that this week begins the qualifying rounds for the 2023 Women’s World Cup in Group B with Scotland, Ukraine, Hungary and the Faroe Islands, the winner of the group qualifying for the final phase.
FC Barcelona is being a fundamental player in this growth. She reached the final of the UEFA Women’s Champions League in 2019 and this year she took the final step with the title achieved in Gothenburg, beating Chelsea 4-0 in the grand final and giving a great image. A triumph that has definitively installed him in the European elite.
The role of Barcelona
“When they lifted the title I felt the same as when I saw this evolution of women’s football: satisfaction and joy for all of them, for the consolidation of a project and for seeing that when something is created and invested in, the results come. Barça happened from being in the Second Division to fighting for titles. To create a quarry and look outside for what they did not have at home, but 80-90% of the players are Spanish “, highlights Vero.
That base of the feminine FC Barcelona is also the one of the Spanish selection. For Vero, this is where a large part of the illusions are based on what is to come: “Those eight or ten regular Barça players may be the same ones who play for Spain the next game. That gives us an advantage in the big events. They know each other. , they train together … This does not happen to other countries “.
The female quarry in Spain is also experiencing a great moment. With references in the first team, with the media and clubs supporting and showing women’s football and with the federations working with young people, everything follows a positive course.
“The structured formative football of the clubs shows that each time they worked better. Girls with 5 or 6 years enter their first teams, they grow, they have visibility and more and more parents accept that their girls are footballers”, says Vero about.
Although this may be his conclusion, Vero Boquete prefers to focus on sports. With happiness and very sure, she sends a message: “For me it is a pride and there is hope for the big events that are coming: the next European Championship and the next World Cup, where Spain is going to be the favorite.” There is the statement.