A colorful poster welcomes the Spanish team as they enter Massey University, in Palmerston North (New Zealand), where the team has been based since last week to face the World Cup finals for the third time in history. Welcome to Peinareads in Māori. Welcome to Spain. Although it has been raining hard and continuously for several days, although the field is a bit muddy, no one loses a smile in the team, all of them are convinced that this could be a great opportunity to improve results in the fight with history, because so far, He has never gone through the knockout round of major tournaments, be it the European Cup or the World Cup.
The explosion of women’s football in Spain sponsored by Barcelona’s successes in Europe In addition to universal social acceptance and admiration combined with a soaring professionalism, he raises the bar of the team as did the Barcelona players under Guardiola in their day under the orders of Luis Aragones first and Vicente del Bosque later. In the same way that Iniesta, Busquets and Xavi expressed their football in both teams, Aitana and Alexia – recent Ballon d’Or winners – jumped this red, which has been accepted into a selection of laurels candidates. “Our plan is to be known”, decides coach Jorge VildaWhat, Cruivista Manually defending possession of the football and his touches on the opposite field, high pressing and blocking the defence, always with logic and the firm conviction that you have to score one goal more than the opponent. “We think Spain will dominate and it’s the competitors who should worry,” he adds. But history is not on their side, as the eight World Cups held to date have made clear.
This will be the first Women’s World Cup to be held in two different countries and confederations, as Australia is a member of the Asian Football Confederation and New Zealand belongs to Oceania. It will also be the first tournament to feature 32 entrants – initially, in 1991, there were 12 to expand to 16 in 1999 and 24 in Canada 2015 – all good teams and favorites in the fray. Nothing like the United StatesWho won half of the titles, followed by Germany with two numbers, then Norway and Japan with one injury. Brazil, Sweden, France and England also claim it.
Spain’s participation was curtailed, with only two tournaments left in their pocket, and the team was eliminated in the group stage at Canada 2015 and In the round of 16 in France 2019 against the United States, the tournament champion in the end. We want to go as far as we can, make history. We are ambitious and I know we have come up with expectations, which is a well-deserved reward for what the players have done,” says Vilda. In the past, 15 players were ruled out to be called up to the squad after the last European Cup –England knocked him out in the quarter-finals– On understanding that professionalism was absent, the rough edges of the World Cup have now been smoothed out and with the bulk of the footballers, many associated with the New Zealand Red Elasticity.
Costa Rica, Japan and Zambia await Spain in the previous stage. Then the playoffs, the challenge with his story.