JORGE’S IN PLACE FOR THE SPAN­ISH

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE - By Paddy von Behr

JORGE Vilda has been named head coach of the Span­ish na­tional team, suc­ceed­ing Ig­na­cio Quereda – the man branded a “can­cer” to the game ear­lier this year.

Quereda orig­i­nally took the job way back in 1988, when he was of­fered the post by the then­Pres­i­dent of women’s football in Spain, Maria Teresa An­dreu.

How­ever, af­ter a mis­er­able World Cup cam­paign this sum­mer, in which Spain drew with Costa Rica be­fore los­ing to Brazil and South Korea, An­dreu turned on the coach.

“He’s a per­son who doesn’t al­low crit­i­cism and of­ten fell out with me and many oth­ers,” she said in June. “The can­cer of women’s football is called Ig­na­cio Quereda.”

Quereda has since re­signed and been re­placed by Vilda, who most re­cently coached the coun­try’s Un­der-19 side, and the new man in charge is ea­ger to get his reign off to a bright start.

“Our aim is to qual­ify for EURO 2017 in the Nether­lands,” said Vilda. “We’ll take the meth­ods we used with the youth teams and ap­ply them to the se­nior side and we’ll pur­sue the same style, though I’ll be bring­ing in my own ideas.”

Else­where, Ger­man Cup hold­ers Wolfs­burg re­turned from their sum­mer break in style to record a thump­ing 8-0 vic­tory over Jena.

Alexan­dra Popp, Ju­lia Simic, Ver­ena Faisst, Synne Jensen, Elise Bus­saglia and Vanessa Ber­nauer each found the net, while Tessa Wul­laert grabbed a dou­ble.

“We’re de­lighted to have made such a sen­sa­tional start,” said coach Ralf Keller­mann. “It was an ex­tremely strong per­for­mance over­all.We couldn’t have got off to a bet­ter start.”

And with the reg­u­lar Na­tional Women’s Soc­cer League draw­ing to a close, the four teams tak­ing part in the play-offs have been con­firmed.

Seat­tle Reign, Chicago Red Stars, FC Kansas City and Washington Spirit make up the quar­tet, while reign­ing cham­pi­ons Port­land Thorns had to set­tle for a fifth-place fin­ish.

NEW MAN: Jorge Vilda

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