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Quereda has since resigned and been replaced by Vilda, who most recently coached the country’s Under-19 side, and the new man in charge is eager to get his reign off to a bright start.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