The players ask for the dismissal of the coach of the Spanish Soccer Team

The players ask for the dismissal of the coach of the Spanish Soccer Team

Jorge Vilda
Jorge Vilda
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KEY POINTS

  • The soccer players of the Spanish team ask for the dismissal of their coach
  • The Spanish Football Federation is committed to retaining its current coach
  • Spain had a similar problem a few years ago during the reign of Ignacio Quereda

Spain may have an interesting couple of weeks ahead with turmoil brewing from within involving the players of the women’s national team, head coach Jorge Vilda and the Spanish Football Federation.

According to a Spanish radio report The sparSome 15 players have contacted the federation (RFEF) to report that they are not interested in playing for the national team if Vilda stays on as their coach.

This was confirmed by the RFEF through an official statement, confirming that they had indeed received 15 emails from said players, ironically all with the same text.

Players reported their current situation as “significantly” affecting their “emotional state” and “health.”

They also added that as long as it is not reversed, they will resign from the Spanish team.

According to several Spanish media, those who sent the email include Laia Alexandri, Ona Batlle, Aitana Bonmatí, Mariona Caldentey, Lola Gallardo, Lucia García, Patri Guijarro, Nerea Izaguirre, Mapi León, Leila Ouahabi, Sandra Paños, Andrea Pereira, Claudia Pina. , Amaiur Sarriegui and Ainhoa ​​​​Vicente.

From that list, 12 players (including six starters) were part of Spain’s 2-1 quarter-final loss to England at Euro 2022.

This development comes weeks after some players from Spain took the matter to RFEF president Luis Rubiales.

The organization has published its own statement on the matter.

“The RFEF is not going to allow the players to question the continuity of the national coach and his coaching staff, since making those decisions is not within their competence,” the statement read. “The federation will not accept any type of pressure from any player when adopting sports measures. These types of maneuvers are far from being exemplary and alien to the values ​​of football and sport and are harmful.

Spain is no stranger to these types of issues, especially on the women’s side.

Vilda’s predecessor, Ignacio Quereda, also went through the same pothole after 27 years as a coach.

Complaints that surfaced during Quereda’s time include widespread abuse, homophobia, and a general culture of fear.

This issue comes at an unfortunate time with Spain set to host a couple of friendlies for the October FIFA window.

Spain will host Sweden on October 7 and then the United States women’s team on October 11 in Pamplona.

Ignacio Quereda Lavina.
Coach Spain Ignacio Quereda Lavina
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