Ahead of the Euro 2013 in June, the Spanish women’s team defeated Russia 2-1 in Murcia with goals from their star player, Verónica Boquete and Jennifer Hermoso. Of course, you’re thinking “tiki taka?” and naturally, with a talented forward like Boquete, there are definitely signs of that!
Ironically, Spain have also been drawn with Russia in the showpiece tournament and this result could serve as a timely test for the girls, who will be looking to secure their first major trophy in the summer.
It’s also worth noting that the Spanish girls had to fight hard for Euro 2013 qualification, after their dramatic 3-2 victory over Scotland last October. Who knows? If you follow Unibet, La Furia Roja chicas may just emulate their fellow male counterparts for Euro glory!
“Little by little women’s football is forging its way into the consciousness here (in Spain) and is starting to get the attention it deserves. The fact that we have qualified is an incentive to go and gain even more experience. By qualifying, we’ve returned to where we should be. ?” – Ignacio Quereda, Spain coach
The newly founded National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) in the USA recently announced that 55 internationals from USA, Canada and Mexico will play for its eight founding clubs. Interestingly, the league’s organizers also took the unusual – and fantastic, might we add – step of making sure that the talent pool was distributed fairly among the teams! Ah, when will they ever do this for men’s football?!
Boston Breakers, Chicago Red Stars, FC Kansas City, Portland Thorns FC, Sky Blue FC, Seattle Reign FC, Washington Spirit and Western New York Flash were the teams announced for the NWSL that is due to kick off in Spring 2013, after a one-year hiatus.
Reigning FIFA Women’s World Player of the Year, Abby Wambach, will play for Western NY Flash alongside USA team-mate Carli Lloyd. Portland Thorns FC will also welcome Alex Morgan and Canadian starlet Christine Sinclair, who had an equally impressive showing at the Olympics last year. Meanwhile, Hope Solo and Mexico’s Jennifer Ruiz will turn out for Seattle Reign FC. Go on then, girls!