Spain national coach leaves protesting footballers at home: ‘We’re ashamed of the world’ Foreign Football

Ignore 15 playersSpanish national coach Jorge Vilda has given his selection for friendlies against Sweden (October 7) and USA (October 11). Spain will play those matches without fifteen players who do not want to play for the national team as long as Vilda is the national coach, but he and the Spanish federation have no understanding.

“I’m happy with all the messages of support I’ve received in the last week because I wouldn’t wish this on anyone. Especially the lack of clarity of the message is very disappointing. When I read the letter from the players, I was confused as to what they were asking. There should have been clarity, they should have come to speak clearly. I wish they had told me in person, I hope we won’t be in this situation. Wilda told a 53-minute press conference this afternoon at Las Rosas in Madrid, where the Spanish team’s training center is located. .

“We are always open to dialogue. All the workouts are recorded and it would be great if they could all be streamed live. Lack of dialogue? Of course, but not from our side.


Wilda shows little understanding for players who don’t want to play under him. “We are ashamed of the world. It hurts me personally, but it is a very bad thing for Spanish football in general and women’s football in particular. It seems that all the good work of the last few years has gone to waste. Or did I think of resigning myself? No, not for a moment. The players ask in their letter “It’s not this, that’s the strangest thing. The times ahead will be tough, but I believe the good times will come again,” said Wilda, who had fifteen players left in the international season at the start of September. Spain then qualified for the 2023 World Cup in Australia and New Zealand.

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Wilda was asked what she expects from the upcoming international tournament. On Monday, 23 players will report, most of them Real Madrid players. ,,We will see how the environment of the incoming players will be on Monday. I know they would love to wear the Spanish shirt. It is a great honor to wear the Spain shirt. It is a privilege and always will be. Let’s create harmony, sportsmanship and even a family atmosphere. Soldiers are happy and want to fight for their country. The atmosphere was similar in the two weeks leading up to the European Championships, but when Alexia Butellas and Jennifer Hermoso were injured, the atmosphere changed completely. I don’t really understand,” said Vilda, whose side lost in the quarter-finals at the European Championships after extra time to eventual European champions England, the widely admired Sarina Wikmann’s side.

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Mapi Leon, Patri Guijarro, Claudia Pina, Aitana Bonmatí, Mariona Caldentey, Sandra Paños (all FC Barcelona), Ainhoa ​​Moraza, Lola Gallardo (Atlético Madrid), Nerea, Eizaguir are fifteen players who did not want to play under Vilda. Amaiur Sarriegi (Real Sociedad), Laia Aleixandri, Leila Ouahabi (Manchester City), Ona Batlle, Lucía Garcia (Manchester United) and Andrea Pereira (Club America from Mexico). According to them, Vilda’s training methods are outdated and affect their emotional and physical health.

The names of captains Irene Paredes, Alexia Butellas and Jennifer Hermoso were not listed along with the players who signed the letter, but they were also not invited. As for Butellas, he suffered a serious knee injury a day before the European Championships in England and has been sidelined for a long time. Hermoso also missed the European Championships due to injury.

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The Spanish Football Federation showed no understanding. The players who sent the email will only be allowed to play for the national team again if they ‘accept their mistake and apologise’. The union called the refusal to attend “a very serious violation that carries a suspension of two to five years.”


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