The Councillor for Sports, Manuel Cardeña, and the RFEF’s Director of Women’s Football, María Tato, have expressed their enthusiasm for the visit of the team coached by Jorge Vilda to the town of Malaga from 5 to 14 April.
For ten days Marbella will become the centre of operations for the top flight of Spanish women’s football. After sealing their ticket to England 2022, the senior women’s national team will begin to grease the wheels with a view to the continental event that will take place from 6 July to 31 July next year. The Netherlands, on Friday 9 April, and Mexico on Tuesday 13 April, will be the first two challenges for Vilda’s charges as they take advantage of a new FIFA window.
Manuel Cardeña, councillor for sports at Marbella Town Hall, confessed that “it is a source of pride to be a reference in women’s sport and to host the senior national team”. In addition, the councillor emphasised that “we are convinced that the marriage between the Marbella brand and the RFEF will have many years of life together”.
María Tato, director of women’s football at the RFEF, said that “the women’s national team is at its best and will be facing two opponents with excellent football”, while stressing that it is “the perfect combination with an enclave like Marbella and incredible facilities”. Finally, Tato indicated that the town will also host a training session for the U23 women’s team coached by Montse Tomé, within the framework of the agreement signed between the Town Council, the Provincial Council and the RFEF by which the city is the official headquarters for the concentrations of the national team’s youth categories, both in the men’s and women’s categories.
The RFEF’s director of women’s football also wanted to reflect on the work carried out by the president of the governing body of Spanish football, Luis Rubiales, “for his support for women’s football and because, without him, none of what we are experiencing, the whole explosion of women’s football in Spain, would be possible at all”, she concluded.