Spain women’s coach Jorge Vilda leaves out 15 players in conflict with the Spanish FA | ‘This mess harms Spanish football’ | Soccer News

The 15 Spanish players who asked not to be selected for the national team due to concerns over coach Jorge Vilda have been left out of the squad for upcoming friendlies against Sweden and the United States.

The Spanish FA (RFEF) released a statement last week saying they had received 15 emails from players saying their relationship with Vilda was “significantly” affecting their emotional state and health and “as long as it doesn’t is not reversed”, they resigned from the team.

“This mess is hurting Spanish football. It’s a global embarrassment,” Vilda told a press conference on Friday.

“I’m confused because I don’t know what the players demand. I wish there was more clarity.

“I would prefer them to tell me in person and I’m sure we wouldn’t be in that situation. It’s as simple as that.”

Vilda is under pressure due to the dispute with her players

According to sources familiar with the matter, the players are unhappy with the injury management, dressing room atmosphere, Vilda’s squad selection and training.

“You can talk to me, I’m here 24 hours a day to talk and express opinions. I’m always open to dialogue,” Vilda added.

“All training is recorded and I would love for it all to be broadcast live. Lack of dialogue? Of course there was, but not from us.”

Vilda announced a 23-man roster on Friday to face Sweden and the United States on October 3 and 11, respectively.

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Spanish football expert Fernando Kallas explains why 15 Spanish players are threatening to quit and the implications it could have if they did.

He left out regulars such as Patri Guijarro of Barcelona, ​​Mapi Leon, Claudia Pina, Aitana Bonmati, Mariona Caldentey and Sandra Panos, Ainhoa ​​Moraza and Lola Gallardo of Atletico Madrid, Ona Batlle and Lucia Garcia of Manchester United, Leila Ouahabi and Laia Aleixandri from Manchester City and Nerea from Real Sociedad. Eizaguirre and Amaiur Sarriegi, who are said to be the 15 players in dispute with the Spanish FA.

2021 Ballon d’Or winner, Barcelona attacking midfielder Alexia Putellas, who has supported her teammates, has also not been called up but is recovering from injury.

Five players have been called up for the first time – Enith Salon, Ana Tejada, Maria Mendez, Nuria Rabano and Ane Azcona – and only two Barcelona players are included – Nuria Rabano and currently injured Salma Paralluelo.

“I think I’m right, that I have the strength to create a new team and to have a team that we are all proud of,” Vilda said.

Vilda was in charge against England at the Euros
Vilda was in charge against England at the Women’s Euro

“We have to give time. We now have two teams of the highest level. I ask respect for the players who are here and who are going to do their best to be at the highest level to compete.”

The RFEF, which has not officially released the identities of the 15 players involved, said it fully supports the coach and that the omitted players would only return to the squad if they “acknowledge their mistake and demand sorry”.

Jenni Hermoso marks Vilda disputes ‘worst moment’ in women’s football history

Jenni Hermoso, who has 42 goals for her country, expressed her support for her teammates
Spain striker Jenni Hermoso, who has 42 goals for her country, expressed her support for her teammates

Jenni Hermoso, Spain’s all-time leading goalscorer, has said the row between her teammates and head coach Jorge Vilda was the “worst moment” in the history of women’s football in her native country.

Spain icon Hermoso, who has 42 goals for her country, has now expressed her support for her teammates, having been part of the international squad since her debut in 2011.

“I want to publicly express my support for all my colleagues who decided a few days ago to communicate their position,” she wrote in a statement on Twitter. “Not only do I understand your reasons, but I also felt many of the feelings and concerns you communicated.

“I am very aware of this because I had the opportunity to live unique and immensely happy experiences playing for Spain, but I must admit that in recent years I have also had very hard moments of suffering. before, during and after the national team camps; an infinity of situations that left me unable to recognize myself and made me feel immense loneliness within the national team.

“These last few days, without a doubt, have been among the most difficult I have experienced as a professional footballer and as a member of the Spanish national team.

“After everything we have worked for, it breaks my heart to realize that we are living through the worst times in the history of women’s football in Spain.”

The Spanish team will face Sweden and the United States…

Guardians: Misa Rodrguez (Real Madrid) Sun Quinones (Athletics) Enith Salon (Valencia)

Defenders: Sheila Garca (Atlético) Oihane Hernandez (Athletics) Ivana Andres (Real Madrid) Ana Tejada (Real Sociedad) Rocio Galvez (Real Madrid) Maria Mendez (Levante) Olga Carmona (Real Madrid) Nuria Rabano (Barcelona)

Midfielders Teresa Abelleira (Real Madrid) Anna Torroda (Valencia) Maitane Lopez (Atlético) Maite Oroz (Real Madrid) Irene Guerrero (Atletico) Claudia Zornoza (Real Madrid)

Forwards: Marta Cardona (Real Madrid) Ane Azcona (Athletics) Esther Gonzalez (Real Madrid) Alba Redondo (Levante) Athenea del Castillo (Real Madrid) Salma Paralluelo (Barcelona)

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