Tag Archives: Spain Women’s National Team

It’s Official: Welcome Ana!

3 Aug

Add another one to the team roster and say hola to 21-year-old Spanish goalkeeper Ana Vall茅s! She joins us from Rayo Vallecano where she’s played for the past four years. Also, Ana received her first senior cap this past May when Jorge Vilda called her up to for the team’s friendly v Cameroon. Perhaps we have our own Iker in the making?


USA need penalties to edge past a brazen Spain

27 Jun

I had not been able to watch a full Spain match in real time until this one and wow. Worth. The. Wait. Watching Spain move in blocks around the field to stifle the US attack was grin-inducing. They showed so brilliantly a concerning issue with the US team: if they can’t stay in their predetermined lane they waffle and scramble and neutralize themselves into partial paralysis. Continue reading

Spain Wins First Match; South Africa Scores First Ever World Cup Goal

22 Jun

Spain received the full three points with three late goals including 2 penalties, to save them from a shock loss to South Africa who scored their first ever World Cup goal and led for the first seventy minutes. Continue reading

China and Spain draw level to close out Group B; Both Progress to the Round of 16

22 Jun

China and Spain finish group play in a scoreless draw. China will go through as one of the best Third Place teams and Spain are runners up for Group B. Continue reading

The Daily Drool – WWC 2019 Group B – Spain: Marta Corredera

10 Jun

Winger Marta has represented Spain and Catalonia at the senior level. She currently plays for Levante.

2019 Women’s World Cup: Group B Preview

28 May

I’m calling this the ‘bringing the heat’ group. South Africa is coming in hot. Spain is coming in hotter. Germany is coming in with renewed heat. China is slowly rebuilding the fire. If you’re placing money on which group holds the most kindling to ignite a full-scale football combustion moment, Group B is it. Continue reading

Play Like a Girl: SheBelieves, Algarve, and Cyprus Cups

10 Feb

1471474930699It’s almost March which means it is time to get ready for the Triwizard’s Cup of women’s football once more. But, not really. Over a 9-day period in March, three (3) tournaments are taking place in Cyprus, Portugal, and the USA for 28 national women’s football teams. Which is sorta like a Triwizard-esque event. But, again, not really. :^)

Cyprus Cup
Officially, the Cyprus Cup runs February 27 – March 9 though matches are taking place March 1 – 8 only. Unlike its companion tournaments, this Cup holds a group stage to determine group positions based on points followed by one day of classification matches to determine final rankings.

The twelve invited teams are split into three (3) groups. The participating teams are as follows, along with their current FIFA ranking:

Group A
Belgium, 25; Italy, 16; Korea DPR, 10; Switzerland, 17

Group B
Austria, 24 (current champions); Korea Rep, 18; New Zealand, 19; Scotland, 21

Group C
Czech Rep, 33; Rep.of Ireland, 34; Hungary, 40; Wales, 36

There are no announced broadcasts at the moment, though there was one stream available last year for the final.

4197lAlgarve Cup
Taking place March 1 – 8 in Portugal, the Algarve Cup is in its 24th year of operation. This year’s tournament should be a hotly contested one, with top EU teams gearing up for UEFA Women’s Euro 2017 in Netherlands in July.

The twelve invited teams are split into three (3) groups for a round-robin tournament with the winner determined based on the standard points systems. The participating teams are as follows, including their FIFA ranking:

Group A
Canada, 4 (current champions); Denmark, 15; Russia, 23; Portugal, 38

Group Two
Iceland, 20; Japan, 7; Norway, 11; Spain, 14

Group Three
Australia, 6; Sweden, 8; Netherlands, 12; China PR, 13

Eurosport has broadcast this tournament in the past; a search for this year’s schedule has proven fruitless thus far.

canadavencealgarvecupSheBelieves Cup
Is the unofficial slogan for this year’s SheBelieves Cup, “she persisted”? If not, it really, really should be. Timely and extremely relevant when it comes to women’s football. I highly encourage anyone able to attend any of these games to consider some signage.

Four of the top 5 FIFA-ranked teams are involved again this year: France (3), England (5), Germany (2), and the USA (1). This tournament is also a round robin, with the winner determined based on the standard points system.

Games are taking place in Chester, PA (March 1); Harrison, NJ (March 4); and Washington DC (March 7). Tickets for all the games are available through USSoccer.com.

It looks like Fox Sports will be airing the USA games only. French broadcasters D17 and Canal + Sport along with the BBC picked up all or some of the other games last year. Hopefully they will do the same this year.

160309-wnt-vs-ger-gallery21If anyone is going to any of these tournament, we’d love to hear from you! Feel free to leave a comment below or connect on Twitter @hbandsandhbreak.


The Daily Drool: 2015 WWC Group E: Spain’s Ver贸nica Boquete

25 Jun

Ver贸nica BoqueteMidfielder Vero plays for 1. FFC Frankfurt. She has represented Spain at the U19 and senior level. She has also represented Galicia. Fun fact: Vero is the person who started the petition on Change.org in 2013 asking EA to add women’s teams to FIFA. They announced in May that this will happen in FIFA 16. Thanks, Vero!

2015 WWC: Meet Some More Players!

19 Jun

La la la la la la la. La. I’ve been remiss bringing you more player profiles. I partly blame this on certain media outlets not allowing me to view their videos in my country. Harumph. I also partly blame it on my inability to speak more than one language. Harumph harumph. What I don’t blame it on is my binge procrastinating when not working or volunteering. Not. At. all. 馃槈 Continue reading

2015 WWC Group E Update

18 Jun

2650734_full-lndIt鈥檚 adios for Spain and Costa Rica while Brazil and South Korea are through. Continue reading