Jorge Vilda: 15 Players Threaten to Quit Spain If Coach Is Not Fired, Spanish FA Reacts

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Jorge Vilda is under pressure to step down as the manager of the Spanish female national team after 15 players of the team sent emails to the Spanish FA threatening to quit playing for the country if the manager is still in charge of the team.

The players alleged that the presence of coach Jorge Vilda on the team is affecting their psychological and emotional health.

The Spanish Football Federation RFEF rejected the request and threatened to ban those players, saying that they should accept their mistakes and seek forgiveness.

“The RFEF can confirm that, throughout today, we received 15 emails from 15 players of the women’s senior football team… in which they state that the current situation affects ‘significantly’ their emotional state and their health and that, ‘as long as it is not reversed’, they resign from the Spanish national team”, a statement from Spanish FA confirmed.

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“The RFEF is not going to allow the players to question the continuity of the national coach and his coaching staff, since making those decisions does not fall within their powers.”

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Jorge Vilda on the bench looking on to his team

The threat issued by those players via email can attract a five-year suspension from the Federation.

The RFEF insisted they want only committed players on the team and if there is room to feed in young and talented players, they will do so. In addition, the Federation is also looking forward to lowering their age group players to bolster the squad.

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Jorge Vilda on the touchline giving instructions to his players

Many people viewed the situation as blackmail. They believe football players have no right whatsoever to refuse to participate in National Call Up because they don’t agree with the manager’s coaching style.

Names of the 15 players who threatened to Resign over the presence of coach Jorge Vilda

The players confirmed are:

  1. Ainahoa Vicente

2. Patri

3. Sandra Paños

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4 Amaiur Sarriegui

5. Leila Ouahabi

6. Lucia García

7. Mapi León

8. Ona Batlle

9.Laia Alexandri

10. Claudia Pina

11. Aitana Bonmatí

12. Mariona Caldentey

13. Lola Gallardo

14. Nerea Izaguirre

15. Andrea Pereira

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Spain Female players celebrating after winning a match

Coach Jorge Vilda Awards And Trophies

As the manager of the Spanish female team, he won  Algarve Cup in 2017 and the Cyprus Cup in 2018. Vilda also won the U-17 UEFA Euro in 2010 and 2011.

In 2019, the manager won the U-19 Euro with Spain in Switzerland. Vilda was nominated for FIFA Manager of the Year for Women in 2011 and 2014.

Jorge Vilda As A Footballer

The Spanish manager started his youth career as a player for Barcelona in 1991 and left the club in 1995. He then joined Rayo Vallecano for a short spell, which started in 1995 and ended in 1996.

He then left Rayo Vallecano to spend two years at Real Madrid, which started in 1996 and ended in 1998.

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Jorge Vilda Salary

According to Forbes, the Spanish female team manager is estimated to have a net worth of $35 million. He had also acquired a lot during his football career. His salary as a Spanish coach has not been disclosed, but it is believed that he earns a lot.

Spain female players training with the manager

What Next For Spain

In October, La Roja will return to action when the team plays friendly matches against Sweden and the USWNT. Jorge Vilda may fall in love with the new set of young players and the big-name players will sit on the bench and watch from the stands until the ongoing crisis is settled.

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