Spain are aiming to do what Germany did two years ago and successfully defend the UEFA European Women's Under-17 Championship title.

Spain celebrate beating the Netherlands in the first qualifying round
Spain celebrate beating the Netherlands in the first qualifying round ©Jan de Koning/KNVB

Having reached the 2009 UEFA European Women's Under-17 Championship final, only to lose 7-0 to Germany, Spain went one better last year with a 4-1 penalty shoot-out defeat of the Republic of Ireland. From that squad, Ivana Andrés, Laura Gutiérrez, Marina García, Iraia Pérez de Heredia, Raquel Pinel, Gema Gili and Paula Nicart all played their part in qualifying this season.

First qualifying round: Georgia 13-0, Belarus 2-0, Netherlands 1-0 (Group 4 winners)

Second qualifying round: Belgium 2-0, Italy 6-1, Czech Republic 1-3 (Group 2 winners)

Key players
Iraia Pérez de Heredia (forward, CD Aurrera de Vitoria), Gema Gili (midfielder, Valencia FCF), Raquel Carreño (midfielder, AD Torrejón CF)

Coach: Jorge Vilda

Date of birth 7 July 1981
Nationality Spanish
Coaching career Spain women's U17

The son of Ángel Vilda, who led Spain to the 2009 final and is now coaching the U19s, Jorge Vilda's promising playing career – which included spells in the youth teams of FC Barcelona, Rayo Vallecano and Real Madrid CF – was curtailed by two knee injuries. Concentrating on his studies, Vilda gained his coaching badges and began working as a fitness trainer with Madrid-based ACD Canillas in 2002 before taking charge of their junior sides.

In 2008 he was hired by the Royal Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) to coach their women's youth teams. He took over U17 duties last season and went one better than his father by taking the title in Nyon and also leading Spain to the FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup semi-finals in Trinidad and Tobago.

Team records

Qualifying top scorer
Lorena Valderas: 6

UEFA European Women's U17 Championship best
Winners: 2010
Runners-up: 2009

Honours in other UEFA women's competitions
UEFA European Women's U19 Championship
Winners: 2004

UEFA European Women's U18 Championship
Runners-up: 2000