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Published: Monday 1 April 2013, 12.28CET
Spain are aiming to match Germany's tally of three titles and are the only previous finalists to have qualified.
 
Published: Monday 1 April 2013, 12.28CET

Spain

Spain are aiming to match Germany's tally of three titles and are the only previous finalists to have qualified.

Only two countries have won the UEFA European Women's Under-17 Championship – and just one of them is present in Nyon.

Spain may have lost the 2009 final 7-0 to Germany but Jorge Vilda's side won the next two competitions. Although Germany pipped them to the 2012 event to secure a third title, Spain can now match that tally in the absence of the holders. Not that their qualification was easy: in their decisive second qualifying round fixture in France they came from behind with a María Caldentey penalty to draw 1-1 with the hosts and reigning world champions  and make it on goal difference.

"We're going into the tournament full of eagerness," Vilda said. "We've been working hard on improving the concept of the team while attempting to finalise its shape ahead of June's showpiece."

First qualifying round: Faroe Islands 8-0, Slovenia 4-0, Poland 3-0 (Group 11 winners)

Second qualifying round: Finland 3-0, Northern Ireland 2-0, France 1-1 (Group 3 winners)

Key players
María Caldentey (forward, UD Collerense), Yaiza Pérez (goalkeeper, Atlético Jesús), Mireia García Boa (forward, Sevilla FC)

Coach: Jorge Vilda

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

The son of Ángel Vilda, who steered Spain to the 2009 final and is now coaching the women's U19s, Jorge Vilda's promising playing career – featuring spells in the youth teams of FC Barcelona, Rayo Vallecano de Madrid 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 WU17 duties and went one better than his father by lifting the 2010 title in Nyon and also leading Spain to the FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup semi-finals in Trinidad and Tobago. They retained the European crown in 2011.

Team records

Qualifying top scorer
Andrea Esteban: 5

UEFA European Women's U17 Championship best
Winners: 2010, 2011
Runners-up: 2009

Honours in other UEFA women's competitions
UEFA European Women's U19 Championship
Winners: 2004
Runners-up: 2012

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

Last updated: 03/05/13 9.41CET

Related information

Team profiles

http://www.uefa.com/womensunder17/news/newsid=1942179.html#spain

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