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Spain team guide

Published: Tuesday 1 April 2014, 9.01CET
Spain, winners in 2004, return after a one-season absence eager to re-establish their final tournament pedigree.
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Published: Tuesday 1 April 2014, 9.01CET

Spain team guide

Spain, winners in 2004, return after a one-season absence eager to re-establish their final tournament pedigree.

After missing out last season, Spain return to the final tournament eager to regain the momentum built up as the only side ever-present in the latter stages between 2010 and 2012.

That pedigree afforded them the luxury of a bye through the first qualifying round, though it was not all plain sailing in the elite round. It took a moment of inspiration from Andrea Esteban to unlock Portugal in their opener, and after demolishing Belarus 10-0, there was more tension as they eked out a 1-0 victory over Switzerland to seal progress.

Spain are no strangers to success at this level having instigated possibly the biggest shock in the competition's history in 2004. Despite a 7-0 defeat by Germany, Ignacio Quereda's side advanced to the final where they met the overwhelming favourites again, this time winning 2-1.

Route to finals
First qualifying round: bye
Elite round: 2-0 Portugal, 10-0 Belarus, 1-0 Switzerland (Group 1 winners)
Top scorer: María Caldentey (4)

Key players
Andrea Esteban (forward, Levante UD); María Caldentey (midfielder, UD Collerense); Marta Turmo (defender, FC Barcelona).

Coach: Jorge Vilda
Date of birth:
07/07/1981
Coaching career:
Spain women's U17, Spain women's U19

The son of Ángel Vilda, who steered Spain to the 2009 U17 final, 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 women's U17 duties and lifted the 2010 title in Nyon before leading Spain to the FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup semis. They retained the European crown in 2011 and also qualified for both final tournaments in 2013, finishing runners-up in December. He had by then taken over from his father at the U19 helm but left the team in Pedro López's hands in qualifying while he oversaw Spain's run to the U-17 Women's World Cup final, where they lost to Japan.

UEFA European Women's Under-19 Championship record
2012/13: did not qualify
2011/12: runners-up
2010/11: group stage
2009/10: group stage
2008/09: did not qualify
2007/08: group stage
2006/07: group stage
2005/06: did not qualify
2004/05: did not qualify
2003/04: winners
2002/03: group stage
2001/02: group stage

Honours in other UEFA women's competitions
UEFA European Women's Under-17 Championship
Winners: 2010, 2011

Last updated: 14/07/14 14.11CET

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