Boquete thrilled to join Frankfurt

A finalist last season with Tyresö FF, Spain forward Verónica Boquete has joined 1. FFC Frankfurt from Portland Thorns for "the biggest challenge so far in my career".

Verónica Boquete in action for Tyresö in last season's final
Verónica Boquete in action for Tyresö in last season's final ©Getty Images

Spain forward Verónica Boquete has joined UEFA Women's Champions League entrants 1. FFC Frankfurt after a successful spell in the United States.

Boquete, 27, has agreed a one-year deal after leaving Portland Thorns, who she helped to the National Women's Soccer League play-offs. She moved to Portland from Tyresö FF after featuring in the Swedish side's run to the 2013/14 UEFA Women's Champions League final.

Boquete inspired her nation to victory in the 2004 UEFA European Women's Under-19 Championship and to the UEFA Women's EURO 2013 quarter-finals. She has been voted in the top five of the UEFA Best Women's Player in Europe Award shortlists of 2012/13 and 2013/14. Her arrival follows that of Jessica Fishlock, Kathrin Hendrich, Mandy Islacker and Marith Priessen.

"With her fast, dynamic and technically gifted way of playing Véro embodies exactly the kind of football we want to play," said Frankfurt coach Colin Bell, whose team begin their bid for a fourth European title against FC BIIK-Kazygurt in the round of 32 in October.

"Given our already top-quality squad, it is not easy to sign players who make us better – all the more I am happy that we managed to sign a player for 1. FFC Frankfurt in Véro, who unconditionally improves our squad."

Boquete, who could make her Frauen Bundesliga debut at FC Bayern München on Sunday, added: "I am very happy to have signed at one of Europe's best women's football clubs and am looking forward to the season with 1. FFC Frankfurt. It is my goal to fight for the Bundesliga title with FFC and go as far as possible in the Champions League.

"To play in the strongest women's football league in the world is the biggest challenge so far in my career and I am highly motivated to give my best performance for us to reach our goals."