Ignacio Quereda has ended his 27-year reign as Spain coach and will be replaced by U19 boss Jorge Vilda, who was seven when his predecessor began his tenure.
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Ignacio Quereda has called time on his 27-year reign as Spain women's coach and will be replaced by Jorge Vilda, who was seven when his predecessor began his tenure.
Quereda, 65 last week, was appointed on 1 September 1988 and resigned after taking Spain to their first FIFA Women's World Cup this summer in Canada. Vilda, 34, was in charge of the Spain team that played in their second straight UEFA European Women's Under-19 Championship final on Monday, losing to Sweden, and previously won two continental titles at WU17 level.
UEFA.com looks at Quereda's feats and introduces his successor, who will commence UEFA Women's EURO 2017 qualifying away to Finland on 27 October.
Date of birth: 24/07/1950
Playing career: Real Madrid (youth)
Coaching career: Móstoles, Spain women, Spain Under-19 women
• A winger in Madrid's academy, Quereda's playing highlight was claiming two University Games golds with Spain in 1973 and 1975.
• Following a spell at the helm of lower-division Móstoles, Quereda took over the Spanish women's team in 1988.
• After starting with a 1-0 loss to Belgium, Quereda needed nine matches and more than three years to register a first win, 1-0 in the Republic of Ireland in March 1992.
• Spain's 17-0 thrashing of Slovenia in 1995 UEFA European Women's Championship qualifying remains the joint-record margin of victory in UEFA senior national-team competition.
• His first qualification came for the 1997 UEFA European Women's Championship, where Spain reached the semi-finals.
• In 2004, Quereda coached a side containing future senior charges Verónica Boquete, Ruth García and Natalia Pablos to the UEFA European Women's U19 Championship title, surprising Germany 2-1 in the final in Vantaa.
• Quereda returned to the UEFA Women's EURO finals in 2013, knocking out England en route to the last eight.
• Spain qualified for the World Cup for the first time under Quereda this year, but exited in the group stage in Canada.
Spain's record under Quereda: P139 W53 D36 L50 F296 A201
Biggest win: 17-0 v Slovenia (h, 20/03/1994)
Longest winning run: 5 (24 June 2010 to 4 November 2011)
Longest unbeaten run: 12 (13 February 2014 to 13 June 2015)
Date of birth: 07/07/1981
Playing career: FC Barcelona (youth), Real Madrid (youth)
Coaching career: Spain Under-17 women, Spain Under-19 women
• Like Quereda, Vilda was in the Madrid academy but knee injuries curtailed his playing career.
• Vilda was fitness coach with Madrid-based ACD Canillas in 2002 before taking the reins of their junior sides.
• In 2008 he was hired by the Royal Spanish Football Federation (RFEF), working alongside his father Ángel Vilda with the women's youth teams.
• Under Vilda, Spain got to the 2014 FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup final in Costa Rica, losing to Japan.
Vilda's record in UEFA competition matches: P54 W40 D8 L6
Biggest win: 21-0 v Armenia (U17, 26/09/2009)
Record: Most wins for a coach in UEFA European Women's U17 Championship – 29