On Tuesday, the Spanish women’s national team, commonly known as “La Roja”, finally broke their record of underachievement by securing an impressive 2-1 victory against Sweden. This monumental win propelled them to the final of the prestigious Women’s World Cup for the very first time.

Spain has made a remarkable impact in the World Cup scene, capturing the attention of Australia and New Zealand. Historically, the country struggled to qualify for the tournament until Canada in 2015. However, Spain has now exhibited an impressive offensive prowess, scoring 17 goals and displaying an exhilarating style of play.

The upward trajectory of their success aligns with the resurgence of European football in a competition historically dominated by the United States.

The European teams have showcased their dominance in the ongoing tournament. Sweden successfully ended the U.S. dynasty in the first knockout round. As a result, three out of the four semi-finalists are from Europe. If England manages to defeat co-hosts Australia in Sydney today, the final will solely consist of European teams.

Now filled with a renewed sense of confidence, Spain is poised to emerge triumphant in the final, regardless of their opponent.

“Coach Jorge Vilda expressed his excitement for Spanish football, acknowledging the hard work put in by everyone involved over the years.”

The women’s national team of Spain has historically been overshadowed by their male counterparts, who have experienced a golden era with notable achievements such as winning the 2010 FIFA World Cup and two European Championship titles.

La Rojas’ journey to the World Cup final has captivated the attention of Spain and ignited a fervor among fans on social media.

“It is a deeply emotional experience for me, as it signifies the pinnacle of my profession. I find immense joy in the ability to bring happiness to countless individuals,” expressed Vilda.



Genie in a Bottle

Now that the genie has been released from its confinement, it may prove to be challenging to return it to its original state of containment.


The Spanish national soccer team is riding a wave of momentum, not only at the World Cup but also in their investment in women’s soccer. This belated investment is finally paying off, and the future looks promising for the team.

The Liga F league has emerged as a premier destination for international talent, attracting top female footballers from around the world. Barcelona, in particular, has established itself as a dominant force in European club football, having clinched two out of the last three championships in the women’s Champions League.

The national team’s roster features top-tier talents like Alexia Putellas and Aitana Bonmati, further solidifying their position as world-class playmakers. Despite facing a revolt from 15 players last year, their World Cup preparations remained on track thanks to the team’s impressive depth.

Soccer Football - FIFA Women’s World Cup Australia and New Zealand 2023 - Semi Final - Spain v Sweden - Eden Park, Auckland, New Zealand - August 15, 2023 Spain players celebrate after progressing to the final of the World Cup. Photo: Reuters

Soccer Football – FIFA Women’s World Cup Australia and New Zealand 2023 – Semi Final – Spain v Sweden – Eden Park, Auckland, New Zealand – August 15, 2023 Spain players celebrate after progressing to the final of the World Cup. Photo: Reuters

The upcoming generation is also enthusiastic about leaving their mark, as exemplified by the remarkable substitution made by Salma Paralluelo.

The 19-year-old Barcelona winger electrified Spain with his opening goal in the semi-final against Sweden. This came just days after his crucial extra-time winner against the Netherlands, propelling his team to victory.

Despite ongoing rumors of tension between Vilda and certain players, the team has displayed remarkable unity on the field throughout the World Cup, effectively handling the pressures that have come their way.

The team’s offensive prowess has effectively compensated for defensive errors leading to conceding goals and the notable absence of center back Mapi Leon, who declined to reconcile with Vilda.

Spain’s victory over Sweden not only resulted in the elimination of the highest-ranked semi-finalist, but also showcased their ability to dismantle one of the world’s most formidable defences. This impressive performance earned them the admiration of opposing coach Peter Gerhardsson.

“The Sweden boss expressed their preference for Spain winning the game, as they have always appreciated that style of football.”