Spain are now just one win away from glory at the 2023 Women’s World Cup.
At Euro 2022 last summer many expected Spain to go far and build on the successes of Barcelona, whose players make up quite a bit of the squad, but key injuries to Alexia Putellas and Jenni Hermoso before the tournament played their part in a quarter-final exit. Can they go all the way this time around?
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Spain’s route to the Women’s World Cup Final
Group Stage results
|Spain 3-0 Costa Rica||Eden Park||21 July, 8:30am BST|
|Spain 5-0 Zambia||Eden Park||26 July, 8:30am BST|
|Japan 4-0 Spain||Wellington Regional Stadium||31 July, 8am BST|
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Who could Spain meet in the knockout rounds?
After the shock 4-0 defeat to Japan, Spain finished as runners-up in Group C and faced Group A winners Switzerland. It turned out to be a routine affair, with Spain winning 5-1. In the quarter-finals, Netherlands were beaten in extra-time, while Sweden fell at the semi-final stage.
England or Australia await in Spain’s first ever Women’s World Cup final.
|Route as Group C runners-up||Potential Opponent|
Confirmed Spain Women’s World Cup squad
|Elene Lete||Goalkeeper||21||Real Sociedad|
|Misa Rodriguez||Goalkeeper||23||Real Madrid|
|Ivana Andres||Defender||28||Real Madrid|
|Ona Batlle||Defender||24||Manchester United|
|Olga Carmona||Defender||23||Real Madrid|
|Rocio Galvez||Defender||26||Real Madrid|
|Oihane Hernandez||Defender||23||Athletic Bilbao|
|Teresa Abelleira||Midfielder||23||Real Madrid|
|Irene Guerrero||Midfielder||26||Atletico Madrid|
|Maria Perez||Midfielder||21||Barcelona B|
|Claudia Zornoza||Midfielder||32||Real Madrid|
|Athenea Del Castillo||Forward||22||Real Madrid|
|Esther Gonzalez||Forward||30||Real Madrid|
|Eva Navarro||Forward||22||Atletico Madrid|
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Spain players to watch at this year’s Women’s World Cup
Spain World Cup Golden Boot contender – Jenni Hermoso
The only member of the Spain squad to be playing outside of Europe, Jenni Hermoso made the move from Barcelona to Pachuca last summer and has been thriving in Mexico. Since making the move, Hermoso has scored 21 goals for Pachuca in the league, to send them to the Liga MX Femenil final — though they would lose to Club America across two legs. For Spain, Hermoso has scored 51 goals in 102 appearances, more than any other player — 12 clear of second-placed Veronica Boquete, thanks to a brace against Zambia.
Spain player to watch – Aitana Bonmati
This summer a lot of eyes will be on Alexia Putellas and her return from injury but Spain are being wise in not rushing her back, and Barcelona wouldn’t be too happy if they did to hamper her recovery. But the thing is, Spain can manage without Putellas when Aitana Bonmati is in the form of her life. While is would be great to have both Putellas and Bonmati in top form at the tournament, the latter alone can dominate the midfield and pull the strings, dictating the tempo of games. Bonmati is one of the strange cases of being one of the best players in the world while also still not being given the credit she deserves because she isn’t a massive goalscorer.
Spain emerging player to look out for – Salma Paralluelo
One of the players to benefit slightly from the mass striking of 15 Spanish players over the past year was Salma Paralluelo. That’s not to say Paralluelo isn’t good, just that she might not have been given an opportunity to prove herself for Spain if there weren’t gaps to be filled — everyone needs an opening to give them an opportunity. For Barcelona in the Liga F last season, Paralluelo scored 11 goals and provided five assists in just 18 appearances, with only nine of those being from the start. For Spain, it’s eight goals in 14 games for Paralluelo including two in the knockout stages against Netherlands and Sweden. Still only 19, she’s a massive threat.
Spain tactical analysis & formation at the World Cup
Over the years, Spain have largely stuck to the 4-3-3 formation or slight variations of sorts especially when Vilda has had to deal with the absence of 15 players — due to them being unhappy with his position as manager among other things. But now a few are back, the 4-3-3 seems the way to go with a midfield of Aitana Bonmati, Teresa Abelleira and one of Alexia Putellas or Jenni Hermoso.
With Putellas back in the XI, Jenni Hermoso moves into the front line with Mariona Caldentey and Alba Redondo alongside her, though there are other options including Esther and Salma Paralluelo, though the latter has been better as a super sub of late. At the back, Sandra Panos was a surprise exclusion and while Misa Rodriguez started the tournament, Cata Coll has replaced her between the sticks, with Irene Paredes, Olga Carmona and the returning Ona Batlle the regulars in the back line. Ivana Andres has been out injured since the third game, with Spain rotating their defensive options.
Where are Spain in the FIFA world rankings?
Spain are currently sixth in the FIFA world rankings, jumping ahead of Canada at the most recent update.
Who is the Spain manager?
Jorge Vilda is the current Spain manager, taking the role in August 2015, taking charge of over 100 matches.
Who is the current Spain captain?
Ivana Andres was captain for Spain ahead of the World Cup but due to her injury, the armband has been shared by Olga Carmona and Esther Gonzalez.
How many times have Spain won the World Cup?
Spain are yet to win the World Cup, with their best finish prior to this tournament being a round of 16 exit to the United States in 2019.
How many times have Spain competed in the World Cup?
This is Spain’s third appearance at the World Cup and third in a row.
Who has scored Spain’s most goals in World Cup tournaments?
Jenni Hermoso has the most goals for Spain in World Cup tournaments, netting six — three in 2019 and three in 2023 so far.