Spanish Women’s National team coach, Jorge Vilda, is filled with excitement after his team won the country’s first ever female World Cup on Sunday, beating England 1-0 in the final.
He said all the sufferings he and the team had to go through paid off at the end.
On the day, Spanish technique overcame English resilience as La Roja put aside months of turmoil and division to win their first major title.
It was, indeed, a hard-fought Women’s World Cup final at Stadium Australia on Sunday.
Vilda told reporters during his post-match conference that he was elated that they had become champions of the world, adding that all the sacrifices made by team were not in vain.
“I’ve always said that if all the suffering was necessary to become world champions, it would be worth it.
“It’s been difficult at a personal level in management but at a sporting level we’ve achieved results that we’ve never achieved before.
“I am very happy that we are champions of the world,” Vilda told reporters after the final.
The Spanish FA (RFEF) did not wait long after Spain won the Women’s World Cup before posting a pointed message on social media.
The RFEF posted the message with a picture of coach Vilda kissing the trophy below the words “VILDA IN.”
The 42-year-old’s long tenure as coach was called into question last year when 15 national team players sent letters to the RFEF, saying they would no longer play for Spain while Vilda remained coach.
The RFEF backed their coach and Vilda brought three of the mutineers back into the squad for the World Cup, while freezing the others out and leaving them at home.
There is no way of knowing what a full-strength Spain might have achieved in New Zealand and Australia.
But the squad that did get on the plane were good enough to beat England 1-0 and claimed the biggest prize in the women’s game.
Luis Rubiales, the Spanish FA President, also suggested that he felt vindicated by Sunday’s result.
“It is often said that it takes a little time to realise an achievement like this, but I am perfectly aware.
“We have worked very hard, although there were people who did not want to let us work.
“I think we have to learn in Spain to value positive things and to let people do their job.
“That small percentage of people who were constantly frustrated and resentful must learn that you have to let people work,” he said.
Vilda was asked about his management of twice Ballon d’Or winner Alexia Putellas, who spent much of the tournament on the bench.
He also spoke about goalkeeper Misa Rodriguez, who was dropped for good after the 4-0 loss to Japan in the group stage.
“It’s been very easy, in fact. We are a national team of players, but very quickly became a fabulous group, a fabulous team, and right now we are a family and we are world champions.
“The only way to achieve success is by working, working, working. That’s how we’ve achieved it,” he said.
Vilda was also asked about his own personal feelings about helping Spain to their first Women’s World Cup triumph.
“Extreme happiness. We’ve made many millions of people that were watching us in our country happy.
“I feel very proud of my team of football players, not only those who’ve been here at the World Cup, but those who participated during the whole of the qualification rounds and training camps.
“I feel very proud of them and I feel very satisfied with the work that the staff has done”, he said.