Today our girls play in the last 16 against the United States, a formidable opponent. Their team is composed of players valued at over a million euros against 60,000. They have played in all eight World Cups, winning three, whereas we have been involved in just two, and only managed to win one game. There is little chance that our national team will survive this test, but they are playing well, they are full of courage and they have nothing to lose. Their football is being enjoyed, their games are being watched on TV, and some of the team names, particularly that of Jennifer Hermoso, whose elegance reminds me of Jorge Mendoza, are taking hold.
Better late than never, Florentino
And there are further reasons to be optimistic about the future, after Real Madrid finally stepped up. Florentino has climbed down off his high horse to announce the purchase of CD Tacón, the recently promoted club. That a man with such a backwards social mentality now embraces women's football explains, better than anything, the scale of the rise in this phenomenon. It will not, of course, be a heavy burden for him. At Barça, for example, the American brand Stanley pays three and a half million euros, covering everything. But we welcome Florentino, even if it has taken him so long to get here. As Luke said, 'there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents, than over 99 righteous people who don't need to repent.'
'High heels' fall to Madrid
It's good news for Ana Rosell, the force behind the unfortunately named 'Tacón' (high heel), although this title will quickly evaporate. 'Madrid CFF' (Madrid Club de Fútbol Feminino') seems a much better option, that of Los Blancos member Alfredo Ulloa. They have a team in the Primera and the Primera B, a youth set-up of around 400 girls, and just yesterday their 12-year olds won the Liga Promises inaugural competition, one created to copy that of the boys. But Ana Rosell is in the Spanish Federation and made moves close to Rubiales, who is the one who convinced Florentino in order to have more strength in the women's game, aiding his war against Javier Tebas.