Primera Iberdrola season ends
The Spanish Federation announced on May 6th that all non-professional leagues in Spain would end immediately. The women’s league — Primera Iberdrola — is not yet considered professional and, hence, ended prematurely. CD Tacón finished in 10th place, having won 6 games, drawn 5, and lost 10.
FC Barcelona Femení were declared league winners. Atleti will join them as the 2nd team from Spain in the UWCL while Levante will try their luck in the qualification rounds. There will be no relegation but CD Santa Teresa and SD Eibar will be promoted from Reto Iberdrola. This means that the league will have 18 teams next season. The remaining games of Copa de la Reina (semi-finals and finals) have been delayed until next season.
CD Tacón youth teams round-up
Just like Primera Iberdrola, female youth leagues were also stopped abruptly. Senior B finished their league, Primera Fútbol Femenino Grupo 2, as champions and will be promoted to Preferente. Out of 19 games, they won 18 and drew the remaining one, earning 55 points.
The rest of the youth teams’ final league positions were: Juvenil A second place (20W-0D-1L), Juvenil B second place but tied in points with league champions (17W-3D-0L), Cadete third place (13W-2D-3L), Infantil A second place (12W-1D-1L), Infantil B third place (11W-2D-3L) and Alevín B second place (13W-2D-0L). Alevín A (mainly 8 to 10 year old girls who compete in the U-12 category) finished off the season in eleventh place, which is a good result given the circumstances.
Patricia Díaz was the leading goalscorer for the Senior B team (19 goals in 19 appearances) followed by Ariana Arias (18 goals in 10 appearances). Ari was also the leading goalscorer in Juvenil A and the league, scoring 47 goals in 14 appearances.
UniónRayo informed that Aitana Sánchez, “a youth jewel”, would be joining CD Tacón’s Juvenil A ranks.
Esther Martín-Pozuelo and Patri Carballo announce their departure
The contracts of most of the original Tacón squad (ones that earned promotion to Primera Iberdrola) end on June 30th. The merger with Real Madrid will be completed on July 1st and the team will officially become Real Madrid Femenino. It is very likely that we will see a lot of those original Tacón players leave before that date and some of them have already published their farewells on social media. Esther Martín-Pozuelo, Patricia Carballo, Ana Valles, and Marina Martín announced their departures last week on Twitter. Esther has been linked to Valencia CF but there have been no rumors regarding other players’ possible new destinations.
Llego la hora de despedirse, gracias por el viaje taconeros. ⚽️ pic.twitter.com/zsKZtJ35Fg— Ana Valles (@anvalles13) June 7, 2020
Un sueño real is still on
Back in January it was announced that the team was being filmed for a documentary series. Ana Pastor, one of the directors working on the documentary, spoke about it in a recent interview:
Un sueño real arises from two very cool things: on one hand there is the jump of a team that trains in a neighborhood of working people just outside Madrid and in which the girls of that team, called Tacón, would never have imagined the professionalization of what they like the most, which is playing football. They had second jobs, and suddenly for the best club in the world, who hadn’t yet joined women’s football, to take notice of them and buy the team was a huge thing. Thus, these neighborhood players became a part of a planetary club. On the other hand we see the fight for survival in the team, as they start to make international signings. Added to this is the inequality between the women’s and men’s teams and, lastly, there is the unexpected turn in the form coronavirus pandemic. We have been shooting since September and the coronavirus crisis just came out of nowhere which has forced us to change production plans and show other stories. The idea was that the series would have between five or six chapters, although, now, we are seeing to what extent the covid situation can make us add some more.