Since dropping the name Club Deportivo Tacón, the first-ever Real Madrid Femenino squad are quickly developing themselves ahead of their inaugural season in the Primera Iberdrola.
When the team was officially introduced to the world on July 1, another historical moment in the world of women’s football was created. One of the biggest sports clubs in the world has finally taken the steps to have, and promote, their own female football team.
The hype has been brewing over the last year and things are starting to come to fruition. Over the last two weeks, they have taken on their new name, created social media accounts, released their 22-player roster and had their first medicals and training sessions.
With the RFEF announcing Sept. 5, 2020, as next season’s start date, there are less than two months before they take to the pitch for the first time. Before you know it, these women will be playing for the crest so many fans all over the world know and love.
So who are Real Madrid Femenino? Looking at the club’s official website, most of the roster is made up of remaining players from Tacón while eight have transferred over from six different Spanish clubs in the top-flight.
Teresa Abelleira and Misa Rodríguez have moved from Deportivo, Ivana Andrés and Marta Corredera from Levante, Maite Oroz from Athletic Bilbao, Marta Cardona from Real Sociedad, Olga Carmona from Sevilla and Kenti Robles from rivals Atletico Madrid.
During the shortened 2019-20 campaign, Tacon finished tenth with 23 points winning six games, drawing five and losing 10. However, each of these eight new signings brings an additional batch of experience to the new team having already played in the league for a few seasons.
Of course, a lot more still has to be done ahead of Real’s first season on the pitch but things are quickly shaping up. And thankfully, the club is giving their female players the same amount of preparation and support they do for the men’s team.
With the proper facilities, a growing social media presence (73k Twitter followers and 168k Instagram followers) plus qualified personnel and even a documentary, this isn’t going to be a team who will just ‘check off all the boxes’ so to speak. This women’s football team is being prepped to shape up as real competitors in the league.
It’s been a delayed process, yes. Real Madrid were very late to the game in developing their own women’s football team. But now it’s here, it’s growing and it’s something to appreciate. This is the beginning of another challenging, determined, and competitive club ready to make waves across the world. Keep watching Madridistas, another chapter begins soon.