Misa Rodríguez, during a Madrid-Barça match last October in Valdebebas.Rodrigo Jiménez / EFE
ESPECIAL | From marginalization to the elite, 50 years of the
women's soccer team During Real Madrid's game against Liverpool this Tuesday in the Champions quarter, Misa Rodríguez , the starting goalkeeper of the white club's women's team, tweeted an image of her with another from Marco Asensio, who had just scored the second goal for Madrid. Both appeared in the photographs holding the shirt angrily, claiming the shield. “Same passion,” the 21-year-old Canarian goalkeeper wrote in the message, who is having a formidable season in which he has won the call of Jorge Vilda, the Spanish coach. After receiving dozens of macho comments in response, Misa chose to delete the tweet. This Wednesday, the world of sports has turned to her. The Balearic forward himself wrote in his networks: “Same passion. Let nothing and no one prevent you from saying what you think ”.
Madrid players Vinicius, Fede Valverde, Carvajal, Casemiro, Marcelo, Varane and Lucas Vázquez have also written in their networks to support Misa, who this week is focused on the Spanish team for the friendly matches against the Netherlands ( April 9) and Mexico (13). After tweeting the photo with Asensio —the Spaniard celebrating Tuesday's goal against Liverpool, she celebrating the victory against Atlético last March—, the goalkeeper received messages such as “as much passion as desire to embed it”, “same sexual orientation”, “ she wants to stop two balls at the same time ”or“ someone tell her that she is not going to catch it. ”
Other footballers, such as Amparito Delgado, Noelia Ramos, Sara Serrat and Isabella Echeverri (Sevilla), Marta Unzue (Athletic), Noelia Bermúdez (Deportivo), Ana González (Betis) or Mai Garde (Osasuna), have written in their networks to show their support for the Canarian goalkeeper. Also the coach of Barça, Lluís Cortès, and that of Levante, María Pry, and footballers such as Pedro Porro, who was in the last call for Luis Enrique, or Sevilla midfielder Óliver Torres. The Spanish Basketball Federation – and the paddle tennis federation – have also done it, and several players, among them the Rudy brothers – a player for Madrid and the national team – and Marta Fernández – a former international player. "Same passion # ConPasiónComoMisa", both have written in a message with their photos.
Machismo has been a scourge on women's football since women started kicking the ball. In Spain, the federation itself turned its back on it at the beginning of the 70s, in the last years of the Franco regime, when it refused to accept this specialty in its bosom and did not recognize the first Spanish team of players. This sport, which has grown enormously in recent years – between 2010 and 2020 the number of federative cards multiplied by more than two – has always had to carry this stigma despite all the progress made: only six years ago The national team finally played its first World Cup and in 2020 the clubs, the federation and the unions signed the first collective agreement in the history of women's football for a European league.
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