Spanish FA Set to Sack 2023 FIFA Women's World Cup-Winning Head Coach Jorge Vilda and Scandalous President Luis Rubiales After the World Cup Triumph

Spanish FA Set to Sack 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup-Winning Head Coach Jorge Vilda and Scandalous President Luis Rubiales After the World Cup Triumph

Just when things were finally heading for the right direction for Spanish football when Jorge Vilda led their women’s team to capture the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Sydney, Australia, scandals soon erupted to become a national crisis when president Luis Rubiales was seen forcefully kissing FC Barcelona Femení’s and Spain’s all-time leading goal scorer Jenni Hermoso during the medal ceremony. Among the aftermath of this scandalous event, World Cup-winning head coach Jorge Vilda has refused to call for a resignation of the controversial president and many have also asked for the sacking of the 42-year-old over his stance and his questionable past history with the Spain women’s national football team.

What Happened After the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup Final?

The 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup Final, which ended only less than two weeks ago, saw Spain defeated England 1-0 in only their first appearance in the finale thanks to left-back Olga Carmona‘s 29th-minute strike. What followed suit should have been moments of non-stop celebrations among players, coaches and the entire Spanish region, but instead it was the tendentious behaviour displayed by president Luis Rubiales who stole the show, when he kissed Spain legend Jenni without her consent as well as put his arms over the player and jokingly proposed to her in the dressing room. The World Cup-winning manager Jorge Vilda was also seen groping his female assistant during the celebration of the monumental victory.

Such scenes needed no time to develop into a catastrophe in the entire country, with many authorities in Spain such as the prime minister Pedro Sánchez, Equalities minister Irene Montero and Sports minister Miquel Iceta also condemning the 46-year-old Rubiales’s absurd actions. Furthermore, despite Rubiales’s failed attempts to convince Jenni and team captain Ivana Andrés to appear in a public apology by him, the president has refused to step down during his public speech at an extraordinary general assembly by the Spanish FA (RFEF). The statement soon created more disasters where officials among the RFEF, including all of Jorge Vilda’s coaching staff, except himself, to resign as a protest towards the problematic Rubiales.

In the case of Jorge Vilda, known as a faithful ally of the Spanish FA president Rubiales and who was praised by the latter during the disputable speech at the assembly, criticised the latter’s misbehaviour and misconduct during the aftermath of the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup Final, but his words do not include a call for resignation of the 46-year-old, prompting the RFEF to also consider axing the World Cup-winning head coach just days after the country’s World Cup triumph.

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LaLiga TV’s Semra Hunter’s Analysis

In light of the national crisis, famous football Analyst Semra Hunter from LaLiga TV has offered her opinion on the case and highlighted that both Rubiales and Jorge Vilda, as well as the head coach of the men’s football team Luis de la Fuente, who also applauded during Rubiales’s speech during the assembly, are likely to be fired after the conclusion of the event. Her statement reads: “It doesn’t come as a surprise. People have been asking for his head – along with Rubiales – for a long time now. It’s not just him, but Luis de la Fuente, who is the head coach of the men’s national team, and pretty much everybody else at the federation who supports Rubiales.

“People here in society are very upset and angry with the way this has played out and they’ve been demanding there be a proper clear-out. A whole new restructuring needs to be put into place with people who actually look after the well-being of these women who will care about women’s football and their values. It doesn’t come as a surprise given that Rubiales has lost so many people in his corner and so many have turned their backs on him. Vilda is isolated in this position and I don’t think he’s got enough credit in the bank to save his job at this point in time.”

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Jorge Vilda’s Controversial Past with the Spain Women’s Football Team

The incident sparked definitely has dimmed the jubilant atmosphere that should have covered the nation in after their inaugural win in the FIFA Women’s World Cup, but things seem to be a writing on the wall as the Spanish FA has been a disputable association for numerous events in the past, including the infamous Las 15 prior to the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup, with both Jorge Vilda and Luis Rubiales being the main culprits.

Las 15 was initiated after Spain’s quarterfinal-exit at the UEFA Women’s Euro 2022, when 15 players sent an email to the RFEF for a request of national team consideration removal due to complaints over head coach Jorge Vilda’s poor quality of training, lack of tactical approach in matches and a controlling environment that questioned players’ private behaviour and life. The players’ dissatisfaction was not supported by RFEF president Luis Rubiales, who issued a stance to support Jorge Vilda for his role as the head coach of the women’s national team.

Following the issue, only three of the 15 rebels who were against Jorge Vilda’s reign as the Spain women’s national team manager were selected for the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup, in which La Roja has won eventually.

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Sonia Bermúdez to Replace Jorge Vilda?

Should Jorge Vilda and Luis Rubiales be sacked by the RFEF after all these controversies, a likely candidate to succeed the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup-winning head coach is former U19 manager and the third all-time leading goal scorer of the Spain women’s national football team Sonia Bermúdez. Bermúdez, 38 years of age this year, scored 34 goals in 61 international appearances for Spain during the span of a decade.

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