Spain Has Named This Soccer Player As The First Woman Coach Of The Country’s Women’s Team

41-year-old Montse Tomé previously played as a midfielder for Barcelona, Levante and Spain’s women’s national soccer team.

Spain has named a woman to coach its national women’s soccer team for the first time.

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Montse Tome (Photo via @montse_tome / Twitter)

Montse Tomé will replace Jorge Vilda after he was fired in the fallout from Spain’s football president forcibly kissing a woman player after the country’s World Cup win.

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Spain’s coach Jorge Vilda (L) looks on next to Spain’s assistant coach Montse Tome (C) during the Australia and New Zealand 2023 Women’s World Cup Group C football match between Spain and Zambia at Eden Park in Auckland on July 26, 2023. (Photo by Saeed KHAN / AFP) (Photo by SAEED KHAN/AFP via Getty Images)

The Spanish football federation fired Jorge Vilda on Tuesday Sep. 5, as it faces mounting pressure for its president, Luis Rubiales, to resign.

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Assistant coach Montserrat Tome of Spain talks with Alexia Putellas during the FIFA Women’s World Cup Australia & New Zealand 2023 Final match between Spain and England at Stadium Australia on August 20, 2023 in Sydney / Gadigal, Australia. (Photo by Elsa – FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)

Rubiales caused a public uproar when he kissed Spanish woman player Jennifer Hermoso on the lips without her consent after the team’s World Cup win in August.

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Montse Tomé poses with Spain’s World Cup trophy (Photo via @montse_tome / Twitter)

The federation did not give a specific reason for firing Vilda but said it was one of its first “renewal measures”.

Vilda was seen applauding when Rubiales repeatedly insisted he would not resign during a press conference following the kiss.

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(Photo via @montse_tome / Twitter)

41-year-old Tomé played as a midfielder for Barcelona, Levante and Spain’s women’s national soccer team.

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Montse Tome, Assistant coach of Spain poses for a portrait during the official UEFA Women’s Euro England 2022 portrait session at on July 04, 2022 in Marlow, England. (Photo by Pat Elmont – UEFA/UEFA via Getty Images)

In 2018, she retired from playing and gained a UEFA Pro coaching license.

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(Photo via @montse_tome / Twitter)

The same year, she was also appointed as the assistant manager to Vilda.

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Spain’s former coach for the women’s national team Jorge Vilda chats to assistant coach Montse Tomé on June 28, 2023. (Photo by Juan Manuel Serrano Arce / Getty Images)

Tomé’s first game in charge of the team will take place on September 22, when Spain will play Sweden.

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