Spain has named a woman to coach its national women’s soccer team for the first time.
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.
The Spanish football federation fired Jorge Vilda on Tuesday Sep. 5, as it faces mounting pressure for its president, Luis Rubiales, to resign.
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.
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.
41-year-old Tomé played as a midfielder for Barcelona, Levante and Spain’s women’s national soccer team.
In 2018, she retired from playing and gained a UEFA Pro coaching license.
The same year, she was also appointed as the assistant manager to Vilda.
Tomé’s first game in charge of the team will take place on September 22, when Spain will play Sweden.