Who is Ignacio Quereda?
Born in Madrid, Quereda was raised in Badajoz where his family moved when he was two weeks old. He was a right–winger in Real Madrid's youth teams and represented victorious Spain teams in the 1973 and 1975 editions of the World University Games. After obtaining his coaching certificate, he was Spain's assistant coach at the 1979 World University Games and spent a period in charge of Tercera División club CD Móstoles.
The Royal Spanish Football Federation appointed Quereda as women's national team coach in 1988, a position he has held since, which makes him one of the longest serving football national coaches. This has led to criticisms to the RFEF of indifference for the women's national team. Under his management the Spanish team has qualified for the European Championships in 1997 and 2013, while it has yet to qualify for the World Cup. He also led the national Under–19 squad to a win in the 2004 UEFA Women's Under-19 Championship.
In May 2011 Laura del Río, a striker with 40 goals in 39 caps for Spain, said that she would never play for the national team again while Quereda was still in charge. According to del Río, many other players had also refused to play for Quereda. As a RFEF official he launched in 2009 a controversial reform of the Superliga Femenina, expanding it from 16 to 24 teams in a two-stages three-groups format despite the opposition of most teams and players in the championship. The reform was cancelled two years later.
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