Danae Boronat (Tarragona, 1985) is one of the best-known faces of football in Movistar. A woman journalist who has wanted to use her impact to give voice to a sports group that does not always enjoy the popularity it deserves: the Women’s Football.
Recently posted “Don’t call them girls, call them footballers” (Libros Cúpula), a walk through the history of Spanish women’s soccer in which many of the national elite players narrate what they have happened during their careers, always with the shadow of the little hype that has been given to soccer practiced by women .
A book that has also uncovered a hitherto unknown episode of Spanish football: the vexations of the former selector Ignacio Quereda.
“I find the story of Ignacio Quereda suddenly. They were talking about something … and I was pulling the thread. You asked them about him and they frowned. They began by talking about sports, that he was a coach who had become obsolete and did not prepare the games. And then when I asked them more, they were already talking about the deal. It has cost them a lot to talk about it, they have been very afraid. They feared that there would be reprisals, “he explains.
“Some of them dreaded that it would be published and when they told them that other colleagues had spoken, they already dared. They were poorly trained, they had no tactics or match plans and they revealed themselves to have another selector“, she adds, referring to the protests of the players to modernize the women’s team, which finally happened with the arrival of Jorge Vilda in 2015.
“Ángel María Villar and Vicente Temprado, responsible for women’s football, knew everything. He did not get sports results and acted in a disrespectful, abusive and misogynistic way … and He was 27 years old because nobody cared about women’s football“, sentence.
“The book primarily aims to give a voice to female players, that in Spain even the elite ones are very unknown. We do not know her history and I was very interested in explaining how her life has been since she was little, everything they have overcome and the environment they have encountered“, Danae Boronat explains to 20minutos.es
“The book intends that people, when they value or judge women’s football, do so knowing all its reality. In recent years we have witnessed the rise of this modality, it is seen more on television, it is talked more in the media, but until very recently this was not the case. In the book we talk about evolution and how they have lived it “, adds the journalist, who considers that “it is very unfair to compare women’s and men’s football because they are two realities that are very far apart.”
Inclusive language is still a matter of debate in society and, in women’s football, it is the order of the day, hence the title of the aforementioned book:
“It is not serious that they are called girls, but there is a lot of condescension in it. They are professionals, we never call footballers boys. We never say “Zidane’s men”, but they are always “Jorge Vilda’s girls.” They are not treated with the respect and professionalism they deserve. And in the treatment in the media this is not taken into account. “Let’s talk about the Atleti girls” What are they, the fans? “, Says Boronat.