Real Madrid has completed the formalities necessary to absorb Deportivo Tacon into the club, meaning that from 2020-21 onwards the Merengue will field their first-ever side in the women’s Primera Division.
Other big clubs the likes of Barcelona, Atletico Madrid and Valencia already had women’s teams and had long incorporated them within their sporting activities, with the former founding Club Femeni Barcelona as early as 1988, the year that Spain introduced a women’s competition.
The Los Blancos completed the £271,000 (UGX 1,261,090,109) buyout of Madrid-based club Tacon, which has now been officially renamed Real Madrid Femenino. In a statement, Real said it wanted to “contribute to the sport’s development and growth”.
The Blancos, however, had failed to keep up with their rivals, although an unaffiliated club named Madrid CFF which plays in white has been in the Primera since 2017.
Real Madrid praised for creating a women’s football team
Real president Florentino Perez said: “The time has come to build a team that you will all be very proud of.”
Real Madrid was among the only major European football clubs that didn’t have a women’s team, which is why it was high time they formed one of their own so as to compete in Europe.
Lyon forward Ada Hegerberg, the first winner of the Women’s Ballon d’Or in 2018, said the creation was “a huge positive”.
The 24-year-old added: “I’m hoping they will stabilise the investment over a long period and that they have a long-term perspective because it can’t happen overnight.”
Tacon, formed in 2014, went on a recruitment drive after promotion to the Spanish women’s top flight last season, knowing there was the likelihood of a takeover.
They signed Sweden internationals Kosovare Asllani and Sofia Jakobsson, who was nominated for the 2019 Women’s Ballon d’Or, and Brazil midfielder Thaisa from AC Milan.
Source: BBC Sport
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