In a matter of hours this weekend, Spain’s women’s World Cup champion Olga Carmona suffered a career-high and deep loss, the latter of which was kept from her so she could focus on Sunday’s final.
Carmona, who scored Spain’s winning goal against England, learned of his father’s death after the game, the Royal Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) said in a statement.
“RFEF deeply regrets to report the death of Olga Carmona’s father. This footballer got to know the sad news after the World Cup final. We send our most heartfelt hugs to Olga and her family in this moment of deep pain. We love you, Olga,” the RFEF added.
In an emotional tweet, Carmona compared her father to a star when he played the final.
“And without realizing it, I had stars before kick off,” he wrote. “I know you have given me the strength to do something truly unique. I know you were watching me tonight and you were proud of me. Rest in peace dad.”
Carmona’s club Real Madrid also issued a statement expressing their condolences.
“Real Madrid CF, President and Board of Directors are deeply saddened by the death of the father of our player Olga Carmona. Real Madrid would like to extend our condolences and sincere condolences to Olga, her family and all her loved ones. May he rest in peace,” the statement read.
Carmona’s 29th minute strike proved to be the winner, making La Rosa Only the second country, after Germany, to have won both the men’s and women’s World Cups.
After the goal, Carmona lifted his shirt in celebration. After the match, he explained that he did it to honor his best friend’s mother who had recently passed away.
Carmona’s goal gave Spain victory against the odds. that La Rosa A win over the reigning European champions and the pre-match favorites made the achievement remarkable despite the controversies and divisions that clouded the national team throughout the tournament.
Last year, 15 Spanish players declared themselves unavailable for selection, saying they were unhappy with the training methods of head coach Jorge Wilder, who at the time described the situation as a “world embarrassment”.
Of the 15 players who wrote to the RFEF last year, saying the “situation” within the national team was affecting their “sensitive state” and health, only three were selected for the World Cup squad.
The country is now the best in the world, but the international future of those exiled players remains unclear. With the victory, the questions surrounding the national set-up, how to resolve the conflict, did not disappear.
If the off-pitch issues can be resolved, Spain’s future will be bright, as now, incredibly, the Iberian nation are Women’s World Cup winners at Under-17, Under-20 and senior level.