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Spain women's national football team

The Spain women's national football team (Spanish: Selección Española de Fútbol Femenina) represents Spain in international women's football since 1980, and is controlled by the Royal Spanish Football Federation, the governing body for football in Spain.

Spain
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s)La Roja (The Red One)[1]
AssociationRoyal Spanish Football Federation
ConfederationUEFA (Europe)
Head coachJorge Vilda
CaptainIrene Paredes
Most capsMarta Torrejón (88)
Top scorerVerónica Boquete (38)
FIFA codeESP
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 13 Steady (27 September 2019)[2]
Highest12 (March–December 2018)
Lowest21 (June–August 2004, March 2008)
First international
Unofficial
 Spain 3–3 Portugal 
(Murcia, Spain; 21 February 1971)
Official
 Spain 0–1 Portugal 
(A Guarda, Spain; 5 February 1983)
Biggest win
 Spain 17–0 Slovenia 
(Palamós, Spain; 20 March 1994)
Biggest defeat
 Spain 0–8 Sweden 
(Gandía, Spain; 2 June 1996)
World Cup
Appearances2 (first in 2015)
Best resultRound of 16 (2019)
European Championship
Appearances3 (first in 1997)
Best resultSemi-finals (1997)

Spain have qualified two times for the FIFA Women's World Cup and three times for the UEFA Women's Championship, reaching the semifinals in 1997. Contrast to its lackluster senior side, Spain's youth teams are one of the most successful and have enjoyed a great success in 2018, getting the two continental titles (U-17 and U-19), and reaching the two worldwide finals, winners in the U-17 World Cup and runners-up in the U-20 World Cup.

HistoryEdit

Early yearsEdit

After underground women's football clubs started appearing in Spain around 1970 one of its instigators, Rafael Muga, decided to create a national team. It was an unofficial project as football was considered an unsuitable sport for women by both the Royal Spanish Football Federation and National Movement's Women's Section, which organized women's sports in Francoist Spain. When asked about the initiative in January 1971 RFEF president José Luis Pérez Payá answered I'm not against women's football, but I don't like it either. I don't think it's feminine from a esthetic point of view. Women are not favored wearing shirt and trousers. Any regional dress would fit them better.[3]

One month later, on 21 February 1971, the unofficial Spanish national team, including Conchi Sánchez, who played professionally in the Italian league, made its debut in Murcia's La Condomina against Portugal, ending in a 3–3 draw. The team wasn't allowed to wear RFEF's crest and the referee couldn't wear an official uniform either. On 15 July, with a 5-days delay for transfer issues, it played its first game abroad against Italy in Turin's Stadio Comunale, suffering an 8–1 defeat. It was then invited to the 2nd edition of unofficial women's world cup (Mundialito 1981), but RFEF forbid them to take part in the competition.[4] Despite these conditions Spain was entrusted hosting the 1972 World Cup. RFEF vetoed the project, and the competition was cancelled and disbanded. The unofficial Spanish team itself broke up shortly after.

1980s: Officiality of the teamEdit

After the transition to democracy in the second half of the decade RFEF finally accepted women's football in November 1980, creating first a national cup and next a national team, which finally made its debut under coach Teodoro Nieto on 5 February 1983 in A Guarda, Pontevedra. The opponent was again Portugal, which defeated Spain 0–1. The team subsequently played 2-leg friendlies against France and Switzerland drawing with both opponents in Aranjuez and Barcelona and losing in Perpignan before it finally clinched its first victory in Zürich (0–1).[5] On 27 April 1985 it played its first official match in the 1987 European Championship's qualification, losing 1–0 against Hungary. After losing the first four matches Spain defeated Switzerland and drew with Italy to end third. The team also ended in its group's bottom positions in the subsequent 1989 and 1991 qualifiers. After the former Nieto was replaced by Ignacio Quereda, who has coached the team since 1 September 1988. Teodoro Nieto left the most International Footballer Conchi sanchez (Amancio) out of the Spanish Team even when the player was the first Capitain during the 70s, She was playing in Italy at the time winning championships and Italian Cups, there was not substantial reasons to leave such extraordinary player out at the peak of her career, the damaged was done to such brilliant player who loved to play for her country and fully deserved more respect and recognition.

1990s and 2000s: Growing upEdit

The 1995 Euro qualifying marked an improvement as Spain ended 2nd, one point from England, which qualified for the final tournament. In these qualifiers Spain attained its biggest victory to date, a 17–0 over Slovenia. In the 1997 Euro qualifying it made a weaker performance, including a record 0–8 loss against Sweden in Gandia, but the European Championship was expanded to eight teams and Spain still made it to the repechage, where it defeated England on a 3–2 aggregate to qualify for the competition for the first time. In the first stage the team drew 1–1 against France, lost 0–1 against host Sweden, and beat 1–0 Russia to qualify on goal average over France to the semifinals, where it was defeated 2–1 by Italy. All three goals were scored by Ángeles Parejo.

This success was followed by a long series of unsuccessful qualifiers. In the 1999 World Cup's qualifying Spain ended last for the first time, not winning a single game. In the 2001 Euro's it made it to the repechage, where it suffered a 3–10 aggregate defeat against Denmark. In the 2003 World Cup's it again ended last despite starting with a 6–1 win over Iceland. In the 2005 Euro's, where a 9–1 win over Belgium was followed by a 5-game non scoring streak, it ended 3rd behind Denmark and Norway. In the 2007 World Cup's the team again ended 3rd behind Denmark and Finland despite earning 7 more points.

In the 2009 Euro's Spain made its better performance since the 1995 qualifiers, narrowly missing qualification as England clinched the top position by overcoming a 2–0 in the final match's second half. Spain had to play the repechage, where it lost both games against the Netherlands. In the 2011 World Cup's Spain again ended 2nd, with no repechage, after England again overcame a half-time 2–0 in their second confrontation.[6]

2010s: First World CupEdit

Spain achieved 16 years later a place for the final stage of a European Championship. The team qualified for the UEFA Women's Euro 2013, after beating Scotland in the qualifiers playoff. In the group stage, a win over England and a draw against Russia was enough to qualify for the quarterfinals, where it was eliminated by Norway.

Two years later, Spain qualified for the first time ever to a World Cup, winning nine of its ten matches of the qualifying round. In the group stage of the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup. Their campaign, however, ended up being a disaster. Spain managed only a 1–1 draw into the weakest team in the group, Costa Rica, before losing 0–1 to Brazil. In the last match with South Korea, they still lost 1–2 after an initial lead, becoming the worst European team in the tournament. After the World Cup, the 23 players on the roster issued a collective statement for the end of Ignacio Quereda’s reign as head coach.[7] Later that summer, Quereda stepped down and was replaced by Jorge Vilda, who had previously coached the U-19 team, and was on the shortlist for the 2014 FIFA World Coach of the Year.[8][9]

Spain has achieved to qualify for the UEFA Women's Euro 2017 by winning all the matches and ahead in 11 points to the second classified. In 2017 the national team participated for the first time in the Algarve Cup winning the tournament.[10] However, its performance in the UEFA Women's Euro 2017 was very disappointing: only one match won (against Portugal, the worst ranked team in Euro), two defeats against England (0–2) and Scotland (0–1) in group stage, Miraculously Spain advanted to the quarter-finals, where losing against Austria in a quarter-final finishing 0–0 after extra time, then 3–5 in penalty shoot-out. Eventually, the national football team was eliminated after more than 345 minutes without scoring a single goal.

At the 2019 Women's World Cup, Spain were in Group B with China PR, South Africa, and Germany. They finished second in the group to progress to the knockout stage of a World Cup for the first time in their history.[11] However, the team was eliminated in the round of 16 by the eventual champions United States.

In October 2019, the federation announced the creation of España Promesas (essentially Spain B), a team for players too old for younger age groups but not in the latest full squad, to provide training and occasional match experience for those in consideration for the future.[12]

Competitive recordEdit

World CupEdit

FIFA Women's World Cup record FIFA World Cup Qualification record
Year Round Position Pld W D * L GF GA Pld W D L GF GA
  1991 Did not qualify 1991 UEFA Women's Championship
  1995 UEFA Women's Euro 1995
  1999 6 0 2 4 5 10
  2003 6 2 0 4 8 11
  2007 8 4 2 2 19 14
  2011 8 6 1 1 37 4
  2015 Group Stage 20th 3 0 1 2 2 4 10 9 1 0 42 2
  2019 Round of 16 4 1 1 2 4 4 8 8 0 0 25 2
Total 2/8 0 Titles 7 1 2 4 6 8 45 28 6 11 134 43

European ChampionshipEdit

UEFA Women's Championship record UEFA Euro Qualification record
Year Round Position Pld W D L GF GA Pld W D L GF GA
1984 Did not enter Declined Participation
  1987 Did not qualify 6 1 1 4 7 9
  1989 8 2 2 4 4 8
  1991 6 0 2 4 3 13
  1993 4 1 1 2 2 6
    1995 6 3 3 0 29 0
   1997 Semi-Finals 4th 4 1 1 2 3 4 6 1 2 3 8 15
  2001 Did not qualify 6 1 1 4 6 17
  2005 8 2 1 5 10 10
  2009 8 5 2 1 24 7
  2013 Quarter-Finals 7th 4 1 1 2 5 7 10 6 2 2 43 14
  2017 Quarter-Finals 8th 4 1 1 2 2 3 8 8 0 0 40 2
  2021 TBD 3 2 1 0 9 1
Total 3/12 12 3 3 6 10 14 79 32 18 29 202 102

Olympic GamesEdit

Year Round Position MP W D L GF GA
   1996 Did not qualify
   2000
  2004
   2008
   2012
   2016
   2020
   2024 To be determined
   2028
Total 0/6

TeamEdit

Current squadEdit

The following players were called up for the Euro 2021 qualification against Poland on 12 November 2019.

Caps and goals as of 13 November 2019.
No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
Goalkeeper
1GK Sandra Paños (1992-11-04) 4 November 1992 (age 27) 37 0   Barcelona
1GK María Asunción Quiñones (1996-10-29) 29 October 1996 (age 23) 3 0   Real Sociedad
1GK Sara Serrat (1995-09-10) 10 September 1995 (age 24) 1 0   Sevilla
Defender
2DF Ivana Andrés (1994-07-13) 13 July 1994 (age 25) 22 0   Levante
2DF Ona Batlle (1999-06-10) 10 June 1999 (age 20) 3 0   Levante
2DF Mapi León (1995-06-13) 13 June 1995 (age 24) 32 0   Barcelona
2DF Leila Ouahabi (1993-03-22) 22 March 1993 (age 26) 33 1   Barcelona
2DF Irene Paredes (c) (1991-07-04) 4 July 1991 (age 28) 71 9   Paris Saint-Germain
2DF Andrea Pereira (1993-09-19) 19 September 1993 (age 26) 27 0   Barcelona
Midfielder
3MF Aitana Bonmatí (1998-01-18) 18 January 1998 (age 21) 19 4   Barcelona
3MF Marta Corredera (1991-08-08) 8 August 1991 (age 28) 75 5   Levante
3MF Andrea Falcón (1997-02-28) 28 February 1997 (age 22) 12 1   Barcelona
3MF Irene Guerrero (1996-12-12) 12 December 1996 (age 22) 2 1   Real Betis
3MF Patricia Guijarro (1998-05-17) 17 May 1998 (age 21) 25 4   Barcelona
3MF Alexia Putellas (1994-02-04) 4 February 1994 (age 25) 74 13   Barcelona
3MF Ángela Sosa (1993-01-16) 16 January 1993 (age 26) 5 0   Atlético Madrid
3MF Virginia Torrecilla (1994-09-04) 4 September 1994 (age 25) 62 7   Atlético Madrid
Forward
4FW Mariona Caldentey (1996-03-19) 19 March 1996 (age 23) 29 3   Barcelona
4FW Lucía García (1998-07-14) 14 July 1998 (age 21) 20 1   Athletic Bilbao
4FW Esther González (1992-12-08) 8 December 1992 (age 26) 6 0   Levante
4FW Jennifer Hermoso (1990-05-09) 9 May 1990 (age 29) 75 32   Barcelona
4FW Eva María Navarro (2001-01-27) 27 January 2001 (age 18) 2 0   Levante
4FW Alba Redondo (1996-08-27) 27 August 1996 (age 23) 6 2   Levante

Recent call-upsEdit

The following players were named to a squad in the last twelve months.

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Catalina Coll (2001-04-23) 23 April 2001 (age 18) 0 0   Sevilla v.   Cameroon; 17 May 2019 PRE
GK Dolores Gallardo   (1993-06-10) 10 June 1993 (age 26) 30 0   Atlético Madrid v.   Azerbaijan; 4 October 2019 PRE
GK Patricia Larqué (1992-05-02) 2 May 1992 (age 27) 0 0   Rayo Vallecano v.   Czech Republic; 8 October 2019 PRE
GK Ana Valles (1997-08-15) 15 August 1997 (age 22) 0 0   Tacón v.   Cameroon; 17 May 2019 PRE

DF Laia Aleixandri (2000-08-25) 25 August 2000 (age 19) 1 1   Atlético Madrid v.   Czech Republic; 8 October 2019 PRE
DF Eunate Arraiza (1991-06-03) 3 June 1991 (age 28) 5 0   Athletic Bilbao v.   Cameroon; 17 May 2019
DF Marta Carro   (1991-01-06) 6 January 1991 (age 28) 7 1   Valencia v.   Poland; 1 March 2019
DF Rocío Gálvez (1997-05-15) 15 May 1997 (age 22) 3 0   Levante v.   Cameroon; 17 May 2019
DF Celia Jiménez (1995-06-20) 20 June 1995 (age 24) 25 0   Reign FC v.   France; 31 August 2019
DF Lucía Rodríguez (1999-05-24) 24 May 1999 (age 20) 0 0   Real Sociedad v.   Cameroon; 17 May 2019 PRE
DF Marta Torrejón RET (1990-02-27) 27 February 1990 (age 29) 88 9   Barcelona v.   Germany; 12 June 2019

MF Marta Cardona   (1995-05-26) 26 May 1995 (age 24) 2 0   Real Sociedad v.   Poland; 12 November 2019 PRE
MF Damaris Egurrola (1999-08-26) 26 August 1999 (age 20) 1 0   Athletic Bilbao v.   Cameroon; 17 May 2019
MF Nerea Eizagirre (2000-01-04) 4 January 2000 (age 19) 0 0   Real Sociedad v.   Cameroon; 17 May 2019 PRE
MF Gemma Gili (1994-05-21) 21 May 1994 (age 25) 2 0   Levante v.   France; 31 August 2019
MF Sandra Hernández (1997-05-25) 25 May 1997 (age 22) 6 1   Valencia v.   Canada; 24 May 2019
MF Maitane López (1995-03-13) 13 March 1995 (age 24) 0 0   Levante v.   Czech Republic; 8 October 2019 PRE
MF Victoria Losada (1991-03-05) 5 March 1991 (age 28) 64 13   Barcelona v.   France; 31 August 2019
MF Rosa Márquez (2000-12-22) 22 December 2000 (age 18) 0 0   Real Betis v.   Cameroon; 17 May 2019 PRE
MF Silvia Meseguer RET (1989-03-12) 12 March 1989 (age 30) 67 5   Atlético Madrid v.   Germany; 12 June 2019
MF Amanda Sampedro   (1993-06-26) 26 June 1993 (age 26) 50 11   Atlético Madrid v.   Azerbaijan; 4 October 2019

FW Nahikari García (1997-03-10) 10 March 1997 (age 22) 14 1   Real Sociedad v.   Azerbaijan; 4 October 2019 PRE
FW Olga García (1992-06-01) 1 June 1992 (age 27) 31 5   Atlético Madrid v.   Canada; 24 May 2019
FW Sheila García (1997-03-15) 15 March 1997 (age 22) 1 0   Rayo Vallecano v.   Cameroon; 17 May 2019
FW Bárbara Latorre (1993-03-14) 14 March 1993 (age 26) 18 1   Real Sociedad v.   Czech Republic; 8 October 2019 PRE

Previous squadsEdit

Coaching staffEdit

Results and fixturesEdit

For all past match results of the national team, see single-season articles and the team's results page

The following matches were played or are scheduled to be played by the national team in the last year.

  Win   Draw   Loss

Date Venue Opponent Result Competition
13 November 2018   Erfurt Germany   0–0 Friendly
17 January 2019   Cartagena Belgium   1–1
22 January 2019   Alicante United States   0–1
27 February 2019   Parchal Netherlands   2–0 2019 Algarve Cup
1 March 2019   Lagos Poland   0–3
6 March 2019   Albufeira Switzerland    2–0
5 April 2019   Don Benito Brazil   2–1 Friendly
9 April 2019   Swindon England   2–1
17 May 2019   Guadalajara Cameroon   4–0
24 May 2019   Logroño Canada   0–0
2 June 2019   Le Touquet Japan   1–1
8 June 2019   Le Havre South Africa   3–1 2019 World Cup
12 June 2019   Valenciennes Germany   0–1
17 June 2019   Le Havre China PR   0–0
24 June 2019   Reims United States   1–2
31 August 2019   Clermont-Ferrand France   2–0 Friendly
4 October 2019   La Coruña Azerbaijan   4–0 Euro 2021 qualifying
8 October 2019   Prague Czech Republic   1–5
12 November 2019   Lublin Poland   0–0

Overall official recordEdit

HonoursEdit

TitlesEdit

  Champions: 2017
  Champions: 2018

Other awardsEdit

Player statisticsEdit

Most capsEdit

  • Still active national team players in bold.
 
Marta Torrejón is the most capped player in the history of the Spanish national team.
# Player Career Caps Goals
1 Marta Torrejón 2007–2019 88 9
2 Marta Corredera 2013–0000 75 5
Jennifer Hermoso 2011–0000 75 32
4 Alexia Putellas 2013–0000 74 13
5 Irene Paredes 2011–0000 71 8
Arantza del Puerto 1990–2005 71 ??
7 Silvia Meseguer 2008–2019 67 5
8 Victoria Losada 2010–0000 64 13
9 Mar Prieto 1989–2000 62 27
Virginia Torrecilla 2013–0000 62 7

Most goalsEdit

  • Still active national team players in bold.
 
Verónica Boquete is Spain's all-time scorer with 38 goals.
# Player Career Goals Caps Average
1 Verónica Boquete 2005–2017 38 56 0.679
2 Sonia Bermúdez 2005–2017 34 61 0.557
3 Adriana Martín 2005–2015 33 37 0.892
4 Jennifer Hermoso 2011–0000 32 75 0.427
5 Mar Prieto 1989–2000 27 62 0.435
6 María Paz Vilas 2008–2018 15 25 0.600

Hat-tricksEdit

 
Adriana Martin has scored 4 hat-tricks with Spain in her career
Player Competition Against Home/Away Result Date
Mar Prieto7 1995 EURO Q   Slovenia Home 17–0 20 March 1994
Itziar Bakero
Laura del Río5 2005 EURO Q   Belgium Home 7–0 29 February 2004
Adriana Martín5 2007 WC Q   Poland Home 7–0 30 March 2006
Adriana Martín4 2011 WC Q   Malta Away 0–13 19 September 2009
Sonia Bermúdez
Ana "Willy" Romero
Adriana Martín   Turkey Away 0–5 21 November 2009
Adriana Martín4   Malta Home 9–0 24 June 2010
Verónica Boquete 2013 EURO Q   Turkey Away 1–10 17 September 2011
María Paz Vilas7   Kazakhstan Home 14–0 5 April 2012
Natalia Pablos5 2015 WC Q   Macedonia Home 12–0 13 February 2014
Sonia Bermúdez   Macedonia Away 0–10 10 April 2014
Jennifer Hermoso
Sonia Bermúdez 5 2017 EURO Q   Montenegro Home 13–0 15 September 2016
Verónica Boquete4
 
Ainhoa Tirapu holds the Spanish record for most international career clean sheets

4 Player scored 4 goals
5 Player scored 5 goals
7 Player scored 7 goals

Clean sheetsEdit

  • Still active national team players in bold.
# Player Career Clean Sheets Caps Average
1 Ainhoa Tirapu 2007–2015 20 46 0.435
2 Sandra Paños 2011–0000 17 37 0.459
3 Dolores Gallardo 2012–0000 16 30 0.533
4 Roser Serra 1991–1998 10? 33 0.303?
5 Ana Ruiz 1984–1988 4 17 0.235
Elixabete Capa 1997–2005 4 ?? ??

RankingsEdit

Youth teamsEdit

Under-20Edit

FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup
2002: did not qualify 2004: 1st round 2006: did not qualify
2008: did not qualify 2010: did not qualify 2012: did not qualify
2014: did not qualify 2016: 5th 2018: Runner-up

Under-19Edit

UEFA Women's Under-19 Championship
2002: Final Round 2003: Final Round 2004:   Champion
2005: Second Round 2006: Second Round 2007: Final Round
2008: Final Round 2009: Second Round 2010: Final Round
2011: Final Round 2012: Runner-up 2013: did not qualify
2014: Runner-up 2015: Runner-up 2016: Runner-up
2017:   Champion 2018:   Champion 2019: Third Place

Under-18Edit

UEFA Women's Under-18 Championship
1998: did not qualify 1999: did not qualify 2000: Runner-up 2001: 4th (last edition)

Under-17Edit

FIFA Under-17 Women's World Cup
FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup
2008: did not qualify 2010: Third Place 2012: did not qualify
2014: Runner-up 2016: Third Place 2018:   Champion
UEFA Women's Under-17 Championship
UEFA Women's Under-17 Championship
2008: did not qualify 2009: Runner-up 2010:   Champion
2011:   Champion 2012: did not qualify 2013: Third Place
2014: Runner-up 2015:   Champion 2016: Runner-up
2017: Runner-up 2018:   Champion 2019: Third Place

Under-16Edit

There is also a women's national team that represents Spain in international football in under-16 categories and is controlled by the Royal Spanish Football Federation. This team usually participates each year in UEFA Women U-16 Development Tournament (although it is not an official tournament) with remarkable success[20]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Spain's women add to La Roja euphoria". FIFA. Retrieved 7 December 2012.
  2. ^ "The FIFA/Coca-Cola Women's World Ranking". FIFA. 27 September 2019. Retrieved 27 September 2019.
  3. ^ The underground origin of the women's national team. Marca, 23 April 2013. David Menayo
  4. ^ Conchi Amancio's national team shook up the 1970s Spain. As Color, 17 July 2012
  5. ^ The official baptism of the women's national team. Marca, 14 May 2013. David Menayo.
  6. ^ "Why Spain is absent from the World Cup". Fox Soccer. Retrieved 5 August 2012.
  7. ^ Kassouf, Jeff (19 June 2015). "Spain players call firing Ignacio Quereda women's World Cup exit". Equalizer Soccer. Retrieved 8 June 2019.
  8. ^ "Quereda's reign as Spain coach ends after 27 years". Equalizer Soccer. 31 July 2015. Retrieved 4 September 2015.
  9. ^ "Vilda appointed coach of Spain's women's team". FIFA.com. 30 July 2015. Retrieved 4 September 2015.
  10. ^ Muñoz, Antonio D. (8 March 2017). "Champions of Algarve Cup". RFEF. Retrieved 8 June 2019.
  11. ^ "South Africa 0-4 Germany, China 0-0 Spain: Women's World Cup clockwatch – live!". theguardian.com. Guardian Media Group. 17 June 2019. Retrieved 17 June 2019.
  12. ^ Oficial: La RFEF crea la Selección Absoluta Promesas, una nueva selección femenina de fútbol (Official: The RFEF creates the Absolute Promises Selection, a new women's team), SEfutbol (in Spanish), 29 October 2019
  13. ^ "La Selección española Absoluta femenina, distinguida en los Premios Nacionales del Deporte 2014" [The Spanish women's national team honored at the 2014 National Sports Awards]. RFEF (in Spanish). 10 July 2015. Retrieved 8 June 2019.
  14. ^ UEFA Women's National Team Coefficient Overview (June 2016)
  15. ^ UEFA Women's National Team Coefficient Overview (September 2016)
  16. ^ UEFA Women's National Team Coefficient Overview (November 2017)
  17. ^ UEFA Women's National Team Coefficient Overview (June 2018)
  18. ^ UEFA Women's National Team Coefficient Overview (September 2018)
  19. ^ Ranking women's national football teams based on a formula invented and developed by Mark Ziaian
  20. ^ The U16s debut with a brilliant victory at the UEFA Development Tournament

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