Barça Women or how to perpetuate a winning model

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The women of Barca and their successful role model was one of the main topics discussed on the third day of the Sports Tomorrow Congress (WOM + N) 2021. Organized by the Barça Innovation Hub, the Sports Innovation Congress is taking place this week at the premises of FC Barcelona and online. During the opening session of the Methodology (Coach) program, coach Jonatan Giráldez and players, Alexia Putellas and Marta Torrejón, explained what a team needs to do to continue their successful run.

Getting there isn’t the hard part, staying there is. One of the most common phrases in the world of sport and for the women of Barça, this represents a major challenge, because winning the treble last season – League, Queen’s Cup and UEFA Women’s Champions League – has set the bar very high which is almost beyond the reach of every European football team.

Against this backdrop, Giráldez, Putellas and Torrejón gathered for a pre-recorded session, with the panel taking place concurrently with UWCL’s Wednesday game against Hoffenheim. The key to continuing to win is to inspire each member of the team to keep improving. “We can’t think about what we’ve won, we can’t stand still, we have to keep reinventing ourselves, because the other teams keep improving,” Putellas said. “It’s about not just having what you have and wanting to improve every day,” added Torrejón.

As a coach, Giráldez highlighted how the technical staff can help footballers in their quest for excellence. “Everything implies three lines of action: that the working group is qualified and has sufficient means to manage everything that happens with the team, to allow the players to concentrate on their own work; that each individual actor has the desire to develop; and that we can offer the group new ways of playing, with new resources and options to surprise rivals and become less predictable as a team ”. The coach thinks it is about being nonconformist and “taking up the challenge of winning four titles rather than three, because we did not win the Supercopa de Espana last season”.

In addition to Barça Women, the Methodology program also featured a series of speakers who explained the different aspects involved in the management of women’s football teams. These included Milena Bertolini, coach of the Italian women’s football team, Stefano Braghin, technical director of Juventus Women, Iraia Iturregi, coach of Athletic Club Femenino, Rita Guarino, coach of the women’s team of Inter Milan and Jorge Vilda, coach of the Spanish women’s team.

Wednesday also featured the first day of the Nutrition and Performance program, with a focus on women’s football. Among the attendees were Toña Lizárraga and Mireia Porta from the FC Barcelona Nutrition Department, who had a roundtable discussion on nutritional guidelines and protocols that Barca players should follow, and they were joined by the team player. first female, Mariona Caldentey. Caldentey stressed the importance of diet in regards to a footballer’s performance: “My performance changed when I changed my eating habits. These changes have allowed me not to miss a single day of training in two years and it has helped me to finish many games without the strains and pains that I used to feel ”.

In addition, Toña Lizárraga and Mireia Porta detailed the main nutritional strategies of Barça Women, which are essentially based on the following principles: diets may vary and are defined by the calendar of competitions; pay attention to the individual use of supplements; perform specific work in the event of an injury; establish nutritional protocols on match days; taking into account the body composition of each player and prescribing specific vitamin supplements for women footballers, as their physiology is different from that of men.


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