The name of Paola Hernández will become immortal on one of the golden pages of the Spanish female soccer history. Tenerife confessed this Sunday, after proclaiming itself the previous day world champion sub 17, after beating Mexico 2-1, that she and the other members of the team are "in a cloud" and that only with the step of the days will be really aware of what they have achieved.
With only 16 years – one less than most of her colleagues – she became a key player in the eleven Toña Is. The Spanish coach recognized from the outset the technical virtues of the Tenerife and quickly awarded gallons in a team where his role has been great. Responsible for throwing the corner kicks and the faults away, plus a penalty in the quarter-final shootout against North Korea, Paola has tasted in a special way this great success for the football of his country. However, the marked humility that the Canarian midfielder treasures does not allow him to forget those who have participated least in this championship. In fact, he insists that "all, even the two goalkeepers who have not had the opportunity to play, are as owners of this title as the most". And, in his opinion, the key to the success of his team "has been the chemistry that has existed between all of the field, which then has moved to the grass."
Paola, who has had the support, during these days of concentration in Uruguay, of the Canarian coach Andrés Clavijo, member of the technical delegation in the Spanish expedition, considers that the strong of this selection 17, also European champion in Lithuania last month May, is "your value as a whole". "Beyond the individualities, which of course we have, with players like Claudia Pina (Golden Boot of the tournament), Eva Navarro, Irene Lopez or keeper Cata Coll, the great virtue of the team is the harmony we have, the good roll that breathes in him, "he added.
With a promising future ahead of her as a footballer, Paola keeps her feet on the ground and "is clear that this activity is perfectly compatible with the studios". Now, he hopes to be able to celebrate what he has achieved with his family, friends and colleagues at the First High School, at La Salle San Ildefonso in Santa Cruz, before whom he admits that he has become "red as a tomato" when after having won another title they have applauded him upon entering class.
From this moment on, he only has to dream of being able to triumph in higher categories, something that he still sees "a little distant". For this reason, more short-term objectives are marked, such as "having more opportunities in the first team of the YOU Granadilla Tenerife Egatesa. "" I know I'm still young but I hope they give me now more chance to play with my island team in the First Division, "he added.