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Interview with Walter Luna: Part II

We chatted with Walter Luna, the head coach of the Women's First Division of Racing de Córdoba, about the present and future of Cordoba football.


Walter Luna is a football specialist, among other things. He currently serves as  DT in lower and first  of Racing Club de Córdoba. But it also targets major projects, such as the Provincial Women's Football Team. Therefore, he tells us a little about the panorama of his work and the situation of the  Cordovan players .


How is the process of growing football players in a Cordovan club like Racing?

We have the school, and from that school comes the First. Because the Cordoba League, for the good action it has for women's football, it occurred to take Reserva. There is no Reservation. So, the whole school hits the jump to First. So our job is that, growing the girls at the school. Contain them, more than anything. Give them the chance. Because it's rare that a five-year-old or six-year-old will decide to play football. And if they come, they come with all the fears, we have girls who have left because they've had their first bad experience. When you hit, some serious injury, and they leave. That happens, and others that don't, and that follow. They put the batteries on, they grow. So, we from school are making that jump to make girls.

What is your performance in women's football? Contaminate a bit of your career in Racing in New Italy

Last year I started as DT  in Racing . I was in the lower ones. And they offered me the First and I said, “Okay, come on.” That illusion was a slap for me. Because we had nowhere to train. Clubs do not give much support to women's football, support is almost zero. I'm telling you about kids clubs. I don't know what it's going to be like in Talleres, Then we start like this, to the lung. We were training on the street or renting courts, and so on. I'm from the south, and we were renting the football pool 9 from my neighborhood. The only time a week we trained, we did it there. With Gabi Pereyra, who is the coordinator, we were going with the car full of girls.

What is the situation of top players in Cordovan football?

Girls not only play as a hobby, but they also pay. They have a fee to cover to contribute to the club. We, as far as we can, with the tools we have, do everything we can to handle some right, give something else to the team.

Walter-Luna-Coach and Team

What do you think you have to put the focus to change the situation of the players? What are the main factors for making the situation so daunting?

The big problem with this is the League. Because if the League were to force the clubs to give the necessary importance  to women's football , it would be different. With everything that entails. Because girls can't walk around changing on the street. Let's go to the extreme, neither is a man. And today is the reality of women's football. Girls wear coachers' cars as costumes.

What is the difference with the first men's football? Can you live on football when you're engaged in the women's tournament?

The difference with the first men's football is in everything. They have all the boys, Reserve and First don't pay, they have a license, changing rooms, clothes, facilities, they play on the big court. Girls have to pay everything. In my case, football is a hobby for me. But the resources football gives me, I'm trying to give them back. If girls need, I'm always there. So, when you get things like last year's, it's tremendous. Beyond football or sports. Speaking more from the human. To stand in front of a team of 20 people, give them a speech that you can't hold with the material or structural. Only with the human, the values, with the coordinator and the PF. Just the three of us, with claw, trying to do everything possible. And let them, the team, believe you, come the same, give it all, train on the ground. Just come to tactical workouts because there's no place to train. It's a triumph.

Publication Date: 19/04/2020

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