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Professionalism begins in Argentine women's football

Macarena Sánchez Jeanney became a footballer for San Lorenzo de Almagro and signed a professional contract for the first time in history

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Macarena Sánchez Jeanney

Macarena Sánchez Jeanney, the player who led the fight for a professional women's football in Argentina,  became a football player for San Lorenzo de Almagro and signed - along with other football players from the Boedo club - a professional contract for the first time in history .

“Luche y vuelve,” he posted today on his Twitter account @macasanchezj, who  during the last few months was heavily attacked, to the point that she suffered death threats and the hack of her social networks .
The footballer was the protagonist of a claim, since last January, which ended up boosting the beginning of professionalism for women's football in Argentina.

“Maca” initiated an intimation against his then UAI Urquiza club, and also against AFA, to be recognized as a worker.
With UAI Urquiza, Sánchez won four First Division titles and played three Copas Libertadores.

In March, AFA president Claudio “Chiqui” Tapia signed with Argentinos Agremiados (FAA) football players an agreement consisting of the signing of eight contracts to players in each of the 16 clubs that make up the First Division League.
And San Lorenzo kicked off, signing eleven professional contracts.

The AFA will allocate an aid of 120 thousand pesos per month to each club for a year so that they can meet the payment of salaries of professional players.
From the signing of the agreement between the AFA and Agremiados, which took place on March 13 at the Ezeiza property, the clubs had a maximum of 60 days to sign players.

 The current Women's First Division League is made up of Boca Juniors, River Plate, San Lorenzo, Racing Club, Independent, Hurricane, UAI Urquiza, UBA Football, Lanús, Platense, Villa San Carlos, Students of La Plata, Hikers, El Porvenir, Deportivo Morón and Atlanta .

 Until now, the players “figures” were not able to collect five thousand pesos of travel in their teams or in the Selected , which began to have notoriety for achieving Argentina's qualification to the World Cup in France 2019 after 12 years of absence in the highest international competition.

In September 2017, through a public letter sent to the AFA, the players of the Argentine National Team announced a strike until “structural problems” were solved, with three basic orders: the payment of travel allowances; training conditions on a natural grass court; and rest in a hotel when they travel to compete.
 This claim had an antecedent that strengthened their claims, since in a friendly against Uruguay, in Montevideo, the players had slept on the micro until the time of the match .

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Publication Date: 15/04/2019

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