With Putellas, Spain tries to break through at women’s Euro

With the best player in the world in the squad, Spain can finally call itself one of the title favorites entering a major women’s soccer tournament.

Ballon d’Or winner Alexia Putellas will lead Spain at this year’s European Championship, where the Spaniards will try to break through after years of lackluster appearances on the international stage.

The tournament is scheduled from July 6-31 at 10 stadiums in eight cities in England, including the final at Wembley.

The Spanish team will be boosted by a significant growth of the sport in the country in recent years, with Barcelona winning its first Champions League title and Real Madrid creating its own women’s team — all since the last World Cup in 2019.

Putellas highlights a golden generation of players and is among nine members of a Barcelona team that came just short of winning a second consecutive Champions League title in May. She was named the Champions League player of the season and was the tournament's top scorer with 11 goals. She also won both FIFA’s and UEFA’s awards for best player of the year.