Real Madrid reveal plans to buy CD Tacon for entry into women's football

Real Madrid have announced plans to buy women's football team CD Tacon with effect from July 2020. The team will train and compete at Valdebebas for the 2019-20 season.

Reuters June 26, 2019 12:21:30 IST
Real Madrid reveal plans to buy CD Tacon for entry into women's football
  • Real Madrid have announced they have purchased women's football team CD Tacon for a reported 400,000 euros, subject to club members approval

  • Tacon won promotion to the top flight last season and will continue to operate under their original name for the next campaign

  • Real have long been criticised for not having a women’s team while their biggest rivals Barcelona and Atletico Madrid regularly compete for titles

Madrid: Real Madrid announced they will form a women’s team for the first time after purchasing local side CD Tacon, subject to approval by club members.

Real Madrid reveal plans to buy CD Tacon for entry into womens football

Real Madrid were established in 1902 but never forayed into women's football. Reuters

Tacon, who were founded in the Spanish capital in 2014, won promotion to the top flight last season and will continue to operate under their original name for the next campaign, but will use Madrid’s training ground as their headquarters.

The team will then become part of Real Madrid the following year.

“Real Madrid’s board agreed on Tuesday to propose the absorption of women’s football Club Deportivo Tacon from July 1 2020,” said a statement from Madrid.

“From the 2019-20 season, the first team of CD Tacon will train and play its games at Real Madrid’s training ground, as part of the transition process agreed by both clubs.”

 Spanish newspaper El Pais said last week that Madrid had paid 400,000 euros ($455,000) to buy Tacon, which means 'heel' in Spanish.

Real have long been criticised for not having a women’s team while their biggest rivals Barcelona and Atletico Madrid regularly compete for titles.

Atletico have won the last two editions of the Liga Iberdrola, Spanish women’s football's top division, while Barcelona reached the final of this season’s Champions League final, losing to Olympique Lyonnais.

A game between Atletico and Barcelona this year played at the Wanda Metropolitano stadium was watched by over 60,000 supporters, a record attendance for a women’s match.

Other major Spanish clubs such as Real Betis, Athletic Bilbao, Sevilla, Valencia and Real Sociedad also have women’s teams which compete in the Liga Iberdrola.

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