Sometimes you win in overtime, says former player Maribel Domínguez


▲ The Mexican participated in the 1999 and 2011 World Cups. In addition, she attended the 2004 Antenas Olympic Games. Photo Jam Media

Erendira Palma Hernandez

La Jornada newspaper
Thursday, November 19, 2020, p. a10

Among football idols there is a name that remained hidden for years and not because of its lack of talent, on the contrary, because it was daring in its attempt to play when women did not have a space on the court. Maribel Domíguez was daring on and off the field, at her peak she was discriminated against, but 20 years later she is recognized by being chosen to enter the Pachuca Soccer Hall of Fame.

Sometimes you win in overtime, he says with a serene smile on the video call. Everything I experienced would happen again and it would motivate me again, we had to fight, but today we have the support, he says.

Nervousness and surprise invaded her when in the Hall of Fame vote she surpassed players like Esther Mora, one of the pioneers in women’s soccer who played in the 1970s and even 20 years later she was Maribel’s teammate in the national team. .

“Before us there was a very important generation such as María Eugenia la Peque Rubio and Esther Mora, all of them left the name of Mexico high in a tournament not endorsed by FIFA, but that we all know. Women’s soccer was born many years ago, they were a watershed. “

Domínguez broke into Mexican football in the 1990s as a piece that did not fit into an exclusive model for men. She had good technique, speed, hit the ball with force and agility, but she was a woman and couldn’t play as a professional. Thus, she migrated to Europe where she defended the Barcelona shirt and later played with the women’s national team in the 1999 and 2011 World Cups, as well as the 2004 Athens Olympic Games.

I think it was a career of many emotions, positive and negative, with many difficulties, I was also outside my country, without my family, all those experiences mark you but push you to want to do things better, he says.

Between the discrimination and the obstacles, Marigol prefers to keep the most relevant image of her career when we obtained the pass to the Olympic Games, I felt that I was fulfilling my mother, because I wanted to help her, thinking about supporting her gave me a lot of strength. Among these words Domínguez reveals the reasons for his perseverance, beyond just wanting to play, he was supporting his family, which suffered financial complications.

With a recent renovation in world soccer rules and the creation of women’s leagues, Maribel now shares her experience with the new generations by being the technical director of the U17 women’s team.

My first objective is to get to the World Cup and have a good participation, it was already achieved with Mónica Vergara and today is our turn, he says. However, I also aspire to direct the senior representative or some team of the Liga Mx. And why not? Get to Spain. Mexican women are well prepared, he says.

Today we have much more support and also double the work, because we must put on the label of professionals. If before we did not have a backup and did important things, now we have to do much more, sentence.