Real Madrid: the most valuable club in the world now has a women's team
After a meeting of Real Madrid members, the Spanish club will have a women's soccer team for the first time next season.
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(CNN) - It may be the most valuable football club in the world, but it took Real Madrid until 2019 to have its own women's team.
After a club members meeting, the Spanish club will have a women's soccer team for the first time next season.
Earlier this year, the Spanish club approved the acquisition of the CD Tacón women's club based in Madrid for an amount of 500,000 euros ($ 550,000) and has now been approved in the general assembly of members by an overwhelming majority, with a 90.6% of votes in favor.
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He was promoted to La Liga Iberdrola, the highest level of Spanish women's football, on May 19 for the first time after beating Santa Teresa in a playoff.
The CD Heel will operate with its original name for the next season, but will be renamed Real Madrid Femenino when the two officially merge on July 1, 2020.
Players of the CD Tacón, Spanish women's football club acquired by Real Madrid.
The club, which was barely formed in 2013, will train and play its matches on the training ground of the 13-time UEFA Champions League winners.
And like his male counterparts, Real Madrid soon made signings.
The Swedish international Kosovare Asllani became his first signing after leaving Linkopings in the summer and scoring three goals in the World Cup for Sweden, including his third place victory over England.
CD Heel fans.
Women's football enjoys an explosion of popularity, and the World Cup earlier this year is the last great success.
But even before that, women's football was extremely popular in Spain.
In a match between the rival of the city, Atlético de Madrid, and rival Barcelona, in March, 60,739 people watched the match at the Wanda Metrepolitano stadium, breaking the attendance record for women's club football.
CD Heel players, in celebration during a match.
Real Madrid has been criticized for not having a women's team while its Spanish rivals compete for titles.
Atlético de Madrid have won the last two titles of the Iberdrola League, while Barcelona reached the final of the Champions League this season.
Real Sociedad, Athletic Club, Espanyol, Valencia, Sevilla, Real Betis and Levante also have teams in the highest Spanish category of women's football.
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