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Pamela González interview on Women’s Soccer United
Pamela González: “U-17 Women’s World Cup very positive for Uruguayan women’s football”
Quick, determined, hard-working and with an eye for goal, Uruguayan midfielder Pamela González has racked up an impressive list of accomplishments in her relatively short career.
Still just 23 years of age, Pamela can boast two Uruguayan titles with Colón FC (2013 & 2014), appearances for her country at two Copa América Femeninas (2014 & 2018), as well as playing a central role in current club Málaga CF’s promotion from the Spanish second division in 2017/18.
Dubbed “the motor of our team” by keeper Chelsea Ashurst, Pamela remains a first-choice for coach Antonio Contreras’ side – who are currently battling hard to avoid the drop from Spain’s top flight: La Liga Iberdrola. In an exclusive chat with Women’s Soccer United, La Celeste midfielder discussed her time at Málaga, her evolution as a player and the legacy of the FIFA Women’s U-17 World Cup Uruguay 2018.
(For the Spanish version of this interview click here: https://onuba-comms.com/es/pamela_uruguay_esp/ )
Women’s Soccer United: Pamela, you’re a very popular player at Málaga CF Femenino thanks to your work-rate and fighting spirit in the centre of the park. Yet back in Uruguay you were very much an attacking midfielder – averaging over a goal a game! How has that evolution come about?
Pamela González: Yes, it’s true! When I was in Uruguay I was more of a goalscoring midfielder – like you mentioned I averaged over a goal a game – but since I joined Málaga I’ve been playing more defensively and I think that, as a footballer, it’s just a case of adapting to what your team needs. I think it’s good to be versatile – it gives you more chance of getting in the team!
WSU: Uruguay recently hosted the FIFA Women’s U-17 World Cup 2018 so, when you spoke to friends and family back home, what were their thoughts on how the tournament went down? What legacy will it leave for Uruguayan women’s football?
Pamela: The tournament had very wide-ranging repercussions because, being honest, there was a real need to raise public awareness of women’s football over there. But people really got behind this tournament and that’s one of the things that, when talking to friends back home and to players in the Uruguay team taking part, was a real motivation for them – that the public were really taking an interest. The stadiums were nearly full for most of the games and I think in general terms it had a very positive impact across Uruguay, because it’s helped put women’s football on the map over there.
WSU: And though Uruguay were not able to win it, Spain taking the trophy must be the next best thing, right?
Pamela: Yes, it’s true! Spain is like a second home to me now so, even though Uruguay weren’t able to get good enough results to win the competition, I was really happy Spain won it.
WSU: Málaga signed 11 new players in the summer, but the backbone of the team that won promotion – Chelsea in goal, Ruth in defence, you in midfield and Adriana up front – remain first-choice starters. How important is that continuity? Tell us about your exciting partnership with Slovenia international Domenika Čonč?
Pamela: The players who’ve joined have all come here to pull in the same direction, but like you mention there are players from last season who are still starters – which I think is a positive thing for a newly-promoted team.
Yes, right from the first training session Domenika impressed me as she’s a real physical powerhouse! I feel incredibly at home playing alongside her in central midfield, as do I with Miriam, who brings a lot of experience and is teaching me a lot.
WSU: In general terms, Málaga have won their matches against relegation rivals – such as Madrid CFF, Sevilla FC, RCD Espanyol and EDF Logroño. Is that the path to follow to avoid the drop?
Pamela: As we’re a newly-promoted side, it’s true that we have to keep making the most of the games against direct rivals. We try to pick up points against every team we play, but the direct duels are key as we know we’re capable of – and we need to – get points in those matches!
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UK-born but currently based in Spain, I’ve been covering men’s and women’s football for UEFA.com for several years, including trips to two Women’s U-19 European Championships