Written by Oluwaseun Oyediji
Spanish Liga F side, Levante Las Planas have completed the signing of retired Spanish senior women’s national team left back cum midfielder, Melanie Serano.
She last played for European and Spanish champions, FC Barcelona where she had a long career at from 2007 to 2022.
Serrano spent her entire previous professional career with the Catalan side. She was 14 years old when she made her first-team debut on 15 September 2004, in a 4-4 draw against Espanyol.
Serrano became a first-team player in 2007, and Barcelona were relegated to the second tie women’s football league in Spain (Segundq Division) the same year.
They returned to the top flight women’s Primera Division in 2008.
She has won seven league titles, seven Copa de la Reina, two Supercopa Femenina, ten Copa Ctalunya, and a UEFA Women’s Champions League (UWCL) titles with FC Barcelona.
The 34-year-old was a member of the Spanish U-19 Women’s national team and featured at the 2007 UEFA Women’s U-19 Championship.
Her full international debut at the senior level was on 29 October 2009 against Austria at 20 years old. Serrano played one match in qualification for the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup, subbing in against Romania.
Melanie was part of Spain’s squad at the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Canada. Serrano did not play any matches during the World Cup as Spain bowed out in the group stage of the competition.
According to Mark Kleinman of Sky Sports, the English Premier League is injecting £20 million into the English Women’s Super League (WSL).
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The injection is to accelerate its commercial development. The interest-free loan will be repayable only if the new company hits £100 million in annual revenue.
Additionally, the Premier League will provide advice on commercial development. The goal is making the Women’s Super League a billion-pound competition within a decade.
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