Ensanche de Vallecas


Ana Romero was a winger for the Spanish national women’s football team. She is also one of a handful of out lesbians in Spanish football. She was also one of the few to openly date a teammate, Merel van Dongen, whom she met after joining Ajax de Ámsterdam. Dating a teammate meant being more circumspect in public as a way of managing fan expectations, as people read into on pitch actions as to what was happening privately and vice versa.


Ciudad Deportiva Fundación Rayo Vallecano, located at Calle del Rayo Vallecano de Madrid, 2, is the home grounds for Rayo Vallecano de Madrid (feminino). The club was founded as a women’s section of Rayo Vallecano in 2001, and made their debut in Superliga in the 2003-2004 season. Since then, they have gone on to play in the UEFA Women’s Champions League, and win the Copa de Reina in 2008. Lesbians who have played for the team include Ana Romero.


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