• Tuesday Oct 24, 2017

    Daniela Calderon: first-ever Mexico women’s beach soccer scorer

    Mexico’s Daniela Calderon (green) in action against Spain during the Visit Puerto Vallarta Cup on October 21, 2017, in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. (Photo: Mexsport)

    On October 21, 2017, Daniela Calderon made history, scoring Mexico’s first-ever goal in a women’s beach soccer international match.  She struck in the 27th minute of a 3-1 loss to Spain in the Visit Puerto Vallarta Cup, leveling the score at 1-1. 

    The 20-year-old forward took time to speak to CONCACAF.com about the goal, Mexico’s beach soccer debut and her football career. 

    What were your feelings after scoring Mexico’s first-ever goal in a women’s international beach soccer match?

    It was truly exciting.  As a footballer, one always dreams of scoring a goal like this in a debut, being with the people who support you.  This was a reflection of the effort of the team, which was there pressing until falling.  I was lucky enough to score, but it was the entire team’s effort. 

    What does it mean for you that Mexico compete internationally in beach soccer?

    It is an important step for women's soccer.  The fact that we now play beach soccer is a big step for Mexico.  For us, as footballers, we’re given a chance on a different surface, but it is a very pleasant…a very pleasant experience. 

    Before the game against Spain, was the team more excited or nervous...and why?

    We were very excited because it was going to be the first game of all. Also a bit of nerve on the part of all, but I think we did things quite well. We were confident that we could have a great game and I think that was the case. 

    What are your general thoughts about the team’s performance?

    There are many things to improve, even though we did a lot of good things.  The team came together quite well.  In football matters, we must improve.  This is a completely new discipline, but I'm happy because we took two big games to be the first with so little preparation time. 

    What do you like most about beach soccer?

    The atmosphere.  I like that there is music.  You see that people have fun and we, as players, also have a lot of fun, of course. 

    Do you also play conventional football?  If so, what are the main differences between the two versions of the sport?

    Yes, everything.  There are rules completely different to soccer.  The sand surface is very heavy.  You can’t do many things that you could normally do in soccer.  It's something completely different, but I like it a lot.  It is very fun, very entertaining and I hope we can continue to come to represent the country with dignity. 

    Who is your favorite player or player of all time?

    My favorite player in the world is Javier "Chicharito" Hernández.  For beach soccer beach, I admire Ramon Maldonado very much.  He is an excellent player and I hope I can learn many things from him. 

    What was your biggest football influence while growing up?

    Chicharito.  In fact, due to him, I chose number 14, because I started to see it and I liked it a lot as much as I played. In women’s football, when I was growing up, Maribel Domínguez was also a great inspiration, just like Charlyn Corral. 

    When you're not playing football, what else do you do? Are you a student, job, favorite hobby?

    Yes, I study, but my favorite hobby is to be with my friends and listen to music. Just have fun, in a simple way. 

    What are your future ambitions in football? 

    Keep growing, because every game you learn something new. I would love to play in a World Cup, representing my country. 

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