Former Marcet player Berta Pujadas will play in First Division after completing a brilliant season with the FC Barcelona youth team.
“The ‘blaugrana’ pearl is off to Espanyol”. With this headline ‘Mundo Deportivo’ made note of one of the most resounding signings this summer in women’s football. At 17, Marcet’s home-grown talent arrives to the first division as a player with one of the highest potential at international level. “She has a huge challenge ahead and is bound to make a name for herself”.
With the signing of Berta Pujadas, RCD Espanyol is trying to reshape their presence off the back of a poor season. The centre back just completed a great season with the FC Barcelona youth team and is ready for the step up to the highest category. She had already trained with the first team at Barça, and now the perico club has signed her as a key ingredient to their women’s A team. Another goal completed for the girl that started to stand out whilst wearing Fundación Marcet’s strip.
“They were some superb years at all levels”, Yolanda Boix reminisced, the mother of the centre back. “You can have qualities, but if you’re not able to develop them you’ll get stuck on the way”, pointing out to her training at Marcet. “Everything happened at once: she was called up for the Catalan U-12s, and in the same week we got the call from FC Barcelona. It was hard for Berta to leave Marcet”.
From there on it was all success. In 2015 she was called up to the Spanish squad to go to the U-17s European Championship that was held in Iceland. She started off by playing 20 minutes in their first match. Then for the rest of the games she was starter. She finished the tournament lifting the trophy with her team mates. An accomplishment to be added to two European Youth Championships and a third place at the U-17s World Cup held in Jordan.
Today, as read on the pages of ‘Diario La Grada’, Berta is a player that is “a proven talent” who has “great expectations placed on her shoulders”. According to the newspaper, “she’s an assuring defender, that’s great at playing the ball off the ground, very physical and also versatile, she guarantees a performance from the go and will have a great future. Tying up players of this calibre and potential is the key to aspiring for bigger things in the future”.