By Beto Alfaya
On Saturday, the Brazilian National Team beat Chile, 3-0, in a friendly at the northeastern city of Maceió, Marta’s birth state. The game was planned as part of celebrations for the future Marta’s memorial that will be built at the Rei Pelé stadium, with presence of Marta and the National Team. The local authorities officially began construction.
Coach Kleiton Lima had the opportunity to substitute nine players to play during the game, as both teams agreed, to observe different formations and its options with young players. Defender Aline Pellegrino scored the first after a corner kick, just tapping with her foot to the goal. Minutes later, Marta hit the crossbar on a individual play. The second goal came through a cross from the right as the winger Fabiana served Marta who just touched to the goal.
In the second half, with several players substituted and Brazil scored at the end of the game on another cross, this one from the young star Thais to Rosana, who scored heading to the net. Brazil will play the next friendly in preparations for the World Cup next June 16th, at the city of Fortaleza against Argentina.
Two days after the WNY Flash announced they acquired Marta’s contract, Head Coach Aaran Lines talked about the five-time FIFA World Player of the Year, how he and his staff compiled a team that features three national team captains, the 2010 WPS Rookie of the Year, some of the best internationals, and a handful of young talent. “I think if you go through our squad, not only have we brought in quality players, right next to their level of ability is their character,” Lines said. “And that’s important to Emma (Hayes), myself, and everyone here. Every player is coming to the club because they want to be here.” (more…)
One day after Marta’s contract was acquired by the WNY Flash of Women’s Professional Soccer, rumors of a Marta for Abby Wambach (magicTalk SC) trade surfaced. That was cleared up Wednesday afternoon by magicTalk SC owner Dan Borislow. (more…)
Just four days ago, magicTalk SC owner Dan Borislow talked about wanting to sign five-time FIFA World Player of the Year, Brazilian Women’s National Team forward Marta. But Tuesday night, the Western New York Flash announced that they had acquired Marta, taking over the third year of her contract. Late Tuesday night, Borislow told Our Game Magazine in an email: “This came as a total surprise. I am glad she will be playing in the league. She will discover we are the team to beat, so I hope she is at the top of her game when she plays us.”
The Western New York Flash of Women’s Professional Soccer announced Tuesday night that they have acquired Brazilian star and five-time FIFA World Player of the Year, Marta. In a statement, the team said that it has taken over the third year of Marta’s contract. “We are thrilled to bring Marta to the WNY area,” Head Coach Aaran Lines said. “This is an incredible opportunity for the community and youth soccer players to embrace one of the best female players ever in their hometown. She has incredible physical attributes matched with phenomenal technical abilities. She is an extremely exciting player to watch and is important to the women’s game, and we are excited for her arrival.” Marta is currently on loan with Santos FC in Brazil. WNY Flash have not said when she will report to the team. (more…)
Dan Borislow called Our Game Magazine Saturday morning from the invention he named his Women’s Professional Soccer team after – magicTalk. Borislow, who owns a majority share of the team formerly known as the Washington Freedom, talked about the team, plans for a major tournament, Marta, and more. (more…)
Santos FC beat Foz Cataratas, 3-2, Saturday afternoon to win the Torneio Internacional Interclubes de Futebol Feminino in São Paulo. Foz Cataratas took a 1-0 lead in the 7th minute when Gabi chipped a ball over Santos keeper Andrea Suntaque, who came too far off her line and was caught off guard. Foz Cataratas put three defenders on Marta, neutralizing the five-time FIFA Player of the Year. But Santos got a huge break in the 26th minute when Leti from Foz Cataratas was sent off for defending a ball with her hand. With the one-player advantage, Santos equalized in the 33rd minute on a goal by Angelica, a high-rising shot 30 yards from goal.
In the second half, Foz Cataratas took the lead again, this time on a goal by Daiane Santos, who flicked the ball past Andrea inside the 18. Santos then pulled level on a goal by Maurine in the 64th minute from a difficult angle. Avoiding a tackle near the end line, Maurine managed to hit the ball with her right foot and bend it into the goal, off the fingertips of Foz Cataratas keeper Vivi. A few minutes before time expired in regulation, Dani received a red card for Santos, bringing both teams down to 10 players. But Santos managed to score the game-winner before the end of regulation. Nearing the 45-minute mark of the second half, Thais scored the winning goal when Foz Cataratas failed to clear the ball out of the area.
In the third-place match, Palmeiras defeated Umeå IK, 3-2. Palmeiras beat Umeå IK, 3-1, two days earlier in the final match of the group stage.
According to LdB FC Malmö club director Niclas Carlnén, his club has had contact with the agent representing Brazilian forward, current Women’s Professional Soccer free agent, and five time FIFA World Player of the Year, Marta. LdB FC Malmö won the Damallsvenskan championship in 2010, and Marta was in Sweden in November to watch the club play. (more…)
With two wins in their first two games of the Torneio Internacional Interclubes de Futebol Feminino, Santos sits at the top of the table. Santos began the tournament with a 4-2 win over Swedish side Umeå IK and then followed that up with a 1-0 win over Palmeiras. Foz Cataratas beat Umeå IK, 3-2, Sunday, four days after drawing, 1-1, with Palmeiras. (more…)
Brazilian superstar Marta won her fifth consecutive FIFA Women’s World Player of the Year award Monday night in Zurich, Switzerland. German Women’s National Team Coach Silvia Neid won the Coach of the Year. Marta beat out Germany’s Fatmire Bajramaj and Birgit Prinz, and Neid finished ahead of U.S. Women’s National Team Coach Pia Sundhage and Germany’s U-20 Head Coach Maren Meinert. (more…)
It’s been a busy few days in Brazil with a lot of unanswered questions. Marta’s future is still uncertain, and after coaching Santos FC for 13 years, Brazilian Women’s National Team coach Kleiton Lima is no longer with the club. (more…)
Torneio Internacional Interclubes de Futebol Feminino features Umeå IK, Santos, Foz Cataratas, and Palmeiras
Torneio Internacional Interclubes de Futebol Feminino begins Wednesday, Jan. 5, in Brazil and features two of the world’s top clubs – Umeå IK (Sweden) and Santos (Brazil) – as well as Palmeiras (São Paulo, Brazil) and a new Brazilian club Foz Cataratas (Paraná, Southern Brazil). (more…)
Throughout the 2010 Women’s Professional Soccer (WPS) season, Our Game Magazine writers had a chance to interview a number of players and coaches. Here are some of the more memorable quotes from the season. (more…)
By Beto Alfaya
In front of an attendance of 18,326, Canada became Torneio Internacional de São Paulo champions with a 2-2 draw against Brazil. Canada won on goal differential. Brazil started the game without Cristiane and Grazielle, both injured, so the young 17-year-old Thais started the game, her first with the national team, while Canada had back its entire team. (more…)
By Beto Alfaya
Torneio Internacional Cidade de Sao Paulo opened today in Sao Paulo, Brazil. The four-team tournament features Brazil, Canada, the Netherlands, and Mexico. Canada began the tournament with a 5-0 win over the Netherlands. Christine Sinclair, who signed today with the Western New York Flash of Women’s Professional Soccer, scored two goals for Canada as did Diana Matheson (Lillestrøm SK Kvinner). Josee Belanger (Amiral de Québec) also scored for Canada, and keeper Stephanie Labbe (Pitea) earned the shutout. Diamond Simpson, recently called up from the Canadian U-18 camp, earned her first international cap. (more…)