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Marta & Cristiane have been stayin match fit in Brasil

Marta and Cristiane will compete in first-ever Female Libertadores Cup


“Our return to Brazil is important for female football in Brazil,” said Cristiane.  “The first Copa Libertadores Femenina is also very important. It will help female football a lot in Brazil, because our country will be behind us.”

 

SAN FRANCISCO – In the inaugural Women’s Professional Soccer season, Brazilian international Marta of the Los Angeles Sol, garnered attention for her unmatched speed and success rate on goal. The three-time FIFA Women’s Player of the Year shared the WPS inaugural experience with fellow Brazilian National Teammate Cristiane of the Chicago Red Stars, whose bursts of creativity spiced up the American pitches this summer.

The two racked up several stats, proving yet again that Brazilian soccer uniquely shines with style. Marta led WPS with 10 goals, half of those game-winners, and was named the 2009 Michelle Aker’s Player of the Year. Cristiane, meanwhile, entertained WPS crowds with her back-flip goal celebrations, not to mention the first and only hat-trick in WPS to date.

“It has been important for me personally [to play in WPS],” said Marta about her experience playing professionally in the United States. “Everyone who came here wanted to win, but obviously a big factor is the development of female football. In recap, I would say that it was very positive here, and I think we will come back next year and in the years to come looking for more and more success.”

Marta and Cristiane finished their WPS seasons as selections to the WPS All-Star Game Starting XI. After defeating Swedish club Umeå IK in the all-star game, in which Marta scored a goal and tallied two assists, the fancy footed duo headed to South America to play for Brazilian club, Santos FC, in the WPS off-season.

“Our return to Brazil is important for female football in Brazil,” said Cristiane.  “The first Copa Libertadores Femenina is also very important. It will help female football a lot in Brazil, because our country will be behind us.”

The 2009 Copa Libertadores Femenino, begins on October 4 and will be the first time in history the South American confederation, CONMEBOL, holds a libertadores tournament for female clubs – a move motivated by the rising popularity of female soccer throughout the world. The esteemed cup has been held for South American male clubs since 1960.

Both Marta and Cristiane are anxious to compete in the tournament as they see it as positive growth for the women’s game.  In addition, while on their three-month loan to Santos FC, the pair plans to compete in the Copa do Brazil, also known as the Brazilian Cup. Santos FC is the most recent ladies club to win the Copa do Brazil, securing the title in 2008.

“A lot of the female players who play for the Brazilian National Team play outside of Brazil now,” said Marta. “It will be very special for me [to play for Santos FC] because it has been a long time since I have played in Brazil. I want to live day to day and see what it is like to play football in my home country again.”


































Unrelated, but I thought this was too adorable

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