Marta poses with coach Kleiton Lima from Brazil, coach Silvia Neid from Germany and striker Birgit Prinz. Loving it!
Posts Tagged ‘Brazil’
Posted by leyrocks on April 22, 2009
Posted by iamhannah on February 27, 2009
Bridgeview, IL (February 27, 2009) The Chicago Red Stars and Brazilian forward Cristiane have agreed to a contract, General Manager Marcia McDermott announced Friday. With the signing of the electrifying 23 year old striker, who last month finished third in the 2008 FIFA Player of the Year voting for the second consecutive year, the Red Stars have filled all five international slots on their player roster for the inaugural 2009 season.
One of the great personalities of the game, Cristiane dazzles crowds with her flair and finesse, while wearing her emotions on her sleeve.
“Fans of the Chicago Red Stars and WPS are going to love watching Cristiane play soccer at Toyota Park,” said McDermott. “She plays with passion and style, and she is surely going to be help our squad become one of the most entertaining teams in the league.”
A flamboyant and prolific goal scorer, Cristiane has recorded 25 goals for Brazil in only 38 appearances, since making her national team debut in 2003. She has led Brazil to a second place finish in each of the last three important world championships – the 2004 Athens Olympics, the 2007 Women’s World Cup, and the 2008 Beijing Olympics. In the 18 games that span those three tournaments, Cristiane scored 15 goals, earning top scorer in both Olympics and tournament All-Star honors in the 2007 World Cup.
“Cristiane is a very special player,” said Red Stars Head Coach Emma Hayes. “Her finishing ability is clinical, and her strike rate is truly remarkable. More importantly, she fits the Red Stars and the way we want to play.”
The Brazilian striker joins an already potent attack that features US Women’s National Team forward Megan Rapinoe and English forward Karen Carney. Chicago also holds the WPS playing rights to U.S. National Team players Lindsay Tarpley and Carli Lloyd.
In addition to Brazil’s Cristiane and England’s Carney, the Red Stars’ international contingent includes Australian midfielder Heather Garriock, midfielder Frida Östberg and goalkeeper Caroline Jönsson, both of Sweden.
“It is an honor to accept a challenging proposal from the Chicago Red Stars,” said Cristiane. “I’m very positive that in a short time WPS will be the most competitive league in the world for women’s soccer. Not to forget that the Chicago Red Stars will be the team to beat! I can’t wait to get on the field and start my preseason with the Chicago Red Stars.”
Courtesy of: Chicago Red Stars
Posted by leyrocks on February 26, 2009
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
By: Grahame L. Jones | Los Angeles TimesThe Brazilian star will be the biggest name for the new Los Angeles Sol and Women’s Professional Soccer.
Somewhere in the heart of northeastern Brazil, about nine degrees south of the Equator and a couple of hundred miles inland from where the Brazilian coast bulges out into the Atlantic, two rivers converge.
There, painted in pastel hues, is the clapboard town of Dois Riachos, little more than a dot on the map in the huge cotton, rice, sugar and tobacco producing state of Alagoas. Flash past on Brazil’s route 316, perhaps on the way to Maceio and the sea, and you would hardly notice it.
Dois Riachos. Two little rivers.
Marta Vieira da Silva remembers them well. They were the playgrounds of her childhood. For half the year, when the rains had long gone and the streambed was dry, she and the rest of the kids in Dois Riachos used to play soccer in the sandy river bottoms.
It was there that the scrawny youngster who grew up to become the world’s finest female soccer player learned the tricks that now keep fans worldwide spellbound.
This remote locale, where she dodged the tackles of older boys intent on taking her down, was the ultimate source of her Pan American Games gold medal, her two Olympic silver medals, her three consecutive FIFA Women’s World Player of the Year awards in 2006, 2007 and 2008.
Want to read more go to: Los Angeles Times
Posted by leyrocks on February 24, 2009
On February 22, 2009, Marta made her first public appearance since joining the LA Sol at the Soccer Nation Expo in Los Angeles. As promised, the Women’s Soccer Show was there to fill you in on the action!
The 3-time FIFA Player of the Year was received with much excitement and fanfare by her loyal, and new fans alike, and she, graceful as ever, seemed to enjoy most of it.
At first, Marta gave off a somewhat nervous vibe as she was introduced to the crowd. She seemed to be in a daze as her fans snapped pictures and hollered the occasional, “I love you Marta,” “Juegas muy bonito,” or “You are the best Marta”. It’s understandable how the roaring crowd could be intimidating for the petite player, and I couldn’t help but notice the big sigh of relief she let out when she sat down and started signing autographs. But who could blame her for feeling a bit anxious. February 21st marked a new chapter in life.
She seemed overjoyed when the occasional Brazilian / Latino fan would say something to her in Portuguese or Spanish in an attempt to start a conversation (I believe she understands a bit of Spanish but does not speak it fluently). Hopefully with the support of the Brazilian / Latino community in Los Angeles she will find it easy to adapt to her new home.
Through the entire time she was all smiles when the star struck attendees would ask if they could take a picture with her. While taking pictures and video of Marta, I couldn’t help but notice how charming she is when interacting with her fans and the LA Sol staff. There is something truly special about her that captivates you. Could it be her warm generous smile? Her superhuman soccer skills? Or maybe her superstar status in FIFA?
The best part of the event was when she left the autograph booth to head out to the main soccer field for a game of “Kingman” soccer. As you can see in our video, the scene looked more like a TMZ shoot on Robertson Blvd. About 20 people started following her, snapping pictures, shaking her hand and requesting for autographs. For an instance I thought I was back in 1999 hearing, “Mia, Mia, Mia, Mia,” but now it was, “Marta, Marta, Marta.”
During the soccer match, Marta would occasionally do some crazy trick or move, but as luck would have it we had already turned our cameras off. Watching her up close in action was a treat, kind of reminiscent as watching Ronaldihno play in 2006 (Barcelona USA Tour). If you are able to catch her in action, GO!!!! I promise she won’t disappoint. She truly is the best women’s soccer player.
Marta’s next promotional stop will be in New York City on February 24th and 25th for the WPS Team Kit Unveiling event and media tour. She and other WPS players, including, Johanna Frisk, Heather O’Reilly, Hope Solo, Amy Rodriguez, Carli Lloyd to name a few, will be modeling the leagues home and away uniforms, designed by Project Runway winner Christian Siriano. League officials will also be doing media rounds along with a few WPS stars.
Bloomberg TV @ 7:50am – Tonya Antonucci
Fox Business @ 10am
Today Show, CNN, Fox & Friends – WPS players
Posted by iamhannah on February 3, 2009
Santa Clara, CA- January 4, 2009- FC Gold Pride, the Bay Area franchise of Women’s Professional Soccer announced today the signing of Brazilian Soccer standout Formiga, to a one-year contract. FC Gold Pride selected Formiga as the first overall draft pick at the WPS International Draft.
“With Formiga, we have signed the best midfielder in the world,” said FC Gold Pride Head Coach Albertin Montoya. ” She holds teams together. I spoke to several coaches from around the world before selecting her in the WPS international draft. She is consistently regarded around the world as the engine of her team. She embodies the heart and soul of the Brazilian National team and we are looking forward to having her bring her talent and passion to FC Gold Pride.”
The 30 year old native of Sao Paulo, Brazil has been a constant presence on the Brazilian national team for 15 years, representing her country in four World Cup competitions (1995, 1999, 2003, 2007) and four Olympic tournaments (1996, 2000, 2004, 2008). The talented midfielder has been a leader and a catalyst for the marked rise of women’s soccer in Brazil. She has twice helped Brazil reach the Olympic gold medal match (2004, 2008) and twice captured the Pan American Games Championship (2003, 2007), lifting her team to victory in 2003 by scoring the game-winning goal in the match.
Formiga, who currently resides in Brazil, will join her FC Gold Pride teammates in the Bay Area when the team opens training camp on March 1.
Fans won’t want to miss a minute of the action as the Pride kicks off the inaugural WPS season at Buck Shaw Stadium at Santa Clara University on Sunday, April 5.
Courtesy of: FC Gold Pride
Posted by iamhannah on January 17, 2009
This week’s episode of the Women’s Soccer Show we talk to Tim Vickery about Marta and about the WPS Draft.
Posted by iamhannah on January 13, 2009
Marta who has one the FIFA World Female Player of the Year award for the last three years signed for the LA Sol on Monday afternoon. Marta who plays for the Brazilian National team and formally of Swedish side Umea IK, joins Shannon Boxx, Aly Wagner, Stephanie Cox who star for the US National team.
“I am extremely excited to be joining the Los Angeles Sol,” Marta said. “Knowing that WPS is going to be the most competitive league in the world made my decision easy. I am going to Los Angeles to win as many titles as possible and achieve all the remaining goals in my professional life.”
While playing for Umea IK Marta scored 111 goals in 103 games. She will no doubt be one to watch in the upcoming WPS season.
Posted by iamhannah on January 12, 2009
Marta is finalizing a deal to sign with the Los Angeles Sol of the WPS. THE WPS or Women’s Professional Soccer league launches in March.
Christine Sinclair has been named Canadian women’s soccer player of the year for 2008. Sinclair has won the award for the last four years. In 2008 Canada won the Cyprus Cup and finished second in the Peace Queen Cup.
Sources: LA Times & CBC