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We were very excited when Women’s Soccer United’s Izzy conducted a interview with Equatorial Guinea’s women’s national football team member Carol Carioca.
Carol Carioca has a successful career as a defender who currently plays for Botucatu and has previously played for teams such as Vasco da Gama, Santos and USV Jena.
Carol is currently in Germany with the rest of the Equatorial Guinea squad as they prepare to compete in the women’s World Cup for the first time in their football history.

WSU:

How old were you when you first started playing soccer and who or what inspired or influenced you to play?

CC:

At 14, I always watched football on television with my father and I used to play football in the street with boys. My mother would never let me, but my father used to take me to see the matches near my house, and that influenced me,because he always supported me.

WSU:

What has been your career highlight and lowlight to date, and why?

CC:

The best was last year, in South Africa, when we qualified for the World Cup for the first time. It is the first time for Equatorial Guinea women’s national team.
The worst was in 2009 when I had a operation on my ankle in Germany and I had to sit still for seven months! Everyone said I was not going to play again… It was very sad for me and also in Guinea in2008 when I got malaria, but everything went well. Today and I am good and happy.

WSU:

Do you have any superstitions or pre-match rituals before a soccer match?

CC:

I always wear the same top underneath my football top and make the Sign of the Cross.

WSU:

How is the reception of the people knowing there will be a women’s team representing the mat the World Cup.  It will be the first time that Equatorial Guinea has participated in a women’s soccer World Cup?

CC:

It’s been a great party, we turned idols in our country, they are proud of us and everyone expects a good result, even though it will be the first time we participate at a World Cup. We have all the support that some selections do not have to. For me it’s a big responsibility, because I am one of the most experienced players in the team.

WSU:

How were you invited to play for Equatorial Guinea?

CC:

In 2007 I was invited to do some games in Guinea and so I was staying there. I was then invited to be part of the team selection and I was very happy with the invitation. I accepted a few months later and I’m now playing for Equatorial Guinea.

WSU:

What is the difference between women’s football in Brazil, Germany and Equatorial Guinea?

CC:

In Brazil it is more skill, intelligence, in Germany football is more technical and has a tactical discipline,strength and speed, in Guinea it is more about strength and speed.

WSU:

How are the preparations of Equatorial Guinea for the World Cup women’s soccer?

CC:

We’re fine. We are already four months working hard concentrated between playoff games for the Olympics and friendlies, so that everything works out in the World Cup and who knows we can be the surprise of the Cup.

We know it’s difficult, but nothing is impossible,because we eliminated the teams from Ghana and Cameroon,who have always been teams in the Cup,so Guinea is not going to Cup by coincidence.

WSU:

The Equatorial Guinea team is already training in Germany, how is the responses of the German people and how you preparing for the eve of the World Cup?

CC:

Yes, we have been in Germany for a month already, where we were well received, they are all friendly.

On the eve we just need control the anxiety and have focus for the matches.

WSU:

How do you feel about playing against Brazil in the first phase of the competition?

CC:

I can not explain, it will only sink in when I’m entering the field and when they will play the anthem of Brazil(unique emotion) as it will be the first time that a female soccer player naturalized in another country will play against her own. I look forward to helping Guinea to play against Brazil.

CAROLINA’S TEAMMATES

WSU: Biggest joker at your club?

CC: Maria Botucatu (SãoPaulo), Guinea Chinasa Okoro
WSU: Most skilful player?
CC: Captain GenevieveAnonman
WSU: Quickest player?
CC: Guinea Chinasa Okoro
WSU: Most intelligentplayer?
CC: Dani Botucatu, GuineaSalome Noah NKE
WSU: Worst dancer?
CC: Guinea Chinasa Okoro, andme
WSU: Worst taste in music?
CC: Guinea Jumaria

WSU:

If you were not a professional soccer player, what other profession would you have been?

CC:

Sports Physiotherapist

WSU:

What advice would you give to girls who want to be soccer players?

CC:

Always fight and never give up. If you fall, get up …And always go on fighting for your goals.

WSU:

What are your interests/ hobbies when you’re not playing?

CC:

Reading books, keeping an eye on what happening around the world, being with my family and friends, BBQ, pagode, travelling, swimming pool.

WSU:

In your opinion, how has the women’s game evolved since you started playing and what you would like to see for the future of women’s football?

CC:

It has evolved into parts, the prejudice has improved a lot … and respect. I would like to see women’s football to be valued, that Brazil has an organized league like in Europe, as well as sponsorship and media would be a good start.

WSU:

Tell us something we do not know about you?

CC:

I’ve had enough titles. I do a lot of headed goals. I played four years in Botucatu, I’m four years in the team selection of Equatorial Guinea, I went through big clubs. I started at the Vasco da Gama, after I played at Santos, in Sao Jose do Rio Preto and USV Jena(Germany), where I was champion of the DFB-Pokal (GermanCup).

WSU:

Thank you for taking the time out of your schedule to take part in the WSU Q&A.We wish you lots of luck in the women’s World Cup and continued success in your women’s soccer career.
Follow Carolina on Twitter, @carolusv

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