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Leticia Santos: I can continue to improve and develop… especially in a league considered one of the best in the world
In an exclusive interview, the Brazilian right-back Leticia Santos spoke about her expectations at her new club, SC Sand, currently runner-up of the German Cup.
The 22-year-old has a new challenge this year in 2017: the Allianz Frauen Bundesliga. After two years in the Norwegian team Avaldsnes, Letícia is the new player of SC Sand, currently seventh placed this season and who was runner-up to the German Cup last season.
Having played for Palmeiras, XV de Piracicaba, São José and Brazilian U-20 team (in which she competed in the 2014 World Cup in Canada), the player talked exclusively about her expectations regarding this new challenge.
Read this interview in Portuguese: http://planetafutebolfeminino.com.br/2017/01/brasileira-na-frauen-bundesliga/
What motivated you to join SC Sand? The factor of having worked with Colin Bell, the current coach of Sand was the main motivation to hit this transfer?
Leticia Santos: The fact that Colin being the coach of SC Sand had influence yes. I know he is an excellent coach and I can continue to improve and develop with his training, especially in a league considered one of the best in the world.
You are the fourth Brazilian player (join the list that has Cristiane, Barbara and Ester) to play in the Frauen Bundesliga. Did you even talk to any of them about the issue of adaptation, game style, language, climate, etc?
Leticia Santos: I did not get to talk to them because I do not have so much contact. But I’ve heard of some things. I’ve been told that they are hard games, well balanced, and there is no easy way to win. I hope to adapt well in the country and the German style of play.
Is there a lot of difference between women’s football in Norway and in Brazil? Are there any similarities between the two?
Leticia Santos: There is a bit of difference, yes, in both the style of play and the visibility of the sport in the country. Norwegian football is more physical strength, like launching and direct links and is a little more intense both in games and in training because they generally do not cadence the game as much as we Brazilians who play the ball standing up to reach the goal opponent. We use our technique more than strength. And in terms of visibility there are more games broadcasts and the press always accompanies the team and informs about the games and what is happening in the competition, something very good for those who want to follow the modality. The similarity between the two countries is that both have much will within the field, race and competitiveness.
What was it like to have played the U-20 World Cup with the Brazilian national team shirt? How do you see its development since then?
Leticia Santos: It was a dream, a wonderful feeling to be able to wear the shirt of the national team and have the opportunity to represent our country and all the girls who play and people who like the sport. Unfortunately we did not do a good world cup which upset us a lot. We felt for not having had any good results even more by the fact that we could have gone better. We had a very good and independent team if we were in a considered death group we could have gone better. And after that moment I believe that I have matured a little more.
Avaldsnes played in the Champions League this season and were eliminated in the 32-round finals for the powerful side of Lyon, the current European champions. Even with the deletion, have you still accompanied UWCL? Any guess for who can be the champion?
Leticia Santos: I’ll walk a little. And although I cheer for the teams that are Brazilian, I think Lyon are strong enough to win the two-time championship.
How do you see the change in command of the Brazilian team with the arrival of Emily Lima? Do you believe that in a competitive league such as Germany, you can receive a call for the Brazilian national team in the future?
Leticia Santos: With the arrival of Emily and her commission the hope of one day being called resurfaced again, even more than it was noticeable in the Tournament of Manaus that she gave the opportunity to new players. And in relation to the German league, I believe that only the status of being in the Bundesliga will not make me have a chance in the Brazilian team, but rather if I am well and with a good sequence of games.
What are your expectations for the rest of the season with Sand and your future?
Leticia Santos: First of all I adapt as fast as possible and help the team so that together we can put the club in the highest possible place of the table and consequently conquer the title that is the goal of every athlete and most importantly.
Thank you to Leticia Santos for taking part and to the author of this interview, Bruno Bezerra.
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