We were very excited when Brazil National team member Rosana spoke to WSU ahead of the women’s World Cup 2011.

Rosana currently plays for Centro Olímpico in Brazil and previously played as a midfielder for Sky Blue FC of Women’s Professional Soccer League (WPS) in USA.

WSU:

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

R:

I started to play on the street with boys when I was five years old, after I went to play soccer in a Club called SPY, and when I was 14 years old I started to play on the field, with São Paulo FC. My brother and my mum were the people that most encouraged me.

WSU:

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

R:

The best moment was the silver medal in Athens Olympics, because that was in that moment when people in Brazil started to look on us on a different way, a bit more positive.
The worst moment was before WWC 07, after the Pam American Games and one month before WWC, when I had a surgery of my shoulder. I was in a great phase that year, for this reason one of the worst moments in my career.

WSU:

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

R:

I usually do crossing oneself (Sign of the Cross) before I enter the field.

WSU:

How are the preparations going for yourself and Brazil women’s national team ahead of the women’s World Cup?

R:

I think that Brazil had less preparations than the others women’s national teams which participate on WWC, we had less trainings together, so less mesh. But nevertheless, I believe in Brazilian talent.

WSU:

How does it feel about playing in Brazil again, after playing in Austria for a long time and at Sky blue FC in WPS?

R:

The structure in Brazil is not one of the best, but I can say that I feel very happy to return to my country, to stay close to my family, friends and I’m able to eat Brazilian food. I think that it was a good choice that this year is the year of the WWC.

WSU:

What is the difference between Brazilian, European and American women’s soccer?

R:

I think that the difference between Brazilian and American soccer is that Brazilian soccer is always more technical, more dynamic, with more unusual dribbling and American soccer is more physical, strong, explosive and not so tactical. Now, the European soccer is more tactical. I think that it’s somewhere between Brazilian and American soccer, because they have skilled players and very powerful too.

ROSANA’S TEAM MATES (Centro Olímpico & Brazil National Team)

Biggest joker at your club? Cacau, Centro Olimpico
Most skilful player? Cristiane, Brazil
Quickest player? Marta, Brazil
Most intelligent player? Formiga, Brazil
Worst dancer? Don’t have only one. It’s difficult to say someone’s name LoL
Worst taste in music? I don’t know.

WSU:

If you were not a professional soccer player what career would you be doing?

R:

Probably psychologist in the sports

WSU:

What advice would you give to someone thinking about getting involved in women and girl’s soccer?

R:

That don’t give up on the first stumble, because apprentices, repetition, discipline, the strength of will with the talent bring the success.

WSU:

What are your hobbies/interests when you are not playing soccer?

R:

Go to the beach, listen to the music, go to friends house.

WSU:

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

R:

The women’s soccer in general evolved a lot speaking of the world level. In Brazil it still crawls unfortunately, but in what was formerly, it’s been improved greatly. I would like that in future, the women’s soccer become professional worldwide and that players could really live from the sport with dignity.

WSU:

Tell us something we do not know about you?

R:

I’ve already been the Brazilian champion and the champion of Minas Gerais (Brazil state) in kung fu.

WSU MEMBERS QUESTIONS

BP: Hi! Are you planning to play again in WPS, and if you do,which club that would be?From Biljana Petrović
R: I don’t plan, but would be honored to one day return to play in WPS, independent of club, since it is a league with teams in high yield.
D: Rosana, I know that you already played in Europe (Austria)and USA, where you had a very good time at Sky Blue team. The impression that I had was that you (players) transmitted for the fans in general, that here, in Brazil, women’s soccer is very precarious and in foreigner countries, the women’s soccer are in a high level than here. But when you go to see what happening in foreigners women’s leagues you usually see clubs closing (like happened in wps), below attendance than was expected in wps, small attendance in europe leagues, risk of leagues to fail… So, here is the worst place and there (Europe, Usa) is heaven or here is the worst place and Europe and USa are a little better than here? From Daniel
R: Actually, I think women’s football still a developing sport,still struggling against prejudices in the world, not just the football itself, but the women’s sports, where the marketing companies as well as much of the public, still angle for a body, a pretty face, this unfortunately is the main attraction. They are not only interested in a good match, but the display of the female body too.
Still, talking about Europe and USA,the modality is a little developed than in Brazil, because somehow already gives a certain return.
Unfortunately people today invest in Brazil, but wanting an immediate return.
I think women’s football have this ability to profit in Brazil, since they have designs for medium and long term.

WSU:

Thank you for taking the time out of your schedule to take part in the WSU Q&A. We wish you continued success in your women’s soccer career.

Follow Rosana on Twitter, @Rosana06

 

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