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Marco Aurelio Cunha: “Women’s football has won fans…”

The coach of the Brazilian women’s national team, Vadão, and the head of co-ordination for women’s football in Brazil, Marco Aurelio Cunha, gave a recent interview to Dibradoras in its fourth podcast about the Women’s World Cup (in Portuguese).

I transcribed the audio and gave my best to translate their speech to English! For those who understand portuguese is worth listening to the whole podcast that was attended by the defender Erika.

Firstly, Vadão was asked about the Brazilian schedule to Pan and Olympics:

Vadão:” Yes, there is already a whole schedule ahead, we have Pan American Games now, we are returning to Brazil, we will take three days off, we will return to training and, on day 5th, probably, we will return to Canada for Pan. After Pan, we will have until the end of year four friendlies, two in the US, in October, and two in November against New Zealand, in Brazil. And has the International tournament at the end of the year, which takes place every year, and this year looks like it might be in the Northeast, more specifically in Natal. So the calendar in terms of friendlies and tournaments is fully scheduled. Still being defined, if the girls will compete in the Brazilian league, in clubs, not to lose the rhythm, to continue playing, so that we also give them time so they can stay in the clubs and not only concentrated, confined. So this whole schedule is set, then to next year, the Brazilian championship must happen at the beginning of the year, if that happens the girls must also compete in the Brazilian championship, not to discharacterize the championship, and from the end of the Brazilian championship, we will be back in confinement, in concentration until the Olympics.”

Marco Aurelio Cunha, the head of co-ordination for women’s football in Brazil, was questioned about the absence of the Brazilian media covering the Women’s World Cup. He also was asked about why this happened and how the CBF could change that:

Marco Aurelio Cunha:” I see as a lack of internal work, obviously of the communication channels, who do not yet realize the importance of women’s football. Women’s football has won fans, so we do not pay attention to what means the women’s football internationally. Brazilians are not used to watch, so I hope that very soon this will change and people begin to pay due attention, because it’s really unfair for the work that they (players) do, the hardness that was this preparation, and I think people will realize this soon, but this is a work that needs to be done day by day,  convincing work, we need to show to the media the relevance of this work and I think we will getting into our place very soon, because the audience is asking for it worldwide.’

He also talks about the controversial statement he recently gave to Canada’s Globe and Mail: “I said that they lived in the men’s football leftovers,  until kits were ceded by male team to the female and now they had their own costume, they had exclusive kits made for them, with much more elegance, with much more beauty, and that this was already a very clear recognition, that the girls had won space in relation to the past, and certainly it helped a lot, because they have the highest esteem, they are concerned about their image, they want to be more stylish, and all this was regarded as sexist, as a secondary thing, or as a priority of the women’s national team, how to take care of the women’s national team was a forbidden thing, the WNT today, their priority is obviously playing football, is to have talent, but we have an obligation to support them in every way, this was totally misrepresented, and considered a sexist proposal, it was ridiculous , we have to fight so there is no wrong developments of a speech sincere and true.”

3 Comments
  1. K Jennings 4 years ago

    “Women’s football has won fans…”

    I agree. Within Women’s Soccer I have rediscovered my love of sports. I guess my negative attitude toward professional sports has been coming on gradually, but I have finally grown tired of whiney millionaires. The highpoint (or lowpoint) was the payment of some 100 million dollars to a boxer who had a rapsheet of some 17 criminal arrests. Add this particularly loathsome act to the plethora of assaults and hooker hook-ups, drug dealings, dopings, ‘juicings’, chemical enhancements and interviews which sound as if most of these hero-athletes had their best six years of education in the fifth grade and the question is begged, “Why would anyone want to watch professional sports at all?” I mean ethically, how would you justify it? Are these the examples we wish to hold up to our youth? Are these the values we hold dear? If they are, then we shouldn’t be surprised that violence, cheating and money encompass the 21st Century athletic spirit. Like the Sensi in the ‘Karate Kid,’ we are all yelling at the top of our voices, “Sweep the leg!”

    I see in the women who compete in soccer a lost remnant of the athletic spirit I tried in my youth to uphold. They are determined athletes, fit and skilled. They get bloody noses and twisted ankles and knocked almost unconscious, but they get up. They foul but then a gentle hand would be placed on the back in apology. They are intelligent and truly love their sport. They show a little sadness around the eyes, that America has taken so long to notice. I was incensed by the male soccer analyst on a panel of a pregame show, who could not understand how the U.S. team could stay with a competing team in the same hotel. I screamed at the television, ‘Idiot!’ Then I felt foolish and compassionate for it was just that he had not figured out that doing your very best is all that matters, because that is what defines an athlete. Vince Lombardi had it all wrong, ‘Winning, isn’t the only thing, character is.’

    K. Jennings

  2. Gina West 4 years ago

    Thank you Izzy – Very interesting to read their thoughts following the World Cup as well as what’s next for Brazil.

  3. Asa 4 years ago

    Thank you Izzy

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