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From Out of the Shadows of Invisibility

From Out of the Shadows of Invisibility

Brazilian Women’s Football and the Pioneering Figure of Marta

Chapter:
(p.145) From Out of the Shadows of Invisibility
Source:
More than Cricket and Football
Author(s):
Cláudia Samuel KesslerSilvana Vilodre Goellner
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781496809889.003.0008

Marta, one of the few football (soccer) stars to be known by only her first name was raised in abject poverty in the football crazy Brazil, also home to male star Pele. Her inclusion on a boys’ team led to her joining the women’s national team and ultimately leaving Brazil to play in Sweden and the United States. Marta’s scoring and dominance in the women’s game have made her a worldwide star in sport, though often to greater gains outside of her home country where she continues to play under Pele’s enormous shadow.

Keywords:   Futbol, Brazil, Pele, Sexism, Poverty

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