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More than Cricket and FootballInternational Sport and the Challenge of Celebrity$
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Joel Nathan Rosen and Maureen M. Smith

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781496809889

Published to University Press of Mississippi: January 2019

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781496809889.001.0001

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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

(p.145) From Out of the Shadows of Invisibility
More than Cricket and Football

Cláudia Samuel Kessler

Silvana Vilodre Goellner

University Press of Mississippi

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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