Who better to talk about the struggles facing football than the woman known across the world as "the female Pele?," according to Mendonça & Masters of CNN. In fact, if you ask PELE himself, he will tell you that he calls Brazilian striker MARTA "Pele with skirts." Ensuring that women's football retains a sense of femininity "is important to the five-time FIFA World Player of the Year." Marta said: "I'm all in favor of us not losing our essence, our female side, because we are women and we have to be proud of that." Marta "is one of the most vocal campaigners in the battle for equality in women's football." Not bad for a girl who grew up in Dois Riachos, "playing football on the streets against boys twice her size and without any formative coaching until the age of 14." Fast forward to '13, "and the 27-year-old is one of the most recognizable faces in the sport, starring for Swedish side Tyresö FF in Stockholm." Marta believes that "attitudes towards women within football have remained stuck in the past." Marta: "I think it has changed a bit, but that mentality still exists. There's still prejudice and that resistance regarding women not only on female football but in various activities." According to the latest figures published by FIFA, "29 million women and girls play football worldwide." But while the women's game has grown in the U.S. and Europe, "progress has been far more difficult to achieve in Brazil." Even the achievements of the national team, which has won two silver medals and finished as runner-up at the last World Cup, "has not been enough to get the professional game off the ground." Marta: "Those three medals till today were useless because our reality hasn't changed that much. There were promises. There was a promise of starting a league, of doing this, of doing that, but in reality nothing was done and we are still fighting" (CNN, 8/7).
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German Football League (DFL) President REINHARD RAUBALL "will continue in his positon for another three years." The league association "unanimously confirmed Raubaul in his position at its general meeting" (SID, 8/7). ... The Professional Squash Association has appointed former Tour player TIM GARNER as PSA European representative. The announcement comes in the final countdown to next month's IOC decision to consider squash as a new sport for the 2020 Olympic program (PSA).
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British runner PAULA RADCLIFFE said drug cheats "should be locked up and has called for guilty nations to be banned from the World Championships." Radcliffe: "If you look at it in the purest terms then it is fraud. I also think there should be jail terms for suppliers. There are jail terms for the suppliers of recreational drugs, so why not for sports doping?” (LONDON TIMES, 8/8). ... Russian football club Anzhi Makhachkala Chair KONSTANTIN REMCHUKOV said that coach RENE MEULENSTEEN "is being replaced" little more than two weeks "after the team announced his appointment." Remchukov wrote on Twitter that GADZHI GADZHIEV "will take over from Meulensteen" (AP, 8/7). ... Scotland int'l scrum-half RORY LAWSON "has been forced to retire from rugby with immediate effect." Lawson's club Newcastle said the 32-year-old "was calling it a day on medical advice because of a chronic wrist injury" (BELFAST TELEGRAPH, 8/7). ... England cricketer MONTY PANESAR "has been fined by police for urinating on bouncers after being asked to leave a seaside nightclub." He was "shown the door at Shooshh club in Brighton, East Sussex, after some women clubbers complained of being hassled" (DAILY MAIL, 8/7). ... Footballer DAVID ALBELDA, who was released by La Liga side Valencia this summer after a 15-year professional career, has retired from the game. Albelda, who is on the verge of turning 36, did not accept any of the contract offers he received this summer (EFE, 8/7).
England cricketer KEVIN PIETERSEN: "I am never afraid of getting out! If I nick it, I'll walk.. To suggest I cheat by covering my bat with silicon infuriates me..
London Times' OLIVER KAY: "Sky Sports News ask young Liverpool fan outside Anfield about Suarez. Reply: "Sell him. He's like a vampire. He bites too many people""
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