Marta: “Everyone on the team are diappointed”
This Saturday, Tyresö play in the Champions League semifinal against Birmingham. The club has such major financial issues that the players are not receiving their salaries - and yet they can take home the club’s biggest title ever. The biggest star of them all, Marta Vieira da Silva, now exclusively tells SVT Sport about the tough times she and the club are going through.
She is on her way back to the pitch. But on her way from Tyresö. The tear is healing and soon she will be back to playing football, probably already on Saturday in the semifinal. But soon the adventure in Tyresö is over - it did not turn out the way she had imagined and she is disappointed.
— It’s not just me who is disappointed, it’s everyone on the team, she says at a café in Stockholm where we have met.
When the club’s financial crisis came to light, it arrived unexpectedly for the players. Since then the situation has been chaotic, and it has been difficult to focus on the football.
— It has not at all been easy. If we had been told exactly what the situation was that would have been better. But we train and focus on the pitch and then you read something new the next day in the newspaper that we didn’t know. And the next day the same thing happens, then it’s not so fun. Eventually there will be a point where it’s not possible to ignore the fact that we are dissatisfied. And we had more hope in those who run and organize the club.
Getting paid by the state
In January, four new Brazilians arrived in Tyresö. Marta had encouraged them, told them that Sweden is a country with good structure and organization. Now, a few months later the club cannot pay the player’s salaries, and instead they are getting money through the state’s salary guarantee.
— We received our salaries in January, then this situation came to light. We didn’t in February, and then in March we got it from the state. I have provided myself safety over the years and get by, but the others are dependent on their salaries to survive and to be able to send home money to their families.
How are the other Brazilians doing?
— They’re frustrated. They are living today without knowing what’s happening tomorrow.
Marta herself is happy in Sweden, she has bought an apartment and was going to stay for a while - but her contract expires this summer and Tyresö is not an option but she does not want to talk about other clubs yet. Aside from Umeå she has played in the USA and Brazil, but she does not want to move that far now.
— I want to stay here close-by, I don’t want to move too far.
But first she is going to win the Champions League with Tyresö.
— To dream about a possible final, winning the Champions League despite all of the issues we have had would be incredible, so that’s extremely important. So I try to keep the turbulence away and focus on that goal.
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The Play of Osinachi Ohale and Robyn Gayle
The two international defenders had different tasks throughout their respective contests but both performed admirably. Houston’s young Nigerian center back Ohale made the team as a preseason trialist and for her efforts was given the job to mark some of the league’s best strikers and came through with flying colors. Partnered with another young center back Holly Hein, the two kept the Thorns’ Christine Sinclair quiet and limited the 2013 champions to five efforts on target. Equally as strong was the Spirit’s Gayle, who was given the task of keeping the Flash’s Samantha Kerr quiet. She did that job masterfully, locking down whatever flank Kerr was on and making key challenges when called upon.
More in JJ Duke’s Week 1 Review!
I’ve learned a lot about myself in the last two years. One of the things I’ve learned is it’s easier to accept your fate — whatever the coaches’ decisions are, or injuries — when you know that you can’t control them. You accept that. I’ve also learned that if I’m getting better, then I’m pretty happy. If I feel like I’m challenged and improving and growing as a person and a player and enjoying it — those are the only things I feel like matter. Come gameday, I can’t control what the coaches want or what the game needs. All I can do is what I do in practice every day. And I enjoy going to practice. I love it. In the past, on other teams, I’ve heard people say going to practice is like going to a job. I don’t know if it’s a maturity thing, or an appreciation thing, or just an unconditional love for the game, but I love going to training every day… even the worst days are never that bad. If you can’t bring yourself to go out there and literally do what you love, then… I don’t know why people do it. It’s really easy to say “I do what I love,” but it’s another thing to actually do what you love and love what you do.
NWSL WEEK 1 PREVIEW: THE STAGE HAS BEEN SET - by JJ Duke
Highlights include the NWSL’s first “social media presence” rankings, the opening weekend “Match to Watch,” 2014 NWSL Champion predictions and an excerpt from Our Game Magazine’s Spring 2014 issue!
We begin the year with a feature on Lindsey Horan, forward for Paris Saint-Germain and the US Women’s National Team, both at the U-20 and senior levels. We spoke with Horan about her life in Paris.
We’re delighted to debut a new column from Washington Spirit and USWNT midfielder Yael Averbuch. Christen Press is back for another year of Side Lines as well.
Players Beverly Goebel-Yanez, Carlie Davis and Danielle Foxhoven share their perspectives with us on everything from food to sports and culture. Newly retired Manya Makoski has a personal piece on the costs — not all financial — associated with being a professional women’s soccer player.
In addition, training articles from Beast Mode Soccer and Ricky Clarke, and an interesting article on concussions and neck strength.
The kickoff to the National Women’s Soccer League’s second year is just around the corner and JJ Duke takes a look at some of the moves each team made in the offseason.
And there’s a more. Check it out.