Brazil great Marta to stay on na­tional team

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SAO PAULO » Brazil great Marta will re­main on the na­tional soc­cer team de­spite grow­ing player dis­con­tent after the fir­ing of coach Emily Lima.

The five-time FIFA player of the year said Thurs­day night she will not fol­low the ac­tions of team­mates Cris­tiane, Fran and Rosana.

“I will not stop play­ing for Brazil. When­ever they want me I will be will­ing to go,” the 31-year-old Or­lando Pride player said. “I am very sad, these ath­letes still have a lot to give. I hope the girls take it back so we can fight like we did all our lives, ask­ing for im­prove­ments, pay rises and what­ever is needed.”

In an in­ter­view with chan­nel SporTV on Thurs­day after Lima was fired, Marta avoided crit­i­ciz­ing the Brazil­ian soc­cer con­fed­er­a­tion (CBF) for ap­point­ing Oswaldo Al­varez to suc­ceed Lima and wished him luck. She said the play­ers liked Lima’s phi­los­o­phy of tak­ing on bet­ter teams instead of avoid­ing them un­til big com­pe­ti­tions.

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