Exhibition brings women’s struggle in football and the history of the Women’s Cup – News of Brazil
The countdown to the debut of the women’s soccer team in this year’s World Cup, in Australia and New Zealand, reaches two months this Wednesday (24). The biggest event of the modality serves as inspiration for the exhibition “Queens of Cups”, which has been held at the Football Museum, in São Paulo, since April 28.
More than telling the story of the women’s World Cups and Brazilian participation, the exhibition presents the struggle of women for space in the most popular sport on the planet. It starts in 1988, when an experimental tournament with 12 teams was held in China, the embryo of the first World Cup of the International Federation of the modality (FIFA), four years later, in the same country.
Although the test-event was not televised, the exhibition features rare images of Brazil’s shots and goals, in addition to the collection of the athletes themselves and clippings from Jornal dos Sports, which had reporter Cláudia da Silva as the only journalist in the country to cover the competition. In the space destined for 1988, there is even a photo of the Swedish Pia Sundhage, then a player and, today, coach of the Brazilian national team.
“When we research about 1988, we discover Cláudia and start making contact with those pioneering players, we create bonds with them. That’s how we rescued the stories, looking in the library’s collections to confirm data, bringing photos of the athletes themselves, because there is no care at all with the memory of women’s football in our country”, highlighted Juliana Cabral, former defender of the Brazilian women’s national team and one of the curators of the exhibition, alongside Aira Bonfim, Lu Castro and Silvana Goellner.
The exhibition transits through the World Cups from 1991 to 2019, with the technical file of the selection’s matches and remarkable records, such as the reconstitution of the first green and yellow goal in World Cups (which does not have images) – by Elane on Japan in the inaugural edition of the event – or the video with Marta’s great goal against the United States in the 2007 semifinal. It also presents several demands from athletes during the competition, such as the photo of the Brazilian women holding a sign with the message “Brazil, we need support”, just after the runner-up 16 years ago, the best campaign in the country.
“There are a lot of people talking about women’s football in the country who don’t know the story, who don’t know that women were banned from playing in the country [devido a um decreto de 1941, que perdurou até 1979]who does not know that the base categories [femininas] emerged a short time ago, after Conmebol mandated [Confederação Sul-Americana de Futebol]in 2019 [exigindo que os clubes participantes dos torneios continentais tivessem equipes femininas profissionais e de formação]”he said Juliana.
In the last room of the exhibition, the visitor checks out an interactive panel in which he can learn about the trajectory of the players who have already represented Brazil in the World Cups. Among them are Marta, Cristiane, Formiga, Pretinha, Kátia Cilene, Sissi and Juliana herself, who became references that they themselves did not have in their careers. There is also a replica of the World Cup trophy, which the Brazilian team will try to win for the first time.
“I think we have good names [na atual seleção], a base that, perhaps, will not shine in this Cup, but it is a very promising future. Those who are already playing and have never played in a World Cup, I’m sure that, for everything they’ve been doing for the national team, they’ll have a great World Cup. And we want this: to put more and more names of the queens who were able to step on the field, defend the selection, and that the fight continues for the woman to always be on the field”concluded Juliana.
The ticket to visit the “Rainha de Copas” exhibition costs R$ 20.00 (half R$ 10.00), and children up to seven years old do not pay. The Football Museum is located at Praça Charles Miller, at the Paulo Machado de Carvalho Stadium (Pacaembu). The exhibition runs until August 27 and is open from Tuesday to Sunday, from 9 am to 6 pm (Brasília time), with entry until 5 pm.
Source: Brazil Agency
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