Marta will be playing in her 4th Women’s World Cup when she laces up her Puma evoSpeed 1.3 Dragon cleats to face South Korea on June 9. The Brazilian forward remembers back to her first appearance at the 2003 Women’s World Cup in the U.S. and says that the goal is still the same, ‘to win the title.’
“I remember (the 2003 match) well actually, and my big dream hasn’t really changed until now,” Marta said. “We would love to win the title, we wanted it in 2003 and we want it now.”
The 29-year-old believes that Brazil are in what she calls the ‘group of possibilities’ as A Seleção is a young team but the one with ‘the highest FIFA ranking, but none of the other teams in our group should be underestimated.’
Brazil is joined in Group E with South Korea, Spain, and Costa Rica. Spain and Costa Rica are making their first Women’s World Cup appearances while this is only the 2nd time the South Korea has qualified.
This year’s tournament has expanded from 16 to 24 teams and will make this tournament the most interesting with 8 new teams and more teams with a realistic chance of winning the title.
“I think it is great (that the tournament has expanded), as it really mixes up the traditional set-up, as we normally see similar teams participating. Eight countries will debut this year, and I feel this makes the tournament a lot more interesting, especially from a spectator point of view. Some people say, it will have an impact on the quality of the games, but I definitely disagree.”
Marta has been called the ‘Pele in a skirt’ and in addition to the 2 players’ skills and lethal touch on the field they share another common element, their Puma cleats.
Pele made the Puma King famous! He helped led Brazil to the 1970 FIFA World Cup title and picked up the Player of the Tournament award in the process. He went about his business with an ease that made his move look simple and that even applied to promoting the King which was released 2-years earlier in 1968. Pele was rumored to have a financial incentive to increase the awareness of the new cleat and just before the opening whistle of one of Brazil’s 1970’s World Cup matches he asked the referee for a quick moment to tie his shoe. As the 21 other player and millions on TV watched Pele tied up his Puma Kings.
Marta will be making her statement with the Puma evoSpeed 1.3 Dragon colorway cleats. The dragon print with scale-like texture is represent speed, wisdom, and agility all terms synonymous with Marta.
But Marta is not the only Puma player that will be in Canada this summer looking to leave their mark on the game.
And it is not just the evoSpeed making its mark in Canada. Players will also be turning to the Puma evoPower Dragon colorway.
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