The fact that their fans have this opportunity is a step forward in the players’ fight for equality with men.
Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva recently announced that civil servants can come to work two hours after the final whistle in Brazilian tournament matches. He urged private businesses to do the same.
The Brazil-Panama match will kick off at 8:30 p.m. Monday in Adelaide, Australia. The time difference between the countries is about 12 hours.
I hope people are really following the game and not using it just to skip work,” Brazilian defender Antonia said while at the team’s camp in Brisbane. ‘I hope people are really watching us.
Taking time off work to watch important soccer matches is nothing new for fans of Brazil’s men’s national team, but this is a first for the women’s team.
It’s an important step for women’s soccer, Antonia said. ‘I think it’s a little bit behind, but it happened and we have to appreciate it.
Although it is a step toward equality, it creates added pressure. The team is looking to win their first world title to prove to their country and the world that they are the best team in women’s soccer. […]
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