By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter

SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – As Brazil’s national women’s football (soccer) team advances to the round of sixteen, Brazilians are starting to pay more attention to the sport. Many already know many of the players by name and can name the world’s best football player: not Neymar, Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo, but Marta.

“I don’t understand how the (football) confederation does not give us the same attention (as to men). We have the best in the world,” says the Corinthians women’s football team director, Cristiane Gambare. Gambare is one of . . .

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