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Dr. Brenda Elsey – Brazil Women’s Team Eyes Glory

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In an article she wrote for Sports Illustrated, Brenda Elsey, associate professor of history and co-director of Hofstra’s 2014 conference Soccer as the Beautiful Game, reports on Brazil’s women’s soccer team. She explains that controversy and scandal embittered many Brazilians after last year’s World Cup. She writes, “In this context, the Brazilian women’s national team is one of the few seemingly clean social institutions. Could it re-energize the country’s ‘beautiful game?'” Dr. Elsey investigates why the success of the team has been and continues to be an uphill battle, even though it is the only “South American team that can compete with the world’s elite.”



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