Corinthians is going through important phases in the Brazilian male and female championships, although different. While the men’s team fights to escape relegation, the women’s team disputes the grand final of the competition. And the fan is practically obliged to choose one of these teams this Sunday.
The men’s team from Corinthians faces Grêmio at 8:30 pm, at Neo Química Arena, for the 22nd round of the national tournament. Shortly before, at 8 pm, Corinthians Feminino enters the field against Avaí / Kindermann, in Ressacada, for the first game of the final of the Brasileirão. This is absurd. The Corinthians fans, who always support the girls, suddenly found themselves at an impasse having to choose one of the games to watch.
The female and male teams of Corinthians should not compete for the attention of the fans as it will happen this Sunday. This only hurts the teams.
The big disappointments I mention in the title of this column are with CBF and Corinthians itself.
Women’s football is growing in Brazil and Corinthians is one of the teams that stands out in this scenario. We see several incentive campaigns for the sport, not only from clubs, but from entities such as CBF and the Federation of São Paulo. And in such an important moment, the organization of the competition acts with a negligent size, marking the women’s decision practically at the same time as the men’s team’s commitment. This harms more than Corinthians, harms the sport as a whole.
Women’s football lives another historic day this Sunday. The grand final will be played at Ressacada, a highly visible stadium, and will have a triple transmission – in the CBF profile at Twitter, as usual, and in TV Bandeirantes and on ESPN. This shows that women’s football fights for its space and “asks for a ticket”, but its path (at least today) was hampered by CBF itself.
What about Corinthians? Well, it disappointed me for not trying to prevent that from happening. Although there are caveats, the club supports women’s football and players, and encourages fans to follow the team. But when he saw CBF make that decision, he did not object. We didn’t even see an important club representative take a position on the fact.
And the Corinthians fan? It remains to try to watch both games at the same time and hope for success in São Paulo and Florianópolis.
See more at: Women’s Corinthians and Brazilian Championship.
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