Photo by Carmen Rial
Invisible but Under Pressure
“No one knows, no one saw,” reads the headline in an important Brazilian newspaper announcing the conclusion of the main women’s soccer championship on the continent—the Taça Libertadores da América—accompanied by a photograph of an empty stadium. The team from Santos won the Cup for the second time with six victories in six matches, scoring 25 goals and suffering none. Brazil’s national champions dominated the other teams, even Chile’s Everton and Argentina’s Boca Juniors. The tournament finished with an average audience of 300 people per game, in other words, all of the games were played in nearly empty stadiums.
A bit of history
The long exclusion
The international circulation of athletes
Carmen Rial is a faculty member in the Anthropology Department at the Universidad Federal de Santa Catarina (UFSC) in Brazil.