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Top Brazilian football star signs for Malmö club

Brazilian superstar Marta will be donning the colours of FC Rosengård this season with the Swedish club hoping the investment will keep them at the top of the women's game.

Top Brazilian football star signs for Malmö club
Marta celebrates after scoring in the 2014 Uefa Champions League Women's Final. Jonas Ekströmer/TT

Marta, often dubbed the female Pele, has spent most of her professional career playing in the Swedish league. The 28-year-old has previously played for Umeå IK and most recently for Tyresö FF.

"We are delighted to sign Marta who is one of the best players in the world," FC Rosengård sport manager Erlin Nilsson told The Local after unveiling the South American forward to the media.

FC Rosengård, formerly known as LdB FC Malmö, scooped the Swedish title last season and have been keen on landing the Brazilian for some time.

Marta was out of contract with Tyresö FF and joined on a free transfer. No details on her salary have been revealed but Nilsson conceded to The Local that it fits into the club's existing budget.

"It was a very straightforward process as she wanted to come to the club. We came to an agreement quite quickly and it is fantastic news as she is an incredible player who will be a good role model for our younger players," said Nilsson.

The Brazilian scored two spectacular goals (video below) in the Women's Champions League final in May but it wasn't enough to prevent Tyresö FF from losing 4-3 to Wolsfburg in the final.

She told the press that she wanted to make "history" with FC Rosengård and help the club achieve success in Europe.

The club believe her signing could have a knock-on effect for the women's game in southern Sweden.

"I think the fans will be happy and hopefully it will generate more interest in the women's game. It can be difficult to get people to sit up and take notice of women's football but with Marta we'd like to think more people will come to the games" said Nilsson.

In a 2009 interview Marta said she felt she had the skills to play in the men's game. She was voted FIFA World Player of the Year five times in a row between 2006 – 2010.

Marta has signed a contract for the 2014 season with an option for another year. 

The Local/pr

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EURO 2013

Germany snatch Euro 2013 football crown from archrival Norway

The holders made it six-in-a-row with a hard fought win 1-0 win over Norway, who missed two penalties in the gripping European Championship final in Sweden in front of 41,000 fans.

Germany snatch Euro 2013 football crown from archrival Norway

Anja Mittag netted the only goal of the game early in the second half. In an extraordinary match, the Germans held on as Norway conspired to miss two penalties and have a goal disallowed for offside.

Norway had beaten Germany earlier in the competition and started with intent to break the curse that had seen them lose three previous European finals to their rivals.

The underdogs from Scandinavia bossed the contest for long periods and were awarded a penalty on the half-hour mark. Trine Rønning struck her spot-kick straight down the middle with German goalkeeper Nadine Angerer making the save with her leg despite going the wrong way.

Norway again went close on the stroke of half-time only for Leonie Maier to deny Ingvild Stensland with an immaculate tackle.

German manager Silvia Neid made a change during the interval bringing on Anja Mittag for Lena Lotzen. Her impact would be immediate.

Germany punished their opponents with a swift counter attacking move just after the break. A neat interchange of passes involving Okoyino Da Mbabi who threaded the ball through to substitute Mittag who slotted home from close range.

The holders showed why they had only conceded one goal in the entire tournament by shutting out Norway. However, they conceded another penalty on the hour mark when Saskia Bartusiak fouled Caroline Hansen in the box.

Incredibly, Solveig Gulbrandsen missed her penalty also with a weak attempt that was palmed away by German captain Angerer.

Minutes later Norway had a goal ruled out for Ada Hegerberg, who put the ball in the net at the back post, albeit from an offside position.

Norway’s confidence began to drop and they almost conceded a second when Nadine Kessler struck the butt of the post with just minutes remaining.

Germany wound down the clock to win their eighth European Championship title from eleven attempts. Four of those wins have come against Norway in the final.

Goalkeeping hero Nadine Angerer claimed the player of the match while her team-mates lifted the trophy yet again.

Patrick Reilly

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