The José Liberatti stadium, in Osasco, will host this Saturday, starting at 15:00 (Brasilia time), the grand finale of the under-14 Paulista Festival, bringing together Corinthians, winner of the Santo André stage, and Ferroviária, winner of the of the Araraquara.
The duel promises to be balanced, with the two teams dominating the women’s category of Brazilian football. Pepê, a youngster from the Corinthian squad, calls the match much more than “just” a chance to win the competition title.
“It’s an extremely balanced match and promises to be one of the most closely contested matches we’ve played so far. Ferroviária is a very qualified team that has always prevailed in women’s football, but we have a very strong group on our side of the pitch, it will be one of those matches that will remain in the memory not only of the fans, but also of the players” the midfielder said.
The brabinhas arrive with a mission to surpass the current champions of the Festival, since, in 2019, the last edition held, Ferrinha was crowned champion. With the fourth edition underway, the team is looking to break into the select group of champions of the tournament, which also includes Tiger, in 2017, and Centro Olímpico, in 2018.
“It is important to impress the Corinthians name in the title room of all competitions that we can. We do not enter any tournament wearing the club shirt just to participate. We always enter the pitch to win, this is the mission we have when we wear a shirt so heavy,” he added.
Born in Curitiba, Pepê discovered his talent with the ball at his feet when he accompanied his father to the amateur leagues. In 2017, the family decided to enroll the seven-year-old in a social school, where she was the only girl in the team.
Two years later, in 2019, Pepê begins the transition to the field, playing the Metropolitan Championship with the Life Academy shirt, once again being the only girl among the boys.
As a ten-year-old the player passed the sieve at the Olympic Centre, one in ten approvals out of 150. His performances in the under-11, under-13 and under-14 categories attracted the attention of Corinthians, the team he moved to at beginning of 2022.
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