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Welcome to News – Luciana: Dida and Taffarel are big inspirations to me

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Welcome to FIFA.com News - Luciana: Dida and Taffarel are big inspirations to me
  • Luciana saved three penalties to snatch Ferroviaria a Libertadores ultimate place
  • She discusses the dramatic night time and upcoming opponents America
  • Luciana remembers virtually quitting soccer in 2015

Euclid of Alexandria wrote a guide about mathematical exceptions. Luciana of Araraquara is penning its sequel.

Indeed, whereas arithmeticians say round 75 per cent of penalties are efficiently transformed, Luciana says, ‘Not while I’m on the town’. Deep into Thursday night, for the umpteenth time in her profession, the 33-yr-outdated emerged because the shootout hero, protecting out three spot-kicks to snatch Ferroviaria a spot within the Copa Libertadores ultimate.

Luciana, Brazil’s first-alternative goalkeeper on the FIFA Women’s World Cup™ Canada 2015, spoke to FIFA.com concerning the showdown with America on Sunday night, her semi-ultimate heroics, studying from Dida and Taffarel, the Ferroviaria followers and a particular tattoo.

In sudden loss of life, Rebeca Fernandez had a penalty to put Universidad within the ultimate. What was going by way of your thoughts as she was strolling up to take it?

I heard Luana screaming, ‘It’s not over, Ana Alice.’ I seemed over and Ana Alice was distraught. Luana was screaming, ‘Don’t cry, (raises voice additional) this isn’t over.’ I mentioned to myself, ‘I cannot let this happen.’ Ana Alice has been large for us on this Libertadores. Game after sport. I couldn’t let her be the villain, it will have been an incredible injustice. I used to be completely decided to put it aside. I prayed to God, waited until the final second in order that I might go the fitting approach, and thank God I managed to put it aside.

Did Ana Alice thanks after the sport?

She got here to me saying thanks, however I informed her, ‘It’s me who has to thanks. You by no means let the ball get close to my purpose.’ When it does, I’ve to do my greatest identical to Ana Alice, the defenders and the remainder of the staff does all sport.

How did you’re feeling once you saved the final penalty to put Ferroviaria within the ultimate?

Immense happiness. Such gratitude to God and my staff-mates. We misplaced our first sport 4-0. We had been one penalty away from shedding [in the semi-final]. All that goes by way of your head. What a second.

Have you seen the response of your coach Lindsay Camila once you saved that penalty?

(Laughs) I noticed, I noticed! Down on her knees, crying. I believed it was actually cool. Football is so emotional. We acquired a whole lot of criticism firstly of the marketing campaign, so it was a second of nice aid, happiness. It’s actually emotional watching her get emotional!

Is your penalty-saving experience a pure present or one thing you’ve got labored on?

Penalties are so decisive in soccer. How typically do they decide championships? So I’ve practised dealing with penalties so much, and I’ve additionally studied a few of the nice penalty-savers so much – not simply feminine ones however male too. Dida has at all times been somebody I’ve admired so much. Dida was at all times so impassive, you by no means noticed any expression in his face. I believe I managed to get a few of that from him. It’s a big benefit since you want to be impassive once you are a goalkeeper and much more so once you are dealing with penalties. I’m additionally a big fan of Taffarel. I’m outdated (laughs), so I used to be lucky to see a whole lot of Dida and a little bit of Taffarel. I’ve studied movies of Taffarel too. Dida and Taffarel are big inspirations to me. I actually like and have tried to study from Alisson, Weverton and Tadeu too. I consider the extra you research and observe, the higher you grow to be.

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You talked about shedding your opener 4-0, and you had been on the cusp of going out after drawing your second outing. Can you consider you are reached the ultimate?

We did not count on to be thrashed within the first sport. But it occurs in soccer. You can let it drag you down, otherwise you will be united and say, ‘Let’s go on the market and put it proper’. We had a chat within the dressing room after the sport and it made us stronger. Nobody else believed in us, however we believed in ourselves. The draw wasn’t the end result we had been in search of both, however we had been calm, assured going into the third sport, and we performed rather well and acquired the big victory we would have liked.

Corinthians, the overwhelming favourites to win the Libertadores, misplaced on penalties within the semi-finals. Did you’re feeling a way of aid that you simply wouldn’t have to face such a robust staff?

No, we wished Corinthians within the ultimate, we wished one other Brazilian staff within the ultimate. I’ve some good buddies at Corinthians, and I used to be actually unhappy they didn’t attain the ultimate. The similar goes for Kindermann – we at all times need the Brazilian groups to do effectively. Corinthians are a powerful staff – there’s no phrases to describe them. I hope they’ll put it behind them and win the third-place playoff. I do know they’ll be actually cheering for us within the ultimate. It doesn’t matter if it’s us, Corinthians, Kindermann. What issues is that we win this trophy for Brazil.

What do you consider America?

A extremely robust facet. They’re such warriors – they by no means hand over till the very finish. They have a whole lot of high quality and we all know they’ve a lot battle in them, so we may have to match this. But we’re very assured we are going to emerge victorious.

Can you inform us concerning the affection the Ferroviaria supporters have for you?

It’s actually transferring. Ever since I first arrived in Araraquara in 2013, they’ve been so good to me. When I used to be down and wanted it, they confirmed me affection. The Ferroviaria supporters are actually particular. ‘Love’ – that’s the one phrase I can use to describe the connection between us. It feels actually nice to make them pleased, and I actually hope we are able to win this title for these unbelievable supporters.

One of them, Rafael Zocco, has an enormous tattoo of you on his leg…

(Laughs) It’s superb. They informed me about it and I didn’t consider it. So they despatched me a WhatsApp picture and I nonetheless thought it was pretend, a photoshop. I didn’t assume any extra of it however they me to see it in individual and I couldn’t consider my eyes! I by no means, ever imagined a fan would get a tattoo of me, but alone one so big. I used to be actually emotional once I noticed it. What an honour!

All this may occasionally not have occurred had you give up soccer in 2015…

I used to be actually unhappy, actually down. I’d had a tricky time. I’d had sufficient of soccer. I wished to stroll away, however my household wouldn’t let me. They supported me a lot and, thank God, I returned to coaching and am right here immediately, very pleased to be doing what I like. I hope I’m night happier after the ultimate!

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