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Brazil comes to win Olympic gold medal, says Marta
11:43, August 03, 2008

FIFA World Player of the Year Marta said here Saturday that the Brazilian women's team is coming to China to win the country's first ever Olympic football gold medal.

"We are coming not just to play, but to win a gold medal," Marta said.

The Brazilian women's football team, led by attacking artists Cristiane and Marta, arrived in Olympic co-host city of Shenyang on Saturday for their last-phase preparation for an Olympic gold.

"The team is prepared very well. Germany is the favorite but I hope to win the game against them," Marta said shortly after she arrived at the airport.

The team, especially Marta, has attracted dozens of journalists waiting at the airport. Marta told the press," I am not a star. The whole team is the real star."

Being one of the best teams in the world, Brazil brought home silver in both the Athens Olympics and 2007 FIFA Women's World Cup.

However, there is a tough road in front of the girls, as they have been drawn in the "Group of Death" which also includes two-time FIFA World Champions Germany, African Champions Nigeria and Asian champions Democratic People's Republic of Korea.

All the other three teams have arrived in Shenyang, the capital of the northest China's Liaoning Province, to run up to the Olympics.

Brazil will play the opening match against Germany at the Shenyang Olympic Stadium on Aug. 6, to whom they lost 2-0 in the 2007 World Cup final.

"I hope the team can play well in the first game against Germany," said Jorge Barcellos, coach of the team. "The group is very tough, but Brazil is very strong to play the Olympics. The most important thing is that we need to have confidence to win the gold medal."

Source: Xinhua

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