Brazil leans on Marta for its title hopes

September 24, 2007
By Associated Press
HANGZHOU, China -- Like just about all the great Brazilian soccer stars, Marta Vieira da Silva is known by a single name.

When she swivels, defenders spin to follow her darting feet. She's slight, but her thin legs generate graceful power and audacious fakes. She can sprint and yet linger over the ball, punching it off her heel or instep without breaking stride.

She grew up poor in Brazil and her idols were such one-name wonders as Rivaldo, Ronaldo and Ronaldinho. ...

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