Marta: “Everyone on the team are diappointed”
This Saturday, Tyresö play in the Champions League semifinal against Birmingham. The club has such major financial issues that the players are not receiving their salaries - and yet they can take home the club’s biggest title ever. The biggest star of them all, Marta Vieira da Silva, now exclusively tells SVT Sport about the tough times she and the club are going through.
She is on her way back to the pitch. But on her way from Tyresö. The tear is healing and soon she will be back to playing football, probably already on Saturday in the semifinal. But soon the adventure in Tyresö is over - it did not turn out the way she had imagined and she is disappointed.
— It’s not just me who is disappointed, it’s everyone on the team, she says at a café in Stockholm where we have met.
When the club’s financial crisis came to light, it arrived unexpectedly for the players. Since then the situation has been chaotic, and it has been difficult to focus on the football.
— It has not at all been easy. If we had been told exactly what the situation was that would have been better. But we train and focus on the pitch and then you read something new the next day in the newspaper that we didn’t know. And the next day the same thing happens, then it’s not so fun. Eventually there will be a point where it’s not possible to ignore the fact that we are dissatisfied. And we had more hope in those who run and organize the club.
Getting paid by the state
In January, four new Brazilians arrived in Tyresö. Marta had encouraged them, told them that Sweden is a country with good structure and organization. Now, a few months later the club cannot pay the player’s salaries, and instead they are getting money through the state’s salary guarantee.
— We received our salaries in January, then this situation came to light. We didn’t in February, and then in March we got it from the state. I have provided myself safety over the years and get by, but the others are dependent on their salaries to survive and to be able to send home money to their families.
How are the other Brazilians doing?
— They’re frustrated. They are living today without knowing what’s happening tomorrow.
Marta herself is happy in Sweden, she has bought an apartment and was going to stay for a while - but her contract expires this summer and Tyresö is not an option but she does not want to talk about other clubs yet. Aside from Umeå she has played in the USA and Brazil, but she does not want to move that far now.
— I want to stay here close-by, I don’t want to move too far.
But first she is going to win the Champions League with Tyresö.
— To dream about a possible final, winning the Champions League despite all of the issues we have had would be incredible, so that’s extremely important. So I try to keep the turbulence away and focus on that goal.