📸 Jonatan Dutra/Ferroviária
- Luciana saved three penalties to grab Ferroviaria a Libertadores remaining place
- She discusses the dramatic evening and upcoming opponents America
- Luciana remembers nearly quitting soccer in 2015
Euclid of Alexandria wrote a e-book about mathematical exceptions. Luciana of Araraquara is penning its sequel.
Certainly, whereas arithmeticians say round 75 per cent of penalties are efficiently transformed, Luciana says, ‘Not whereas I’m on the town’. Deep into Thursday night, for the umpteenth time in her profession, the 33-year-old emerged because the shootout hero, conserving out three spot-kicks to grab Ferroviaria a spot within the Copa Libertadores remaining.
Luciana, Brazil’s first-choice goalkeeper on the FIFA Women’s World Cup™ Canada 2015, spoke to FIFA.com concerning the showdown with America on Sunday night, her semi-final heroics, studying from Dida and Taffarel, the Ferroviaria followers and a particular tattoo.
In sudden demise, Rebeca Fernandez had a penalty to place Universidad within the remaining. What was going via your thoughts as she was strolling as much as 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 stated to myself, ‘I can not let this occur.’ Ana Alice has been super for us on this Libertadores. Recreation after recreation. I couldn’t let her be the villain, it will have been an excellent injustice. I used to be completely decided to reserve it. I prayed to God, waited until the final second in order that I might go the proper approach, and thank God I managed to reserve it.
Did Ana Alice thanks after the sport?
She got here to me saying thanks, however I instructed her, ‘It’s me who has to thanks. You by no means let the ball get close to my aim.’ When it does, I’ve to do my greatest similar to Ana Alice, the defenders and the remainder of the crew does all recreation.
How did you’re feeling while you saved the final penalty to place Ferroviaria within the remaining?
Immense happiness. Such gratitude to God and my team-mates. We misplaced our first recreation 4-0. We have been one penalty away from shedding [in the semi-final]. All that goes via your head. What a second.
Have you ever seen the response of your coach Lindsay Camila while you saved that penalty?
(Laughs) I noticed, I noticed! Down on her knees, crying. I assumed it was actually cool. Soccer is so emotional. We acquired numerous criticism at first of the marketing campaign, so it was a second of nice reduction, 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 going through penalties rather a lot, and I’ve additionally studied a few of the nice penalty-savers rather a lot – not simply feminine ones however male too. Dida has all the time been somebody I’ve admired rather a lot. Dida was all the time so impassive, you by no means noticed any expression in his face. I feel I managed to get a few of that from him. It’s an enormous benefit as a result of you might want to be impassive when you’re a goalkeeper and much more so when you’re going through penalties. I’m additionally an enormous fan of Taffarel. I’m previous (laughs), so I used to be lucky to see numerous Dida and a little bit of Taffarel. I’ve studied movies of Taffarel too. Dida and Taffarel are large inspirations to me. I actually like and have tried to be taught from Alisson, Weverton and Tadeu too. I imagine the extra you examine and observe, the higher you change into.
You talked about shedding your opener 4-0, and also you have been on the cusp of going out after drawing your second outing. Are you able to imagine you are reached the ultimate?
We did not anticipate to be thrashed within the first recreation. Nevertheless it occurs in soccer. You’ll be able to let it drag you down, otherwise you might 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. No person else believed in us, however we believed in ourselves. The draw wasn’t the consequence we have been in search of both, however we have been calm, assured going into the third recreation, and we performed very well and bought the massive victory we wanted.
How essential is Luana for Ferroviaria?
She’s an impressive participant. She’s not within the operating to be the competitors’s greatest participant for nothing. She’s so decided, devoted. She’s an instance to all of us. It instils us with nice confidence having her within the crew. And he or she’s a extremely humble individual, all the time prepared to assist her team-mates.
Corinthians, the overwhelming favourites to win the Libertadores, misplaced on penalties within the semi-finals. Did you’re feeling a way of reduction that you simply wouldn’t need to face such a robust crew?
No, we wished Corinthians within the remaining, we wished one other Brazilian crew within the remaining. I’ve some good pals at Corinthians, and I used to be actually unhappy they didn’t attain the ultimate. The identical goes for Kindermann – we all the time need the Brazilian groups to do effectively. Corinthians are an impressive crew – there’s no phrases to explain 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 remaining. 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 very powerful facet. They’re such warriors – they by no means quit till the very finish. They’ve numerous high quality and we all know they’ve a lot combat in them, so we should match this. However we’re very assured we are going to emerge victorious.
Are you able to 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. After I was down and wanted it, they confirmed me affection. The Ferroviaria supporters are actually particular. ‘Love’ – that’s the one phrase I can use to explain the connection between us. It feels actually nice to make them blissful, and I actually hope we will win this title for these unbelievable supporters.
Certainly one of them, Rafael Zocco, has an enormous tattoo of you on his leg…
(Laughs) It’s wonderful. They instructed me about it and I didn’t imagine it. So that they despatched me a WhatsApp picture and I nonetheless thought it was pretend, a photoshop. I didn’t suppose any extra of it however they me to see it in individual and I couldn’t imagine my eyes! I by no means, ever imagined a fan would get a tattoo of me, but alone one so large. I used to be actually emotional after I noticed it. What an honour!
All this will likely not have occurred had you stop soccer in 2015…
I used to be actually unhappy, actually down. I’d had a troublesome 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 in the present day, very blissful to be doing what I really like. I hope I’m night happier after the ultimate!