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Morales: World Cup can only be positive for Uruguay

  • Uruguay website hosting this 12 months’s FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup
  • Deyna Morales prone to be considered one of La Celeste‘s big name avid gamers
  • Midfielder likens herself to Alvaro Recoba and Toni Kroos

Deyna Morales used to be 9 when she started enjoying for her fatherland membership San Jacinto. Though she used to be the only lady within the junior group, it didn’t dangle her again. Such used to be her skill, choice and perseverance that the membership used to be moved to arrange its personal girls’s group, a springboard for the expansion of the ladies’s recreation within the house.

The mould-breaking Morales is now 16 and is readying herself for the most important problem of her brief footballing profession: captaining the host country on the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup Uruguay 2018.

“Football’s been a passion of mine ever since I can remember,” Morales advised FIFA.com. “I felt a bit embarrassed to begin with, like every girl I think, but the boys encouraged me. Now I see a lot of girls playing. I feel as if I helped make that happen and it makes me proud.”

The Deyna Morales truth report

  • Born on 19 September 2001
  • Predominantly proper footed, she nonetheless performs for San Jacinto
  • She used to be 14 when she seemed at her first U-17 Women’s South American championships, in Venezuela in 2016
  • Scored two targets within the festival, each from the penalty spot

Despite her pioneering achievements at San Jacinto, Deyna does no longer really feel she is exclusive: “I think every girl who plays the game has helped revolutionise Uruguayan women’s football.” 

The central midfielder added: “It’s growing fast and the World Cup will bring more support. People will be talking about women’s football, which will generate interest and get people watching the games. The impact can only be positive.”

Asked concerning the impact the event can have within the area as an entire, Morales stated: “The fact that it’s being held in such a big footballing country as Uruguay is a source of motivation in itself. It’s also the first U-17 Women’s World Cup be held in South America, which should also give all the programmes a boost.”

What are her attributes?

  • Her trainer Ariel Longo: “She can deal with any situation, as she showed at the South American Championships in 2016. She’s good with both her feet, she can switch the play, she plays with her head up and she can be fiery at times. She’s got a lot of character, which is why she’s the captain.”
  • Deyna on Deyna: “I’m a central midfielder, reasonably technical, and I can rating targets. If I want to get ahead to attain, I give it the whole lot I’ve. I’m a bit of like Alvaro Recoba, right here in Uruguay, or Toni Kroos (laughs). In girls’s soccer I like Marta, Alex Morgan and Carli Lloyd.”

Does the force of being World Cup hosts scare her?
“No. I’m sure the fans will want us to win, but they’ll support us no matter how the results go. Uruguayan people really get behind their national teams, and it’ll be the same with us.”

A want?
“I’ve got two: winning the World Cup and making a living from football. That’s my only goal right now. I know it’s not easy to go and do that in Uruguay, which is why I’m considering the option of going abroad. Things will change here with the World Cup, though. We’ll just have to wait and see.”

Did you already know?

  • As the host country, Uruguay qualify mechanically for the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup 2018.
  • The Uruguayans will however participate within the South American qualifiers for the contest, to be held in Argentina on 7-24 March.
  • The event will see two groups qualify for the sector finals within the age staff. 
  • If La Celeste end first or 2d, the group taking 3rd position will move to the World Cup.

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