Linköping will release Brazilian players for Olympic qualifier

Linköping's general manager Anders Mäki today told broadcaster SVT, that the club will release Cristiane and Daniela for Brazil's Olympic qualifying match against Ghana on April 19: "The girls really wants to go, so we're letting them leave on the 14th", the day after Linköping's home opener. This means that they will miss Linköping's important away match against fellow top side LDB FC Malmö on April 17, but might be able to participate in the home match against Bälinge the 21st.

Umeå's manager Roland Arnqvist says that the club still hasn't decided whether to release Marta for the match or not. He wants to be able to play with his best team (Umeå are facing Hammarby, Göteborg and Malmö between the 13 and 20 April), but at the same time he wants to keep the good relations Umeå has with the Brazilian national team.

"This shouldn't be allowed to happen and would never have happened in men's football", commented Roland Arnqvist the conflicting schedules. He might be right about the short notice, but during the African Championships earlier this year, you didn't see any Drogba or Essien playing club football. The more the women's game grows, the more of this we will see.

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