In our weekly delivery of women's football, this time we talked to Lucía Martínez Berry, a former Liverpool player who, after
In our weekly delivery of women’s football, this time we talked to Lucía Martínez Berry, a former Liverpool player who, after putting an end to her career on the playing fields, became part of the women’s football commission of the Uruguayan Football Association representing the players.
Lucía considers that the greatest challenge is “to give women their place in the structure of the club, that is the challenge that is fought every day as a player, with the squad, from the union, it is the place that the girls deserve and in The structure of AUF is like working on the positioning of women’s football that today is lacking in a pile of things and what we try to work on as a whole, is to improve it day by day little by little, safe steps, capable that takes a long time , this is not something quick, it is not something easy, it is to change thoughts, that is the biggest objective ”.
-Do you think there is a lack of visibility in this sport within women’s football?
-Before the pandemic, women’s football was open, the girls played depending on the field, I do understand that it lacks dissemination, we continue working for but at the same time the positioning within the structure of the clubs they represent. There are clubs that already have it much more on track, others that are getting used to the idea, but to position the sport of women’s football in all its dimensions, because we have clubs from the first division and the more place and more recognition within the nucleus of their institution receive, that is already a contribution too.
-How were your beginnings?
-My experience is quite brief, I played since I was a child in the neighborhood, with friends. When I grew up, I was interested in seeing what the world of football was like from another place. My first team was Salus, from there we were in Salus for a year and the following year it did not come out, so with the group that we had formed we went to Liverpool, which was taking its first division.
I was in Liverpool for two years, before retiring I went to the major, first division, from there I moved away to be more with the militant part of women’s football.
-Any experience that you remember fondly?
-Beyond what is sports, I learned a lot, they helped me a lot in the sports part, I always tell people who know me, that I entered football looking for a human group, to relate to the guidelines. I always remember with affection that I have spent in the campus that formed, in Salus, we said that we were a family, until after we moved, I had to meet very beautiful people because it is something that has a lot of human value that is what I remember the most with affection of the experience.
-Support between colleagues
-At the campus level, they form beautiful groups. Inside, it is beautiful to see how they fight and how human they are, and when we formed the union, I also had people I did not know, the little ones are geniuses. It is extremely nice to belong to these human groups from a common goal.
-Do you have any challenges within this discipline?
-The first challenge was to play a federated sport, I had no idea what it was like, that cost me a lot and then when I moved away from the sporting part to be in the guild, also, meeting people, learning, keeping up, I continue to learn until the present day.
-To speak, motivate and support women’s football as Rexona is doing, is quite important.
-Last year when negotiations were made for Rexona to sponsor the recognition of a brand, to start supporting women’s football, to be interested. An advertising spot was generated that was very good, with references from the first division campuses, it is little by little to be positioning itself
-If you could make one wish, what would it be?
-Seeing my friends that football has given me being summoned to the national team, defending the shirt, I think it’s the greatest thing.
I did not have the opportunity because I was already very big and I did not stand out either, but it would be that they summoned me to a team to defend.
-To the girls who are deciding whether to dedicate themselves to women’s football, what messages would you convey.
-Here, beyond having a future, not having a future is belonging to a group of people who carry sports within. Personally, I think that sport, whatever its branch, is something that helps on a social level. A person who is in a group, who has support, who has a common goal is extremely pleasant for life. The most beautiful thing is to fight for what one wants, to fulfill objectives, to belong to a human group. We, last year between the pandemic, delivered baskets through the players’ mutual and the AUF that helped us, we did a job that was great for those who participated in it, it was very good to help those who needed it. The human part counts a lot in everything that is done. When there is empathy, there is good will and there is good disposition, everything comes out. To the person who wants to be in a sport, be it soccer or another, for me it is the most beautiful thing that I had that day when I decided that I wanted to be a soccer player.
-Beyond integrating a team, a kind of family is formed.
-You constantly learn from the person next to you, we all have different realities and you find realities that are highly valuable when forming personalities.
Courage, perseverance, sacrifice, are words that define a lot what football is.