Samba Gold Female makes its debut in 2021 as the award given to the best Brazilian player who plays abroad. The award takes into account the player’s stats, role, achievements and overall impact on her club from the beginning to the end of the year.
Samba Gold Trophy Women 2021
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Giovana Queiroz takes the debut trophy of the women's award
The Levante UD Femenino athlete from Spain received the majority of votes.
The new modality of the award, which has already honored great players in Brazilian football since 2008, aims to recognize the evolution of women in sport not only in Brazil, but throughout the world.
In addition to the 1st edition of the Samba Gold Female, another novelty increased the relevance of the award from this year onwards: the trophy was given to the best Brazilians on the field outside Brazil, regardless of the continent where they operate – unlike in the past few years previous ones, in which the criterion was valid only for athletes acting in Europe.
Pride of Brazil
Women’s football has been in constant growth and continues to record important achievements, especially since 2019. See the list on the right, the main events that have contributed to the sport’s success in recent years:
In January 2019, a rule of the Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) and the South American Football Confederation (Conmebol) entered into force that, in practice, required all clubs in the first division of the Brazilian Championship and Copa Libertadores to create women’s soccer teams. In order to participate in the men’s Brasileirão and Libertadores, clubs would also need to have a women’s team in operation.
Women's World Cup
If there was distrust regarding the ability of clubs to generate income from women’s football, the 2019 World Cup served to allay any fears. That year’s World Cup was the most watched edition in history, breaking audience records around the world. In Brazil, the national team’s games in the group stage increased the average number of spectators in the morning on Rede Globo by 90%.
Then, in the round of 16, the channel reached 30.4 rating points, numbers usually reserved for prime time television.
According to FIFA data, more than 1 billion viewers followed the edition on TV or through other digital platforms – an increase of 30% compared to the previous edition – and, of course, Brazilian viewers had a significant share in this number.
The consolidation of interest in the sport in the country was even more evident in the final of the Women’s Brasileirão between Corinthians and Palmeiras, in September of this year. The title conquered by Timão set a record for TV Band, which had the highest audience in the history of the competition, with an average of 5 points. SporTV ranked second overall in viewers among all pay TV channels.
And it didn’t stop there: according to Casa de Apostas, a company in the sports betting business, there was a 100% increase in the number of people interested in betting on the women’s final compared to the 2020 decision.
Soccer women – who have been gaining more prominence and, deservedly, recognition – could not be left out of the award created by Sambafoot.
Meet the top rated players of 2021
Samba Gold was created by Samba Agency (Sambafoot) in 2008 and had former midfielder Kaká as its first winner. In the last edition, the ace Neymar took the trophy home and became the biggest winner in the history of the award, with four triumphs in total. With the fifth victory in 2021, the star Neymar Jr. became the biggest winner in the history of the award.
Samba Gold covered exclusively men’s football. However, due to the growth of the female category on the national and international scene, this year the first Samba Gold was launched to honor women in Brazilian football: the Samba Gold Female 2021. In addition, the award, which took into account the performance of the athletes in solely European territory, was expanded to all continents.
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The goal is to name the 30 Brazilian players who stood out in the year and who play abroad, in the male and female categories. The trophy will be disputed by voting from December 15, 2021, the same day that the list of finalists for each modality will be revealed.
Samba Gold voters belong to three distinct groups: the first is made up of readers of the Sambafoot.com website; the second is formed by a group of “official selectors” chosen by Sambafoot (former players, managers and coaches); and the third consists of journalists specializing in international football.
Voting will be organized as follows: readers, “official selectors” and journalists will be able to vote between December 15, 2021 and January 14, 2022. The votes of the three groups have the same electoral weight.
The trophy will be delivered by Sambafoot directly to the two winners, male and female, who will have their names revealed on January 24, 2022. The date of delivery of the trophies will be announced through the Sambafoot.com website.
The finalist lists are made up of 30 male and 30 female names, and will be available on the Sambafoot website. Each voter must choose a number from each list. The most voted will be awarded the Samba Gold 2021 and Samba Gold Female 2021.
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