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Women's World Cup: Brazil Women's Team Profile

Brazil Women have grown accustomed to dominating South America, having won eight of the last nine Copa America Femeninas, but on the world stage they have typically made less of an impact.

They head into this year's Women's World Cup in Australia and New Zealand with minimal expectation but that could work in their favour.

With capable manager Pia Sundhage overseeing things and veterans such as Marta and Debinha expected to be involved again, Brazil should not be taken lightly.

They are in Group F with France, Jamaica and Panama.
 

Brazil's World Cup record:

Despite having dominated on the continental stage for a number of years, Brazil are yet to win the Women's World Cup.

The closest they came was in 2007 in China where they finished as runners-up to Germany, losing 2-0 in the final after having crushed the USA in the semi-finals. Brazilian superstar Marta was both top scorer and player of the tournament.

They also achieved a third-placed finish in the 1999 edition of the tournament in the USA.

Their first two campaigns resulted in group-stage exits, while they made the quarter-finals in 2003 and 2011 and their two most recent World Cup campaigns in 2015 and 2019 concluded in the last 16.

Overall, Brazil have played 34 matches at the Women's World Cup, winning 20, drawing four and losing 10.
 

How Brazil qualified:

Brazil secured their spot at this year's Women's World Cup by winning the 2022 Copa America Femenina in July last year.

It was the eighth time the Selecao have won the competition and they started by winning all four of their matches in the group stage, scoring 17 goals and conceding none in the process.

In the knockout stage, they then saw off Paraguay 2-0 in the semi-finals and Colombia in the final to book their place in Australia and New Zealand this year.

Argentina and Colombia join Brazil as the other two South American representatives at the tournament.
 

The Manager - Pia Sundhage:

Brazil's squad is packed with experience in players such as Debinha and Marta but in Swedish head coach Sundhage, they also have a head coach with a lot of knowhow about her.

Sundhage enjoyed a terrific international career as a player, having retired as Sweden's top scorer in 1996, and she took her first assistant manager role back in 1998.

Her managerial career has been full of highs, most notably a five-year spell in charge of the USA women's team.

During that time, she led the Stars and Stripes to two Olympic gold medals and the final of the 2011 World Cup in which they lost to Japan.

Sundhage also won three Algarve Cups during her time with the USA and during a five-year period in charge of Sweden, she led the team to Olympic silver.

Since taking charge of the Brazil national team, Sundhage has placed emphasis on greater defensive organisation and that was evident at this year's Women's Finalissima at Wembley, where the Selecao took Euro 2022 champions England to penalties after a 1-1 draw.
 

Confirmed Brazil Squad:

Brazil are yet to confirm their squad for the Women's World Cup but the following players were in the squad for April's matches…

Goalkeepers: Camila Rodrgiues, Leticia Izidoro, Luciana.

Defenders: Antonia, Kathellen, Rafaelle, Tamires, Tarciane, Lauren, Yasmim, Fe Palermo, Bruninha.

Midfielders: Ingryd, Duda Francelino, Ana Vitoria, Duda Santos, Adriana, Luana, Ary Borges, Kerolin, Gabi Portilho, Aline Gomes.

Forwards: Andressa Alves, Bia Zaneratto, Geyse, Gabi Nunes.
 

Brazil's Key Players:

Despite having turned 37 earlier this year, there is no getting away from the fact Marta is the biggest name in this Brazil squad.

The legendary forward is considered as one of the best female footballers of all time and is her country's top scorer with 115 goals.

However, the Orlando Pride forward only returned to action earlier this year after tearing her ACL and her involvement remains uncertain.

Striker Andress Alves will therefore need to step up to the plate and she heads into this Women's World Cup off the back of a decent campaign in Serie A in which she struck 12 goals for Roma.

At the other end of the pitch, 20-year-old defender Tarciane is worth keeping an eye on.

A Copa Libertadores winner, Tarciane is a towering centre back who will offer Brazil a decent aerial threat at the back and from set pieces.
 

Brazil's Group Fixtures:

Group F
Brazil vs Panama, Adelaide, 24th July 2023
France vs Brazil, Brisbane, 29th July 2023
Jamaica vs Brazil, Melbourne, 2nd August 2023
 

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