The dominant power in CONMEBOL, Brazil breezed through the Copa América Feminina last year whilst barely breaking a sweat, but as ever, it’s not the best judge for where Seleção figure in the world hierarchy.
For the nation that memorably reached the final in 2007, there is a real concern that the Brazilian national team has stagnated, the sport so well loved in South America not evolving at the same rate as elsewhere around the world.
The fact that Marta, Cristiane and Formiga still feature prominently for As Canarinhas not just a testament to their talent and seemingly endless energy but the lack of necessary replacements coming through the pipeline.
Brazil are Brazil and as such are always likely to delight but it was only two years ago that three players (including Cristiane) retired from international duty following the dismissal of Emily Lima.
Vadão’s very presence as coach [again] highlighting not just a wanton stagnation but a team that may even be moving backwards; this summer a testing one for Brazil who’ve fallen from glory in recent times.
Goalkeepers: Aline (Granadilla), Bárbara (Kindermann), Letícia Izidoro (Corinthians).
Defenders: Camila (Orlando Pride), Érika (Corinthians), Fabiana (Internacional), Kathellen (Bordeaux), Letícia Santos (SC Sand), Mônica (Corinthians), Tamires (Fortuna Hjørring), Tayla (Benfica).
Midfielders: Andressinha (Portland Thorns), Formiga (Paris Saint-Germain), Luana (Hwacheon KSPO), Thaisa (AC Milan).
Attackers: Andressa Alves (Barcelona), Bia Zaneratto (Incheon Hyundai Steel Red Angels), Cristiane (São Paulo), Debinha (North Carolina Courage), Geyse (Benfica), Ludmila (Atlético Madrid), Marta (Orlando Pride), Raquel (Sporting Huelva).
Brazil’s presence could be felt the most in Group C rather than the latter stages of the tournament. The South Americans more likely to be a troublesome side for Australia and Italy who upset the final standings in the group, progression for Seleção is likely but it would take something for Brazil to get beyond the last 16.
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