Olympics: Brazil’s WNT Announces Its Roster (Plus Other Notes)

On Friday, head coach Jorge Barcellos announced Brazil’s roster for the women’s soccer tournament at the upcoming Summer Olympics in Great Britain (CBF.com.br, in Portuguese).  Only one player, defender Bruna Benites, was not on the roster for last year’s Women’s World Cup.  Neither Gabriela Maria Zanotti Demoner, who played collegiate soccer at Franklin Pierce University, nor Rafaelle Leone Carvalho Souza, who currently plays for the University of Missippi (Ole Miss) are on the eighteen player roster. The roster includes one U-20 player, forward Thaís Guedes, who also played in the 2011 Women’s World Cup.

Brazil, the Silver Medalists in both 2008 and 2004, will play three tune-up friendlies in Switzerland: Republic of Ireland, July 11th; Colombia, July 14th; Canada, July 17th. The last two matches are part of a small friendly tournament (website:  www.matchworld-cup.com)

Brazil is in Group E, along with host Great Britain, New Zealand, and Cameroon.

The squad, which was without its European-based players who had returned to their clubs, ended its camp with a scrimmage versus the U-20 WNT. Only a highlight video is available (CBF.com.br). It appears that U-20 forward Thaís Guedes played at least part of the match, if not the whole match, for the senior squad.

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Positions are based on the previous camp roster announcement, several players can be used in multiple positions, such as centerback Érika, who is generally a forward for her club teams, Elaine, who can play in any midfield postion, and Thaís Guedes, who is primarily a forward, but has also been used in the midfield.

Andreia – Andreia Suntaque
Bárbara – Bárbara Micheline do Monte Barbosa

Aline – Aline Pellegrino
Daiane – Bagé – Daiane Menezes Rodrigues
Érika  – Érika Cristiano dos Santos
Bruna – Bruna Beatriz Benites Soares

Maurine – Maurine Dornelles Gonçalves
Fabiana – Fabiana da Silva Simões

Defensive Midfielders:
Ester – Ester Aparecida dos Santos
Francielle – Francielle Manoel Alberto
Elaine – Elaine Estrella Moura
Renata Costa – Renata Aparecida da Costa

Rosana – Rosana dos Santos Augusto
Formiga – Miraildes Maciel Mota

Cristiane – Cristiane Rozeira de Souza Silva
Marta – Marta Vieira da Silva
Thaís G. – Thaís Guedes – Thaisinha – Thaís Duarte Guedes
Grazielle – Grazi – Grazielle Pinheiro Nasciment

(No list of alternates was announced.)

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Players Cut From the Last Camp: In all, seven players did not make the final cut: Débora Cristiane de Oliveira (forward); Danielli Pereira da Silva (fullback); Gabriela Maria Zanotti Demoner (midfielder); Andreia dos Santos, AKA “Maycon” (fullback); Rafaelle Leone Carvalho Souza (midfielder); Tânia Maria Pereira Ribeiro (centerback); and Thaís Ribeiro Picarte (goalkeeper).

At least two of the cut players will likely retire (again) from international soccer: Tânia, who was born in 1974, had participated in all four previous Olympic women’s soccer tournaments (1996 to 2008) as well as four Women’s World Cup (1995 to 2007); and Maycon (born in 1977), who is a veteran of the last three Olympics. Both had retired after the 2008 Olympics, but were invited to join Brazil’s Navy (www.dialogo-americas.com, in English). Last year, they participated in the 5th Military World Games, which was hosted by Brazil (www.rio2011.mil.br).

4-4-2 or 3-4-Something? Jorge Barcellos, who replaced the sacked Kleiton Lima late last year, began to use a 4-4-2 formation in practices this year and employed a four-back formation in a series of friendlies, against Canada, the United States, and Japan, losing all three matches (in part due to a lack of European-based players such as Marta, who only played one-half versus Canada, Rosana, Fabiana, Elaine, and Aline). However, the line-up notations in CBF write-ups for two recent scrimmages follows the CBF’s convention for a three-back formation.* Whether this signals an actually formation switch or is just a reporting error remains to be seen.  Independent confirmation of this change will hopefully come following Brazil’s tune-up friendlies. For more on Brazil’s three-back formation, at least as used by Kleiton Lima, see: Brazil’s (Old?) 3-4-3 Formation.

*A Somewhat Quick Explanation: Similar to US Soccer’s match reports, the CBF uses commas (“,” to separate players names and semi-colons (“;”) to distinguish the formation’s lines, although there is not usually a semi-colon after the goalkeeper’s name, and an “e” (Portuguese for “and,” an analogue to Spanish’s “y”) is used instead of the last semi-colon for each line.  Here is one example from Brazil’s recent scrimmages (June 20th vs Fluminense):

Bárbara, Fabiana, Aline Pellegrino, Bagé, Erika e Rosana; Elaine, Francielle e Ester; Marta e Cristiane.

Before the first semicolon, there are actually six names, including the goalkeeper, Barbara. The second and last players, Fabiana and Rosana,  are the two alas (wingbacks). The remaining three players, Aline, Bagé, and Erika, are the zaguieras, with the middle one, Bagé, being the libera (sweeper).

Between the first and second semi-colons is the formation’s central midfield: Elaine, Francielle, and Ester, while the two players after the final semicolon are the forwards, Marta and Cristiane.

The notation for a 4-4-2 formation is similar, which can be summarized as “5 names; 4 names; 2 names.” For example, see the write-ups for Brazil’s loss versus Japan and their scrimmage versus Franklin Pierce.

The write-up for the USA-Brazil match in April actually lists a 4-5-1 formation (5 names; 6 names; 1 name), with Cristiane as the only forward.

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SEE ALSO: Other Olympic Rosters
(in order of release date, most recent first)

  1. Japan
  2. Brazil
  3. New Zealand
  4. Sweden
  5. Colombia
  6. Great Britain
  7. Canada
  8. South Africa
  9. United States
  10. France

Only Cameroon and North Korea have yet to release their rosters.

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