USWNT Rival Watch: Brazil’s (Old?) 3-4-3 Formation

Edit: So, I missed Ray’s Curren’s March 28th article at AWK on the Brazil-Canada match, which he attended in person. He notes that Brazil used a 4-4-2 formation, which does match the notation used in the CBF’s match report. Based on a closer look at some CBF news items on in-camp scrimmages earlier this year, it seems that new head coach Jorge Barcellos has been trying the 4-4-2 formation at least since January.

At this point, consider this post useful for historical, e.g., non-current, purposes. Although, with only a few months to go until the Olympics, it is possible that Barcellos may fall back to this formation.

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USWNT Neighbor + Rival Watch: Canada’s Friendlies Versus Brazil and Sweden

The London-bound Canadian Women’s National Team played two friendlies recently, both against fellow Olympics-bound teams: a 2:1 victory against a far from full strength Brazil on March 24th, outside of Boston; and a 1:3 loss versus Sweden in Malmö, on March 31st. Sweden’s victory this past Saturday ended a two-match losing streak (0:4 losses to Germany and the USA during the Algarve Cup). Continue reading “USWNT Neighbor + Rival Watch: Canada’s Friendlies Versus Brazil and Sweden”

USWNT Opponent: Japan’s 2012 Kirin Cup Roster Is Loaded With Defenders

Earlier today, Japan released its roster for the 2012 Women’s Kirin Challenge Cup, which begins April 1st, with Japan taking on the United States Women’s National Team. The 23-player roster is loaded with ten defenders, which is three more than were on Japan’s recent Algarve Cup roster.  From the Algarve Cup roster, head coach Naori Sasaki made five changes, although two are due to medical reasons.

The additional defenders may indicate that Sasaki is unhappy with his defense, which gave up four goals (3 during the run of play, 1 via a PK) versus Germany in the Algarve Cup final.

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USWNT Rival Watch: Brazil’s Player Pool, 2012 Olympics (Detailed)

(Note: Some of the player’s positions have been corrected. The corrections are mostly due to a minor translation error on my part. Also, positions for other players have been updated, based on additional information.)

Last Wednesday, March 14th, the CBF released the names of 33 players who could be called up for Brazil’s Olympic team roster. This list is required to be submitted to the IOC, but I do not think that it is in anyway binding.

Since the CBF website does not maintain biographical pages for its players, I have listed those 33 players below, with details such as height, birthday, position information, plus relevant links to Wikipedia, competition summaries, etc., where available. Also, a quick summary of the list is provided as a table, which includes whether the player was rostered for recent matches, going back to the 2011 Women’s World Cup in Germany.

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USWNT Rival Watch: Japan’s Homare Sawa Diagnosed with Vertigo, May Miss Kirin Cup

On Monday, Japan’s Homare Sawa, who recently stepped down as captain, was diagnosed with “benign paroxysmal postural vertigo” on Monday. (Source:, English)

In the article, it was stated that recovery time could be as little as a week, or could take over a month. For more on the condition, see its Wikipedia entry.

Japan plays its first match of the Women’s Kirin Challenge Cup in less than three weeks, on Sunday, April 1st, versus the USA.

USWNT Rival Watch: Brazil’s Kirin Challenge Cup Roster

Last Thursday, Brazilian Women’s National Team head coach Jorge Barcellos announced the team’s preliminary roster for an upcoming friendly versus Canada (March 24th, at Gillette Stadium outside of Boston) and the Women’s Kirin Challenge Cup in April.  Twenty-one players were called, including several overseas-based players such as Marta, Christiane, and Fabiana, who did not participate in the squad’s prior two training camps this calendar year.

Update, 18-Mar-2012: Upon further research, I can fairly confidently confirm all the player names for the roster, thanks to the CBF releasing a player pool list the day after I posted this, originally.

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USWNT Rival Watch: Japan’s Uncapped Players

The USWNT’s final opponent in group play at the Algarve Cup is Japan. Their Cup roster includes two players without any senior international caps, U-20 standout Mai Kyokawa (who just turned 18) and Saori Ariyoshi.

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USWNT Rival Watch: Japan’s Algarve Cup Roster w/ Stats

Here is Japan’s Algarve Cup roster, with player stats as of 20-Feb-2012. The stats are from JFA’s website (see link after the roster), but that page is not in a user-friendly table format, so I have collected those statistics, below. Continue reading “USWNT Rival Watch: Japan’s Algarve Cup Roster w/ Stats”

Japan and Norway Algarve Cup Squads

(Note, 22-Feb-2012. For a roster with player stats, checkout a newer post.)

Two of the USWNT’s group stage opponents in the upcoming Algarve Cup have announced their rosters: Japan and Norway. Denmark is the USA’s other opponent in their group.

USA’s matches are Denmark (29-Feb), Norway (2-Mar), and Japan (5-Mar). Continue reading “Japan and Norway Algarve Cup Squads”