My thoughts about Brazil’s friendly matches and FIFA 2016.
The friendly match in Seattle:
In what seemed was going to be a Brazilian victory over the United States to finally end their invincibility, since the American team was unbeaten in home games since 2004, ended up not happening! The Brazilian defence has a history of taking a nap in the last minutes of matches, which allowed Carli Lloyd to tie the match in the 85th minute. The Brazilian goal was scored by Monica who headed in from a corner-kick early in the game.
It is worth remembering that the former player Sissi was the ‘guest’ assistant coach in this match. In the last friendlies, the Brazilian coaching staff has invited former players to participate as ‘guest’ assistants. I believe this was the answer found by the Brazilian team to the recent pressure of FIFA and society regarding the lack of women in coaching.
It’s a shame there are no women on the coaching staff of Brazilian women’s national team. It is past time to see former athletes participating in the Brazilian coaching staff, not just for a match as a guest, but as a member of the staff. We have a lot of former players that could be contributing to the national team such as, for example, Juliana Cabral, Emily Lima, Alina Pellegrino and Sissi.
The friendly match in Orlando:
The second match was a walkover for the World Champions, USA. Whilst Brazil was playing with full power and barely didn’t make any changes in the team in the second half, the US, which was playing in a party (and farewell) mood started with a mixed team and made five substitutions during the game.
The “pass the ball behind the defender” has been a major problem for the Brazilian team. The defence and the Brazilian goalkeeper, Luciana made a faux-pas which resulted in the first American goal. The defenders couldn’t stop the American forward and Luciana rushed out far from her goal wrongly to try to intercept Alex Morgan’s goal.
The positive point about this match was that, Marta and Cristiane, the Brazilian attack duo started to blend well together again. Marta’s shot hit the crossbar on two occasions during the match and Cristiane tied the match scoring a stunning goal after a Marta assist. But, the equaliser did not last long, because the United States responded quickly with Dunn’s goal. The American team finalized the match when Stephanie McCaffrey scored a goal in the stoppage time (Brazilian WNT nap again!). This was her first appearance for the USWNT.
On completion of these friendlies we can say that Brazil needs to change their squad. It is impossible to understand why the Brazilian coaching staff persists in starting Luciana when she is committing slip-ups match after match and Brazil has a goalkeeper such as Andreia on the bench. Is is also not possible to figure out why the coaching staff is calling players which played on the NWSL and were on the bench for most of the season but does not call-up players who are standing out, for example, in the Toppserien (Norway), as Leticia Santos, Luana, Rosana and Debinha (who has already recovered from the injury), or players that are standing out in the Brazilian Championship.
Rio 2016 is coming and modifications need to be made if the team want to win a medal at the Olympic games. It is not possible to aim for a medal if Luciana is the first choice goalkeeper and without players on squad that may come through to win the match. The small number of substitutions made during matches demonstrates the lack of Vadão’s options on the bench. So the coaching staff must look more to the players who are playing abroad and in Brazil and start calling on merit.
Graphic above: My starting line-up in FIFA 2016, what do you think?
My first and last game console was a Nintendo 64, which actually was not mine, but belonged to my brother and we used to play together. I never imagined getting another game console, but I was really excited about the opportunity to play with female teams in FIFA 2016, so I decided to buy one and the new FIFA 2016 game.
The game console came before the game and stood there for two weeks… I really have no interest in games and was already regretting having spent money on an electronic device that would not have any utility. But my lack of interest changed when the game arrived. Despite not having enjoyed the game cover (How is it possible Marta not be with Messi on the FIFA 2016 cover, instead of Oscar?), I really enjoyed playing with female teams, mainly Brazil, France and Germany and I have got a little addicted in the game. So I recommend everyone to try this and maybe we can play a match online?
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Women’s football enthusiast based in Brazil. Supporting and raising the profile of the women’s game.