The current coach of the Brazil Women’s National Team has completed six months in charge of the squad. Oswaldo Alvarez, or Vadão, is known by his successful career in men’s football and for revealing players like Kaka and Rivaldo.
Last April, he took the role as head coach of the Brazil WNT, attracted by the challenge to train a female team for the first time in his career and also for the opportunity to dispute a World Cup and an Olympic Games.
In eleven matches (four friendlies and seven matches in the Copa America, in Ecuador) under Vadão’s leadership, the Brazil WNT has achieved five wins, five draws and just one defeat.
After six months of work and eleven matches, it is already possible to see the characteristics of this new Brazilian team, who are more tactically organized, with more ball possession and short passing.
Since the arrival of Vadão, Cristiane seems to have returned to her good form and her goalscoring touch. She had a good tournament in Ecuador, being the top goalscorer, and also created a good partnership with Darlene, who will probably be on the bench with Raquel, when Debinha and Marta return.
The five consecutive times FIFA World Player of the Year, Marta, has not yet played for Brazil with Vadão as the head coach, due to injury and commitments with her club (Rosengård), that didn’t release her to play matches out of FIFA’s dates. Other key players that were also not released by their club (Avaldsnes) were Debinha and Rosana, who also didn’t play in the Copa America.
Other news is the return of the goalkeeper Andreia, that replaced Thais Picarte as the main goalkeeper during the Copa America, and the return of Maurine.
Until now, Vadão has more positives than negative points from his time as Brazil WNT head coach. But six months is not enough time to predict if Brazil is on track. Fortunately, Vadão will have more opportunities before the World Cup to test his playing philosophy and to train the Brazilian girls, since Brazil is going to face France, in November and will dispute a home tournament against Argentina, China and USA, in December. Marta, Debinha and Rosana will probably be present there. Brazil has also been invited to compete in the Algarve Cup, next year, and Vadão already expressed his willingness for Brazil play this tournament.
To sum up, the future looks promising for Vadão and his players. The Brazilian supporters can’t wait to see the results!
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