Emily Lima announces her first Brazil women’s national team selection
Newly appointed Brazil women’s national team head coach Emily Lima has announced her 23-player squad for next month’s International Tournament of Manaus.
In the tournament, Brazil will compete against Costa Rica, Russia and Italy. The two best teams will compete in the final with the remaining two disputing the match for third place.
Of the 23 players that Emily Lima has called up to the squad, 13 competed in the Rio 2016 Olympic Games in which Brazil finished fourth.
Marta is not in the selection as she had already requested to be released from this tournament to the previous coach Vadão and has made the same request to her new coach Emily Lima. As the International Women’s Football Tournament is not a FIFA date, clubs are not obliged to release their players so therefore Cristiane and Erika who play for French club PSG have not been included in the list.
The International Tournament will be a farewell competition for Formiga who recently announced her retirement from international football, although it is rumoured that Emily Lima will have discussions with the player in view of keeping her a part of the squad.
Brazil squad for International Tournament of Manaus
Bárbara – CBF
Letícia – Corinthians
Viviane – São José
Rafaelle – Changchun Volkswagem (China)
Mônica – Adelaide United FC (Austrália)
Bruna Benites – Avaldsnes Idrettslag (Noruega)
Ana Alice – Kiryat Gat (Israel)
Camila – Corinthians
Tamires – Fortuna Horring (Dinamarca)
Fabiana – Dalian Quanjian (China)
Poliana – Houston Dash (EUA)
Formiga – CBF
Thaisa – Corinthians
Andressinha – Houston Dash (EUA)
Gabi Ceará – Braga (Portugal)
Debinha – Dalian Quanjian (China)
Rosana – São José
Gabi Zanotti – Dalian Quanjian (China)
Rafaela – Francana
Nenê – Corinthians
Millene – Rio Preto
Bia Zaneratto – Huyndai Steel Red Angels (Coreia do Sul)
Chu – Corinthians