Marta leads Brazil in pursuit of World Cup glory

first_img0Shares0000Marta was unsurprisingly selected in the Brazil World Cup squad © Getty/AFP/File / ELSARIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil, May 16 – Veteran Brazilian stars Marta, Formiga and Cristiane are among the 23-strong Brazilian squad selected for the women’s World Cup in France next month, coach Vadao said Thursday.Chasing their first World Cup trophy, Brazil will face Jamaica in their opening Group C match in Grenoble on June 9, before taking on Australia on June 13 in Montpellier and Italy in Valenciennes on June 18. “We are optimistic for a great campaign and look for that coveted world title,” coach Oswaldo Alvarez, better known as Vadao, said.“We are more prepared. The friendlies are in the past, the present is what matters,” Vadao added, referring to Brazil’s recent run of nine straight losses.Crowned the world player of the year a record six times, Orlando Pride forward Marta, 33, will captain Brazil in their attempt to finally win the coveted trophy.The 41-year-old Formiga plays for Paris Saint-Germain © AFP/File / FRANCK FIFEAt 41, Formiga, who recently extended her contract with Paris Saint-Germain to 2020, will be the oldest player in the tournament that kicks off on June 7.It will also mark her seventh World Cup appearance — a record for either a male or female player.Experienced striker Cristiane, 34, is also likely competing for the last time.Together, the three Brazilian players won two Olympic silver medals in Athens (2004) and Beijing (2008).While Brazil’s men have been World Cup champions five times, the ultimate football glory has remained elusive for the women’s team, whose best performance was reaching the 2007 final in China where they lost to Germany.Apart from the two Olympic silvers, Brazil have also won seven Copa America titles.Squad:Goalkeepers: Aline (Tenerife/ESP), Barbara (Avai), Leticia Izidoro (Corinthians)Defenders: Erika (Corinthians), Khatellen (Bordeaux/FRA), Monica (Corinthians), Tayla (Benfica/POR), Fabiana da Silva (Internacional Porto Alegre), Leticia Santos (Sportclub Sand/GER), Tamires (Fortuna Hjorrring/DEN), Camila (Orlando Pride/USA)Midfielders: Andressinha (Portland Thorns/USA), Formiga (Paris SG/FRA), Adriana (Corinthians), Thaisa (AC Milan/ITA)Forwards: Bia Zaneratto (Hyundai Steel Red Angels/KOR), Cristiane (Sao Paulo), Raquel (Huelva/ESP), Debora (North Carolina Courage/USA), Geyse (Benfica/POR), Ludimila (Atletico Madrid/ESP), Marta (Orlando Pride/USA), Andressa Alves (Barcelona/ESP)0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Chelsea to open contract talks with key defender

first_img gameday cracker Chelsea star David Luiz has impressed this season. Chelsea are set to open contract talks with defender David Luiz, according to The Sun.The centre-back, 31, has forced his way into new manager Maurizio Sarri’s first-team having been frozen out under Antonio Conte. Brazil star Luiz is enjoying a renaissance at the back for the Blues, who have won their first five games of the season, and with his contract up at the end of the campaign, the club are keen to tie him down.It marks an impressive turnaround in fortunes with the player set to be offered a two-year extension on his £125,000-a-week deal.And his form was predicted by new boss Sarri who appeared to have faith in Luiz from the start.“David has a big future here — he will be very useful for us,” Sarri said back in mid-August.“I don’t know what happened in the past but now he has a good chance.” Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won REVEALED Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade smart causal How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures silverware Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? shining no dice tense REVEALED England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won huge blow Latest Premier League news 1 Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card possible standings Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man Citylast_img read more