Brazilian women's football team
The Brazilian Women's Soccer Team is the team that represents Brazil in the main women's international competitions. It currently occupies the ninth place in the World Ranking of Teams of the International Football Federation (FIFA).
The Brazilian team played its first match in 1986, when it faced the United States in an international friendly and was defeated 2-1. Until today, it has participated in all editions of the Women's World Cup and the Olympic Games Football Tournament. In addition, it disputes international friendlies and other competitions such as the Pan American Games, the South American Women's Football Championship and annually since 2009 it contests the International Women's Football Tournament.
The Brazilian Women's Soccer Team is the best team in South America. In addition, it has the best player in the world, Marta, shirt 10 and elected for 5 years in a row by FIFA (from 2006 to 2010) and once again in 2018 as the best football player on the planet.
It is considered one of the best women's football teams in the world. Despite having little (and often no) support from managers, fans and the press, little investment in the market (due to low demand) it is always well positioned in the FIFA Ranking. However, it does not have any expressive title at world level.
In 2007, Brazil was one of the favorite teams to win the 2007 Women's World Cup, reaching the grand final for the first time and getting 2nd place, its best place in this competition to date. Before the 2-0 defeat to Germany in the final, the players sang their song, as they did before the Rio 2007 Pan American title. However, they were unlucky and lost.
In 2008, the Brazilian team participated in the Beijing Olympic Games. The spot for the Olympics came a few months earlier in a playoff friendly against Ghana, in which Brazil won 5-1. The Brazilians were one of the favorite teams to win the gold medal, and Brazil had a good campaign defeating strong opponents. such as North Korea in the first round, Norway in the quarter-finals and with a 4-1 victory over then world champion Germany in the semi-final. The grand final was against the United States team, the duel was balanced, Brazil pressed a lot, had more chances to score and played better for most of the game, but ended up being defeated 1-0 in extra time, getting the medal of silver.
In 2011, Brazil played in the Women's World Cup in Germany. Coached by Kleiton Lima, the team that had players like Marta, Cristiane and Érika ended the first phase with 100% success and the best campaign among the 8 teams that qualified for the second phase: 3 wins in 3 games, 7 goals scored and none suffered. In the quarterfinals, Brazil and the United States made a kind of early final, in an exciting game in which the match ended in a 1-1 tie in the 90 minutes of regulation time. In the 30 minutes of extra time, another draw by 1 to 1, and the spot in the semifinal was decided on penalties won by the Americans by 5 to 3.
In 2012, months before the Olympics, the Brazilians played international friendlies and won a friendly tournament in Switzerland, defeating Colombia and Canada. At the London Olympics, the team led by coach Jorge Barcellos arrived as one of the favorites to win the gold medal. In the first phase, they defeated Cameroon 5-0 and New Zealand by 1-0. Already qualified for the second phase, they were defeated by Great Britain by 1-0. In the quarterfinals, Brazil was defeated by the then Japanese world champions 2-0 and ended up eliminated. It was the first time since Atlanta 1996 that Brazil did not reach the semifinals of women's football at the Olympics.
In 2014, Brazil won two titles: the South American Championship