Marta and Formiga will lead Brazil in women’s Olympic football | Sports



RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) – Marta and Formiga will lead the Brazilian women’s soccer team in what is expected to be an international swan song at the Tokyo Olympics.

35 year old Marta has a silver medal from 2008 and 43 year old Formiga has silver medals from 2004 and 2008. These are the seventh Olympics in Formiga. In 2016 they finished fourth in Rio de Janeiro.

The most notable absence from coach Pia Sundhage’s list of 18 on Friday was 36-year-old striker Cristiane, who has played all major tournaments for Brazil since the 2003 Women’s World Cup. She has scored 14 goals in the Olympics, more than any other man or woman.

Sundhage have also selected four players as possible replacements: goalkeeper Aline Reis (Granadilla Tenerife), defender Letícia Santos (Eintracht Frankfurt), midfielder Andressa Alves (Roma) and striker Giovana Queiroz (Barcelona).

Goalkeepers: Bárbara (Avai), Letícia Izidoro (Benfica)

Defenders: Poliana, Erika, Tamires (Corinthians), Bruna Benites (Internacional), Rafaelle (Palmeiras), Jucinara (Levante)

Midfielders: Formiga, Duda (Sao Paulo), Júlia Bianchi (Palmeiras), Marta (Orlando Pride), Debinha (North Carolina Courage), Andressinha, Adriana (Corinthians)

Forwards: Ludmila (Atletico Madrid), Bia Zaneratto (Palmeiras), Geyse (Madrid CFF).

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