Once again, the Swedish coach chose not to call the goalkeeper Bárbara, Canarinho’s title-holder at the Olympic Games in Tokyo-2020
Pia Sundhage, coach of Brazilian women’s team, announced this Tuesday, the 5th, the list of calls for friendlies in front of the Australia, scheduled for the 23rd and 26th of October at Commbank Stadium in Sydney. Once again, the Swedish coach chose not to call the goalkeeper Barbarian, holder of Canarinho in Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. This time, the novelty in the relationship is the 28-year-old archer Karen, from Minas Brasília. It will be the athlete’s first opportunity under the command of Pia, who also remembered Letícia, from Benfica, and Lorena, from Grêmio, for the position.
Pia decided to call up athletes who had been left out of the last list, when she opted to give new players a chance. The coach carried out several tests, aiming at the renewal of the team, at the beginning of the new cycle of the selection, whose focus is now on the 2023 World Cup and the Paris-2024 Olympics. Thus, athletes like Rafaelle, Júlia Bianchi, Bia Zaneratto and Giovana are gaining space in the national team. All were in the frustrated Brazilian campaign at the Tokyo Olympics, when the team was eliminated in the quarterfinals, despite being tipped to fight for the podium.
Check out the list of calls from the Brazilian team:
Goalkeepers: Karen (Minas Brasília), Letícia (Benfica) and Lorena (Grêmio);
Defenders: Rafaelle (Changchun Dazhong/China), Tainara (Palm Trees), Erika (Corinthians), Antonia (Madrid CFF), Bruninha (Santos), Tamires (Corinthians), Thais (Palm Trees), Katrine (Palm Trees);
Midfielders: Julia Bianchi (Palmeiras), Ary Borges (Palmeiras), Angelina (OL Reign/USA), Duda (São Paulo), Kerolin (Madrid CFF), Debinha (North Carolina Courage/USA) and Adriana (Corinthians);
Attackers: Giovana (Levante UD/Spain), Nycole Raysla (Benfica), Geyse (Madrid CFF), Bia Zanerattto (Wuhan Xinjiyuan/China) and Marta (Orlando Pride/USA).