Brazil debuts at the Olympics with a women’s soccer team game

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The women’s soccer team opens this Wednesday (21), from 5:00 am (Brasilia time), the participation of Brazilian sports in the Tokyo Olympics (Japan). The debut is against China at the Miyagi stadium, in Rifu (a city about 380 kilometers from the Japanese capital), in the debut of the modality’s group stage.ebc Brazil debuts at the Olympics with a women's soccer team gameebc Brazil debuts at the Olympics with a women's soccer team game So far, Brazil has won the match 2-0.

Brazil is in Group F, where the Netherlands and Zambia are still present. The duel with Europeans will be this Saturday (24), at 8 am, also in Rifu. The confrontation against the Africans will be next Tuesday (27), at 8:30 am, at the stadium in Saitama (27 km from Tokyo).

The Brazilians are looking for the third Olympic medal in the history of women’s football. The previous two were silver. The first in 2004 at the Athens Games (Greece). The second four years later, in Beijing (China). From the current squad, two athletes were present in the achievements: defensive midfielder Formiga, who will compete in the seventh Olympiad of her career; and attacking midfielder Marta, elected six times the best player in the world and who will defend the country for the fifth time in the event.

“It’s a great joy to be here, expecting to be able to actively experience another Olympics. This edition is special not only for the moment we live in, but because it’s a goal that we’ve been pursuing for a long time. A high-level athlete, always will think about playing the big competitions and work constantly to be prepared when the opportunity comes,” said Marta, at a press conference this Tuesday (20).

In the two Olympic finals in which Brazil was beaten, the opponent was the same: the United States. In the 2008 decision, curiously, the rival technique was precisely Pia Sundhage, current commander of the Brazilian team.

“I think we have taken care of our priorities in these two years of work. I believe that our defense, which was already good, is more solid nowadays and that our attack is a little more organized, which means that the whole team wants to be on the same page. But I would never take away the samba, the Brazilian style they surprised me with, because I love it. And I think this mix, I hope, will make us go far in this Olympics,” said Pia, who did not confirm the lineup that will lead to field this Wednesday.