FIFA Women's World Cup 70 Day Countdown: Day 13 - Brazil

As we enter Day 13 of Edge of the Crowd’s electrifying 70-day countdown to the highly anticipated 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup, we’re diving headfirst into a whirlwind tour of the fierce and fabulous teams gracing this year’s tournament.

Join us on this journey as we dish out the inside scoop on each squad's strengths, weaknesses, players to keep an eye on and what a pass mark might be for each nation.

Next up, we look at Group F team, Brazil.

FIFA Women's World Cup Appearances: 8 (1991, 1995, 1999, 2003, 2007, 2011, 2015, 2019)

Best performance at a FIFA Women's World Cup: Runners-Up (2007)

Players to watch

It's impossible to go past Marta, arguably the greatest Brazilian women's footballer of all time. Being Brazil's all-time leading scorer (both men's and women's) with 115 international goals in her storied career, and fresh of an ACL rehabilitation, there's no doubt the 37-year-old entering her sixth FIFA Women's World Cup tournament will be looking to add to her tally and achieve the crowning moment of her career - a World Cup win.

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While Marta may have set the records, Debinha is Brazil's form player at the moment, with 10 international goals in the last 12 months, and 58 total to her name. A ruthless striker, she has plenty of proof to her name that she stands up in big games, and will no doubt be called upon in the big moments by this team.

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One of the younger members of this team, and a key part of the future for Brazil, Angelina is making her World Cup debut, but she already has experience on the big stage. An Olympic quarter-final, and a Copa America final already on her resume, her play will be key for the Brazilians to push into the latter stages of the tournament.

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2023 form

Brazil only has four games under its belt so far this year, three of them in the SheBelieves Cup. After washing out of the SheBelieves Cup, with a win over Japan (1-0) and back-to-back losses against Canada (2-0) and the USA (2-1), Brazil was left with some soul-searching.

A 2-1 win over Germany in Germany was a tonic for the confidence for Brazil, with Tamires and Ary Borges finding the back of the net in the first half.

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Brazil will be looking to hit the ground running, but with plenty of its players finding form in their domestic leagues, there will be confidence that the group can come together quickly and be at its best for the opener against Panama.

Strengths and Weaknesses

Strengths: Star power up front. With players like Marta, Debinha and Ludmila as potential finishers, Brazil has a wealth of experience, star power and scoring nous in front of the posts, that should be able to capitalise on any moments of weakness by its opposition.

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Weaknesses: There are questions with the depth in the midfield and in defence for Brazil. Only a handful of players across the midfield and defensive groups have more than double-digit caps for the national team, in a changing of the guard time for the team.

Will that lack of experience and depth play a part late in the tournament as teams manage niggles and the lights get brighter? The pressure will be on stalwarts Letícia Santos, Tainara and Angelina.

Pass mark

As a team ranked inside the Top 10 in the world, anything less than quarter-finals would be a disaster. A pass mark is a quarter-final berth, but hopes will be for a semi-final berth as Brazil looks to return to the pride of old.

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