RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Six-time world player of the year Marta and the unretired Formiga will lead Brazil in the Women’s World Cup in France.
Brazil coach Vadao announced his squad on Thursday, betting on 33-year-old Marta to end a nine-match losing streak and help the team win its first Women’s World Cup title.
“Marta is still Marta, and she could make the difference in this World Cup,” he said.
Formiga, the 41-year-old midfielder, will play a record seventh World Cup despite announcing her retirement in 2016 after the Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games.
Brazil is in Group C with Australia, Italy, and Jamaica.
Brazil opens against Jamaica on June 9 in Grenoble, and Vadao made a gaffe by saying Jamaica’s play is no different than others of “African style.”