Brazil: No dark horses this time in Thailand
Barring a massive change in the outlook of Brazil's U-19 program, the sensational Marta will be re-joining the junior side where her wild, two-year journey began -- for this November's FIFA U-19 Women's World Championship Thailand 2004. Called into new coach Luis Antonio Ferreira's 28-player training camp along with a handful of her senior team pals, number 10 Marta will be hoping to light up the only junior global women's competition on Planet Football this November in Southeast Asia.
Though almost unbelievable and seemingly unfair to the rest of the young field, the nominee for 2004 FIFA Women's Player of the Year is still just 18 years old. Fully eligible for the U-19 squad, new boss Luis Antonio Ferreira will most likely be looking to build his team around the talented young starlet.
Marta will most likely not be the only senior team standout to take the pitches of Siam by storm come 10 November. Athens 2004 silver medal winning team members Cristiane (also on the shortlist for FIFA Women's Player of the Year honours), Renata Costa, Rosana, Kelly and Elaine should all be joining up with the side set to travel to the Far East.
Major improvements, qualifying dominance
And with meteoric improvements in the Brazilian women's game taking place over the last two years, the perennial South American champions must well be considered among the tournament favourites heading in.
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The Brazilians stuck to the script and demolished their outmatched continental neighbours in the qualifying competition this past May. Then under the care of coach Nelson Rodrigues, the team's unparalleled power and panache tore asunder all pretenders on home soil to see the side join the global party in Thailand.
Read more about Brazil's continental qualifying romp .
Tough group in Thailand
Up against ambitious African champions Nigeria, one-time female footballing powerhouses China and up-and-coming European climbers Italy, Brazil will have their work cut out in Group B in Chiang Mai. But after finishing fourth and being voted Most Entertaining Team in Canada two years ago with a largely unheralded, inexperienced squad, a spot in the Final must be Ferreira's minimum goal with a star-studded and worldly gaggle of ferociously talented footballers at his disposal. And of course, in Marta, the boss has one of the true gems of the women's game.
Though the boss will not be naming his official tournament squad until early November, you can count on the high-profile new school of Samba Princesses figuring in his plans.
Be sure to follow all the action of the FIFA U-19 Women's World Championship exclusively on FIFA.com. The ball begins rolling on 10 November, and the twelve-team global extravaganza will run until 28 November.