The scorers of an incredible 41 goals in the South American Women’s U-17 Championship back in February, Brazil have arrived at Trinidad and Tobago 2010 intent on enhancing the country’s reputation for entertaining, attack-minded football.
As Canarinhas certainly have the playing resources to achieve that objective. The individual talents of the likes of Thais, Paula and the prolific Glaucia bring flair to a solid unit that is also looking to make up for the disappointment of a first-round exit at New Zealand 2008 and give Brazilian football another world title to celebrate.
“You can’t compare this team with the 2008 one,” forward Glaucia told FIFA.com after her side’s 2-1 victory over Republic of Ireland in their Group D opener. “I think we are more determined and mature than the team that went before us. They were a little bit too young to do well in that competition if you ask me, whereas we’ve known each other for a very long time. We’re used to playing together and that’s something you can sense out on the pitch.”
Glaucia it was who scored the two goals that downed the spirited Irish, both of them classy strikes that reflected the depth of understanding in the Brazil team. “We played well,” said the striker afterwards, her cheeks still red with effort. “We gave away a silly goal but we picked ourselves up straightaway and that’s what we need to take with us from that game.”
Learning from the big boys
Watch Ervaldo Erlacher’s charges in action and it is not hard to see who they take their cue from, left-back Jucinara’s attacking play and the nutmegs of playmaker Beatriz recalling the style and approach of the men’s senior team. “If you look at our individual technique and team spirit, then there probably are things we have in common,” added Glaucia, who lists Kaka as one of her role models.
The Real Madrid man and his team-mates came up short in their bid to become world champions at South Africa 2010, a goal that the Sao Bernardo sharpshooter believes is within her side’s reach in the Caribbean. And if she keeps turning in performances such as her match-winning show against the Irish, Glaucia could well be leaving Trinidad and Tobago with a winner’s medal. “It was very exciting,” she said of their profitable tournament debut.
“It’s wonderful to be here and though I could have played a lot better, I was very happy with my two goals. I really wanted to succeed and thanks to the hard work of my team-mates I was able to do just that.”
Ghana pose the next obstacle in what has all the makings of an extremely tight section. Buoyed by her double salvo, however, Glaucia is confident of further success against the Black Maidens: “Beating Ireland has given us a real boost for the Ghana game. Morale is high and we’re more than ready to share the workload.”