Brazil coach Kleiton Lima voiced his satisfaction after the Official Draw for the FIFA Women’s World Cup Germany was made on Monday evening. A Canarinha will line up in Group D alongside Australia, Norway and Equatorial Guinea, all of whom have identified the South Americans as the team to beat. FIFA.com has all the reactions.
Kleiton Lima, Brazil coach
It’s a good group. Australia are a young side and their football is coming on nicely. Norway are one of the top teams in Europe, and they’re very solid and tactically astute. I don’t know much about Equatorial Guinea but they had a great qualifying campaign in Africa and they’ve shown how strong they are. We finished runners-up last time out and we’ll need to work hard right from the very first game to reach the Final again. We’re going through a natural transition phase at the moment but the team’s looking good, with a nice blend of youth and experience. We’re going to be fully focused on the pitch because it would be a dream for us to reach the Final here against the hosts. We’ve got every respect for them, but we want to get our own back.
Tom Sermanni, Australia coach
We’re up against two very tough opponents and the draw’s left me with mixed feelings to be honest. Brazil are obviously the team to beat, followed by Norway. We faced the Brazilians in the quarter-finals in 2007 and we switched off in defence in that game. When you’re up against a team like them you have to be 100 per cent focused for the whole match, not buckle under pressure and keep your mind on the job. As for Equatorial Guinea, I don’t know much about them just yet. Our first objective will be just to survive the group and take it step by step and match by match from there.
Eli Landsem, Norway coach
I would have preferred another group but I’m satisfied all the same. Brazil are definitely our most difficult opponents in the section and in Marta they’ve got the best player in the world. To tell you the truth, I don’t know how we’re going to stop her. We could put a couple of walls up I suppose (laughs). All the same, it takes more than one player to beat you and we have to stand up and be a team. Australia are never an easy side to beat, and the side I know least about are Equatorial Guinea. We’ll need to a lot of homework on our rivals now. Our goal is to go home with a medal but we need to take things one step at a time.
Bonifacio Manga Obiang, President of the Equatorial Guinean Football Association
Coach Jean Paul Mpila’s contract came to an end after the qualifying competition in South Africa, but negotiations are already well under way with a Portuguese coach, who’s going to bring his whole team with him and start preparations for the World Cup. We’re one of the debutants, and though we don’t know much about the teams we’ll be up against, we’re going to prepare and do the very best we can. Like any other team we want to win, and I hope we can do that in our opening game against Norway. We’re very happy just to have qualified.