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Brazil poses for a photo during the Copa America Femenina 2018
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FIFA Women's World Cup record
The number of countries that have qualified for every Women's World Cup can be counted on the fingers of two hands. Brazil are one of them, but the trophy has eluded them thus far. After failing to progress from their group in the first two editions, they made a quantum leap forward at USA 1999, claiming the last spot on the podium. Their best showing to date was a runners-up finish at China 2007, where they lost to Germany in the final, and they have also twice finished fifth (in 2003 and 2011). They fell in the Round of 16 last time out, at Canada 2015, where they ranked as the competition's ninth-best team.

The road to France
Brazil breezed through to the global extravaganza by sweeping all before them at the Copa America Femenina 2018. They won all seven of their matches, scoring 31 goals along the way and conceding just two – one in the first round against Argentina, who went on to finish third, and one against eventual runners-up Chile in the final stage. Indeed, they averaged 4.42 goals a game, the most prolific strike rate since the tournament switched to its current format. Despite boasting the great Marta and other big names such as Formiga, Andressa, Thais and Cristiane in their ranks, their leading scorer was six-goal Beatriz.

The coach
Oswaldo Alvarez, better known as Vadao, has enjoyed a distinguished coaching career spanning almost 30 years, including taking the likes of Rivaldo and Kaka under his wing when they were youngsters. He had never coached women before his first stint in charge of the Brazilian national team, which lasted from 2014 to 2016. During this period, he won his first Copa America Femenina, triumphed at the Pan American Games and led A Seleção to the Round of 16 at the Women's World Cup Canada 2015 and to a fourth-place finish at the Women's Olympic Football Tournament Rio 2016. Ten months after being replaced by Emily Lima, Vadao returned to the hotseat in September 2017 and duly guided his country to more Copa America success. As a result, France 2019 will be his second Women's World Cup.

The stat
14 - No fewer than 14 of Brazil's 19 outfield squad members at the Copa America Femenina 2018 found the net during the competition, racking up a combined 31 goals and firing their country to glory in the process.