FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup record
Brazil are one of four countries to have never missed a World Cup in this category, a distinction they share with Germany, United States and Nigeria. To date, their best performance was third place at Russia 2006, although they also made the semis at the first two editions of the tournament, Canada 2002 and Thailand 2004, finishing fourth on both occasions. After reaching the quarter-finals at Chile 2008, La Canarinha exited at the group stage at the next three editions, before once again making the last-eight at Papua New Guinea 2016.
The road to France
Brazil steamrolled all before them at January’s South American U-20 Women’s Championship, winning all seven of their games to claim an eighth regional title in as many attempts. La Canarinha unsurprisingly had the most potent attack (30 goals, averaging 4.28 a game), and the tightest defence (only one goal conceded, in the final game), allowing them to secure their ticket for France on the penultimate matchday. They then finished things in style with an emphatic 8-1 win over Paraguay, who themselves came into the final game with a 100 per cent record and a berth in France already secured.
After 14 years as a professional player, Doriva Bueno began his coaching career in 2005 and particularly impressed while in charge of the youth teams at Corinthians. He has been at the helm of the Brazilian U-20s since 2014 and led them to two South American titles. France 2018 will be his third World Cup in this category. Asked about his vision for the team, he said, “The most important thing is for them to be tactically organised and have a good balance of emotion."
12 - The number of goals scored by Geyse at the South American Championship, making her the tournament’s top scorer and best player. The striker has already represented the senior national team.