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FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup


Brazil poses for a picture before a game at the South American U17 Women Tournament

FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup record
Tournament regulars Brazil will be making their fifth U-17 Women’s World Cup appearance at Uruguay 2018 out of six attempts, having only failed to qualify for Costa Rica 2014. Their best placing to date is eighth, which they achieved at Trinidad and Tobago 2010 and Azerbaijan 2012. On their two other appearances to date, at New Zealand 2008 and Jordan 2016, they went out in the group phase.

The road to Uruguay
Brazil won their three opening matches at the U-17 Women’s South American Championships without conceding a goal, beating Ecuador 1-0, Argentina 2-0 and Peru 3-0. Alarm bells were ringing, however, when they lost their next two games: 1-0 to Colombia in their last group match and 2-1 to Uruguay in their first match in the final four-team phase.

A Canarinha got back on track with a 1-0 defeat of the Colombians before easing past Venezuela 3-0 to clinch their third continental title and a ticket to Uruguay 2018.

The coach
A former midfielder, Luizao played for several Brazilian clubs before embarking on his coaching career in 2003, taking charge of the U-15 and U-20 sides at Sao Paulo’s Juventus. In 2011 he began working with women’s teams alongside Emily Lima, with the pair then teaming up at the helm of Brazil’s U-17 women’s side. He took over as head coach in 2015 and will be appearing at his second World Cup in the age group at Uruguay 2018.

The stat
3 - The number of goals that Jheniffer and Emily each scored at the South American Championships. Brazil’s joint-leading markswomen accounted for just over half of the team’s goals at the tournament.