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Emily Lima names Brazil squad for Australian series

Brazil head coach Emily Lima has named a 20 player squad to take on Australia in Penrith and Newcastle.

The 20 player squad includes many of the Brazilians biggest names including Marta, Cristiane, Andressa Alves, Fabiana and Camila.

It is also a squad that will be stronger than the one Australia faced at the Tournament of Nations with the likes of Cristiane, Andressa Alves, Rafaelle and Fabiana all available to As Canarinhas.  Meanwhile preferred number 1 goalkeeper Barbara will be unavailable due to injury.

This will be the first time five time FIFA World Player of the Year Marta – who currently plays alongside Alanna Kennedy and Steph Catley at Orlando Pride – will play in Australia after missing the Brazilians 2014 tour due to injury.

Tickets have been selling well for the two internationals with over 10,000 sold for the Newcastle match and over 7,000 for the Newcastle game.  Both would surpass crowds for previous Matildas internationals.

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Brazil Squad

Goalkeepers: Letícia Izidoro (Corinthians), Dani Neuhaus (Santos)

Defenders: Rafaelle (Changchun Volkswagen Exc. Women‘s Club), Bruna Benites (Houston Dash), Mônica (Orlando Pride), Jucinara (Corinthians), Letícia Santos (Sportclub Sand), Maurine (Santos)

Midfielders: Fran (Avaldsnes Idrettslag), Andressinha (Houston Dash), Djenifer (Iranduba), Fabiana (Barcelona), Gabi Zanotti (Jiangsu Suning Ladies F.C.), Andressa Alves (Barcelona), Camila (Orlando Pride), Debinha (North Carolina Courage )

Forwards: Bia Zaneratto (Incheon Hyundai Steel Red Angels), Ludmila (Atlético de Madrid), Cristiane (Changchun Volkswagen Exc. Women‘s Club), Marta (Orlando Pride)

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