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All-time leading Women's World Cup goalscorer Marta has an injury and is not likely to be fit in time to feature in Brazil's opener in 2019.
Nicknamed "Pele in a skirt" by the football great, the Brazilian star better known to her fans as "Queen" Marta will play in what could be her last women's World Cup in France.
Veteran Brazilian stars Marta, Formiga and Cristiane are among the 23-strong Brazilian squad selected for the women's World Cup in France next month, coach Vadao said Thursday.
This year a very important precedent will be set at the Ballon d'Or gala. For the first time in the history of the award, France Football are to name a female Footballer of the Year. Fifteen candidates aspire to be the first to has ever achieved it. Here we take a look at the nominees:
One eye on the future? Another youthful squad selection for England Women has seen Gabby George and Lucy Staniforth recalled to the senior team by boss Phil Neville ahead of next month's international fixtures.
All three players on the final shortlist have realistic hopes of individual glory, when the award for FIFA Women's footballer of the year is announced on Monday. Marta of Orlando Pride in the NWSL ; Dzsenifer Marozsan of Olympique Lyonnais in Ligue 1, and Ada Hegerberg also of Olympique Lyonnais, have all played instrumental roles in the respective achievements of their clubs and countries this past year. And so, there is no clear front-runner for the gong.
Reynald Pedros and six Lyon players have been nominated for the Best FIFA Women awards, which will be presented in September.
Ahead of the new NWSL season, Orlando Pride have signed iconic Brazil international Marta on a two-year deal.
Women's football legend Marta insisted the Brazil team will keep getting better despite an agonising semi-final Olympic exit on penalties to Sweden, which goalkeeper Barbara described as being like losing a family member.
Five-time World Player of the Year Marta needs to put her disappointment of a crushing Olympic semi-final defeat to Sweden on penalties behind her for the good of women's football in Brazil, according to coach Vadao.
Sweden ended a disconsolate Marta's dreams of guiding Brazil's women to a first Olympic football gold medal Tuesday with a 4-3 penalty shoot-out win to book their place in the gold medal match.