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Brazil names ‘Pele in skirts’ Marta to Olympic women’s team

Brazil named star playmaker Marta, known as “Pele in skirts,” and veteran defender Formiga to its Olympic women’s team Tuesday.

football Updated: Jul 13, 2016 18:23 IST
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Canada's national soccer team captain Christine Sinclair, left, and Brazil's team captain, Marta, pose during a media availability at BMO field.(AP)

Brazil named star playmaker Marta, known as “Pele in skirts,” and veteran defender Formiga to its Olympic women’s team Tuesday.

Marta, 30, is a key figure not just in Brazil but women’s football in general. She was selected five times (2006-2010) as world player of the year.

Formiga, 38, is the only player to have taken part in each women’s tournament since football was made an Olympic sport in 1996.

The team headed by coach Vadao is seeking its first major title following disappointment in the World Cup final in 2007 and at the 2004 and 2008 Olympics.

Brazil will meet China, Sweden and South Africa in the first round.