Brazil made a statement despite losing the Finalissima to England.

Brazilian Women’s Soccer: From Wembley to the World Cup

In 2012, Wembley Stadium witnessed history as the London Olympics hosted a women’s football game between Great Britain and Brazil with a record attendance of over 70,000. At the time, Brazil was considered one of the best teams globally. However, the defeat in that match followed by quarterfinal elimination marked the end of an era for Brazilian women’s soccer.

Since then, Brazil has been struggling to achieve significant victories while dominating South America. But now the country is making progress with the growing investment, quality, and visibility of their domestic league, along with the leadership of their current coach.

Recently, Brazil played against England at Wembley, where they were the underdogs. Initially, Brazil played defensively, but with halftime adjustments, they became more aggressive, pressuring England into making mistakes. Although Brazil lost the title on penalties, the match proved that they could go out and seek to impose their game on any team.

With the upcoming World Cup, Brazilian women’s soccer has the potential to regain the confidence that they lost in 2012. The Finalissima at Wembley might just be the beginning of their resurgence in the global stage.

Brazil lost to England on penalties in the inaugural Finalissima at Wembley
Brazil lost to England on penalties in Thursday’s inaugural Finalissima at Wembley. James Gill – Danehouse/Getty Images

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