Three-time Olympic gold medalist José Roberto Guimarães released Brazil’s female national team first 10-Player roster for the upcoming international season. As fans will notice, a lot of big names are absent for the list because they are currently battling it out in Superliga’s finals. They will join the team after a brief rest.
The fourth best ranked FIVB squad will start the spring’s training season with the following players (Globo.com):
Fabiola is expected to be Brazil’s starting setter this year, as Dani Lins is currently recovering from pregnancy. Macris has always performed greatly in Superliga, but for some reason or another, always misses the cut for Brazil’s major championships.
Tandara is one of the world’s best opposites, so it’s a no brainer that she will start for Brazil. Her sub will probably be either Tifanny Abreu, if she is cleared by the FIVB, Sheilla Castro, if she returns from her sabbatical year, or Monique Pavão.
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Thaisa is coming back from a gruesome injury, so only time will tell how well she’ll be able to perform this season. Adenízia should start along her, with the remaining options making up a very powerful second unit.
One of the most criticized Brazilian players of recent memory, Rosamaria lacks attacking power and regularity to start for Brazil. She will serve as a helping hand until the starters come out to play.
Considering that Fabiana Alvim is retired from the national team and that Camila Brait is recovering from a pregnancy, Leia is indeed the best option at the libero spot.
Brazil has won the last 2 FIVB World Grand Prix, now called FIVB Nations League, to start in May. But needles to say, the team’s goal is this year’s FIVB WCH, the only title missing in Brazil’s very successful volleyball history. They’ve won silver in 1996, 2006, and 2010.