Brazil’s 41-year-old midfielder Miraildes Maciel Mota commonly known as Formiga is set to become the first player, male or female, to participate at seven World Cups after she was named in their squad on Thursday for the women’s tournament in France.
The Paris Saint Germain midfielder currently shares the record of participating in six World cups with Japan’s Homare Sawa. If Formiga plays in France, she will also become the oldest to appear in a Women’s World Cup. The “journey Woman” has played for 14 clubs, in a long career which began in 1993 and made 24 World Cup appearances scoring 2 goals.
Brazil’s coach Vadao said one of his priorities after taking charge of the team in 2017 was to convince Formiga to play the Copa America, which served as a qualifying tournament. Formiga is joined in Brazil’s squad by Marta, the six times world player of the year and women’s World Cup top scorer with 15 goals.
In the men’s tournament, three players have played at five world cups- Mexico’s Raphael Marquez and Antonio Carbajal and Germany’s Lothar Matthaeus.
Copa America Champions Brazil have been drawn in Group C along with Jamaica, Italy and Australia. Despite appearing in all seven World Cup tournaments, the South Americans have yet to lift the trophy. Their best performance was in 2007 in China where they finished as runners up to Germany and coincidentally Fomiga scored her first World Cup goal in the quarter final of that tournament.
Brazil sits 10th in the world ranking, their lowest position since the ranking system began.
Nji Nelson Chefor