The Canadian women’s national team is going to get so used to playing Brazil, that they should consider blasting Sepultura during training sessions and cooling down to the sounds of Bebel Gilberto.
The Canadians will face Brazil in Wednesday’s Algarve Cup championship. And, the team will host Brazil for two friendlies — June 4 at Toronto’s BMO Field and June 7 at Ottawa’s TD Place.
For the Canadians, the Brazilians represent a different kind of opponent. At the recent CONCACAF Championships, the Canadians played less-developed soccer nations — at least when it comes to the women’s game — that struggled to keep their shapes. In the group stage of the Algarve Cup, Canada played low-scoring matches against Denmark, Belgium and Iceland — physical sides that play their systems to a tee. Canadian midfielder Diana Matheson said that in Europe, they play the 4-4-2 consistently as they grow up, which makes those sides — even the lesser European women’s soccer nations — very difficult to pick apart.
But the Brazilians aren’t as rigid as the European sides at the Algarve Cup, nor are they as mistake-prone as the CONCACAF minnows. And, being the hosts of this summer’s Olympic tournament, the Brazilians are a target team for the Canadians.
“It’s a tough test for us,” said Canadian women’s team coach John Herdman. “But, certainly, not a team that frightens Canada too much.”
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