Monday, November 29, 2021

Brazilian legend Formiga will retire from international football

SAO PAULO (NWN) — After making seven World Cup appearances, 43-year-old midfielder Formiga is set to play his farewell match for Brazil this month.

Formiga’s final match for the national team will be against India in Manaus on November 25, the Brazilian Football Confederation said on Tuesday.

“The great Formiga women’s national team will say goodbye,” the Confederation said on Instagram. “This is a historic moment for a life dedicated to the yellow shirt and football. We love you.”

Brazil will host an international tournament against India, Venezuela and Chile in the city against the Amazon, but Formiga is set to play in the first of those encounters.

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So Paulo FC midfielder, nicknamed Mirildes Maciel Mota, before he was nicknamed “ant” in Portuguese, had already said that the Tokyo Olympics would be his last major competition with the national team.

Formiga has played 233 matches for Brazil, including the first match for women’s football at every Olympics since Atlanta in 1996. He won silver medals at the 2004 and 2008 Games in Athens and Beijing respectively.

His most recent World Cup appearance was in France in 2019.

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