Marta and Formiga to lead Brazil women's football team at Tokyo Olympics

Marta, 35 and Formiga, 43, have been named in Brazil's women's football team for the Tokyo Olympics in what is expected to be their international swansong.

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Marta won an Olympic silver medal with the Brazil women's football team in 2008.   -  AP

Marta and Formiga will lead Brazil's women's football team at the Tokyo Olympics in what is expected to be their international swansong.

The 35-year old Marta has a silver medal from 2008, and 43-year-old Formiga has silver medals from 2004 and 2008. This will be Formiga's seventh Olympics. The Brazil team finished fourth in Rio de Janeiro in 2016.

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The most notable absence in coach Pia Sundhage's 18-woman list on Friday was 36-year-old striker Cristiane, who has played all major tournaments for Brazil since the 2003 Women's World Cup. She has 14 goals in the Olympic Games, more than any other man or woman.

Sundhage also picked four players as potential replacements: Goalkeeper Aline Reis (Granadilla Tenerife), defender Letcia Santos (Eintracht Frankfurt), midfielder Andressa Alves (Roma) and striker Giovana Queiroz (Barcelona).

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Brazil women's football squad for Tokyo Olympics:

Goalkeepers: Barbara (Avai), Leticia Izidoro (Benfica)

Defenders: Poliana, Erika, Tamires (Corinthians), Bruna Benites (Internacional), Rafaelle (Palmeiras), Jucinara (Levante)

Midfielders: Formiga, Duda (Sao Paulo), Julia Bianchi (Palmeiras), Marta (Orlando Pride), Debinha (North Carolina Courage), Andressinha, Adriana (Corinthians)

Forwards: Ludmila (Atletico Madrid), Bia Zaneratto (Palmeiras), Geyse (Madrid CFF).

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