- Associated Press - Tuesday, November 1, 2016

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) - Brazil’s women’s national team has its first female coach.

The Brazilian soccer confederation on Tuesday named former player Emily Lima to replace Oswaldo Alvarez.

Lima will debut on Dec. 7 in a tournament in the Amazon city of Manaus when Brazil faces Costa Rica. Brazil will also play Russia and Italy.

As a coach, Lima took her Brazil women’s club Sao Jose to a runner-up finish last month in the Brazilian Cup.

Alvarez led Brazil to a gold medal at the 2015 Pan Am Games, but failed to get a medal at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics. Brazil lost to Sweden on penalties in the semifinals.

Brazil was the runner-up in the 2007 women’s World Cup, and has been led for a decade by five-time player of the year Marta Vieira.


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