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Bárbara (footballer)

Bárbara Micheline do Monte Barbosa (born 4 July 1988), commonly known as Bárbara, is a Brazilian footballer who plays as a goalkeeper for Kindermann and the Brazil women's national football team. Bárbara has played for clubs in Italy, Sweden and Germany as well as in her native Brazil. Since making her national team debut in 2007, she has won over 30 caps for Brazil. She has been part of her country's squad at four editions of the FIFA Women's World Cup and at two Olympic football tournaments.

Bárbara Micheline - Brasil e Suécia no Maracanã (28746916480).jpg
Bárbara at Olympic semi-finals in Rio 2016
Personal information
Full name Bárbara Micheline do Monte Barbosa
Date of birth (1988-07-04) July 4, 1988 (age 31)
Place of birth Recife, Brazil[1]
Height 171 cm (5 ft 7 in)[2]
Playing position Goalkeeper
Club information
Current team
Number 1[3]
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
Sport Club do Recife
2008 Santa Cruz
2008 Napoli
2009–2010 Sunnanå 36 (0)
2011 Sport Club do Recife
2011–2012 Foz Cataratas
2013 São Caetano
2014 BV Cloppenburg 4 (0)
2014– Kindermann
National team
2007– Brazil 41 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 18:06, 23 June 2015 (UTC)

Club careerEdit

In autumn 2008 Bárbara joined Italian club Napoli.[4] She moved to Swedish Damallsvenskan team Sunnanå SK in early 2009 and remained for two seasons, until the club was relegated at the end of the 2010 campaign. She rejected offers from other Swedish teams to return to the women's section of Sport Club do Recife, where her career began.[5] Bárbara played four league matches for Frauen-Bundesliga club BV Cloppenburg in the 2013–14 season.[6]

International careerEdit

At the 2006 FIFA U-20 Women's World Championship, reported that Bárbara's goalkeeping was a "key factor" in the Brazilian team which finished third.[7] In September 2007 Bárbara made her senior international debut in Brazil's 2–1 friendly defeat by Japan at Fukuda Denshi Arena, Chiba.[8] She was called into Brazil's squad for the 2007 Pan American Games, where she understudied veteran Andréia Suntaque.[9]

Bárbara was Brazil's first choice goalkeeper at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. She won a silver medal when Brazil lost the final 1–0 after extra time to the United States. After the final Bárbara gave an insight into Brazilian women's football's lack of development when she revealed she had not been paid by her club for six months.[10]

Bárbara was part of the Brazilian World Cup squads in 2011, 2015 and 2019.

Personal lifeEdit

Bárbara is openly lesbian, having a relationship with her partner Lidiane.[11]


  1. ^ "Bárbara". Sports Reference. Retrieved 18 July 2015.
  2. ^ "List of Players - Brazil" (PDF). FIFA. 8 June 2015. p. 2. Retrieved 20 June 2015.
  3. ^ "Confederação Brasileira de Futebol súmula on-line - CBF, jogo 65" (PDF) (in Portuguese). Brazilian Football Confederation. 29 October 2014. Retrieved 20 December 2014.
  4. ^ "Mercato, il Carpisa prende in Brasile il portiere Barbara" (in Italian). la Repubblica. 11 October 2008. Retrieved 18 July 2015.
  5. ^ "Bárbara negocia volta ao Sport" (in Portuguese). 8 February 2011. Retrieved 18 July 2015.
  6. ^ "Barbara Do Monte". (in German). Retrieved 18 July 2015.
  7. ^ "Asian celebration at Russia 2006". FIFA. Archived from the original on 18 June 2014. Retrieved 17 January 2014.
  8. ^ Leme de Arruda, Marcelo (9 December 2012). "Seleção Brasileira Feminina (Brazilian National Womens´ Team) 2006-2007" (in Portuguese). Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. Retrieved 18 July 2015.
  9. ^ "Bárbara" (in Portuguese). Universo Online. Retrieved 18 July 2015.
  10. ^ "Difficult future for Brazil after defeat". FIFA. 22 August 2008. Retrieved 18 July 2015.
  11. ^ "Mês do orgulho LGBTQ+: Conheça os casais da Copa do Mundo de Futebol Feminino" (in Portuguese). MSN. 21 June 2019. Retrieved 12 September 2019.

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