Francielle Manoel Alberto (born 18 October 1989), commonly known as Francielle or Fran, is a Brazilian footballer who plays as a midfielder for the Brazil women's national football team. At club level she most recently played for Norwegian Toppserien club Avaldsnes IL. She previously played for Corinthians, São José and Santos in Brazil, as well as for Saint Louis Athletica and Sky Blue FC of Women's Professional Soccer (WPS).[3][4]

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Personal information
Full name Francielle Manoel Alberto[1]
Date of birth (1989-10-18) 18 October 1989 (age 32)
Place of birth São Paulo, Brazil
Height 160 cm (5 ft 3 in)[1]
Position(s) Midfielder / Forward
Youth career
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2006–2008 Santos
2009 Saint Louis Athletica 6 (0)
2009 Sky Blue FC 4 (1)
2009–2010 Santos
2011–2014 São José
2015 Boston Breakers 0 (0)
2015 Stjarnan[2] 7 (6)
2016 Corinthians Audax 9 (1)
2017–2018 Avaldsnes IL 30 (5)
National team
Brazil U-20
Brazil U-23
2006–2017 Brazil 24 (2)
*Club domestic league appearances and goals, correct as of 12:30, 25 April 2019 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals, correct as of 12:30, 25 April 2019 (UTC)

Playing careerEdit


United StatesEdit

Francielle was on the opening day roster for St. Louis Athletica in the inaugural season of the WPS in 2009, and played in six matches for them.

On 26 June 2009, St. Louis Athletica traded Francielle and Kerri Hanks to Sky Blue FC for Sarah Walsh. She scored the game-winning goal in the first round of the WPS playoffs at the Washington Freedom. Sky Blue later defeated Francielle's former team, the Athletica, and the Los Angeles Sol to win the 2009 WPS title.[4]


Francielle won the 2009 Copa Libertadores Femenina with Santos.

In 2013 Francielle and São José won the Copa Libertadores. In 2013 and 2014 she and her team also won league and cup titles.[4]

Boston BreakersEdit

10 November 2014 the Boston Breakers signed Francielle for the 2015 NWSL season.[4] Ultimately she never joined the Breakers as she was instead called into Brazil's residency camp for the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup.[5]


In summer 2015 Francielle and compatriot Poliana agreed to play for Icelandic Úrvalsdeild club Stjarnan in their UEFA Women's Champions League campaign.[6]


After spending 2016 back in Brazil with Corinthians Audax, Francielle joined a Brazilian contingent at Avaldsnes IL. She helped the team win the 2017 Norwegian Women's Cup, before departing during the 2018 Toppserien season.[7]


In November 2006 Francielle made her senior international debut in Brazil's 2–0 South American Women's Football Championship win over Peru at Estadio José María Minella, Mar del Plata.[8]

Francielle appeared in all four of Brazil's matches at the 2011 Women's World Cup, and converted a penalty kick in the overtime shootout of the quarterfinal match versus the United States. In the 2008 Beijing Olympics, Francielle appeared in five of Brazil's six matches, winning a silver medal.[9] Francielle's first goal in a major international tournament came at the 2012 London Olympics versus Cameroon, where she played in all four of Brazil's matches.[9]

In October 2017 Francielle was one of five Brazil players to quit international football, disgruntled at pay and conditions, and the Brazilian Football Confederation's sacking of head coach Emily Lima.[10][11]

International goalsEdit

International goals
# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 5 April 2012 Home's Stadium Kobe, Kobe, Japan   Japan
2012 Women's Kirin Challenge Cup
2. 25 July 2012 Millennium Stadium, Cardiff, United Kingdom   Cameroon
2012 Summer Olympics
3. 9 April 2017 Arena da Amazônia, Manaus, Brazil   Bolivia
Friendly match

Personal lifeEdit

Francielle is married to Andressa Alves.[12]


  1. ^ a b "Women's Olympic Football Tournament London 2012 – List of Players Brazil" (PDF). FIFA. 24 July 2012. p. 1. Archived from the original (PDF) on 4 August 2012. Retrieved 6 December 2015.
  2. ^ "Francielle Manoel Alberto" (in Icelandic). Football Association of Iceland. Archived from the original on 18 July 2018. Retrieved 6 December 2015.
  3. ^ "Peixe apresenta novas Sereias: 'Será ótimo jogar ao lado da Marta', diz Cris". Rede Globo (in Portuguese). 3 September 2009. Retrieved 30 September 2009.
  4. ^ a b c d "Breakers sign Brazilian midfielder Francielle". The Equalizer. 10 November 2014. Retrieved 18 November 2014.[dead link]
  5. ^ "Breakers replace Brazilians with Brazilians". The Equalizer. 12 February 2015. Retrieved 29 June 2015.
  6. ^ Einarsson, Alexander Freyr (29 July 2015). "Stjarnan fær landsliðskonu sem var á HM (Staðfest)" (in Icelandic). Fó Retrieved 23 August 2015.
  7. ^ Olsen, Kent (23 July 2018). "Francielle legger opp" (in Norwegian). Hnytt. Archived from the original on 25 April 2019. Retrieved 25 April 2019.
  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 7 July 2015.
  9. ^ a b "Francielle Bio, Stats, and Results". Olympics at Archived from the original on 17 April 2020. Retrieved 12 October 2018.
  10. ^ "Soccer: Cristiane among players to quit Brazilian National Team". Excelle Sports. 28 September 2017. Archived from the original on 30 October 2017. Retrieved 29 October 2017.
  11. ^ Panja, Tariq (6 October 2017). "Brazil's Women Soccer Players in Revolt Against Federation". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 29 October 2017.
  12. ^ "Andressa Alves, atacante da Seleção Brasileira, se casa com a medalhista olímpica Fran!" (in Portuguese). 10 July 2020.

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