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Rosana dos Santos Augusto (born 7 July 1982), commonly known as Rosana, is a Brazilian former football left back or left winger who last played for Santos. She played professionally for teams in Brazil, Austria, France, Norway and the United States. Since making her debut for the Brazil women's national football team in June 2000, she won over a century of caps. She has participated in four FIFA Women's World Cups and four editions of the Olympic Games.

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Personal information
Full name Rosana dos Santos Augusto[1]
Date of birth (1982-07-07) 7 July 1982 (age 37)
Place of birth São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil
Height 171 cm (5 ft 7 12 in)[2]
Playing position Left back, Left winger
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1997–2000 São Paulo
2001 Corinthians
2002–2004 Internacional
2004–2008 SV Neulengbach
2009–2010 Sky Blue 41 (8)
2011 Centro Olímpico
2011–2012 Lyon 24 (6)
2013–2014 Avaldsnes 31 (7)
2014 São José
2015 Houston Dash 0 (0)
2015 Avaldsnes 14 (2)
2016 Paris Saint-Germain 4 (3)
2016 São José
2017 North Carolina Courage 4 (0)
2018 Santos
National team
2000–2017 Brazil 112[3] (21)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 16:00, 25 April 2019 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 16:00, 25 April 2019 (UTC)


Club careerEdit

Rosana played for several years in Brazil before moving to Austria in 2004. There she played as a left winger for SV Neulengbach. In 2005–06 she was the ÖFB-Frauenliga's top goal scorer, with 26 goals.

Rosana with OL

At the 2008 WPS International Draft Rosana was selected by Sky Blue FC of Women's Professional Soccer (WPS). In her first season she scored five goals from a central playmaking role.[4] Teammate Yael Averbuch questioned Rosana's defensive capabilities: "for some reason, whenever we meet about defending, the usually quite fluent Rosana no longer speaks or understands English!"[5]

She signed with French UEFA Women's Champions League title holders Olympique Lyon in September 2011.[6] From February 2011 until September she had been back in Brazilian football, playing for Centro Olímpico.[7]

In summer 2013 Rosana joined ambitious Norwegian club Avaldsnes. She recommended that the club's owners also sign her compatriot, Debinha, at the same time.[8] In one-and-a-half seasons in Norway, Rosana became a key player and captain of the team.[9]

Rosana played for São José in the 2014 International Women's Club Championship. She scored in the Brazilian club's 2–0 final win over English wild card entrant Arsenal Ladies. She agreed a return to the United States, with National Women's Soccer League (NWSL) team Houston Dash, in December 2014.[10]

Before Rosana could play for Houston she was included in an 18-month residency programme intended to prepare Brazil's national team for the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup in Canada and the 2016 Rio Olympics.[11] She finished the 2015 season back in Norway with Avaldsnes, and scored in the Norwegian Women's Cup final, which Avaldsnes lost 3–2 to LSK Kvinner FK.[12] In January 2016 Rosana joined French club Paris Saint-Germain.[13] She returned to Brazilian football with São José in August 2016.[14]

The North Carolina Courage signed Rosana on 10 January 2017, after acquiring her rights in a deal brokered by the Courage's prior organization, the Western New York Flash. She appeared in 4 matches before being waived on 21 June 2017, due to a lack of playing time with the Courage and opportunities to play elsewhere.[15][16] After spending the 2018 season with Santos, Rosana announced her retirement from football.[17]

International careerEdit

In June 2000 Rosana made her international debut in Brazil's 8–0 CONCACAF Women's Gold Cup win over Costa Rica at Hersheypark Stadium, Hershey, Pennsylvania.[18] As an 18-year-old she played at the 2000 Sydney Olympics, where Brazil finished fourth after losing 2–0 to Germany in the bronze medal match at Sydney Football Stadium.[19]

At the 2003 South American Women's Football Championship, Rosana scored Brazil's third goal in a 3–2 win over Argentina which ensured qualification for that year's FIFA Women's World Cup. At the final tournament in the United States she performed well and scored as Brazil upset Olympic champions Norway 4–1. Sweden defeated Brazil 2–1 in the quarter-final.

Rosana was a member of the national team that won the silver medal at both the 2004 and 2008 Olympic Football Tournaments. She was a substitute in the 2007 FIFA Women's World Cup Final, which Brazil lost 2–0 to Germany. At the tournament Rosana and teammates Marta, Cristiane and Daniela were nicknamed "the fantastic four".[20]

In Brazil's victorious 2007 Pan American Games campaign, Rosana twice scored from free kicks, against both Canada and Mexico. This led to comparisons with contemporary male footballer Ronaldinho.[20]

At the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup Rosana scored Brazil's goal in a 1–0 win over Australia and the second in a 3–0 win over dispirited Norway. Brazil then lost a controversial quarter-final on penalties to the United States after a 2–2 draw. Rosana had been substituted out for Francielle with five minutes of normal time remaining.

In an interview with ahead of the 2012 London Olympics, Rosana still regretted the manner of Brazil's World Cup defeat the previous year.[21] At the Olympics, Rosana and Brazil lost their final group E game 1–0 to hosts Great Britain before a record crowd of 70,584 at Wembley Stadium. That meant a quarter-final against World Cup holders Japan, who eliminated Brazil by winning 2–0 at Cardiff's Millennium Stadium.

At the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup in Canada, Rosana appeared in one of Brazil's four matches, starting the 1–0 final group game win over Costa Rica. In October 2017 Rosana 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.[22]

International goalsEdit

Key (expand for notes on “international goals” and sorting)
Location Geographic location of the venue where the competition occurred
Sorted by country name first, then by city name
Lineup Start – played entire match
on minute (off player) – substituted on at the minute indicated, and player was substituted off at the same time

off minute (on player) – substituted off at the minute indicated, and player was substituted on at the same time
(c) – captain
Sorted by minutes played

# NumberOfGoals.goalNumber scored by the player in the match (alternate notation to Goal in match)
Min The minute in the match the goal was scored. For list that include caps, blank indicates played in the match but did not score a goal.
Assist/pass The ball was passed by the player, which assisted in scoring the goal. This column depends on the availability and source of this information.
penalty or pk Goal scored on penalty-kick which was awarded due to foul by opponent. (Goals scored in penalty-shoot-out, at the end of a tied match after extra-time, are not included.)
Score The match score after the goal was scored.
Sorted by goal difference, then by goal scored by the player's team
Result The final score.

Sorted by goal difference in the match, then by goal difference in penalty-shoot-out if it is taken, followed by goal scored by the player's team in the match, then by goal scored in the penalty-shoot-out. For matches with identical final scores, match ending in extra-time without penalty-shoot-out is a tougher match, therefore precede matches that ended in regulation

aet The score at the end of extra-time; the match was tied at the end of 90' regulation
pso Penalty-shoot-out score shown in parenthesis; the match was tied at the end of extra-time
Light-purple background colorexhibition or closed door international friendly match
Light-yellow background color – match at an invitational tournament
Light-orange background color – Olympic women's football qualification match
Light-blue background color – FIFA women's world cup qualification match
Orange background color – Olympic women's football tournament
Blue background color – FIFA women's world cup final tournament

NOTE: some keys may not apply for a particular football player

Location Opponent # Score Result Competition
goal 1 2001-08-07 Suwon, South Korea   Japan 1.1

5250.02005 1–0

5450.04005 1–1

Four Nations Cup
goal 2 2003-04-23 Lima, Peru   Argentina 1.1

5250.02005 3–1

5450.04005 3–2

Copa America 2003
goal 3 2003-09-23 Washington, United States   Norway 1.1

5250.02005 2–1

5450.04005 4–1

2003 FIFA Women's World Cup
goal 4 2007-07-12 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil   Uruguay 1.1

5250.02005 3–0

5450.04005 4–0

2007 Pan American Games
goal 5 2007-07-20 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil   Canada 1.1

5250.02005 2–0

5450.04005 7–0

2007 Pan American Games
goal 6 2007-07-23 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil   Mexico 2.1

5250.02005 1–0

5550.05005 2–0

2007 Pan American Games
goal 7 2.2

5350.03005 2–0

goal 8 2008-04-19 Beijing, China   Ghana 1.1

5250.02005 5–0

5550.05005 5–1

Inter-continental play-off
goal 9 2010-10-24 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil   Haiti 1.1

5250.02005 7–0

5550.05005 7–0

Friendly match
goal 10 2010-11-17 Latacunga, Ecuador   Argentina 1.1

5250.02005 2–0

5550.05005 4–0

Copa America 2010
goal 11 2011-05-14 Maceio, Brazil   Chile 1.1

5250.02005 3–0

5550.05005 3–0

Friendly match
goal 12 2011-06-29 Mönchengladbach, Germany   Australia 1.1

5250.02005 1–0

5550.05005 1–0

2011 FIFA Women's World Cup
goal 13 2011-07-03 Wolfsburg, Germany   Norway 1.1

5250.02005 2–0

5550.05005 3–0

2011 FIFA Women's World Cup
goal 14 2011-12-14 São Paulo, Brazil   Chile 1.1

5250.02005 2–0

5550.05005 4–0

Torneio Internacional 2011
goal 15 2011-12-14 Chatel-St-Denis, Switzerland   Colombia 1.1

5250.02005 1–0

5550.05005 2–1

Matchworld Women's Cup 2012
goal 16 2012-12-13 São Paulo, Brazil   Mexico 1.1

5250.02005 1–0

5550.05005 1–2

Torneio Internacional 2012
goal 17 2013-11-10 Orlando, United States   United States 1.1

5250.02005 1–2

5550.05005 1–4

Friendly match

Personal lifeEdit

Rosana was both Minas Gerais state and national champion in kung fu.[23]


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