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Roseli de Belo (born 7 September 1969), commonly known as Roseli, is a Brazilian footballer who played as a forward for the Brazil women's national football team.

Personal information
Full name Roseli de Belo
Date of birth (1969-09-07) 7 September 1969 (age 50)
Place of birth São Paulo, Brazil
Height 1.56 m (5 ft 1 12 in)[1]
Playing position Forward
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
EC Radar
CA Juventus
1995–1997 Takarazuka Bunnys
São Paulo
CR Vasco da Gama
2001 Washington Freedom 11 (0)
2002 Kansas City Mystics
Saad Esporte Clube
National team
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 22:52, 17 April 2013 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 22:52, 17 April 2013 (UTC)

She represented Brazil at the FIFA Women's World Cup in 1991 and 1995; as well as in the inaugural Olympic women's football tournament in 1996. She also played in the 2000 Olympics and was part of Brazil's silver medal winning squad in 2004.

Roseli played professional club football in Japan with Takarazuka Bunnys and in the United States with Washington Freedom.

Club careerEdit

From 1995 until 1997 Roseli played professional football in the Japanese L. League with Takarazuka Bunnys.[2][3]

When the professional Women's United Soccer Association (WUSA) started in 2001, Roseli and compatriot Pretinha were assigned to Washington Freedom in the inaugural draft. Washington performed poorly in their first season and bought out Roseli's contract after she failed to score in 11 appearances, only three of which were starts.[4]

International careerEdit

Roseli was part of the EC Radar club team who represented Brazil at the 1988 FIFA Women's Invitation Tournament in Guangdong and finished in third place.[5] The Chinese press voted her into the tournament's official all–star team.[6]

At the 1991 FIFA Women's World Cup Roseli started Brazil's first ever World Cup match; a 1–0 group stage win over Japan in Foshan.[7] Four years later she scored the only goal as Brazil shocked hosts Sweden 1–0 in the opening match of the 1995 FIFA Women's World Cup.[8]

In December 1997 Roseli scored another game-winning goal, against the United States in her native São Paulo, giving Brazil their first ever victory over their American rivals.[9]

Roseli scored 15 goals in qualifying for the 1999 FIFA Women's World Cup,[10] but a knee injury sustained against the United States in 1998 kept her out of the final tournament. Without Roseli, Brazil reached the semi final but were knocked out by the United States. She returned to the national team for yet another match against the United States in September 1999.[9]

When Brazil named their squad for the 2000 Olympics in Sydney, Roseli was included.[11] She featured as a substitute in Brazil's 1–0 semi final defeat to the United States.[12]

She was named equal third (level with Michael Jackson, behind Pretinha and Sissi) in the International Federation of Football History & Statistics (IFFHS) South America's best Women's Footballer of the Century list.[13]

In October 2006, Roseli travelled with a São Paulo select team to participate in the Peace Queen Cup in South Korea.[14]


  1. ^ "Roseli". Retrieved 18 April 2013.
  2. ^ Jones, Grahame L. (20 September 1998). "U.S. Cup Streak on the Line Against Brazil". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 18 April 2013.
  3. ^ "Roseli". Washington Freedom. Archived from the original on 14 April 2001. Retrieved 18 April 2013.
  4. ^ "WUSA 18-player rosters set". 1 April 2002. Retrieved 18 April 2013.
  5. ^ Fernandes, Andréa Karl. "A história do futebol feminino" (PDF) (in Portuguese). Sindicato dos Treinsdores de Futebol Profissional do Estado do Rio de Janeiro. Archived from the original (PDF) on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 18 April 2013. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  6. ^ Lewis, Tom (13 January 2011). "Women's FIFA Invitational Tournament 1988". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. Retrieved 18 April 2013.
  7. ^ "Japan – Brazil 0:1 (0:1)". FIFA. Retrieved 18 April 2013.
  8. ^ "Can the women succeed like the boys from Brazil?". Deseret News. 6 June 1995. Retrieved 18 April 2013.
  9. ^ a b "Women's World Cup Rematch Could Feature 20 of 22 Starters as U.S. Women Face Brazil on Sept. 26 at Mile High Stadium". U.S. Soccer. 19 September 1999. Archived from the original on 22 May 2013. Retrieved 18 April 2013. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  10. ^ "#Brazil#". 19 June 1999. Retrieved 18 April 2013.
  11. ^ "A esperança de gols" (in Portuguese). Folha de S. Paulo. Retrieved 18 April 2013.
  12. ^ "U.S. women defeat Brazil, advance to soccer final". CNN Sports Illustrated. 25 September 2000. Retrieved 18 April 2013.
  13. ^ "South America's best Women's Footballer of the Century". IFFHS. Archived from the original on 22 February 2012. Retrieved 18 April 2012. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  14. ^ "Silver Spring native hopes to play". The Washington Times. 29 October 2006. Retrieved 18 April 2013.

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