Roseli de Belo
|Full name||Roseli de Belo|
|Date of birth||7 September 1969|
|Place of birth||São Paulo, Brazil|
|Height||1.56 m (5 ft 1 1⁄2 in)|
|CR Vasco da Gama|
|2002||Kansas City Mystics|
|Saad Esporte Clube|
* 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.
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.
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. The Chinese press voted her into the tournament's official all–star team.
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. 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.
Roseli scored 15 goals in qualifying for the 1999 FIFA Women's World Cup, 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.
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.
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