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Brazil has appointed Elias as coach of the women’s national team.



Arthur Elias, a three-time Copa Libertadores winner, was chosen the new coach of the Brazilian women’s national football team on Friday, after predecessor Pia Sundhage of Sweden stepped down following a poor World Cup performance.

The 42-year-old Brazilian, who now coaches the women’s squad of Sao Paulo club Corinthians, will lead the “Selecao” at the 2024 Olympics and, if he stays to the conclusion of his contract, the 2027 World Cup.

“This is a dream come true,” Elias said at a news conference at the offices of the Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) in Rio de Janeiro, when his appointment was revealed.

“I’ve been coaching football for 20 years, with 90 percent of that time dedicated to women’s football in Brazil.”

Elias beat out two other candidates interviewed by CBF president Ednaldo Rodrigues: Rosana Augusto of Red Bull Bragantino and Emily Lima of Peruvian women’s national team.

Elias has guided three women’s teams to the South American counterpart of the Champions League in Europe, the Libertadores.

He has won 14 trophies with Corinthians since joining the club in 2016.

After coaching Corinthians until the 2023 Libertadores in Colombia in October, he will begin his new role full-time.

Under Elias, the club is also aiming for their fourth consecutive Brazilian league title.

Sundhage, a two-time Olympic gold medalist with the United States, resigned down on Wednesday after Brazil was eliminated from the 2023 World Cup group stage in Australia and New Zealand.

The “Selecao” had its poorest showing since 1995.

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