SAO PAULO -- Five-time FIFA player of the year Marta
will try to lead Brazil's women's soccer team to its first major
title in London.
Marta on Wednesday was included on the preliminary list of 25
players who will try to give Brazil the gold at the Olympics.
Coach Jorge Barcellos also picked striker Cristiane for the squad, which
will be reduced to 18 players before the Games.
Despite having a talented squad the past few years, Brazil is yet to
win a major title in women's soccer. It finished with silver at
the 2004 and 2008 Olympics, both times losing to the United States.
It was runner-up to Germany at the 2007 World Cup, and lost to the United States in the quarterfinals of the 2011 World Cup.
Brazil will play host Britain, New Zealand and Cameroon in Group A of the tournament in London.