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Six Players to Follow in the Women's Copa América

The Competition, Which Takes Place in Colombia, will Deliver the Quotas to the 2023 World Cup in Australia and New Zealand, the 2023 Pan American Games and the 2024 Paris Olympic Games.

Geyse Ferreira, Leicy Santos and Deyna Castellanos

Photos: IG-geyse_ferreira, IG-leicysantos10, IG-deynacastellanos

LatinAmerican Post | Nicolás Donoso

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Leer en español: Seis futbolistas a seguir en la Copa América Femenina

The ninth edition of the Copa América Femenina is already being played in Colombia, the host country of this edition, and the tournament plans not to leave anyone indifferent. Especially if one considers that this competition will deliver quotas for the next World Cup in Australia and New Zealand 2023, for the Pan American Games in Chile 2023 and for the prestigious Olympic Games in Paris 2024.

As for the World Cup, Conmebol will have three places in this edition, but there could be five if the remaining two countries succeed in the playoff in which ten countries from different continents will participate and where the three winners will join the select classified list. For the Pan American Games there are four places in dispute and for the Olympic Games there will be two places.

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With this new tournament underway, we present six players who will seek to stand out in this event, and who, if they make a great championship, could take their teams to the top of the Copa América. Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Argentina and Venezuela make up this list.

Geyse Ferreira (Brazil)

The forward comes to this tournament after having a tremendous season with Madrid CFF, where she managed to become the top scorer in the Iberdrola League together with the Nigerian Asisat Oshoala, both with 20 conquests. After that achievement and to make up for the losses of Jennifer Hermoso and the Dutch Lieke Martens, Barcelona, one of the best teams in the world, decided to sign her, allowing Geyse to make the big leap of her career. Now, and after becoming the first South American in history to be a scorer in the Spanish league, Geyse will guide Sweden's Pia Sundhage's Brazil to a new Copa América (Brazil has won seven of the eight they have played).

Florence Bonsecond (Argentina)

When talking about Florencia Bon Segundo, it should be noted immediately that she is one of the most important Argentine soccer players of recent years. The current Madrid CFF player was a key player for Argentina in the last World Cup in France 2019, when the Argentine held an important World Cup, and despite not winning any games, they managed to draw against Japan (0-0) and Scotland (3 -3) and narrowly lost to England (1-0). Bon Segundo converted the goal of the final equalizer against Scotland from the penalty spot, and now, the 28-year-old midfielder who can also play on the left wing will try to show that she is still more than valid and will want to classify Argentina to a new World Cup and, why not, to the Olympic Games.

Christiane Endler (Chile)

The Chilean goalkeeper needs no introduction, she is one of the most important ambassadors that South American soccer has in the world today. She has played in England, Spain and France and is currently part of Olympique de Lyon, the current champion of the Champions League, and one of the most important teams in women's soccer. At 30 years old, Endler is in a moment of extraordinary form, showing herself to be a solid goalkeeper, with extraordinary saves and a leadership capacity that gives confidence to a team that requires her to be at the highest level in order to aspire to great things. Repeating qualification for the World Cup and the Olympic Games would be new achievements for an impeccable career that should serve as an example to future generations.

Leicy Santos (Colombia)

Since Colombian soccer had a professional league in 2017, the team has benefited and, after missing the last World Cup and also hosting the current edition of Copa América, the goal is to transcend and finish in the first two places. To do this, in addition to the iconic Catalina Usme, Leicy Santos wants to leave her own mark on this tournament. Leicy, current Atlético de Madrid player, is the most valued Colombian soccer player in the market and with her creativity, associative capacity and last pass, she is called to be one of the most outstanding athletes in this tournament. Colombia depends a lot on technical quality to aspire to stay with one of the first places.

Luana Bertolucci Paixao (Brazil)

With 27 participations in the senior Brazilian team, the current defensive midfielder for Corinthians and former PSG player has been a starter in the recent friendlies that the Brazilians have played and her role in the Copa América should be starring. With a great shot from long distance, a well-worked dribble, good positioning and ample ability to recover balls, Bertolucci represents the perfect balance and the necessary stability for a team that in South America is known to be superior and that therefore risks too much, which is why their presence is essential to avoid mishaps.

Deyna Castellanos (Venezuela)

Venezuela wants to qualify for its first women's world championship and that could become a reality with the former Atlético de Madrid attacker and current Manchester City player, Deyna Castellanos. At the age of 23, Castellanos already managed to score five goals in the last Copa América and currently contributes many things to a team that is growing. She is intelligent to play into space or with her back to the goal, she can also leave her teammates in an advantage situation with a pass and with her movements without the ball she manages to drag marks. With these qualities and its goalscoring ability, Venezuela allows itself to dream on Colombian soil.