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1. Brazil's national team will have been in training for 40 days before heading to the SheBelieves Cup against the USA, England and Japan Feb. 27-March 5. It left the Brazilian federation's national training center in Teresopolis last week for a two-week camp in Itu, in the state of Sao Paulo. Three NWSL players are in Coach Vadao's 23-player squad training in Itu: Poliana and Monica (Orlando) and Debinha (North Carolina). Its European-based players were only available for training during the January window.

2. Swedish coach Peter Gerhardsson will have close to a full squad for the Algarve Cup in Portugal. The most notable absence on the 24-player roster for matches against Switzerland and Portugal, as well as a placement game, is Bayern Munich striker Fridolina Rolfo, who's injured. Back after missing the trip to South Africa in January is 34-year-old Wolfsburg defender Nilla Fischer (165 caps). The Algarve Cup has been reduced from four games to three in give teams more time between games. Sweden will then host Germany on April 6 in Stockholm. Already 23,000 tickets have been sold, assuring that the game will set a Swedish women's soccer attendance record.

3. TF1, France's largest television channel, will air 25 games during the Women's World Cup, while its sister channel will air 18-21 games. It will have Gregoire Margotton and 1998 World Cup champion Bixente Lizarazu, its No. 1 soccer broadcast team, do all matches involving the French national team, and its long-running Sunday soccer show, Telefoot, will be dedicated to the Women's World Cup during the tournament. L'Equipe reported that TF1 is charging 125,000 euros ($141,000) for a 30-second spot for the final if France qualifies. If the Bleues are out? The price will fall to 16,000 euros ($18,000). Cable channel Canal+, which is airing French women's league matches in prime time for the first time this season, will carry all 52 games.
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