Brazil: Let's inspire the next generation

Ellie Brazil highlighted the importance of inspiring young women footballers ahead of today’s FA Women’s Super League match against Birmingham City, and to right the wrongs of their last result at the Amex Stadium.

By James Hilsum • 17 November 2019

By Paul Hazlewood
Ellie Brazil

Brazil is expecting an evenly-contested match against her former club, and is determined to put on a better showing than the 4-0 defeat to Arsenal at the stadium back in April.

She said, “It’s always a great occasion, but we were disappointed that we didn’t give Arsenal more of a game the last time we played here.

“To play against Birmingham this time round will create a better atmosphere, as there’s more at stake for both teams.

“It’s always a privilege to play in a stadium like this, and to have as many fans here as possible. We also want to inspire the next generation of young footballers, and games like these can only help to do that.”

By Paul Hazlewood
Ellie Brazil holds off a challenge.

The 20-year-old spoke in more detail that the threats which Birmingham will pose on the day, and says the Blues' youthful exuberance is something which works in their favour.

“They’ve got a lot of new players and are a bit of an unknown quantity. They’ve had a decent start to the season, with the likes of Rachel Williams up front, who’s always a hard one to handle.

“They also like to bring players up through the ranks and give them a chance in the first team. You see that with Connie Scofield and how well she’s done. It is a team of youngsters, and that’s dangerous because young players are generally fearless.”

The forward says the team will approach the match with confidence following a dramatic Continental League Cup penalty shoot-out win over Arsenal a fortnight ago, and says now is the perfect time to push on.

“That result was massive for us because we had gone so many games without a win, and what made that run particularly frustrating was the fact we were losing to teams which we would’ve hoped to get three points against.

“Getting that penalty shoot-out win against Arsenal can hopefully be a catalyst for us and kick-start our season.”

Tickets are available to purchase from the ticket office at Amex from 11am, with adult entry priced at £6, over-65s/under-18s tickets just £3.

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