Luciana Maria Dionizio

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Luciana Maria Dionizio
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Luciana at the 2015 Algarve Cup
Personal information
Full name Luciana Maria Dionizio
Date of birth (1987-07-24) 24 July 1987 (age 31)
Place of birth Belo Horizonte,
Minas Gerais, Brazil
Height 173 cm (5 ft 8 in)[1]
Playing position Goalkeeper
Club information
Current team
Number 1[2]
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
Atlético Mineiro
2007–2012 Francana
2013– Ferroviária
National team
2013– Brazil 37 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 17:27, 23 June 2015 (UTC)

Luciana Maria Dionizio[1] (born 24 July 1987), commonly known as Luciana, is a Brazilian footballer who plays as a goalkeeper for Ferroviária and the Brazilian national team. She participated at the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup.

Early life[edit]

Luciana was born in Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, Brazil.[3] She began playing football as a child with her brothers, but became a goalkeeper because she did not enjoy running. She admired the calmness and serenity displayed by her football role model, male Brazilian goalkeeper Dida.[4]

Club career[edit]

In the early part of her career Luciana had spells with Corinthians and Atlético Mineiro.[5] She played for Francana from 2007 until 2012, then joined local rivals Ferroviária ahead of the 2013 season.[6] In April 2014, Luciana saved three penalties in Ferroviária's shootout win over São José in the 2014 Copa do Brasil final.[7]

International career[edit]

At the 2006 FIFA U-20 Women's World Championship, Atlético Mineiro player Luciana was part of the Brazilian squad which finished third.[8] After appearing in the senior Brazil squad in 2009, Luciana was not selected again until May 2013 when good form with her club led to a recall for a friendly in Sweden.[9]

She made her senior international debut in December 2013, starting Brazil's 2–0 win over Chile at the 2013 Torneio Internacional de Brasília de Futebol Feminino. After getting a second chance in the national team, Luciana was keen to become the number one goalkeeper ahead of experienced rivals Bárbara and Andréia Suntaque.[10]

At the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup, Luciana kept clean sheets in all three matches as Brazil qualified from their group without conceding a goal. In the second round match against Australia, Luciana took responsibility for Brazil's defeat when she spilled a shot to Kyah Simon, who scored Australia's winning goal.[11]

Luciana remained in Canada as part of the Brazilian selection for the 2015 Pan American Games in Toronto.


  1. ^ a b "List of Players - Brazil" (PDF). FIFA. 8 June 2015. p. 2. Retrieved 14 June 2015. 
  2. ^ "Confederação Brasileira de Futebol súmula on-line - CBF, jogo 61" (PDF) (in Portuguese). Brazilian Football Confederation. 30 March 2014. Retrieved 14 June 2015. 
  3. ^ "Futebol" (in Portuguese). Brazilian Olympic Committee. Retrieved 22 June 2015. 
  4. ^ Barlem, Cíntia (11 June 2015). "#Lucianarules: inspiração em Dida e opção peculiar pela posição de goleira" (in Portuguese). Rede Globo. Retrieved 7 July 2015. 
  5. ^ "Ferroviária/Fundesport tem mais duas goleiras para a temporada 2013" (in Portuguese). Guerreiras Grenás. 27 February 2013. Retrieved 7 July 2015. 
  6. ^ "Novas afeanas, ex-Francanas, enfrentarão o antigo time pela primeira vez neste domingo" (in Portuguese). Guerreiras Grenás. 24 April 2013. Retrieved 7 July 2015. 
  7. ^ "Heroína do título da AFE, goleira Luciana desabafa: "Título para todos"" (in Portuguese). Rede Globo. 15 April 2014. Retrieved 7 July 2015. 
  8. ^ Leme de Arruda, Marcelo; do Nascimento Pereira, André (28 August 2014). "SELEÇÃO BRASILEIRA SUB-20 FEMININA (WOMENS' U-20 BRAZILIAN NATIONAL TEAM) 2002-2014". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. Archived from the original on 10 July 2015. Retrieved 14 June 2015. 
  9. ^ "Ferroviária/Fundesport tem mais três atletas convocadas para a Seleção Brasileira" (in Portuguese). Guerreiras Grenás. 17 May 2013. Retrieved 7 July 2015. 
  10. ^ "Goleira brasileira exalta chance para se afirmar na Seleção" (in Portuguese). Gazeta Esportiva. 14 December 2014. Retrieved 7 July 2015. 
  11. ^ Barlem, Cíntia (22 June 2015). "Luciana assume responsabilidade por gol: "Foi triste de ver aquela cena"" (in Portuguese). Moncton: Rede Globo. Retrieved 7 July 2015. 

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