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By ESPN Staff

Daniela Bio

Team: San Diego Spirit
Position: Midfielder
Status: Active
WUSA Experience: 0
Previous Team: Portuguesa (Brazil)
Hometown: Sao Paulo, Brazil
Born: January 12, 1984 Sao Paulo, Brazil
Height: 5' 6"

National Team:
She has two FIFA World Championships on her resume, starting for Brazil in the 2000 Olympics and captaining the Brazilian U-19 Team at the 2002 FIFA U-19 World Championship in Canada ... Led Brazil's U-19 team on a somewhat surprising run through the world championship, defeating Mexico, Germany, France and Australia to get to the semifinals, and in fact joined the USA as one of the two teams that did not lose a game in the tournament, falling in penalty kicks in both the semifinal and the 3rd place match ... In the semifinal, Brazil fell victim to a huge crowd, a pumped up Canadian team and some suspect refereeing to lose on penalties ... Brazil lost to Germany on penalties in the 3rd place match ... Scored three goals in that tournament, including the "golden goal" against Australia that put Brazil into the semifinals ... Played midfield for Brazil in the Olympics, where she faced Germany, Sweden and Australia in the first round before falling to the USA in the semifinal ... Would have made Brazil's 1999 Women's World Cup roster, but at 15, was not age-eligible ... She scored seven goals for the Brazilian U-19s and has scored five goals in 13 matches at the senior international level ... Has played for the full national team since 1999, when she was 15 ... Should be one of Brazil's top players at the 2003 Women's World Cup in China. Club: Played four seasons for Portuguesa, one of the top women's clubs in the state of Sao Paulo and all of Brazil, scoring 35 goals during that time ... She helped lead the club to second place in the Sao Paulo championship and first place in the Brazilian championship. Personal:
Full name is Daniela Alves Lima...She turned 19 on January 5 and is the youngest player in the WUSA ... Has one younger brother ... Father is a bus driver in Sao Paulo ... Is learning English.