Izabella Chiappini, one of South America’s most talented superstars, has rejoined the Brazilian national team after a four-year hiatus.
The 27-year-old attacker had previously swapped allegiances in 2019 to represent Italy, where she made half a century of appearances for the Setterosa.
An Olympian at Rio in 2016, Chiappini’s impressive career includes stints with SIS Roma in Italy and the Arizona Sun Devils in the US. The São Paulo sharp-shooter is currently playing for Esporte Clube Pinheiros and was the top goal-scorer in the recently concluded Brazilian championship, despite her team’s loss to ABDA.
The news of Chiappini’s return is a welcome development for Frank Diaz and the Brazilian national team, who are gearing up for the Pan Am Cup next week. The tournament will see Brazil facing off against Canada, Argentina, and Peru, with the top team in Bauru securing a place at the World Championships in Fukuoka.