As Barça Femení announced the signing of 17-year-old right winger Giovana Queiroz on Friday, we analyse her trajectory and playing style.
This summer has been pretty quiet so far on the transfer front for FC Barcelona Femení. After most of the club’s transfer targets ended up signing for teams elsewhere, it was unclear whether or not Barça Femení were going to sign any players this summer.
But all speculation was put to rest when the club announced the arrival of forward Giovana Queiroz on Friday 17 July after reaching an agreement with Madrid CFF. Giovana had a contract with Madrid CFF until 2022, and Barcelona paid an undisclosed transfer fee for her services. The young Spanish–Brazilian will be decorating the Estadi Johan Cruyff this coming season at only 17 years old and has immaculate experience despite her young age.
Giovana was born in Brazil, later moved to the United States and finally settled in Spain. Versatile and with exquisite technique, nicknamed Gio, she has been an international in the lower categories of Brazil, the USA and Spain. These experiences with this many different team set-ups and environments show her versatility, a valuable asset for any player.
“My reference is the Brazilian Marta. It’s been a long time since I started following her and I really like how she plays“
after signing for Barça
After announcing the renovations of key pieces of the youth squad, Giovana Queiroz arrives in Barcelona to reinforce one of the most illustrious sections of the club. Despite her young age, Queiroz has already gone through the youth ranks of Atlético de Madrid. She debuted for Madrid CFF at just 15 years old in the Primera Iberdrola against Barcelona on 9 December 2018. Being the youngest of the competition, the forward played a total of 13 matches the previous season, nine of them as a starter for Madrid CFF.
With her arrival at the Estadi Johan Cruyff, Barça Femení continues to secure their future. Like the recently renewed Bruna Vilamala, Claudia Pina, Carla Armengol, and Candela Andújar, despite the latter three will be leaving on loan, the presence of Giovana Queiroz allows Barcelona to continue betting on a bright future on the attacking front.
Queiroz mostly plays as a right winger for Madrid CFF and Spain U–17. She is known for her speed and tenacity in the final third. Queiroz is a player who can run on the right side of the pitch for 90 minutes and who won’t stop tracking back when needed in defense. When she debuted against Barcelona in 2018, she outpaced Mapi all the time and was a thorn for the defence on the vulnerable left side of FCB Femení.
Giovana Queiroz will bring pace, threat and instinct to Barça Femení | Photo by AFP7 / Zuma via Imago
She often likes to get behind the defence and try getting one-on-one with the goalkeeper. Her pace and determination in holding the ball is something that needs to be watched out for. She has an excellent eye for goal with an incredible work rate. She is well rounded and clinical in front of goal, making her a threat in the final third.
You can watch some of her best moments from 2018/19 season here.
Barcelona Femení B looks thin in attack with the departure of Teresa Tere Morato and Alba and with the loans of Claudia Pina and Carla Armengol. Gio can play as a right winger, replacing Tere, who already left the club at the end of the last season. Gio also seems to be the perfect replacement for Pina, as she is press resistant and can hold the ball in tight spaces. Barça are adding quality players needed to win the Reto Iberdrola once again.
“It is a dream to play for Barça because it is a very good opportunity to keep growing and succeeding. The objectives I set are to achieve a lot of success, hopefully, win it all, and mostly add a lot to the team. To train with people with such great experience will help me grow and will be very helpful for me”
after signing for Barça
With Candela Andújar already on loan to Valencia and Claudia Pina and Carla Armengol having done so to Sevilla, Barcelona are in need of reliable back-up forwards, especially with the condensed domestic season ahead of them. In terms of her role with the first team, Gio can provide the depth and occasionally some rest for Caroline Graham Hansen.
If everything goes to plan, Gio likely won’t be getting regular playing time with the senior team this season but she can play out the minutes at the end of the matches. Despite the lack of incoming players, things are looking bright for Barça Femení with signings and renewals, and the signing of a talent like Giovana Queiroz only helps bolster a squad with seemingly limitless potential.
Welcome, Giovana Queiroz!
FCB Femeni’s November Player of the Month: Caroline Graham-Hansen
FC Barcelona Femení maintained their 100% record in the past month, winning their matches against Real Betis, Atlético Madrid, and Real Sociedad, scoring 13 goals and conceding only 1. Norwegian winger Caroline Graham-Hansen has proved to be integral to these wins, contributing 4 assists and leading the forward line against two tough teams, Atlético Madrid Femenino and Real Sociedad Femenino.
After winning the league, Supercup, and reaching a UWCL semifinal with Barcelona in her first season, she is determined to accomplish even more with the club. Her drive for success has shown through her consistent and ever-improving performances since the start of the new campaign. Caroline Graham-Hansen’s performances have been integral to Barcelona’s wins among a tough schedule, making her our November Player of the Month.
Primera Iberdrola – Real Betis Femenino (A) (31/10/2020): 0-5
- Minutes: 94
- Assist: 1
- Passes: 38
- Accurate Passes: 68%
- Key Passes: 5
- Chances Created: 3
- Successful dribbles: 70%
- Ball recoveries: 4
- Ball interceptions: 4
- Tackles won: 75%
Barcelona faced a tricky away trip to Sevilla after the international break to face a physical Real Betis team. Caroline Graham-Hansen was a constant threat on the right-hand side, dribbling past defenders to her liking and creating plenty of chances. Her famed partnership with Marta Torrejon also created plenty of headaches for Betis’s left side.
CGH’s attacking prowess straight out the gate set the tone for the entirety of the match, giving FCB Femení plenty of attacking momentum. She started the game brilliantly creating a goal-scoring chance within just the first minute. If not for a last-ditch clearance from the defender, the ball would have ended up in the net. She followed it with a powerful shot from just inside the box to the right side of the post which missed the goal by hardly a foot.
CGH picked Alexia out in the box with a short free-kick in the 32nd minute to put the game to bed. However, Alexia missed the opportunity by trying to assist another player instead of going for a goal. This happened again not soon after when Graham-Hansen started a mazy run on the right and picked out Aitana in the box who squandered another chance.
She continued to poke holes in Real Betis’s defense, who had no answer to her attacking play on the right. A moment of brilliance from Vicky Losada put Caro through on goal and her fine display was rewarded with a deflected shot ending in the back of the net. Her final act of brilliance came in the 88th minute with an assist to Jennifer Hermoso who finally broke the duck in the league with a close-range tap-in.
Primera Iberdrola – Atletico Madrid Femenino (H) (11/11/2020): 3-0
- Minutes Played: 92
- Passes: 47
- Assist: 2
- Accurate Passes: 79%
- Key Passes: 5
- Chances Created: 5
- Successful dribbles: 75%
- Ball recoveries: 2
- Ball interceptions: 2
- Tackles won: 33%
CGH played her next match when the Estadi Johan Cruyff hosted the biggest rivalry in Spanish women’s football, Barcelona vs Atlético Madrid. After two postponed games, Barça entered the game without playing any game for 10 days, leaving them rusty for one of the biggest matches of their season. A win against FCB Femení would have made the title race more interesting, but Caroline Graham-Hansen has different things in mind. Atlético Madrid ended up being yet another victim of the Norwegian’s fine attacking display.
CGH created the first clear chance of the game in the 5th minute with a fine dribble into the box, sending a cross towards the far post which resulted in a scramble in the box. After having an early reprieve from Cata’s saved penalty, Barcelona were on the front foot again with a solo run from Graham-Hansen that split Atléti’s defense and went out for a corner. These plays demonstrate the trend that most of Barca’s initial attacking plays come down the right side, and CGH is an integral part of that.
She made Atlético pay for their penalty miss in the 30th minute with a defense splitting pass to Patri, who controlled the ball and skipped past the challenge from the onrushing goalkeeper to give Barça the lead.As the game wore on, Barça lacked some width on the left side due to Mariona Caldentey playing more towards the inside, making Caro’s role in stretching Atleti’s defense even more integral.
Her creativity was called into action again in the 83rd minute when she spotted an unmarked Lieke Martens and put the ball on a plate for her to seal the victory for the Catalans.CGH was at her best when the team needed her to be as she created 5 chances and made 5 key passes along with two beautifully crafted assists.
Primera Iberdrola – Real Sociedad Femenino (H) (21/11/2020): 5-1
- Minutes: 85
- Assist: 1
- Passes: 46
- Accurate Passes: 67%
- Key Passes: 4
- Chances Created: 2
- Successful dribbles: 80%
- Ball recoveries: 2
- Ball interceptions: 2
- Tackles won: 67%
Barcelona faced Real Sociedad Femenino after another 10 more days without a match. This match had plenty of narratives. It was the first time since the 10-1 Supercopa Femenina final rout where the two sides met. It was a game between two friends, Lluís Cortés and Natalia Arroyo, two highly-rated coaches, and two former coworkers in the Catalan Women’s National Team. It was also the match week that Europe’s giants fell (Wolfsburg, Lyon) so all eyes were on Barcelona on the chance that they slipped up against a transformed Real Sociedad. The match ended up with a score to 5-1, but it started poorly and could have ended even worse if Barca didn’t capitalize on their chances in the first 20 minutes.
In the first half, Caroline Graham-Hansen worked hard to break a resolute Real Sociedad defense who didn’t give her any space on the right to exploit. Her defensive work rate was clearly evident in the first half as Barca were struggling to find an attacking rhythm since both of their goals weren’t really scored from clear-cut chances. In response to CGH’s presence on the right, Barcelona created a flurry of opportunities down the left using the other winger, Lieke Martens. However, they failed to capitalize on any of the chances.
Graham-Hansen started to cause danger towards the 60th-minute mark against Real Sociedad’s tired legs, combining well with the midfielders to create plenty of goal-scoring chances. She finally got her assist to Alexia with a cut-back pass.
Caroline Graham-Hansen was crucial to Barcelona’s winning ways this month, even more so than she usually is. As her Barcelona career goes on, she has only continued to improve in her chance creation, decision-making, goalscoring, and passing, and her performances this month made that even more evident. CGH continues to be one of the most vital figures of the Barcelona squad.
Stats Credit: InStat Football