Fatima Moreira de Melo
4 July 1978 |
|Infobox last updated on: after 2007 Champions Trophy|
Fatima Moreira de Melo, LL.M. (born 4 July 1978 in Rotterdam, South Holland) is a former Dutch field hockey player of Portuguese descent. She has played 191 international matches for the Dutch national team, where she has scored 30 times. Her debut match was on 21 October 1997 against Germany which ended in a 2-1 victory for The Netherlands. She plays on the position of striker. In the Dutch national competition she has played for Tempo '34, HGC and HC Rotterdam. She was part of the Dutch squad that became World Champion at the 2006 Women's Hockey World Cup and which won the 2007 Champions Trophy.
At the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing she won an olympic gold medal with the Dutch national team beating China in the final 2-0.
Besides playing field hockey she also studied law and has presented TV programs for both local and national TV stations. She also has a career as a singer. She performed the theme song for the International Hockey Federation's International Year of the Youth at the closing of the 2001 Men's World Cup Hockey Qualifier in Edinburgh. Her father is a Portuguese diplomat stationed in the Netherlands. Her boyfriend is pro-tennis player Raemon Sluiter. She obtained a Masters Degree in Law in 2006. In December 2006 she became Rotterdam Sportswoman of the Year and became the new face of the Rabobank in their Dutch TV advertisements.
She belongs to the Team PokerStars: Sportstars, and one can find her playing tournaments behind the nickname FatimaDeMelo on the PokerStars online poker card room.
- "Royal Dutch Hockey Association - International tournament history Fatima Moreira de Melo" (in Dutch). Retrieved 2006-06-10.
- Fatima Moreira de Melo PokerStars Profile
|Rotterdam Sportswoman of the Year