Mossoró (footballer)

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Personal information
Full name José Márcio da Costa
Date of birth (1983-07-04) 4 July 1983 (age 31)
Place of birth Mossoró, Brazil
Height 1.69 m (5 ft 6 12 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
İstanbul BB
Number 29
Youth career
1999–2001 Ferroviário
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2002 Santa Catarina
2003–2005 · Paulista 18 (3)
2005–2008 Internacional 32 (1)
2007–2008 Marítimo (loan) 30 (7)
2008–2013 Braga 124 (13)
2013–2014 Al-Ahli 24 (6)
2014– İstanbul BB 23 (4)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 27 April 2015.
† Appearances (Goals).

José Márcio da Costa (born 4 July 1983), commonly known as Mossoró, is a Brazilian footballer who plays for Turkish club İstanbul Başakşehir F.K. as a midfielder.

His nickname stems for his birthplace. He spent most of his professional career in Portugal, representing mainly Braga where he appeared in more than 175 official games during five seasons.

Football career[edit]

Born in Mossoró, Rio Grande do Norte, Mossoró began his professional career at Ferroviário Atlético Clube (CE) in 1999, before moving for Santa Catarina Clube and then Paulista Futebol Clube. Shortly after he broke into the first team as it qualified for the final of the Paulistan Championship, being defeated by Associação Desportiva São Caetano.

In 2005, Mossoró played a key role for the team as it won the Brazilian Cup. He was then transferred to Sport Club Internacional of Porto Alegre in the second half of the season, making his top division debuts in the process.

In July 2007, Mossoró was loaned to C.S. Marítimo of Portugal. His performances, which included braces in league wins against Associação Naval 1º de Maio (3–0) and S.C. Braga (4–1) were impressive enough to earn him a permanent deal with the latter club, which signed the player to a four-year contract at the end of the season.

During his first two years at Braga, Mossoró was a very important first-team member when available, helping the Minho side finish in a best-ever runner-up position in his second year. Following a 31 October 2009 scuffle at the end of the 2–0 home win against S.L. Benfica – with his team then in the lead – he was also suspended by the League for three games, and also suffered a serious injury in the campaign's final stretch, with Braga eventually being surpassed by the Lisbon club.

Mossoró left Braga in June 2013, aged 30. Subsequently, he represented Al-Ahli SC (Jeddah) and İstanbul Başakşehir FK.[1]




  1. ^ Başakşehir'den 3 bomba birden!; Habertürk, 1 July 2014 (Turkish)

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