Marcos Assunção

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Marcos Assunção
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Personal information
Full name Marcos dos Santos Assunção
Date of birth (1976-07-25) 25 July 1976 (age 38)
Place of birth Caieiras, Brazil
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1993–1995 Rio Branco 36 (7)
1995–1997 Santos 33 (3)
1997–1998 Flamengo 42 (7)
1998–1999 Santos 78 (21)
1999–2002 Roma 55 (9)
2002–2007 Betis 143 (29)
2007–2008 Al-Ahli 12 (1)
2008–2009 Al-Shabab 21 (3)
2009–2010 Grêmio Prudente 19 (5)
2010–2012 Palmeiras 78 (16)
2013 Santos 4 (0)
2014 Figueirense 2 (0)
2014 Portuguesa 6 (0)
National team
1998–2000 Brazil 11 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 27 August 2014.
† Appearances (Goals).

Marcos dos Santos Assunção (born 25 July 1976) is a Brazilian professional footballer. A central midfielder, he is renowned as a world-class free kick specialist.[1][2]

He is best known for his spell at Betis, having represented teams in four different countries, including Roma.

Club career[edit]

Early years / Roma[edit]

Born in Caieiras, São Paulo, Assunção began his career at Rio Branco Esporte Clube, where he stayed two years. He then played for Santos FC, scoring three goals in 33 Série A games and moving to Clube de Regatas do Flamengo in 1998.

After impressive performances with Flamengo, Assunção was bought by Serie A's A.S. Roma for 1999–2000. In his first year he netted once in 21 appearances, adding another in five UEFA Cup matches; he would be used regularly during his three-year stay, proving himself a threat at set pieces as the capital club lifted the Scudetto in his second season.

Betis[edit]

Assunção joined Spanish side Real Betis in August 2002, being an undisputed first-choice from the start and scoring several goals from free kicks. His debut as a Verdiblanco was spectacular, as he netted once in a 4–2 away win against Deportivo de La Coruña through a 40-yarder with his weaker left foot, then proceeded to strike the woodwork on no less than three occasions;[3] he scored eight goals as the Andalusian team finished fourth at the end of the 2004–05 campaign, subsequently qualifying for the UEFA Champions League.

During 2005–06 Assunção played in seven Champions League contests, failing to appear in the UEFA Cup due to injury. He only managed to score once in the domestic league.

On 25 July 2006, his 30th birthday, Assunção became a citizen of Spain due to his time spent at Betis, but the 2006–07 season would be however his last in the country. On 22 August 2007 the player left Betis by mutual consent, having failed to fit into Héctor Cúper's plans – he gave a press conference in which he said goodbye to the club and fans, saying that he would not join another Spanish club.[4]

Late career[edit]

In the following two years Assunção played in the United Arab Emirates, consecutively with Al-Ahli and Al-Shabab. On 26 September 2009 the 33-year-old returned to his homeland, signing with Grêmio Prudente Futebol (formerly Barueri).[5] However, after a mere months, he switched sides again, moving to Sociedade Esportiva Palmeiras on a one-year deal.[6]

Assunção was selected by manager Luiz Felipe Scolari as one of the club's four "leaders", alongside Marcos, Danilo and Edinho. In the season's Copa Sudamericana, he provided one assist and scored from a long-range kick in a 3–0 win against Esporte Clube Vitória (3–2 aggregate win).[7]

On 6 January 2013, following a contract dispute, Assunção left Palmeiras.[8] Five days later the 36-year-old rejoined Santos after 14 years, penning a deal until December.[9]

In January 2014 Assunção joined Figueirense Futebol Clube, after his contract with Santos expired.[10] In April, however, he rescinded his link with the club,[11] signing a short-term contract with Associação Portuguesa de Desportos in June.[12]

On 2 September 2014, after refusing to stay on the bench in some matches, Assunção rescinded with Lusa.[13]

International career[edit]

Assunção made 11 appearances for the Brazilian national team during two years. He made his debut against El Salvador, and scored his only international goal against Russia on 18 November 1998 in a 5–1 friendly win.

Assunção was dropped from the Seleção after a poor performance during a 2002 FIFA World Cup qualifier against Chile – a 0–3 away loss – and was never called up since.

Honours[edit]

Santos
Roma
Betis
Al-Ahli
Palmeiras
Figueirense

Personal life[edit]

Both Marcos Senna, who spent most of his career at Villarreal CF, even representing the Spanish national team,[14] and Márcio Senna, are Assunção's cousins.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Assunção o el arte del libre directo (Assunção or the art of the direct free kick); El País, 29 September 2003 (Spanish)
  2. ^ Assunçao: "Jugaría en Riazor siempre" (Assunçao: "I would always play in Riazor"); Diario AS, 6 April 2004 (Spanish)
  3. ^ El Betis arrolla al Depor con un fútbol de lujo (Betis crushes Depor with deluxe football); El Mundo, 2 September 2002 (Spanish)
  4. ^ El Betis anuncia que el brasileño Marcos Assunçao jugará en Dubai (Betis announces that Brazilian Marcos Assunçao will play in Dubai); Terra, 23 August 2007 (Spanish)
  5. ^ Barueri apresenta Marcos Assunção e mais quatro reforços (Barueri announces Marcos Assunção and four more); Globo Esporte, 26 September 2009 (Portuguese)
  6. ^ Palmeiras anuncia acerto com volante Marcos Assunção (Palmeiras agree deal with midfielder Marcos Assunção) (Portuguese)
  7. ^ "São" Marcos Assunção vs. Vitória (Portuguese)
  8. ^ Assunção anuncia que não renova e está fora do Palmeiras (Assunção announces he does not renew and is out of Palmeiras); Placar, 6 January 2013 (Portuguese)
  9. ^ Santos fecha contratação de Marcos Assunção por um ano (Santos closes Marcos Assunção deal for one year); Esporte Interativo, 11 January 2013 (Portuguese)
  10. ^ Dirigente do Figueirense anuncia contratação de Marcos Assunção (Figueirense's director announces signing of Marcos Assunção); UOL Esporte, 10 January 2014 (Portuguese)
  11. ^ Figueirense anuncia saída do volante Marcos Assunção (Figueirense announces exit of defensive midfielder Marcos Assunção); O Estado de S. Paulo, 30 April 2014 (Portuguese)
  12. ^ Veterano Marcos Assunção é apresentado pela Portuguesa (Veteran Marcos Assunção is presented by Portuguesa); Globo Esporte, 30 June 2014 (Portuguese)
  13. ^ Série B: Incorformado com reserva, Marcos Assunção deixa Portuguesa (Série B: Upset in being a substitute, Marcos Assunção leaves Portuguesa); Futebol Interior, 2 September 2014 (Spanish)
  14. ^ Marcos Senna, estrella de Champions (Marcos Senna, Champions star); Las Provincias, 2 October 2008 (Spanish)

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