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 37)
Place of birth Caieiras, Brazil
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
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 1 (0)
2014– Portuguesa 0 (0)
National team
1998–2000 Brazil 11 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of May 2014.
† Appearances (Goals).

Marcos dos Santos Assunção (born 25 July 1976) is a Brazilian professional footballer who plays for Portuguesa. A central midfielder, he is renowned as a world-class free kick specialist.

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

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 the 1999–2000 season. 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 outfit lifted the Scudetto in his second campaign.

Real Betis[edit]

Assunção joined Spanish club 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; he scored eight goals as the Andalusian outfit finished fourth in 2004–05, subsequently qualifying for the UEFA Champions League.

During the 2005–06 season 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 (ironically, the 2006–07 season would be 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.

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).[1] However, after a mere months, he switched sides again, moving to Sociedade Esportiva Palmeiras on a one-year deal.[2]

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).[3]

On 6 January 2013, following a contract dispute, Assunção left Palmeiras.[4] Five days later the 36-year-old rejoined Santos after 14 years, penning a deal until December.[5]

In January 2014 Assunção joined Figueirense, after his contract with Santos expired.[6] In April, however, he rescinded his link with Figueira.[7] On 30 June, he signed a short-term deal with Portuguesa.[8]

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.



Personal life[edit]

Both Marcos Senna, who spent most of his career at Villarreal CF, even representing the Spanish national team,[9] and Márcio Senna, are Assunção's cousins.


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