Marcos Senna

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Marcos Senna
Senna1.jpg
Senna training with Villarreal
Personal information
Full name Marcos Antônio Senna da Silva
Date of birth (1976-07-17) 17 July 1976 (age 38)
Place of birth São Paulo, Brazil
Height 1.77 m (5 ft 9 12 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
New York Cosmos
Number 19
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1997 Rio Branco 0 (0)
1998 América-SP 4 (0)
1999–2000 Corinthians 16 (0)
2001 Juventude 12 (1)
2002 São Caetano 14 (1)
2002–2013 Villarreal 292 (25)
2013– New York Cosmos 21 (7)
National team
2006–2010 Spain 28 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 04:00, 9 June 2014 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).

Marcos Antônio Senna da Silva (born 17 July 1976), known as Marcos Senna, is a Spanish professional footballer who plays for the New York Cosmos in the North American Soccer League as a central midfielder.

He is known for his passing range and long shooting and is also a penalty specialist, and spent most of his professional career in Spain with Villarreal, appearing in 363 official games of the course of 11 seasons, ten in La Liga (33 goals scored).

Born in Brazil, Senna represented the Spanish national team during four years, appearing at the 2006 World Cup and Euro 2008. The latter tournament which Spain win with Senna a member of the starting eleven in the final.

Club career[edit]

Villarreal[edit]

Born in São Paulo, Senna began his career with Rio Branco Esporte Clube. After playing for a number of Brazilian clubs early in his career he moved to Spanish side Villarreal CF in 2002, from Associação Desportiva São Caetano. After a slow start (only 25 La Liga appearances in his first two seasons combined) he became an undisputed starter, helping the club reach as far as the UEFA Champions League semi-finals in 2005–06; eventually, he also gained the club captaincy.

In the summer of 2006, Senna almost joined Manchester United: he had one year left on his contract, and Villarreal were prepared to sell him for a fee of around £4 million.[1][2] However, the deal was put on hold while United pursued Owen Hargreaves, but FC Bayern Munich refused to sell their player and, when United returned with a bid for Senna on transfer deadline day, Villarreal rejected their advances;[3] he had become frustrated with the delays to his proposed move and decided to stay at Villarreal, signing a three-year extension shortly after the transfer window closed.[4][5][6]

On 27 April 2008, Senna scored a goal from inside the centre circle against Real Betis that he deemed "the best goal of my life".[7][8] That season, as the player netted a further three times, in a total of 33 matches, Villarreal finished a club-best second, to champions Real Madrid.

After nearly two seasons marred with physical problems,[9][10] 35-year-old Senna returned to full fitness for 2011–12, as the Valencian Community side's playmaker. On 21 March 2012 he scored from a free kick for the 83rd-minute home equalizer against Real Madrid (1–1),[11] but his team would be eventually relegated after a twelve-year stay in the top level.

New York Cosmos[edit]

On 13 June 2013, after helping Villarreal return to the top flight, Senna signed with newly formed North American Soccer League club New York Cosmos for an undisclosed fee.[12] In his first year with the team he was named the league's player of the week on two occasions, and also helped to wins in the NASL Fall Championship and the Soccer Bowl, scoring the game-winner in the final championship match.[13]

On 13 November 2013 Senna was awarded a testimonial match by Villarreal, featuring in a 3–0 win over the Cosmos.[14]

International career[edit]

Senna was granted Spanish citizenship in early 2006 and was part of the Spanish squad for the 2006 FIFA World Cup and UEFA Euro 2008. His debut came on 1 March in a friendly match with Côte d'Ivoire, played in Valladolid.

In the quarter-finals of the latter competition, Senna scored the third of Spain's four converted penalties, which resulted in the nation progressing to the semifinals at the expense of Italy, winning 4–2 in the shootout. He played the full duration of the final – a 1–0 win over Germany – and was named in UEFA's squad for the competition.[15] Some pundits and journalists also named Senna as their player of the tournament.[16][17][18]

Senna's first international goal came against Armenia on 10 September 2008, a 4–0 win in the 2010 World Cup qualifying campaign.[19] On 20 May 2010, after an irregular season with Villarreal, with several physical problems, the 33-year-old was left out of Spain's final 23-man squad, with FC Barcelona's Sergio Busquets starting in his place as the national team went on to win the FIFA World Cup in South Africa.[20]

International goals[edit]

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 10 September 2008 Carlos Belmonte, Albacete, Spain  Armenia 4–0 4–0 2010 World Cup qualification

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Corinthians
Villarreal
New York Cosmos

International[edit]

Spain

Individual[edit]

Club statistics[edit]

As of 9 June 2014[21][22]
Club Season League Cup Europe Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Corinthians
2000 16 0 - - - - 16 0
Total 16 0 - - - - 16 0
Juventude
2001 12 1 - - - - 12 1
Total 12 1 - - - - 12 1
São Caetano
2002 14 1 - - - - 14 1
Total 14 1 - - - - 14 1
Villarreal
2002–03 16 2 0 0 0 0 16 2
2003–04 9 0 0 0 0 0 9 0
2004–05 29 2 0 0 8 0 37 2
2005–06 30 3 0 0 13 1 43 4
2006–07 33 0 2 0 1 0 36 0
2007–08 34 4 5 1 4 1 43 6
2008–09 27 2 0 0 8 2 35 4
2009–10 30 1 3 0 7 3 40 4
2010–11 20 1 1 0 6 0 27 1
2011–12 31 5 1 0 6 0 38 5
2012–13 33 5 0 0 0 0 33 5
Total 292 25 12 1 53 7 357 33
New York Cosmos 2013 13 5 1 1 0 0 14 6
2014 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Total 348 32 13 2 53 7 414 41

Personal[edit]

Senna's younger brother, Márcio, is also a footballer.[23] Marcos Assunção, who represented A.S. Roma and Betis amongst other several clubs, is his cousin,[24] and both are also midfielders.

Senna is a Christian, and he spoke about his faith in the documentary "The Prize: Chasing the Dream", along with Kaká. He is also a member of the International Christian ministry Athletes in Action.[25][26]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Ferguson admits interest in Senna". BBC Sport. 4 August 2006. Retrieved 2 February 2014. 
  2. ^ "Villarreal prepared to sell Senna". BBC Sport. 8 August 2006. Retrieved 2 February 2014. 
  3. ^ "Ferguson reveals failed Senna bid". BBC Sport. 13 September 2006. Retrieved 2 February 2014. 
  4. ^ "United close on Hargreaves". The Guardian. 18 August 2006. Retrieved 2 February 2014. 
  5. ^ "Star in yellow Senna might have been a Red". The Guardian. 16 September 2008. Retrieved 2 February 2014. 
  6. ^ "Senna signs three-year Villarreal extension". ESPN Soccernet. 4 September 2006. Retrieved 2 February 2014. 
  7. ^ "Senna: The goal of my life". Setanta Sports. 29 April 2008. Retrieved 11 June 2008. 
  8. ^ "Real Betis 0–1 Villarreal". ESPN Soccernet. 27 April 2008. Retrieved 22 March 2012. 
  9. ^ "Marcos Senna estará diez semanas de baja por una lesión" [Marcos Senna to miss ten weeks due to injury] (in Spanish). 20 Minutos. 28 December 2010. Retrieved 22 March 2012. 
  10. ^ "Marcos Senna recae de su lesión de isquiotibiales" [Marcos Senna relapses on quadriceps injury] (in Spanish). Levante-EMV. 19 February 2011. Retrieved 22 March 2012. 
  11. ^ "Nine-man Madrid held to a draw". ESPN Soccernet. 21 March 2012. Retrieved 22 March 2012. 
  12. ^ "Villarreal legend Marcos Senna signs with New York Cosmos". Cosmos' official website. 13 June 2013. Retrieved 28 July 2013. 
  13. ^ Lohr, Luke (10 November 2013). "New York Cosmos claim 2013 NASL Soccer Bowl behind goal from Marcos Senna". Major League Soccer. Retrieved 10 November 2013. 
  14. ^ "Senna comandó el 'Submarino' una última vez" [Senna in charge of the 'Submarine' one last time] (in Spanish). Marca. 13 November 2013. Retrieved 16 November 2013. 
  15. ^ "Spain dominate Team of the Tournament". UEFA.com. 30 June 2008. Retrieved 1 July 2008. 
  16. ^ "Steven Beacom: Best and worst of Euro 2008". The Belfast Telegraph. 30 June 2008. Retrieved 8 September 2013. 
  17. ^ Jeremy Wilson (30 June 2008). "Euro 2008: Highs, lows, hits and misses". London: The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 30 June 2008. 
  18. ^ Martin O'Neill (30 June 2008). "BBC pundits on Euro 2008 final". BBC Sport. Retrieved 30 June 2008. 
  19. ^ "Villa double helps Spain to easy victory". CNN. 10 September 2008. Archived from the original on 1 December 2008. Retrieved 8 September 2013. 
  20. ^ "Spain omit Marcos Senna from 2010 World Cup squad". BBC Sport. 20 May 2010. Retrieved 20 May 2010. 
  21. ^ "Senna". Soccerway. Retrieved 13 June 2014. 
  22. ^ Marcos Senna at ESPN FC
  23. ^ "Discípulo do irmão "espanhol", Márcio Senna também quer ser naturalizado" [Disciple of "Spanish" brother, Márcio Senna also wants naturalization] (in Portuguese). Gazeta do Povo. 1 July 2008. Retrieved 22 March 2012. 
  24. ^ "Marcos Senna, estrella de Champions" [Marcos Senna, Champions star] (in Spanish). Las Provincias. 2 October 2008. Retrieved 4 August 2009. 
  25. ^ "Marcos Senna". Beyond the Ultimate. Retrieved 3 March 2014. 
  26. ^ "World Cup athletes’ real goal—finding fulfillment beyond the field". Athletes in Action. 31 March 2010. Retrieved 3 March 2014. 

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