Senna training with Villarreal
|Full name||Marcos Antônio Senna da Silva|
|Date of birth||17 July 1976|
|Place of birth||São Paulo, Brazil|
|Height||1.77 m (5 ft 9 1⁄2 in)|
|New York Cosmos|
|2013–||New York Cosmos||33||(9)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of November 19, 2014.
† 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.
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. 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; 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.
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". 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, 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), but his team would be eventually relegated after a twelve-year stay in the top level.
New York Cosmos
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. Senna made his Cosmos' debut in the team's inaugural match on August 3, 2013 in a 2-1 win over the Fort Lauderdale Strikers. He scored his first goal for the Cosmos on September 1, 2013 in a 1-0 road win over FC Edmonton. In his first year with the team he was named the league's player of the week on two occasions, and also helped the team to wins in the NASL Fall Championship and the Soccer Bowl, scoring the game-winner in the team's 1-0 win over the Atlanta Silverbacks in the championship match. Senna finished the 2013 season with a team-high six goals in 14 appearances for the team and was named to the NASL Best XI.
On 13 November 2013, Senna was awarded a testimonial match by Villarreal, which ended in a 3–0 win for Villarreal over the Cosmos at Estadio El Madrigal. Senna started the first half for Villarreal and helped set up the first goal of the game from Jeremy Perbet. In honor of Senna (No. 19), at the 19th minute, the crowd at El Madrigal broke out in a full minute of applause. Senna returned in the second half to play for the Cosmos and set up a few close chances before departing in the 70th minute to another standing ovation from the crowd.
On May 12, 2014 Senna got on the score sheet for the first time on the season, scoring the game-winning goal in the team's 1-0 home win over the Spring season champions - Minnesota United FC, handing the team its only loss of the Spring season. Senna scored his second game-winning goal of the year on August 9, 2014, connecting on a spectacular second half free kick in the team's 2-1 come-from-behind win over the Atlanta Silverbacks.
In the 2014 regular season, Senna scored four goals and recorded one assist in 20 appearances for the Cosmos, helping the team to a third place finish in the combined standings and a berth in The Championship. He was nominated for the NASL Team of the Week four times - the second most nominations on the team.
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. Some pundits and journalists also named Senna as their player of the tournament.
Senna's first international goal came against Armenia on 10 September 2008, a 4–0 win in the 2010 World Cup qualifying campaign. 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.
|1.||10 September 2008||Carlos Belmonte, Albacete, Spain||Armenia||4–0||4–0||2010 World Cup qualification|
- New York Cosmos
- UEFA European Championship: Team of the tournament 2008
- Don Balón Award – Best Spanish Player of the Year: 2008
|New York Cosmos||2013||13||5||1||1||0||0||14||6|
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.
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- "Spain dominate Team of the Tournament". UEFA.com. 30 June 2008. Retrieved 1 July 2008.
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- Marcos Senna at ESPN FC
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- "World Cup athletes’ real goal—finding fulfillment beyond the field". Athletes in Action. 31 March 2010. Retrieved 3 March 2014.
- Villarreal official profile (Spanish)
- BDFutbol profile
- National team data
- Marcos Senna at National-Football-Teams.com
- Marcos Senna – FIFA competition record