Senna training with Villarreal
||Marcos Antônio Senna da Silva
|Date of birth
17 July 1976 |
|Place of birth
||São Paulo, Brazil
||1.77 m (5 ft 9 1⁄2 in)
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 12 May April 2013.
† Appearances (Goals).
Marcos Antônio Senna da Silva (born 17 July 1976), known as Senna, is a Spanish professional footballer who plays for Villarreal CF 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 nearly 400 official games.
Born in Brazil, Senna represented the Spanish national team during four years, appearing at the 2006 World Cup and Euro 2008 and winning the latter tournament, as starter.
Club career 
Born in São Paulo, Senna began his career with Rio Branco Esporte Clube. After playing for a number of different 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.
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.
International career 
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 FIFA 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.
International goals 
Club statistics 
Senna's younger brother, Márcio, is also a footballer.
Marcos Assunção, who represented A.S. Roma and Betis amongst other several clubs, is his cousin, and both are also midfielders.
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