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)|
|Current club||New York Cosmos|
|2013–||New York Cosmos||13||(5)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 15:37, 13 October 2013 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).
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 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.
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, Senna signed with newly formed North American Soccer League club New York Cosmos for an undisclosed fee. 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.
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 Football Championship: 2008 Team of the tournament
- Don Balón Award – Best Spanish Player of the Year: 2008
|New York Cosmos||2013||13||5||1||1||0||0||14||6|
- "Senna: The goal of my life". Setanta Sports. 29 April 2008. Retrieved 11 June 2008.
- "Real Betis 0–1 Villarreal". ESPN Soccernet. 27 April 2008. Retrieved 22 March 2012.
- "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.
- "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.
- "Nine-man Madrid held to a draw". ESPN Soccernet. 21 March 2012. Retrieved 22 March 2012.
- "Villarreal legend Marcos Senna signs with New York Cosmos". Cosmos' official website. 13 June 2013. Retrieved 28 July 2013.
- 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.
- "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.
- "Spain dominate Team of the Tournament". UEFA.com. 30 June 2008. Retrieved 1 July 2008.
- "Steven Beacom: Best and worst of Euro 2008". The Belfast Telegraph. 30 June 2008. Retrieved 8 September 2013.
- Jeremy Wilson (30 June 2008). "Euro 2008: Highs, lows, hits and misses". The Daily Telegraph (London). Retrieved 30 June 2008.
- Martin O'Neill (30 June 2008). "BBC pundits on Euro 2008 final". BBC Sport. Retrieved 30 June 2008.
- "Villa double helps Spain to easy victory". CNN. 10 September 2008. Archived from the original on 1 December 2008. Retrieved 8 September 2013.
- "Spain omit Marcos Senna from 2010 World Cup squad". BBC Sport. 20 May 2010. Retrieved 20 May 2010.
- Marcos Senna at ESPN FC
- "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.
- "Marcos Senna, estrella de Champions" [Marcos Senna, Champions star] (in Spanish). Las Provincias. 2 October 2008. Retrieved 4 August 2009.
- Villarreal official profile (Spanish)
- BDFutbol profile
- National team data
- Marcos Senna at National-Football-Teams.com
- Marcos Senna – FIFA competition record
- Transfermarkt profile