Mariléia dos Santos

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Michael Jackson
Personal information
Full name Mariléia dos Santos
Date of birth (1963-11-19) 19 November 1963 (age 51)
Place of birth Valença, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Height 5 ft 6 in (1.68 m)[1]
Playing position Striker
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1995–1997 Torino
National team
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 22:52, 30 September 2009 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 22:52, 30 September 2009 (UTC)

Mariléia dos Santos (born 19 November 1963, in Valença, Rio de Janeiro), commonly known as Michael Jackson, is a former Brazilian footballer who played as a striker for the Brazil women's national football team.


After her appearance with Brazil in the 1995 World Cup, Michael Jackson accepted a contract offer from Italian Serie A club Torino.[2]

Michael Jackson retired from playing aged 46, with a reported 1574 goals to her credit.[3] She was named equal third in the International Federation of Football History & Statistics (IFFHS) South America's best Women's Footballer of the Century list.[4]


In 1988 Michael Jackson was part of the EC Radar club team who represented Brazil at the FIFA Women's Invitation Tournament in Guangdong and finished in third place.[5]

Michael Jackson played for the Brazilian women's national team in the 1995 FIFA Women's World Cup and at the 1996 Olympics. In 2011 she was appointed co-ordinator of women's football in Brazil.[3]

Personal life[edit]

Mariléia dos Santos chose the nickname Michael Jackson as an homage to the recording artist. Speaking in May 1999, United States player Julie Foudy did not see much resemblance: "She didn't really look like Michael Jackson, but she did wear one glove."[6]


  1. ^ "Michael Jackson". Retrieved 2012-08-03. 
  2. ^ "Calcio donne: con la brasiliana il Torino punta allo scudetto Marileia, l'Univer sogna Oggi sfida con il Riva". Archivio News (in Italian). 30 September 1995. Retrieved 3 August 2012. 
  3. ^ a b "Atleta Mariléia dos Santos, Michael Jackson dos gramados, conta sua história". Politica da Paraiba (in Portuguese). 8 March 2012. Retrieved 3 August 2012. 
  4. ^ "South America's best Women's Footballer of the Century". IFFHS. Retrieved 3 August 2012. 
  5. ^ Fernandes, Andréa Karl. "A história do futebol feminino" (in Portuguese). Sindicato dos Treinsdores de Futebol Profissional do Estado do Rio de Janeiro. Retrieved 18 April 2013. 
  6. ^ Longman, Jere (23 May 1999). "Soccer; Brazil's Women Gaining Respect". The New York Times. Retrieved 21 October 2013. 

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