Marta (footballer)

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Marta at Union at Earthquakes 2010-09-15.jpg
Marta with the Gold Pride in September 2010
Personal information
Full name Marta Vieira da Silva
Date of birth (1986-02-19) 19 February 1986 (age 28)
Place of birth Dois Riachos, Alagoas, Brazil
Height 5 ft 3 in (1.60 m)
Playing position Forward
Youth career
1999 Centro Sportivo Alagoano
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2000–2002 Vasco da Gama 16 (4)
2002–2004 Santa Cruz 38 (16)
2004–2008 Umeå IK 103 (111)
2009 Los Angeles Sol 19 (10)
2009–2010 Santos (loan) 14 (26)
2010 FC Gold Pride 24 (19)
2011 Santos 12 (13)
2011 Western New York Flash 14 (10)
2012–2014 Tyresö FF 35 (24)
2014- FC Rosengård 7 (4)
National team
2002– Brazil 73 (82)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 9 May 2013.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 22 November 2013

Marta Vieira da Silva (born 19 February 1986 in Dois Riachos, Alagoas), commonly known as Marta, is a Brazilian football forward who plays for FC Rosengård of the Swedish Damallsvenskan. She is also a member of the Brazil women's national football team.

She was named FIFA World Player of the Year five consecutive times between 2006 and 2010. She was a member of the Brazilian national teams that won the silver medal at the 2004 and 2008 Summer Olympics. She was also awarded the Golden Ball (MVP) at the 2004 FIFA U-19 Women's World Championship. In the 2007 Women's World Cup, she won both the Golden Ball award as the best player and the Golden Boot award as the top scorer. She also tops the all–time Women's World Cup goalscorer list alongside Birgit Prinz.

In January 2013 she was named as one of the six Ambassadors of 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil, others being Amarildo, Bebeto, Carlos Alberto Torres, Ronaldo and Mario Zagallo.[1]

Club career[edit]

Vasco da Gama[edit]

Marta was discovered by well-known Brazilian female coach, Helena Pacheco, when she was just 14 years old. Marta went on to play and live at the training facilities of the prestigious Rio de Janeiro football club, Vasco da Gama, for two years until the club ceased operation of its women's professional team in 2001. In 2002 she played for a small club in Minas Gerais which folded at the end of the season.

Umeå IK[edit]

Marta joined Umeå IK prior to the 2004 season during which Umeå reached the final of the UEFA Cup, winning 8–0 on aggregate against Frankfurt with Marta scoring three goals over the two-legs. In the league, despite amassing a total of 106 goals, which was 32 more than the Champions, Umeå finished second, beaten by a single point by Djurgården. Marta scored 22 league goals, and also got on the scoresheet at the cup final against Djurgården, scoring the only goal in a 2–1 Umeå loss.

Her second season (2005) ended with Marta scoring 21 goals and with Umeå winning the league, having gone undefeated. Once again, Umeå were beaten by Djurgården in the cup losing by a score of 3–1 in the final; thus revenging a 7–0 league defeat to Umeå some three weeks earlier.

In 2006, Umeå once again won the league without losing, and Marta, as in the previous year, was the league's top scorer with 21 goals. Umeå cruised to an 11–1 aggregate win over Norwegian side Kolbotn FK in the UEFA Women's Cup, with Marta scoring twice in both matches. For the third time in a row, she was on the losing side in the Swedish cup final when her side were defeated 3–2 by Linköpings FC.

Marta in the 2009 WPS All-Stars match against Umeå IK.

The 2007 season was a relatively successful for Umeå with the club winning both the league, in which they finished nine points ahead of Djurgården,[2] and the Swedish Cup, beating AIK 4–3 in a match in which Marta scored a hat-trick, the last (winning) goal coming three minutes from time. Marta scored 25 goals in the league finishing one goal behind the top scorer Lotta Schelin.[3] In the UEFA Women's Cup they reached the final for the fourth time but suffered a disappointment, losing 1–0 on aggregate to Arsenal.

The 2008 season saw Umeå and Marta win another Swedish championship title. After the end of the season, speculation arose concerning the future of Marta and a couple of months later, on the day of the FIFA World Player of the Year Awards in January 2009, Marta announced that she would play for the American side Los Angeles Sol for the next three years.[4] At the request of Marta, the Los Angeles side also purchased Johanna Frisk from Umeå IK,[5] which led to an allegation from Swedish TV4 sports presenter Patrick Ekwall that Marta and Frisk were a lesbian couple.[6] Both players confirmed that the allegation was untrue.[7]

Marta's life and football prowess was depicted in the 2005 Swedish Television documentary "Marta – Pelés kusin" ("Marta – Pelé's cousin").

Los Angeles Sol[edit]

On the day she was named FIFA World Player of the Year in January 2009, Marta announced that she would be joining Women's Professional Soccer (WPS) team Los Angeles Sol for the league's inaugural season on a three-year contract.[8][9] Of her signing, she said, "For me the most important thing is to be in a place where the best players in the world are playing and this is what they are trying to do here. The American League is being considered one of the best in the world, so I had to come now."[10]

Marta was the league's top scorer for the 2009 season with ten goals and three assists.[11] The Sol were regular season champions and reached the WPS Championship Final, where it lost 1–0 to Sky Blue FC.[12]


During the off-season with Los Angeles Sol, she signed a three-month loan contract with Santos to play in the Copa Libertadores and in the Copa do Brasil.[13][14] helping her club win both competitions, and scoring a goal in the Libertadores final and two in the Copa do Brasil final.[15][16]

FC Gold Pride[edit]

Marta at 2010 WPS Championship

In January 2010, the Sol ceased operations[17] and the rights to Marta and her teammates were made available in the 2010 WPS Dispersal Draft. The rights to Marta were acquired by the FC Gold Pride as their first pick.[18] She appeared in all of the Pride's 24 games and scored 19 goals, earning her the WPS MVP and WPS Golden Boot for the second year in a row.

Marta also appeared in the WPS All-Star 2010, where she captained one of the teams as the top international vote-getter. She led the Gold Pride to the regular season championship and had two assists and a goal in the WPS Championship against the Philadelphia Independence, earning MVP honors.[19] She became a free agent after the Gold Pride folded on 17 November 2010.


In December 2010 Marta signed at Santos again to play in the Copa Libertadores and in the Copa do Brasil.[20]

Western New York Flash[edit]

On 25 January 2011, Marta joined her third WPS team in three years, the expansion team Western New York Flash, who took over the third year of her contract with the Gold Pride.[21] Marta's 2 goals and 4 assists were a key part to the 3–0–1 start for the team's 2011 season.

Western New York Flash forward Marta helped her team to the Regular Season Championship title, scoring her tenth goal of the season in a 2–0 victory over the Atlanta Beat on Sunday, en route to earning her third consecutive PUMA Golden Boot award. The Brazilian soccer star edged out fellow Flash forward Christine Sinclair, in the tie breaker having a greater production rate based on goals per game average.[22]

Tyresö FF[edit]

Marta interviewed by Anna Brolin of TV4 in 2013

As WPS cancelled the 2012 season, Marta decided to return to Damallsvenskan in Sweden. On 22 February 2012 she signed a two-year contract with Tyresö FF.[23] Her extraordinary salary of about $400,000[24][25] per season was paid by external sponsors and not the club, its owners stated.[26] Tyresö won the Damallsvenskan title for the first time in the 2012 season and Marta collected her fifth league winner's medal.[27]

Marta scored twice in Tyresö's 4–3 defeat by Wolfsburg in the 2014 UEFA Women's Champions League Final.[28] Tyresö had suffered a financial implosion in 2014 and withdrew from the 2014 Damallsvenskan season, expunging all their results and making all their players free agents. The Stockholm County Administrative Board published the players' salaries, showing Marta was the highest earner at SEK 168 000 per month.[29]

As news of Tyresö's financial difficulties spread, Marta had been linked with a transfer to Avaldsnes IL. But the Norwegian Toppserien club's chairman warned that she would have to take a substantial pay cut.[30] Paris Saint-Germain Féminines were also reported to have approached Marta and Tyresö teammate Caroline Seger.[31]


In July 2014 she signed a six-month contract with defending champion FC Rosengård in Sweden.[32] There is an option to extend the contract for another year.


From 2009 onwards.

Club Season League Cup Continental Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Los Angeles Sol 2009 20 10 - - - - 20 10
Santos FC 2009 - - 7 18 6 7 13 25
Gold Pride 2010 25 20 - - - - 25 20
Santos FC 2011 - - - - 4 2 4 2
Western New York Flash 2011 15 10 - - - - 15 10
Tyresö FF 2012 21 12 4 4 - - 25 16
2013 15 12 1 1 4 1 20 14
Total 36 24 5 5 4 1 45 30

International career[edit]

On 26 July 2007, Marta and the Brazilian women's team beat the US U-20 national team to win the Pan American Games at the famous Estádio do Maracanã in front of a crowd of 68,000. She was compared, by the Brazilian fans, with Brazilian great Pelé, being called "Pelé with skirts." Even Pelé himself agreed with the comparison. Marta has stated that he called her to congratulate for the win and that she was extremely happy to hear that one of the greatest ever players followed her team's games.[33] Afterwards the imprint of her feet was recorded in cement at the stadium, making her the first woman to be so honoured.

Marta participated in the 2007 FIFA Women's World Cup with Brazil who strolled through the group stage, winning all three games with Marta scoring four goals. In the quarter final Brazil won 3–2 against Australia with Marta netting from the penalty spot. In the semi-final Marta scored twice as Brazil won 4–0 against the United States—the second goal scored in spectacular fashion. In the final Brazil lost 2–0 to Germany. Marta had a penalty kick saved midway through the second half, which would have tied the match. She finished the 2007 Women's World Cup as the winner of both the 'Golden Ball' as the top individual player and the 'Golden Boot' as the competition's top scorer with seven goals.

Marta wearing the Brazil number 10

Marta also played in the 2008 Summer Olympics, earning a silver medal. After her personal duel in the final with United States goalkeeper Hope Solo, a 1–0 defeat consigned Marta to her third consecutive runners–up medal in major international tournaments.[34]

Marta was part of the Brazil team at the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup where Brazil was eliminated by the United States in the quarter finals. She recorded four goals and two assists in the tournament, to move joint top of the all–time Women's World Cup goalscorer list alongside Birgit Prinz on 14.[35] It also earned her the Silver Boot as the tournament's second leading goal scorer. From her first touch in the tournament against Australia, Marta was heavily jeered by local and opposing fans.[36][37]

Matches and goals scored at World Cup and Olympic tournaments[edit]

Marta competed in three FIFA Women's World Cup: USA 2003, China 2007 and Germany 2011; and three Olympics: Athens 2004, Beijing 2008 and London 2012; starting and playing every minute Brazil teams played at those six global tournaments; altogether played 30 matches, and scored 22 goals.[38] Marta with her Brazil teams finished second at China 2007 Women's World Cup, and won silver medals at 2004 Athens and 2008 Beijing Olympics.

International goals[edit]



Sweden Umeå IK

Brazil Santos

United States FC Gold Pride

United States Western New York Flash

Sweden Tyresö FF

Sweden FC Rosengård

National team[edit]


Personal life[edit]

Marta has three siblings, José, Valdir, and Angela. Her parents are Aldário and Tereza. As of 2010, she lives in San Jose and is a competent Swedish speaker. On 11 October 2010, Marta was named a UN goodwill ambassador.[41]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Brazil 2014 Ambassadors Named
  2. ^ "Tabell och resultat – Damallsvenskan". (in Swedish). Svenska Fotbollförbundet. Retrieved 13 January 2009. 
  3. ^ "Skytteliga 2007". (in Swedish). Svenska Fotbollförbundet. Retrieved 13 January 2009. 
  4. ^ Wåhlin, Johan (12 January 2009). "Marta bäst i världen – flyttar till LA". (in Swedish). Retrieved 13 January 2009. 
  5. ^ "Martas krav till USA: Ta med Frisk" (in Swedish). 23 October 2008. Retrieved 7 April 2009. 
  6. ^ "Ekwalls rekord" (in Swedish). 2 January 2009. Retrieved 7 April 2009. 
  7. ^ "Frisk: Vi är inget par" (in Swedish). 13 January 2009. Retrieved 7 April 2009. 
  8. ^ "The Fabulous Forum". Los Angeles Times. 
  9. ^ "Newly crowned Marta to join US league". FIFA. 12 January 2009. Retrieved 15 June 2012. 
  10. ^ "Marta bringing star power to the L.A. Sol". ESPN. The Associated Press. March 5, 2009. Retrieved 24 April 2014. 
  11. ^ "Marta! Marta! Marta!: LA Sol Star Named FIFA Women's Player of the Year". Bleacher Report. December 22, 2009. Retrieved 24 April 2014. 
  12. ^ Herbert, Steven (January 7, 2010). "NJ Sky Blue Eclipse LA Sol 1-0 in Championship". NBC Los Angeles. Retrieved 24 April 2014. 
  13. ^ Adilson Barros (1 August 2009). "Peixe anuncia Marta, que deverá receber a camisa 10 das mãos de Pelé" (in Portuguese). Retrieved 5 August 2009. 
  14. ^; International Report: WPS Stars Head Overseas in the Off-Season
  15. ^ "'Sereias da Vila' dão show e Santos é campeão da Libertadores" (in Portuguese). iG. 18 October 2009. Retrieved 2 December 2009. 
  16. ^ "Santos bate Botucatu e conquista a Copa do Brasil feminina" (in Portuguese). Estadão. 1 December 2009. Retrieved 2 December 2009. 
  17. ^; Los Angeles Sol of WPS folds after first season
  18. ^ "Four-Time FIFA World Player of the Year Marta to Join the Pride". FC Gold Pride. 4 February 2010. Retrieved 1 April 2010. 
  19. ^ "Marta named MVP of 2010 WPS Championship". 27 September 2010. Retrieved 29 September 2010. [dead link]
  20. ^; Santos confirma acerto com Marta por dois meses, 9 December 2010.
  21. ^; Western New York Flash acquire Marta; 25 January 2011.
  22. ^ "Flash Forward Marta Captures Third Consecutive PUMA Golden Boot Award". womensprosoccer. Retrieved 13 January 2009. 
  23. ^ "Marta returns to Sweden with Tyresö". UEFA. 22 February 2012. Retrieved 22 February 2012. 
  24. ^ "Marta signs with Tyreso FF". 22 February 2012. Retrieved 22 February 2012. 
  25. ^ "Marta's agent in talks with four Swedish clubs Tyresö FF, Malmö, Linköping and Umeå". 26 January 2012. Retrieved 22 February 2012. 
  26. ^ "Marta transfers to Tyresö FF" (in German). 22 February 2012. Retrieved 22 February 2012. 
  27. ^ Cleris, Johannes (3 November 2012). "Tyresö vann SM-guld efter dramatik" (in Swedish). Dagens Nyheter. Retrieved 27 June 2013. 
  28. ^ Saffer, Paul (22 May 2014). "Müller the hero again as Wolfsburg win classic final". UEFA. Retrieved 22 June 2014. 
  29. ^ Jönsson, Fredrik; Nordmark, Kasja (5 June 2014). "Tyresö lämnar damallsvenskan" (in Swedish). Aftonbladet. Retrieved 22 June 2014. 
  30. ^ Bråstedt, Mats (8 April 2014). "Norsk klubb vill ha Marta" (in Swedish). Retrieved 22 June 2014. 
  31. ^ Bråstedt, Mats (9 April 2014). "Seger och Marta nära en flytt till Paris SG" (in Swedish). Expressen. Retrieved 22 June 2014. 
  32. ^
  33. ^ > Pan2007 > Futebol Pan2007 – NOTÍCIAS – Pelé diz que Marta é Pelé de saias
  34. ^ "US women hope Solo keeps Brazil’s Marta from finding the net". Al Arabiya. 10 July 2011. Retrieved 6 September 2011. 
  35. ^ "Recap: Brazil vs. United States". Retrieved 10 July 2011. 
  36. ^ "Boos for Marta bemuse Brazil coach Lima". AFP. 10 July 2011. Retrieved 10 July 2011. 
  37. ^ "Solo soars as Marta is jeered". St Petersburg Times. 10 July 2011. Retrieved 10 July 2011. 
  38. ^ "FIFA Player Statistics: Marta". FIFA. 
  39. ^ "Allsvenska skyttedrottningar 1982–." Retrieved 2012-03-28. (Swedish)
  40. ^ Lawrence, Andrew (22 December 2009). "2000s: Top 20 Female Athletes". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved 29 December 2009. 
  41. ^ "Brazilian star Marta to be UN goodwill ambassador". 11 October 2010. Retrieved 12 October 2010. 

Further reading[edit]

  • Friedman, Ian C. (2007), Latino Athletes, Infobase Publishing, ISBN 1438107846
  • Grainey, Timothy (2012), Beyond Bend It Like Beckham: The Global Phenomenon of Women's Soccer, University of Nebraska Press, ISBN 0803240368
  • Kassouf, Jeff (2011), Girls Play to Win Soccer, Norwood House Press, ISBN 1599534649
  • McDougall, Chrös (2012), Soccer, ABDO, ISBN 1614785554
  • Richards, Ted (2013), Soccer and Philosophy: Beautiful Thoughts on the Beautiful Game, Open Court, ISBN 0812696824
  • Stevens, Dakota (2011), A Look at the Women's Professional Soccer Including the Soccer Associations, Teams, Players, Awards, and More, BiblioBazaar, ISBN 1241047464
  • Velázquez de León, Mauricio (2010), 20 Soccer Superstars, The Rosen Publishing Group, ISBN 1615329471

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Preceded by
Birgit Prinz
FIFA World Player of the Year
2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010
Succeeded by
Homare Sawa