Miraildes Maciel Mota (born 3 March 1978, in Salvador, Bahia), commonly known as Formiga (Portuguese for ant), is a Brazilian footballer who plays as a midfielder, currently for São José Esporte Clube. Formiga holds many international records as a member of the Brazil women's national football team, being the only player present in all Olympic Games tournaments of women's football since the first edition at the 1996 Summer Olympics, and sharing with Birgit Prinz a record five appearances at the FIFA Women's World Cup.
Salvador, Formiga begun playing football at the age of 12. She cites Dunga, captain of the Brazilian team that won the 1994 FIFA World Cup as the biggest influence on her playing style. [1 ]
Formiga played in the
Swedish women's first division as a member of Malmö FF Dam, and for both Santa Isabel and Saad in her homeland of Brazil. Formiga was the first overall pick for the newly inaugurated [2 ] Women's Professional Soccer league in the United States in the 2008 WPS International Draft, she was chosen by FC Gold Pride of Santa Clara, California. Formiga started in 15 games for Gold Pride in their [3 ] inaugural season in 2009. The following season, Formiga played for Chicago Red Stars, joining compatriot Cristiane. In 2011, Formiga returned to her country to play for [4 ] São José.
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Formiga first played for
Brazilian women's national team at the age of 17, as part of the squad for the 1995 FIFA Women's World Cup, playing mostly as a substitute. The following year, during the inaugural tournament for women's football at the 1996 Summer Olympics, she became a regular starter in the Brazilian team. Formiga and Pretinha were the only two Brazilian players who participated in the first four Olympic Games tournaments of women's football, winning the silver medal in both 2004 and 2008 - both finals lost to the United States. She also returned in the 2012 tournament, being the only player present in all five editions of the Olympics tournament. [5 ] [6 ]
World Cup, Formiga joined Birgit Prinz in being the only player to appear in five consecutive tournaments from 1995 to 2011. Along the way, Formiga's Brazil reached third place in [7 ] 1999 and runner-ups to Prinz's Germany in 2007. [5 ]
Formiga also won the gold medal in two editions of the
Pan American Games, 2003 and 2007, while winning the silver in [5 ] 2011 after losing to Canada. [8 ]
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