Marcelo Nascimento da Costa

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Marcelinho
Marcelinho 2011.jpg
Marcelinho playing for Ludogorets in 2011
Personal information
Full name Marcelo Nascimento da Costa
Date of birth (1984-08-24) 24 August 1984 (age 32)
Place of birth Manacapuru, Amazonas, Brazil
Height 1.77 m (5 ft 9 12 in)
Playing position Attacking midfielder
Club information
Current team
Ludogorets Razgrad
Number 84
Youth career
2001–2002 Rio Negro
2002–2005 São Paulo
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2005 Cascavel
2006 Santacruzense
2007 São Caetano
2008 Catanduvense
2008–2009 Al-Nasr Dubai ? (0[1])
2010 Mogi Mirim 0 (0)
2010–2011 Bragantino 24 (4)
2011– Ludogorets Razgrad 162 (53)
National team
2016– Bulgaria 7 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 21 May 2017.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 11 October 2016

Marcelo Nascimento da Costa (born 24 August 1984 in Manacapuru, Amazonas) commonly known as Marcelinho, is a Brazilian-born naturalized Bulgarian footballer who currently plays as a midfielder for Bulgarian club Ludogorets Razgrad and the Bulgaria national team.[2]

Club career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Marcelinho joined São Paulo as a seventeen-year-old, but he failed to break into the first-team.[citation needed] Since leaving São Paulo in early 2005 he has played for Cascavel, Santacruzense, São Caetano and Catanduvense. In 2008, Marcelinho joined Al Nasr in Dubai.

Mogi Mirim[edit]

After one season, Marcelinho left the UAE League side Al Nasr and signed for Mogi Mirim. In the first half of 2010 he earned 15 appearances in the Campeonato Paulista.[3] Marcelinho made his debut in a 5–1 away loss against Palmeiras on 16 January 2010.

Bragantino[edit]

In July 2010, Marcelinho signed with Clube Atlético Bragantino,[4] where he played 24 matches and scored four goals to the end of the season in the Campeonato Brasileiro Série B. Marcelinho made his first-team debut in a 2–0 home defeat at Ponte Preta on 31 July.[5] In 2011, he appeared 17 times for Bragantino in the Campeonato Paulista, scoring one goal.[6] Marcelinho netted his first goal of 2011 as he scored the winning strike in a 2–1 home victory over Santos on 19 March.[7]

Ludogorets Razgrad[edit]

On 12 May 2011, Marcelinho joined Bulgarian team Ludogorets Razgrad on a three-year deal and was assigned the number 84 jersey.[8] Marcelinho's debut came in Ludogorets's opening match in the 2011–12 season, at home to Lokomotiv Plovdiv on 6 August. Two weeks later, on 20 August, he scored his first competitive goals for Ludogorets, netting twice in a 4–0 win over Vidima-Rakovski. On 16 May 2012, Marcelinho was named "Man of the match" in a 2–1 win against Lokomotiv Plovdiv in the 2012 Bulgarian Cup Final.[9] He scored both Ludogorets goals late in the match to turn around what had appeared to be a certain defeat for Ludogorets at the hands of Lokomotiv. In the league, Marcelinho scored 9 goals and collected his first A Group title winner's medal at the end of the his first season in Bulgaria.

Marcelinho started the 2012–13 season by scoring the third goal in Ludogorets 3–1 win against Lokomotiv Plovdiv in the 2012 Bulgarian Supercup on 11 July. A week later, he scored his first-ever Champions League goal, opening the scoring in a 1–1 home draw against Dinamo Zagreb in their second qualifying round first leg tie. He ended the campaign with 9 goals in all competitions.

On 19 December 2013, Marcelinho was named the Best foreign player in the Bulgarian league.[10]

On 1 October 2014, Marcelinho scored a stunning goal in the 6th minute during Ludogorets' home debut in the 2014–15 Champions League group phase against the current Champions League champion Real Madrid, but in an eventual 1–2 loss.[11] A few days later, he signed a one-year contract extension, keeping him at Ludogorets until 2016.[12] On 19 April 2015, Marcelinho made his 100th league appearance for Ludogorets in a 3–1 home win over Litex Lovech.

International career[edit]

On 24 January 2013, Marcelinho received a Bulgarian passport from the local authorities and became eligible to play for Bulgaria. He said that he would be happy to represent Bulgaria at international level.[13][14]

On 7 March 2016, Marcelinho was called up for the first time to the Bulgarian national team for the friendly matches against Portugal and Macedonia.[15] He scored on his international debut at Estádio Dr. Magalhães Pessoa against Portugal on 25 March, scoring the only goal for a 1–0 win.[16]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of 25 May 2017

Club performance League Cup Continental Other Total
Club League Season Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
UAE League Cup Continental Other Total
Al-Nasr Dubai UAE Pro-League 2008–09 0[1] 0 0 0
Total 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Brazil League Copa do Brasil South America Other[a] Total
Mogi Mirim Série B 2010 0 0 0 0 15 0 15 0
Total 0 0 0 0 0 0 15 0 15 0
Bragantino Série B 2010 24 4 0 0 0 0 24 4
2011 0 0 0 0 17 1 17 1
Total 24 4 0 0 0 0 17 1 41 5
Bulgaria League Bulgarian Cup Europe Other[b] Total
Ludogorets Razgrad A Group 2011–12 25 9 4 4 29 13
2012–13 25 6 0 0 2 2 1 1 28 9
2013–14 32 9 7 1 15 2 1 0 55 12
2014–15 22 8 5 0 12 3 1 1 40 12
2015–16 26 7 1 0 1 0 1 0 29 7
Parva Liga 2016–17 32 14 2 1 13 0 0 0 47 15
Total 163 53 19 6 43 7 4 2 229 68
Career statistics 186 57 19 6 43 7 36 3 284 73
  1. ^ Includes Campeonato Paulista matches.
  2. ^ Includes Bulgarian Supercup matches.

International goals[edit]

Scores and results list Bulgaria's goal tally first.
# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 26 March 2016 Estádio Dr. Magalhães Pessoa, Leiria, Portugal  Portugal 0–1 0–1 Friendly
2 6 September 2016 Vasil Levski National Stadium, Sofia, Bulgaria  Luxembourg 2–2 4–3 2018 World Cup qualifier

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Bulgaria Ludogorets

Inidividual[edit]

  • Best foreign player in the A Group - 2013[17]
  • As of April 23, 2017, Ludogorets' all-time leader in league appearances (157), European competition appearances (43), and league goals (52)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "UAE League Professional 2008/2009". goalzz.com. Retrieved 13 February 2017. 
  2. ^ "Лудогорец подписа с бразилски национал" (in Bulgarian). novsport.com. 12 May 2011. 
  3. ^ "Marcelinho Statistics 2010". zerozero.pt. 
  4. ^ "Bragantino contrata mais dois reforços" (in Portuguese). blogdoloredo.blogspot.com. 27 July 2010. 
  5. ^ "Bragantino 0-2 Ponte Preta". Zerozero.pt. 31 July 2010. 
  6. ^ "Marcelinho Statistics 2011". Esporte.ig.com.br. 
  7. ^ "Bragantino 2-1 Santos". zerozero.pt. 19 March 2011. 
  8. ^ "Лудогорец стартира с грандиозната селекция" (in Bulgarian). sportal.bg. 12 May 2011. 
  9. ^ "Ludogorets clinch maiden Bulgarian Cup". uefa.com. 16 May 2012. 
  10. ^ "Марселиньо бе избран за Най-добър чужденец в А група" (in Bulgarian). corner.dir.bg. 19 December 2013. 
  11. ^ "Real Madrid recover to down dogged Ludogorets". uefa.com. 1 October 2014. 
  12. ^ "Марселиньо преподписа с Лудогорец" (in Bulgarian). novsport.com. 7 October 2014. 
  13. ^ "Марселиньо и Кишада готови за национали - взеха български паспорти" (in Bulgarian). corner.dir.bg. 24 January 2013. 
  14. ^ "Лудогорец си уреди двама "нови българи"" (in Bulgarian). topsport.bg. 24 January 2013. 
  15. ^ Петев обяви футболистите за Португалия и Македония - интересни имена попаднаха в списъка
  16. ^ "Portugal 0–1 Bulgaria". bbc.com. 25 March 2016. 
  17. ^ "Иван Иванов е футболист на годината" (in Bulgarian). sportni.bg. 28 December 2013. 

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