Marcelo Nascimento da Costa
Marcelinho playing for Ludogorets in 2011
|Full name||Marcelo Nascimento da Costa|
|Date of birth||24 August 1984|
|Place of birth||Manacapuru, Amazonas, Brazil|
|Height||1.77 m (5 ft 9 1⁄2 in)|
|Playing position||Attacking midfielder|
|* 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.
Marcelinho joined São Paulo as a seventeen-year-old, but he failed to break into the first-team. 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.
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. Marcelinho made his debut in a 5–1 away loss against Palmeiras on 16 January 2010.
In July 2010, Marcelinho signed with Clube Atlético Bragantino, 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. In 2011, he appeared 17 times for Bragantino in the Campeonato Paulista, scoring one goal. Marcelinho netted his first goal of 2011 as he scored the winning strike in a 2–1 home victory over Santos on 19 March.
On 12 May 2011, Marcelinho joined Bulgarian team Ludogorets Razgrad on a three-year deal and was assigned the number 84 jersey. 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. 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.
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. A few days later, he signed a one-year contract extension, keeping him at Ludogorets until 2016. On 19 April 2015, Marcelinho made his 100th league appearance for Ludogorets in a 3–1 home win over Litex Lovech.
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.
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. 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.
As of 25 May 2017
|Al-Nasr Dubai||UAE Pro-League||2008–09||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|
|Ludogorets Razgrad||A Group||2011–12||25||9||4||4||—||—||29||13|
- Scores and results list Bulgaria's goal tally first.
|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|
- Bulgarian First Professional League (6): 2011–12, 2012–13, 2013–14, 2014–15, 2015–16, 2016–17
- Bulgarian Cup (2): 2011–12, 2013–14
- Bulgarian Supercup (2): 2012, 2014
- Best foreign player in the A Group - 2013
- As of April 23, 2017, Ludogorets' all-time leader in league appearances (157), European competition appearances (43), and league goals (52)
- "UAE League Professional 2008/2009". goalzz.com. Retrieved 13 February 2017.
- "Лудогорец подписа с бразилски национал" (in Bulgarian). novsport.com. 12 May 2011.
- "Marcelinho Statistics 2010". zerozero.pt.
- "Bragantino contrata mais dois reforços" (in Portuguese). blogdoloredo.blogspot.com. 27 July 2010.
- "Bragantino 0-2 Ponte Preta". Zerozero.pt. 31 July 2010.
- "Marcelinho Statistics 2011". Esporte.ig.com.br.
- "Bragantino 2-1 Santos". zerozero.pt. 19 March 2011.
- "Лудогорец стартира с грандиозната селекция" (in Bulgarian). sportal.bg. 12 May 2011.
- "Ludogorets clinch maiden Bulgarian Cup". uefa.com. 16 May 2012.
- "Марселиньо бе избран за Най-добър чужденец в А група" (in Bulgarian). corner.dir.bg. 19 December 2013.
- "Real Madrid recover to down dogged Ludogorets". uefa.com. 1 October 2014.
- "Марселиньо преподписа с Лудогорец" (in Bulgarian). novsport.com. 7 October 2014.
- "Марселиньо и Кишада готови за национали - взеха български паспорти" (in Bulgarian). corner.dir.bg. 24 January 2013.
- "Лудогорец си уреди двама "нови българи"" (in Bulgarian). topsport.bg. 24 January 2013.
- Петев обяви футболистите за Португалия и Македония - интересни имена попаднаха в списъка
- "Portugal 0–1 Bulgaria". bbc.com. 25 March 2016.
- "Иван Иванов е футболист на годината" (in Bulgarian). sportni.bg. 28 December 2013.