Marta (footballer)

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Marta in 2013
Personal information
Full name Marta Vieira da Silva
Date of birth (1986-02-19) 19 February 1986 (age 30)
Place of birth Dois Riachos, Alagoas, Brazil
Height 1.62 m (5 ft 4 in)[1]
Playing position Forward
Club information
Current team
FC Rosengård
Number 10
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 (210)
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 38 (27)
2014– FC Rosengård 43 (23)
National team
2002 Brazil U-19
2002– Brazil 101[2] (105)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 13 August 2016.

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 17:55, 23 June 2015 (UTC)

Marta Vieira da Silva (born 19 February 1986), commonly known as Marta, is a Brazilian footballer who plays for FC Rosengård in the Swedish Damallsvenskan and the Brazil national team as a forward. With 15 goals, she holds the record for most goals scored at FIFA Women's World Cup tournaments, surpassing Birgit Prinz's previous record of 14 with a goal against South Korea in Brazil's first match of the 2015 edition in Canada.

Marta is often regarded as the best female player of all time, coveting the nickname Pele with skirts by Pele himself.[3][4][5] 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, and won both the Golden Ball award as the best player and the Golden Boot award as the top scorer in the 2007 Women's World Cup after leading Brazil to the final of the tournament.

In January 2013 she was named as one of the six Ambassadors of the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil, alongside Amarildo, Bebeto, Carlos Alberto Torres, Ronaldo and Mario Zagallo.[6] She also appeared in the Sveriges Television television documentary series The Other Sport from 2013.

In August 2016, Marta was one of the 8 to carry the Olympic Flag in the Olympic Games in Rio.

Club career[edit]

Career start[edit]

Marta was discovered by well-known Brazilian female coach, Helena Pacheco, when she was only 14 years idade.Após act as juvenile CSA, Marta started her professional career at Vasco da Gama in 2000. After two years in cruzmaltino team, was transferred to the mining Santa Cruz, a small club in Minas Gerais, where she would play for two more seasons, before defending Umeå IK of Sweden.

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,[7] 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.[8] 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.[9] At the request of Marta, the Los Angeles side also purchased Johanna Frisk from Umeå IK,[10] which led to a report by Swedish TV4 sports presenter Patrick Ekwall that Marta and Frisk were a lesbian couple.[11] Both players denied this to be true.[12]

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.[13][14] 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."[15]

Marta was the league's top scorer for the 2009 season with ten goals and three assists.[16] The Sol were regular season champions and reached the WPS Championship Final, where it lost 1–0 to Sky Blue FC.[17]


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,[18][19] helping her club win both competitions, and scoring a goal in the Libertadores final and two in the Copa do Brasil final.[20][21]

FC Gold Pride[edit]

Marta at 2010 WPS Championship

In January 2010, the Sol ceased operations[22] 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.[23] 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.[24] She became a free agent after the Gold Pride folded on 17 November 2010.

Return to Santos[edit]

On December 16, 2010, Santos presented again Marta . It was a two-month contract that could become a link of a year, but it did not. The board of directors has confirmed it is finalizing negotiations for the club to dispute the women's football league in the United States in 2011. However, pursuant to the competition regulation, the club would have only five Brazilian players - Marta and four.

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.[25] 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.[26]

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.[27] Her extraordinary salary of about $400,000[28][29] per season was paid by external sponsors and not the club, its owners stated.[30] Tyresö won the Damallsvenskan title for the first time in the 2012 season and Marta collected her fifth league winner's medal.[31]

Marta scored twice in Tyresö's 4–3 defeat by Wolfsburg in the 2014 UEFA Women's Champions League Final.[32] 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.[33]

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.[34] Paris Saint-Germain Féminines were also reported to have approached Marta and Tyresö teammate Caroline Seger.[35]


In July 2014 she signed a six-month contract with defending champion FC Rosengård in Sweden.[36] There is an option to extend the contract for another year. As of 2016, Marta still plays for FC Rosengård.


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 96 64 12 5 14 1 122 97

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.[37] 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.[38]

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.[39] 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.[40][41]

During her fourth World Cup in 2015, Marta became the all-time top scorer of the women's tournament with 15 goals once she scored the second goal in Brazil's debut against South Korea.[42]

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

Marta competed in four FIFA Women's World Cup: USA 2003, China 2007, Germany 2011 and Canada 2015; 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.[43] Marta with her Brazil teammates, finished second at China 2007 Women's World Cup, and won silver medals at 2004 Athens and 2008 Beijing Olympics.

International goals[edit]

The following list contains 94 goals of 106 scored by Marta.


Marta during the 2014 Match Against Poverty in Bern, Switzerland


Umeå IK
FC Gold Pride
Western New York Flash
Tyresö FF
FC Rosengård

National team[edit]


Style of play[edit]

Marta in 2014

A small, quick, yet sturdy and tenacious player,[46] who is regarded by many in the sport as the greatest female footballer of all time, Marta is renowned for her flair, quick feet, and exceptional skill on the ball, which has earned her comparisons with Ronaldinho,[47] Romário,[48] and also Pelé, who himself dubbed her as Pele with skirts.[3][4][5][49] In addition to her vision and technical skills,[48] Marta is also known for her pace when dribbling at speed.[48][50][51] Marta is capable of playing in several offensive positions: she began her career in an offensive midfield role as a classic number 10,[52][53] although she was later deployed in a more advanced role,[54] both as a supporting forward[55] and as a main striker,[56] or even on the wing, a position which allows her to cut into the middle and shoot on goal with her stronger left foot.[48][52][57][58] Although she is primarily known for her creativity, chance creation, and ability to play off of her team-mates as an advanced playmaker,[48][51][59][60] Marta is a prolific goalscorer, who is renowned for her striking ability;[61] she is also accurate from penalties and set-pieces.[62] In addition to her footballing abilities, Marta has also stood out for her leadership.[63]

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.[64] Marta is fluent in Portuguese, Swedish, and English, and religiously a Catholic and states that God is very important to her although she does not go to Church that often.[65]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ 2015 World Cup
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  6. ^ Brazil 2014 Ambassadors Named
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  9. ^ Wåhlin, Johan (12 January 2009). "Marta bäst i världen – flyttar till LA". (in Swedish). Retrieved 13 January 2009. 
  10. ^ "Martas krav till USA: Ta med Frisk" (in Swedish). 23 October 2008. Retrieved 7 April 2009. 
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  13. ^ "The Fabulous Forum". Los Angeles Times. 12 January 2009. 
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  18. ^ Adilson Barros (1 August 2009). "Peixe anuncia Marta, que deverá receber a camisa 10 das mãos de Pelé" (in Portuguese). Retrieved 5 August 2009. 
  19. ^; International Report: WPS Stars Head Overseas in the Off-Season
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  21. ^ "Santos bate Botucatu e conquista a Copa do Brasil feminina" (in Portuguese). Estadão. 1 December 2009. Retrieved 2 December 2009. 
  22. ^; Los Angeles Sol of WPS folds after first season
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  37. ^ > Pan2007 > Futebol Pan2007 – NOTÍCIAS – Pelé diz que Marta é Pelé de saias
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  55. ^ Stephen Wade (27 September 2007). "USA 0 Brazil 4: Marta's masterclass humbles US". The Independent. Retrieved 15 January 2016. 
  56. ^ Reem Abulleil (21 May 2015). "INTERVIEW: Brazil striker Marta aiming to end her long wait for World Cup glory". Retrieved 16 January 2016. 
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  58. ^ "Marta leads Brazil into quarters". The Ottawa Sun. 3 July 2011. Retrieved 16 January 2016. 
  59. ^ "2003: Magical Marta ups the tempo in the States". 15 October 2004. Retrieved 15 January 2016. 
  60. ^ Jeff Carlisle (9 July 2011). "Will the U.S. defeat Marta & Co.?". ESPN. Retrieved 15 January 2016. 
  61. ^ Rob Hughes (11 January 2011). "The Best Player on Earth Is Looking for a Job". The New York Times. Retrieved 15 January 2016. 
  62. ^ Paolo Bandini (10 July 2011). "Brazil v USA - as it happened". The Guardian. Retrieved 16 January 2016. 
  63. ^ Bobby Ilich (6 December 2015). "Women's World Cup 2015: One Foreign Soccer Player Stands Out Above The Rest -- Get To Know Brazil's Marta". International Business Times. Retrieved 16 January 2016. 
  64. ^ "Brazilian star Marta to be UN goodwill ambassador". 11 October 2010. Archived from the original on 4 November 2012. Retrieved 12 October 2010. 
  65. ^ "Abbey Road - Sunday Guest Marta Vieira Da Silva (English Translation)". Women's Soccer United. 27 February 2012. Retrieved 11 June 2015. 

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