Formiga (footballer)

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For the male footballer, see Formiga (footballer, born 1995).
This name uses Portuguese naming customs. The first or maternal family name is Maciel and the second or paternal family name is Mota.
Formiga
Formiga (08), meio-campista, DSC00910-2012-26-07.jpg
Personal information
Full name Miraildes Maciel Mota[1]
Date of birth (1978-03-03) 3 March 1978 (age 39)
Place of birth Salvador, Bahia, Brazil[2]
Height 162 cm (5 ft 4 in)[3]
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
São José Esporte Clube
Number 8[4]
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1993–1997 São Paulo
1998 Portuguesa
1999 São Paulo
2000–2001 Santa Isabel
2002 Santos
2003 Independente
2004–2005 Malmö FF Dam
2006 New Jersey Wildcats 12 (13)
2007 Jersey Sky Blue 6 (1)
2007 Saad
2008 Botucatu
2009 FC Gold Pride 16 (0)
2010 Chicago Red Stars 23 (0)
2011– São José
National team
1995–2016 Brazil 160[5] (23)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 18:32, 23 June 2015 (UTC)

Miraildes Maciel Mota (born 3 March 1978), commonly known as Formiga (Portuguese: ant), is a Brazilian footballer who plays as a midfielder for São José Esporte Clube. She previously played for professional clubs in Sweden and the United States. 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 Homare Sawa a record six appearances at the FIFA Women's World Cup.

Career[edit]

Born in Salvador, Formiga begun playing football at the age of 12. She has cited Dunga, captain of the male Brazilian team that won the 1994 FIFA World Cup as the biggest influence on her playing style.[6]

Formiga played in the Swedish Damallsvenskan as a member of Malmö FF Dam, and for both Santa Isabel and Saad in her homeland of Brazil.[7] Formiga was the first overall pick for the newly inaugurated Women's Professional Soccer (WPS) league in the United States in the 2008 WPS International Draft, selected by FC Gold Pride of Santa Clara, California.[8] Formiga started 15 of her 16 games for Gold Pride in their inaugural season in 2009. The following season, Formiga played for Chicago Red Stars, alongside compatriot Cristiane.[9] In 2011, Formiga returned to her country to play for São José.

International[edit]

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 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.[6] She returned in the 2012 tournament, setting an outright record as the only player present in all five editions of the Olympics tournament.[10]

In the FIFA Women's World Cup, Formiga has appeared in six consecutive tournaments from 1995 to 2015, an achievement matched only by Homare Sawa in women's football,[11] eclipsing the retired Lothar Matthäus and Antonio Carbajal who hold the record of five consecutive appearances in the men's competition.[12] Along the way, Formiga's Brazil reached third place in 1999 and were runners-up to Birgit Prinz's Germany in 2007.[6] Formiga became the competition's oldest goalscorer with a goal against South Korea on 9 June 2015.[13] She was 37 years, three months and six days old.[14]

Formiga also won the gold medal in three editions of the Pan American Games, 2003, 2007 and 2015,[6] and winning the silver in 2011 when Brazil were beaten by Canada.

Formiga retired from the Brazilian national team in 2016, playing her last game against Italy on December 18. She finished her international career with 160 caps and 23 goals.

International goals[edit]


Goal
Date
Location Opponent # Score Result Competition
1.goal 1 1998-03-15 Argentina Mar del Plata  Argentina 1.1

5250.02005 4–0

5450.04005 7–1

Copa America 1998
2.goal 2 2000-06-20 United States Hershey  Costa Rica 2.1

5250.02005 2–0

5550.05005 8–0

CONCACAF Gold Cup 2000
3.goal 3 2.2

5350.03005 3–0

4.goal 4 2003-04-25 Peru Lima  Peru 1.1

5250.02005 1–0

5450.04005 3–0

Copa America 2003
5.goal 5 2003-04-27 Peru Lima  Colombia 1.1

5250.02005 3–0

5450.04005 12–0

Copa America 2003
6.goal 6 2003-08-2 Dominican Republic San Cristóbal  Haiti 1.1

5250.02005 3–0

5450.04005 5–0

2003 Pan American Games
7.goal 7 2003-08-8 Dominican Republic San Cristóbal  Canada 1.1

5250.02005 2–0

5450.04005 5–0

2003 Pan American Games
8.goal 8 2003-08-14 Dominican Republic San Cristóbal  Canada 1.1

5250.02005 1–0

5450.04005 2–1

2003 Pan American Games
9.goal 9 2004-08-20 Greece Heraklio  Mexico 2.1

5250.02005 2–0

5550.05005 5–0

Olympics 2004
10.goal 10 2.2

5350.03005 4–0

11.goal 11 2007-09-03 China Tianjin  Australia 1.1

5250.02005 1–0

5450.04005 3–2

2007 FIFA Women's World Cup
12.goal 12 2008-08-18 China Shanghai  Germany 1.1

5250.02005 1–1

5450.04005 4–1

Olympics 2008
13.goal 13 2012-07-14 Switzerland Chatel-St-Denis  Colombia 1.1

5250.02005 2–1

5450.04005 2–1

2012 Matchworld Women's Cup
14.goal 14 2012-07-17 Switzerland Chatel-St-Denis  Canada 1.1

5250.02005 1–0

5450.04005 2–1

2012 Matchworld Women's Cup
15.goal 15 2013-12-22 Brazil Brasilia  Chile 1.1

5250.02005 1–0

5550.05005 5–0

Torneio Internacional 2013
16.goal 16 2014-09-12 Ecuador Loja  Bolivia 2.1

5250.02005 1–0

5550.05005 6–0

Copa América 2014
17.goal 17 2.2

5350.03005 4–0

18.goal 18 2014-12-10 Brazil Brasilia  Argentina 2.1

5250.02005 2–0

5550.05005 4–0

Torneio Internacional 2014
19.goal 19 2.2

5350.03005 4–0

20.goal 20 2015-06-09 Canada Montreal  South Korea 1.1

5250.02005 1–0

5450.04005 2–0

2015 FIFA Women's World Cup
21.goal 21 2015-07-11 Canada Toronto  Costa Rica 1.1

5250.02005 3–0

5450.04005 3–0

2015 Pan American Games
22.goal 22 2015-07-25 Canada Toronto  Colombia 1.1

5250.02005 1–0

5450.04005 4–0

2015 Pan American Games
23.goal 23 2015-12-01 Brazil Cuiabá  New Zealand 1.1

5250.02005 3–1

5450.04005 5–1

Friendly game
24.goal 24 2015-12-13 Brazil Natal  Mexico 1.1

5250.02005 5–0

5450.04005 6–0

Torneio Internacional Natal 2015
25.goal 25 2016-03-07 Portugal Lagos  Russia 1.1

5250.02005 1–0

5450.04005 3–0

Algarve Cup 2016

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Women's Olympic Football Tournament London 2012 – List of Players Brazil" (PDF). FIFA. 24 July 2012. Retrieved 20 December 2014. 
  2. ^ "Formiga". Sports Reference. Archived from the original on 1 August 2015. Retrieved 26 July 2015. 
  3. ^ "List of Players - Brazil" (PDF). FIFA. 8 June 2015. p. 2. Retrieved 14 June 2015. 
  4. ^ "Confederação Brasileira de Futebol súmula on-line - CBF, jogo 37" (PDF) (in Portuguese). Brazilian Football Confederation. 12 February 2014. Retrieved 14 June 2015. 
  5. ^ "Profile". FIFA.com. Retrieved 23 June 2015. 
  6. ^ a b c d "Formiga" (in Portuguese). Universo Online. Retrieved 26 July 2015. 
  7. ^ "Formiga" (in Portuguese). Universo Online. Retrieved 26 July 2015. 
  8. ^ Elliot, Almond (3 February 2009). "FC Gold Pride signs No. 1 pick Formiga". San Jose Mercury News. Retrieved 3 February 2009. 
  9. ^ "Brazilian midfielder Formiga joins Cristiane on Red Stars". Daily Herald (Arlington Heights). 2 March 2010. Retrieved 26 July 2015. 
  10. ^ "Record-breaking Brazil set bar high". FIFA. 25 July 2012. Retrieved 26 July 2015. 
  11. ^ "Newcomers make their bows as records tumble". FIFA. 10 June 2015. Retrieved 26 July 2015. 
  12. ^ Kassouf, Jeff (9 June 2015). "Sawa, Formiga set record with 6th World Cups". The Equalizer. Retrieved 26 July 2015. 
  13. ^ "Brazil in record-breaking World Cup win against South Korea". The Guardian. 10 June 2015. Retrieved 26 July 2015. 
  14. ^ "Formiga, Brazil's supernatural force". FIFA. 10 June 2015. Retrieved 26 July 2015. 

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