Sissi (footballer)

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Personal information
Full name Sisleide do Amor Lima[1]
Date of birth (1967-06-02) 2 June 1967 (age 56)
Place of birth Esplanada, Bahia, Brazil
Height 5 ft 5 in (1.65 m)
Position(s) Attacking midfielder
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1996 Saad
1997–1998 São Paulo
1999–2000 Palmeiras
2000 Vasco da Gama
2001–2003 San Jose CyberRays 62 (5)
2004–2008 California Storm
2009 FC Gold Pride 3 (0)
International career
1988–2000 Brazil
*Club domestic league appearances and goals, correct as of 23:10, 30 September 2009 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals, correct as of 23:10, 30 September 2009 (UTC)

Sisleide do Amor Lima (born 2 June 1967), commonly known as Sissi, is a Brazilian footballer and coach who played as an attacking midfielder. She last played for FC Gold Pride of Women's Professional Soccer and is a former member of the Brazil women's national football team.

Early life[edit]

Born in Esplanada, Brazil, Sissi began playing football at the age of six with her older brother Paulo and her father.[2] At the age of 14, she left her home in Esplanada to play professionally in Salvador, Brazil. She played for the first time with the Brazilian national team at age 16.[3] In 1999 she transferred from São Paulo FC to Palmeiras for a US$5,000 fee.[4]

Club career[edit]

San Jose CyberRays (2001-2003)[edit]

Sissi played for the San Jose CyberRays in the first women's professional soccer league in the United States, the Women's United Soccer Association (WUSA) all three years that the league was in existence. The team won the Founders Cup Championship in their first year together.[2]

California Storm (2004-2014)[edit]

In 2004, Sissi signed to play with the California Storm in the Women's Premier Soccer League, the highest women's professional soccer league in the United States after the WUSA ceased operations. She joined fellow 1999 Women's World Cup stars, Brandi Chastain and Keri Sanchez.[5][6]

Saad Esporte Club (2005)[edit]

In November 2005, Sissi made a brief return to one of her former clubs in Brazil, Saad Esporte Clube.[7]

FC Gold Pride (2009)[edit]

Sissi signed with FC Gold Pride for the inaugural season of Women's Professional Soccer (WPS) as the team's assistant coach. On 11 June 2009, it was announced that Sissi was joining the roster of the team, making her the oldest player in the league at age 42.[8] She made three appearances as a player for the club playing a total of 128 minutes.[9] She was also an assistant coach.[10][11]

International career[edit]

Sissi was part of the EC Radar club team who represented Brazil at the 1988 FIFA Women's Invitation Tournament in Guangdong and finished in third place.[12] She was unable to take part in the inaugural 1991 FIFA Women's World Cup because she was not released by her club team.[13]

Sissi was called up to Brazil's squad for the 1999 FIFA Women's World Cup as a Palmeiras player.[14] She won the golden boot award at the tournament in which she scored seven goals, sharing the award with China's Sun Wen.[15]

For the 2003 FIFA Women's World Cup 36-year-old Sissi was left out of the Brazil squad due to her relatively advanced age and "disciplinary issues".[16]

International goals[edit]

No. Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 25 July 1996 Birmingham, United States  Germany 1–1 1–1 1996 Summer Olympics
2. 19 June 1999 East Rutherford, United States  Mexico 3–1 7–1 1999 FIFA Women's World Cup
3. 5–1
4. 6–1
5. 24 June 1999 Chicago, United States  Italy 1–0 2–0
6. 2–0
7. 27 June 1999 Landover, United States  Germany 2–1 3–3
8. 1 July 1999  Nigeria 4–3 4–3 (a.e.t.)

Coaching career[edit]

On 29 September 2008, Sissi was announced as the new assistant coach for the Bay Area Women's Professional Soccer team, ultimately known as FC Gold Pride. She was also the head coach for the Las Positas College Women's Soccer team based in Livermore, California. She was a coach for the Diablo Valley Soccer Club (DVSC) for three years as well as Clayton Valley High School.[2] She currently coaches at Walnut Creek Soccer Club and at Solano Community College in Fairfield, California, USA.


São Paulo
Vasco da Gama
California Storm


  1. ^ Sissi at Olympedia Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ a b c "Sissi: The Queen of Soccer". Bay Area Sports Drive. Archived from the original on 23 July 2012. Retrieved 27 June 2013.
  3. ^ "Sissi". Walnut Creek Soccer Club. Archived from the original on 9 July 2012. Retrieved 27 June 2013.
  4. ^ "EUA assediam seleção feminina de futebol" (in Brazilian Portuguese). Folha de S.Paulo. 2 September 2000. Retrieved 8 January 2023. Considerada a segunda melhor jogadora do planeta na atualidade, a meia Sissi trocou o São Paulo pelo Palmeiras por US$ 5.000 _um trocado em relação ao valor de passe de Rivaldo, apontado como o melhor entre os homens.
  5. ^ "Brandi Chastain, Sissi and Keri Sanchez Sign With Storm". Women's Premier Soccer League. Retrieved 27 June 2013.
  6. ^ "San Jose soccer star heads to Sacramento". Sacramento Business Journal. Retrieved 27 June 2013.
  7. ^ "SISSI, A JOGADORA DO SÉCULO DA AMÉRICA DO SUL, REFORÇA O SAAD NAS FINAIS DO PAULISTA" (in Portuguese). Saad Esporte Clube. Retrieved 20 April 2013.
  8. ^ "Sissi, before Marta, helped show her Brazil soccer wasn't just a man's game". Daily Breeze. Retrieved 27 June 2013.
  9. ^ "Sisleide do Amor Lima". Soccer Way. Retrieved 27 June 2013.
  10. ^ "Remembering '99: Sissi". US Soccer Federation. Retrieved 27 June 2013.
  11. ^ "Gold Pride assistant coach Sissi will play". The Mercury News. Retrieved 27 June 2013.
  12. ^ Fernandes, Andréa Karl. "A história do futebol feminino" (PDF) (in Portuguese). Sindicato dos Treinsdores de Futebol Profissional do Estado do Rio de Janeiro. Archived from the original (PDF) on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 20 April 2013.
  13. ^ "FIFA Women's World Cup China '91 – Technical Report & Statistics" (PDF). FIFA. p. 79. Archived from the original (PDF) on 27 December 2011. Retrieved 20 April 2013.
  14. ^ "FIFA Women's World Cup 1999 squads". FIFA. 1999. Archived from the original (TXT) on 17 December 2000. Retrieved 29 September 2019.
  15. ^ "Sissi's golden goal". FIFA. 26 April 2019. Retrieved 18 September 2021.
  16. ^ "Milene é confirmada na seleção feminina" (in Brazilian Portuguese). O Estado de S. Paulo. 11 September 2003. Retrieved 22 April 2023.

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