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Marta - Womens Football

Marta - Womens Football

Born on February 19, 1986 in Dois, Riachos, Alagoas, Brazil, Marta Vieira da Silva is a female footballer who will represent her home nation of Brazil in the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London. Known only by her first name, Marta is also a very talented member of the Western New York Flash team in Women’s Professional Soccer (USA). This year’s Games will be the third time Marta has represented her country in the Olympics.

Marta is undoubtedly one of the best footballers in the world. Already winning a range of medals, championships and multiple player of the year awards, Marta has accomplished more at 25 than most athletes will accomplish over the course of their entire careers. She looks to add on to her already impressive collection with a gold medal for Brazil in this summer’s Olympics.

Sporting Career

Marta Vieira da Silva has only been playing football for a little over a decade on any meaningful level, and already she has been named the FIFA World Player of the Year an impressive five times, from 2006 to 2010. While she was only14, Marta was discovered by Helena Pacheco, a reputable Brazilian coach. Marta’s career really started to take off after joining the Umea IK team in 2003. Umea would finish second that season, but Marta’s 22 goals were a sign to everyone that she was extremely talented.

She followed up this success in the 2004-05 season, when she scored another 21 goals. The team would go undefeated for the season but ultimately lose in the final in the championship. It was essentially the same story the next season, as Marta scored another 21 goals, went undefeated, and again made it to the finals of the UEFA Women’s Cup. Unfortunately, Marta was on the losing side yet again, falling 3-2 in the championship match.

The next year was even better for Marta. She led Umea with 25 goals scored, and her team won the league, the Swedish Cup, and hoped to finally get over the hump in the UEFA Women’s Cup. However, for a fourth time in a row, Umea would lose again in the final.

Marta’s career in professional football (soccer) more than speaks for itself. She has consistently won in every league in which she’s played, and she has won multiple cup titles. And while she has also lost multiple titles, nothing can diminish her talent. FIFA took notice of just how skilled Marta was in 2006, and for five consecutive years they gave her the Player of the Year Award.

In Olympic competition, which is the best in the world, Marta and Brazil finished with a silver medal in both the 2004 Athens Games and the 2008 Beijing Games. Going into 2012 in London, the Brazilian team is a heavy favorite to take gold, and Marta is the primary reason for the confidence. 

Career Highlights

  • 2006-2010 FIFA Player of the Year (5x)
  • 2003 Pan American Games – Gold
  • 2004 Olympic Games – Silver
  • 2007 Pan American Games – Gold
  • 2008 Olympic Games – Silver
  • 2012 Summer Olympics – Quarterfinals

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