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The birth of Marta

February 19, 2017

This day in football history


On 19 February 1986, five-time World Player of the Year Marta was born in Dois Riachos, Brazil.

A forward, she started her career at the age of 14 with Vasco da Gama, but the women’s team folded after her second season there, prompting her 2002 move to Belo Horizonte to play for Santa Cruz. In 2004, she left Brazil for Sweden, joining the reigning UEFA Women’s Cup holders Umeå IK and, in her first season, helped them successfully defend their title.

She won back-to-back league titles with Umeå in 2005 and 2006, leading to the first of five consecutive World Player of the Year awards. After winning two more league titles in 2007 and 2008, she moved to the United States to play for the Los Angeles Sol in the inaugural season for the new league, WPS.

Despite winning the title, Los Angeles folded after one year, prompting Marta’s transfer to FC Gold Pride in 2010, then to the Western New York Flash in 2011, winning titles with both. In 2012, she moved to Sweden to sign with Tyresö, then switched to Rosengård, her current club, in 2014.

Along the way, she has scored 105 goals in 101 appearances for Brazil.



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