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Marcos Antônio Senna da Silva (born 17 July 1976 in São Paulomarker) is a Brazilianmarker-born Spanishmarker football who plays for Villarreal CF and the Spanish national team, as a central midfielder.

He is known for his passing range and long shooting, and is also a penalty specialist.

Club career

Senna began his career with Rio Branco Esporte Clube. After playing for a number of different Brazilian clubs early in his career, he moved to Spanishmarker club Villarreal CF in 2002, from Associação Desportiva São Caetano. After a slow start (only 25 league appearances in his first two seasons combined), he became an undisputed starter, helping the club to as far as the UEFA Champions League semi-finals, in 2005-06; eventually, he also gained club captaincy.

On 27 April 2008, Senna scored a goal from inside the centre circle against Real Betis that he deemed, "the best goal of my life".That season, as the player netted a further three times, in a total of 33 matches, Villarreal finished a club-best second, to champions Real Madrid.

International career

Senna was granted Spanish citizenship in early 2006 and was part of the Spanish squad for the 2006 FIFA World Cup and UEFA Euro 2008. His debut came on March 1, in a friendly match in Valladolidmarker, with Ivory Coast.

In Euro 2008, Senna scored the third of Spain's four converted penalties, which resulted in the nation progressing to the semifinals at the expense of Italy, winning 4-2 in the shootout. He played the full duration of the final - a 1–0 win over Germany - and was named in UEFA's squad for the competition. Some pundits and journalists also named Senna as their player of the tournament.

His first international goal came against Armenia on 10 September 2008, a 4–0 win in the 2010 World Cup qualifying match.

International goals

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 10 September, 2008 Estadio Carlos Belmontemarker, Albacetemarker, Spainmarker 4–0 Win 2010 FIFA World Cup qualifying


Honours and awards

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Personal

Marcos Assunção, of A.S. Roma and Betis fame, is Senna's cousin.

References

  1. Marcos Senna, estrella de Champions (Marcos Senna, Champions star)


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