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Name  Miraildes Mota
Full name  Miraildes Maciel Mota
Role  Footballer
Playing position  Midfielder
1993–1997  Sao Paulo
Years  Team
Weight  55 kg
Number  8
Height  1.62 m

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Date of birth  (1978-03-03) 3 March 1978 (age 37)
Place of birth  Salvador, Bahia, Brazil

Current team  Sao Jose Esporte Clube

Miraildes Maciel Mota (born 3 March 1978), commonly known as Formiga (Portuguese: ant), is a Brazilian footballer who plays as a midfielder for Paris Saint-Germain. 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.

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Career

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.

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. 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. 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. In 2011, Formiga returned to her country to play for São José.

International

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

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, eclipsing the retired Lothar Matthäus and Antonio Carbajal who hold the record of five consecutive appearances in the men's competition. Along the way, Formiga's Brazil reached third place in 1999 and were runners-up to Birgit Prinz's Germany in 2007. Formiga became the competition's oldest goalscorer with a goal against South Korea on 9 June 2015. She was 37 years, three months and six days old.

Formiga also won the gold medal in three editions of the Pan American Games, 2003, 2007 and 2015, 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.

References

Formiga (footballer) Wikipedia


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