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Marcos Senna

Published: Thursday 3 March 2011, 16.03CET
Villarreal CF
Published: Thursday 3 March 2011, 16.03CET

Marcos Senna

Villarreal CF

Clubs: Rio Branco EC, América FC, SC Corinthians, EC Juventude, AD São Caetano, Villarreal CF

UEFA honours
UEFA European Championship:
winner 2008
UEFA EURO 2008: Team of the Tournament

• Born in Rio de Janeiro, Senna made a name for himself in his homeland with Corinthians when he won the Brazilian title in 1999.

• Was granted Spanish citizenship in 2006, four years after arriving at Villarreal from Brazilian club São Caetano

• Did not appear in Villarreal's run to the UEFA Cup semi-finals in 2004 but was more involved as they reached the quarter-finals the following year and finished third in the Liga; his breakthrough came in 2005/06, playing 11 times in the UEFA Champions League as Villarreal reached the last four.

• Fast-tracked into Spain's 2006 FIFA World Cup team after acquiring citizenship, but lost his place to Cesc Fábregas having started the first two games; appeared just once in UEFA EURO 2008 qualifying but an outstanding domestic season for Villarreal earned him a midfield anchor role at the finals, where he excelled in La Roja's triumph, earning selection for UEFA's Team of the Tournament.

• Promoted to captain of Villarreal, he passed 200 Liga appearances for the club in 2009/10, but an injury-hampered season denied him selection for Spain's 2010 FIFA World Cup squad.

Last updated: 20/04/11 21.00CET

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