Mariléia dos Santos

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Mariléia dos Santos (Michael Jackson) na CE – Comissão de Educação, Cultura e Esporte do Senado Federal

Mariléia dos Santos, better known as Michael Jackson (born 19 November 1963 in Valença, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) is a former Brazilian footballer.[1] She played for the Brazilian women’s national football team for twelve years, participating in two World Cups and the Olympic Games.


She was considered the Pelé of women’s football in the 1980s and 1990s, and she is credited with paving the way for women’s football in Brazil. Teams she played for include the women’s Esporte Clube Radar in Rio, Corinthians São Paulo, FC Santos, SC Internacional in Porto Alegre, CR Vasco da Gama, Saad Esporte Clube in São Caetano do Sul, and Torino in Italy. It is claimed that she scored 1567 goals in her career. She was awarded third place by the International Federation of Football History (IFFHS) in the gallery of the best players of the twentieth century in South America[2].

Mariléia dos Santos experienced her first successes in 1983 at the age of 20, when her team (Tupy in Santa Catarina) won the first São Paulo Cup of women’s football. She was then drafted by the legendary Radar team, where she stayed from 1983 to 1989, scoring over 800 goals. In 1990 she moved to Saad, the team that won six consecutive titles and the 1995 Copa São Paulo Mundialito. In the same year, she moved to Italy after the opening of the international market for talent.

Dos Santos currently lives in the capital Brasília, is the general coordinator of women’s football and is presented in the company of the current national team, athletes and football clinics.

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  1. Futbolinterior