Miraildes Maciel Mota

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Formiga (08), meio-campista, DSC00910-2012-26-07.jpg
Surname Miraildes Maciel Mota
birthday March 3, 1978
place of birth SalvadorBrazil
size 162 cm
position midfield
Years station Games (goals) 1
1993-1997, 1999 São Paulo FC
1998 Portuguesa
2000-2001 Santa Isabel
2002 FC Santos
2003 Independente
2004-2005 Malmö FF
2006 New Jersey Wildcats
2007 Jersey sky blue 12 (13)
2007 Saad 6 0(1)
2008 Botucatu
2009 FC Gold Pride 16 0(0)
2010 Chicago Red Stars 23 0(0)
2013, 2015 São José EC 20 0(2)
2016 São Francisco EC 6 0(2)
2017– Paris Saint-Germain 53 0(1)
National team
Years selection Games (goals) 2
1995– Brazil 198+ (30)
1 Only league games are given.
Status: February 22, 2020

2 As of March 10, 2020

Miraildes Maciel Mota , short Formiga (Portuguese: "Ant") (born March 3, 1978 in Salvador ) is a Brazilian soccer player . She is the first South American player to play more than 100 internationals and is the record South American national player . She is the only player who has taken part in all women's soccer tournaments at the Olympic Games and has played the most games. She is also the only player to have played in six World Cup finals.


Formiga first played for various clubs in her home country, later also in Sweden and the USA . Since February 2017 she has been playing for Paris Saint-Germain FC in the French women's first division , where she is still used as a 42-year-old; So she was in PSG's starting line-up at the state cup final in August 2020 . With the French capital city club, she reached the final of the 2016/17 UEFA Women's Champions League , where she and her teammates were only defeated by defending champions Olympique Lyon on penalties . Formiga was the fifth PSG shooter to convert her penalty.

National team

Formiga played for Brazil in the 1995 , 1999 , 2003 , 2007 , 2011 and 2015 World Cup tournaments and was used in 25 games in which she scored three goals. In 2007 she reached the final, in which Brazil lost 2-0 to the German national team . She is the only player to have appeared in all women's Olympic football tournaments since 1996 and is the record-breaking Olympic player with currently 29 games. She scored three goals. In 2004 and 2008 she was defeated with Brazil in the game for the US team's gold medal . She is the first South American player to be listed by FIFA with 100 international matches. After she had reached the semi-finals in the first four tournaments with Brazil and the last two finals, she was eliminated in the quarter-finals with 0: 2 against world champions Japan in 2012 . In 2016, she lost the game for third place against Canada in her home country.

At the Algarve Cup 2015 , in which Brazil participated for the first time, Formiga, who played with the shirt number 8 in the last two World Cup tournaments, wore the shirt with the number 20 because she has played for the Seleção for 20 years. With her nomination for the 2015 World Cup, she is the first player to take part in six World Cup finals. In the group game against South Korea she was awarded as a player of the game .

According to the lineups listed in the Brazilian National Womens' Team Archive, she was used in 195 international games, in which she scored 30 goals - two of them in the finals at the 2003 and 2015 Pan American Games . She played 27 games at World Championships and 29 games at Olympic Games making her the Olympic record holder and the only player to have participated in six Olympic football tournaments (1996, 2000, 2004, 2008 and 2012, 2016 ). However, no line-ups are available for 22 games that fall during their active time. In the message from FIFA for their farewell game, 160 games were named. In the FIFA squad list for the 2019 World Cup, she is named with 189 games, followed by six.

After the final of the four-nation tournament against Italy in Manaus on December 18, 2016 , she announced her resignation from the national team after 21 years. In March 2018, the Brazilian national coach persuaded her to make a comeback for the 2018 South American Championship , where she was also used in the first game against Argentina.

She was also nominated again for the 2019 World Cup . With her performance in the round of 16 against France, she set a new age record. She was 41 years and 112 days old at the time of the game.


National team



Web links

Commons : Formiga  - collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. Formiga in the database of FIFA (English)
  2. FIFA.com: London 2012 Women's Olympic Football Tournament - squad lists (PDF; 394 kB)
  3. selecao.cbf: "Formiga recebe homenagem mais do que merecida pelos 20 anos de Seleção"
  4. FIFA Women's World Cup Canada 2015 ™ - Matches - Brazil-Korea Republic - FIFA.com. de.fifa.com, accessed June 21, 2015 .
  5. Brazilian National Womens' Team Archive
  6. fifa.com: "A French legend and Brazil's most famous 'ant'"
  7. FIFA Women's World Cup France 2019 ™ ( English , PDF) FIFA. July 7, 2019. Accessed February 11, 2020.
  8. selecao.cbf.com.br - Em noite de emocao Formiga se despede da selecao, accessed on December 19, 2016.
  9. cbf.com: Formiga volta a campo pela Seleção nesta quinta
  10. cbf.com: Seleção Feminina vence a Argentina na estreia ( Memento of the original from April 6, 2018 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link was inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot / selecao.cbf.com.br
  11. Bola de Prata 2016 , report on br.blastingnews.com, page in portug., Accessed on December 13, 2016