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Marta stays in Sweden, signs with FC Rosengård

Marta of Brazil
Marta of Brazil

Marta has signed a contract with Swedish Damallsvenskan champion FC Rosengård. (Photo Copyright Jeff Kassouf for The Equalizer)

Five-time FIFA World Player of the Year Marta has signed with Swedish club FC Rosengård on a six-month deal, with an option for another year.

Marta was previously without a club after UEFA Champions League runners-up Tyresö FF disbanded following financial issues, though her contract was already up.

The Brazilian playmaker was keen on staying in Sweden, where her career took off with Umeå IK from 2004-08. In 2004, Marta helped Umeå win their second straight UEFA Champions League title. She ventured to the U.S. in 2009, playing for the Los Angeles Sol, FC Gold Pride and the Western New York Flash before heading back overseas to Tyresö once WPS folded in early 2012.

She was named world’s best player five straight times from 2006-10.

“I am very happy that I get to play in Sweden for a team that has the same dream as me, to win it all,” Marta said at her introductory press conference.

FC Rosengård was known as LdB FC Malmö up until earlier this year, when the name changed following structural changes within the club. As LdB FC Malmö, the league won last season’s Swedish Damallsvenskan title, qualifying for the UEFA Champions League.

Other notable players include Germany’s Anja Mittag, Switzerland’s Ramona Bachmann, Swedish midfielder Therese Sjögran and New Zealand defender Ali Riley.

Marta will wear the No. 11 jersey for the team.

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