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Carol Carioca

Carol Carioca

Carolina Conceição Martins Pereira (born 18 February 1983), known as Carol Carioca, is a Brazilian former footballer who played as a centre back.

Carol Carioca
Personal information
Full name Carolina Conceição Martins Pereira
Date of birth (1983-02-18) 18 February 1983
Place of birth Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Height 1.71 m (5 ft 7 in)
Position(s) Centre back
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2001–2002 Vasco
2002 América de Rio Preto
2003–2004 Santos
2005–2008 Botucatu
2008–2009 Jena
2010–2011 Botucatu
2012 Chungbuk Sportstoto
2013 Duque de Caxias
2014 Portuguesa
2014 Foz Cataratas 4 (0)
2014 Vitória das Tabocas
2015 São Paulo
2015 Centro Olímpico 3 (0)
2016 União 0 (0)
2017 Kindermann 2 (0)
2017 CRESSPOM 7 (1)
2018 Foz Cataratas 10 (0)
2018–2019[1] Hapoel Be'er Sheva 21 (3)
2019 Fluminense
2020 Foz Cataratas 7 (3)
2021 Botafogo 5 (1)
2021 Malabo Kings
National team
2008–2016 Equatorial Guinea 8 (3)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 28 November 2020
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 26 June 2011 (before the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup)

Carol Carioca was part of the Equatorial Guinea women's national football team at the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup.[2]

On 5 October 2017, Carol Carioca and other nine Brazilian footballers were declared by FIFA as ineligible to play for Equatorial Guinea.[3]

Football career

Carol Carioca first became involved in footballer through her father, who she both attended games with and watched televised matches. She would also play street football with teams of boys, although her mother disapproved. Pereira is Brazilian by birth, but had been invited to Equatorial Guinea to play football in 2007. After staying in the country, she was recruited for the women's national football team. She caught malaria the following year, which she said was one of the low lights of her career along with the results of a career threatening ankle surgery in 2009 which she was told might mean she could no longer play football.[4] As a footballer, she plays under the name "Carol Carioca".[5]

In April 2010, Carol Carioca was one of several high profile players who helped draw the group states of the FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup held later that year in Germany.[6] Pereira was included in the Equatorial Guinea squad for the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup, held in Germany.[7] This was the first time the nation had qualified to appear at the Women's World Cup, and Pereira said that doing so was her proudest moment as a footballer so far. The first round match between Equatorial Guinea and Brazil was the first time a Brazilian player naturalized for another nation had played against them in women's football.[4]

When Carol Carioca was a member of the Equatorial Guinea team that won the 2012 African Women's Championship, she was one of 11 out of the 21 players who were naturalized Brazilians playing as Equatoguineans.[8][9]

Carol Carioca retired from playing on 18 November 2021 after reaching with Malabo Kings FC the fourth place of the CAF Women's Champions League inaugural edition.[10] Following the loss to ASFAR for the third-place match, she expressed to media she would continue to be linked to women's football.[10]


  1. "Carilona MARTINS PEREIRA". Israel Football Association. Retrieved 20 March 2020.
  2. "Official squad list 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup". FIFA. 17 June 2011. Archived from the original on 12 July 2011. Retrieved 17 June 2011.
  3. "Equatorial Guinea expelled from FIFA Women's World Cup France 2019". 5 October 2017. Archived from the original on 6 October 2017. Retrieved 5 October 2017.
  4. "Carolina Conceição Martins Pereira Interview on Women's Soccer United". Women's Soccer United. Retrieved 4 November 2016.
  5. "Carol Carioca". Soccerway. Retrieved 4 November 2016.
  6. "Falconets to meet England,Mexico and Japan". All Nigeria Soccer. 22 April 2010. Retrieved 4 November 2016.
  7. "Official squad lists submitted". FIFA. 17 June 2011. Archived from the original on 12 July 2011. Retrieved 17 June 2011.
  8. Agergaard & Tiesler 2014, p. 90.
  9. Agergaard & Tiesler 2014, p. 98.
  10. ASFAR Club v Malabo Kings | CAF Women’s Champions League | Full Match on YouTube


  • Agergaard, Sine; Tiesler, Nina Clara (2014). Women, Soccer and Transnational Migration. New York: Routledge. ISBN 978-0-41582-459-0.

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