Renata Costa

Renata Aparecida da Costa (born 8 July 1986), commonly known as Renata Costa or Kóki, is a Brazilian footballer who plays for Iranduba. She represented the Brazil women's national football team at three editions of the FIFA Women's World Cup (2003, 2007 and 2011) and three Olympic football tournaments (2004, 2008 and 2012).

Renata Costa
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Personal information
Full name Renata Aparecida da Costa[1]
Date of birth (1986-07-08) 8 July 1986 (age 34)
Place of birth Assaí, Paraná, Brazil
Height 171 cm (5 ft 7 in)[1]
Position(s) Defender / Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
Grêmio Maringá
Portuguesa Londrinense
2004 Santos
2005–2007 Botucatu
2008 OB Odense
2009 LdB FC Malmö 20 (6)
2010 Santos
2011–2012 Foz Cataratas
2013 Assaí
2014–2015 Kubanochka Krasnodar 28 (2)
2016–2017 Corinthians
2017– Iranduba
National team
2002–2004 Brazil U-19
2003–2012 Brazil
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only


She has played as a creative midfielder for Brazil's Botucatu FC since 2005, and was a member of the Brazilian National Teams that won the silver medal at the 2004 Summer Olympics and 2008 Summer Olympics.[2] She is known for her precise passing and goal scoring prowess.

In January 2008 Costa signed for Danish Elitedivisionen club OB Odense. Her new coach described her as a strong midfielder with good technique who could score goals and also play in defence.[3] It was reported that Costa's transfer was one of the first involving Brazilian female players to generate a profit for the selling club.[4]

On 24 September 2008, Costa's American transfer rights were drafted by the Saint Louis Athletica in the 2008 WPS International Draft. Instead of joining the new American franchise, she accepted a competing offer from LdB FC Malmö of the Swedish Damallsvenskan. LdB FC took over the final year of Costa's Odense contract, paying an undisclosed transfer fee to the Danish club.[5]

In January 2014, Russian Top Division club Kubanochka Krasnodar announced the triple signing of Costa and her compatriots Danielli and Amanda Brunner.[6] The club reached the 2014 Russian Women's Cup final, but were beaten 5–0 by Ryazan-VDV. The Brazilian players were awarded new one-year contracts by Kubanochka in February 2015.[7]

Upon her return to Brazil, Costa joined Corinthians, who had reformed in conjunction with Grêmio Osasco Audax Esporte Clube and were known as Corinthians Audax.[8] After helping Corinthians Audax to win the 2016 Copa do Brasil de Futebol Feminino, she signed for ambitious Amazonas-based Iranduba in October 2017.[9]

Despite playing as a midfielder at club level, with Brazil she played as a sweeper, notably alongside centre-backs Tânia and Aline.[10]

Personal lifeEdit

Car accidentEdit

In October 2007, Costa crashed her Opel Corsa into another car at a level crossing. She and front seat passenger Michele suffered minor injuries. Another Botucatu teammate, 16-year-old Cátia Oliveira, was asleep in the back seat and suffered a spinal cord injury, resulting in paraplegia.[11][12] Costa was fined $576 for driving without a licence.[13] Cátia, who had been called up to the Brazil women's national under-17 football team on the day of the accident,[14] later trained as a para table tennis player and represented Brazil at the 2016 Rio Paralympics.[15]


  1. ^ a b "Women's Olympic Football Tournament London 2012 – List of Players Brazil" (PDF). FIFA. 24 July 2012. Retrieved 12 December 2014.
  2. ^ "Kóki Biography and Statistics". Sports Reference. Archived from the original on 21 February 2020. Retrieved 27 October 2009.
  3. ^ Holbech, Ole (21 January 2008). "Brasiliansk vice-verdensmester på OB's Ligahold" (in Danish). TV 2/Fyn. Retrieved 4 January 2019.
  4. ^ Lavinas, Thiago (1 February 2008). "Renata Costa, vendida, gera renda ao Botucatu" (in Portuguese). Rede Globo. Retrieved 4 January 2019.
  5. ^ "Brasilianska till Malmö" (in Swedish). Aftonbladet. 21 January 2009. Retrieved 4 January 2019.
  6. ^ "Кубаночка" пополнилась тремя футболистками из Бразилии (in Russian). 27 January 2014. Retrieved 4 January 2019.
  7. ^ ФК "Кубаночка" продлил контракт с тремя бразильянками (in Russian). Kuban 24. 6 February 2015. Retrieved 4 January 2019.
  8. ^ "Koki e Grazi: parceiras antigas juntas no Audax" (in Portuguese). Brazilian Football Confederation. 26 September 2016. Retrieved 4 January 2019.
  9. ^ "Ex-Corinthians e Seleção, volante Renata Costa é o novo reforço do Iranduba" (in Portuguese). Rede Globo. 1 October 2017. Retrieved 4 January 2019.
  10. ^ "Renata Costa" (in Portuguese). Universo Online. Retrieved 4 January 2019.
  11. ^ Agassi, Gilmar (18 October 2007). "Após acidente, Renata está apta a jogar" (in Portuguese). Jornal Folha de Londrina. Retrieved 4 January 2019.
  12. ^ de Cássia Cornélio, Rita (20 October 2007). "Acidente com jogadoras gera polêmica" (in Portuguese). Jornal da Cidade. Retrieved 4 January 2019.
  13. ^ "Cátia: Jogadora que provocou acidente não possui habilitação" (in Portuguese). O Estado de S. Paulo. 18 October 2007. Retrieved 4 January 2019.
  14. ^ "Jogadora envolvida em acidente não tem habilitação" (in Portuguese). Rede Globo. 18 October 2007. Retrieved 4 January 2019.
  15. ^ Werlang, Hector (9 September 2016). "O tempo de Cátia: como o tênis de mesa a levou ao sonho da seleção" (in Portuguese). Rede Globo. Retrieved 4 January 2019.

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