Brazilian by birth and striker by nature, Marcos Gomes de Araujo, or Marquinhos, is a professional football player from Brazil. A fantastic player with a knack for finding the net from almost anywhere, Marquinhos started playing football in Spain. Signed by CD Ourense, in 1996, Marquinhos tried his hand at the Spanish second division but failed to live up to his billing. He scored just two goals in his 18 appearances, getting transferred out at the end of the season.
In 1997, Operario Ferroviario Esporte Clube brought Marquinhos back to Brazil, where he, again, struggled to find a regular starting spot. That said, Marquinhos had a fantastic scoring ability, which he showed time and again during his 12-game stint where he came on, mostly, as a substitute and ended up with a 10-goal haul.
Coritiba recognized this talent and decided to give him a shot at the real deal. In 1999, Marquinhos was signed up and amidst the hype, became a regular starter for the team. However, just 27 goals over two seasons was not enough for this player to keep his place in the side and soon, Marquinhos was beginning games on the substitutes’ bench. That is when he decided to move to Asia and Japan came calling. Tokyo Verdy 1969, was his first destination. Playing in the lower divisions was not easy and, soon, Marquinhos was unable to find a regular starting spot in the team. However, his need to play regular football meant that loan-moves would be in order. He played just 29 games in 2 seasons, scoring ten goals, before moving out on loan.
In 2003, Marquinhos moved to the Yokohama F. Marinos where he won the 2003 League title. Scoring 8 times in 24 games, Marquinhos didn’t really set the stage on fire. He, later, moved onto JEF United Ichihara where he tore the league apart with his 12 goals from 14 games.
This fantastic performance got him into the eye-sights of Shimizu S-Pulse, where he became a regular starter in the team. His 20 goals, in just over 40-games, gave him the weight needed to make a move into the massive Kashima Antlers team. From 2007 to 2010, Marquinhos was a part of the Antlers’ line-up and after scoring 18 goals in his first season, began finding his rhythm.
In 2007, Marquinhos was instrumental in helping the Antlers win the J-League Division 1 title and the 2007 Emperor’s Cup. In 2008, he scored 29 goals to help his team win the J-League title once again, before repeating the feat in 2009 with an 18-goal haul. In 2010, Marquinhos’ goal-tally fell to just 15, but that was still good enough for the Brazilian to help his side win the 2010 Japanese Cup title.