A Brazilian midfielder whose career has taken him to 10 countries has joined South Auckland club Manurewa.
Marco Morgon — or Markińo, as he’s known — has added the Lotto NRFL first division club to his impressive football CV which makes ‘Rewa the 27th club of the 34-year-old’s career.
His arrival in Auckland came about through a friendship with Manurewa captain Jere Perez, and Morgon made his club debut in mid-July, in a 3-0 win against Fencibles United at Jellicoe Park.
So far, Morgon’s footballing journey has taken him from Brazil to Portugal, Spain, Guatemala, Chile, Colombia, Malta, Bolivia, Albania and New Zealand.
Explaining his pathway to New Zealand to Manurewa’s social media followers, Morgon said:
“After a long conversation on the phone with the coach, Rhys Ruka, where he explained to me the great project at the present and future level that Manurewa has with football in New Zealand I decided to accept the challenge.
“In relation to New Zealand, it was easy because it is a country with very pleasant people and it gives us the possibility of having a new life experience as a South American.”
Morgon said he was enjoying playing and training with new teammates.
“My experience with the team has been good.
“I come with the intention of helping the younger ones to evolve with my experience in other major leagues and also to contribute on the field so that Manurewa can achieve the goals of the season.
“I found a group with fantastic and welcoming people and the coaches and teammates have been very good to me so that I can feel at home from the first training with the club.”
Morgon’s 10-country career
A 12-minute compilation of Marco Morgon highlights, produced in 2018.
Morgon started his youth career with legendary Brazilian club SC Corintheans, in Sāo Paulo, where he spent four years, leaving when he turned 16.
After spells with Brazilian clubs América FC and Bandeirante EC, Morgon joined Portugese second division side Atlétio de Valdevez in 2008.
In 2010, he joined Coruxo FC, a Spanish second division side, before a move to another Spanish club Céltiga.
In 2011, Morgon headed to Guatemala where he played for two clubs.
In 2014, he signed for Chilean first division club San Marcos de Arica, and a year later, he moved to Alianza Petrolera in Colombia.
After spells with Brazilian clubs, Morgon went to play for Hibernians FC (not to be confused with the Scottish club of that name), based in Malta.
Stints with two more Maltese clubs were then followed by a move to Bolivia in 2018 where he joined San José de Oruro.
In January 2021, Morgon signed for Gran Mamoré, an Albanian club, and later in the year moved back to Guatemala to play for Sololá.