In December 2011, SporTV News showed the story of former defender of Brazil women’s national football team Carol Basilio overcoming a motorcycle accident where she lost both her legs.

After the accident Carol Basilio showed extreme courage and strength as she began to practice swimming. She dreams of a medal at the London 2012 Paralympic Games.

Carol Basilio recalls the times when she played alongside Marta in the Brazilian national team. In April 2001, Granja Comary became the first Brazil women’s team base. A sixteen year old Marta was on the team alongside promising defender Carol Basilio. 

The video below shows some fantastic footage of the two young team-mates.

The reunion of Marta and Carol Basilio:

Carol and her father travelled to Maceio, Alagoas believing she would be participating in a lecture to young students. She had no idea she was to be reunited with her former team-mate Marta.

Marta did not know about the accident until she learnt through the interview and was thrilled to have the opportunity to reunite with Carol.

It is a very emotional meeting (watch video below) as the friends see each other after such a long time. 

Five times FIFA world player of the year spoke of her unforgettable experienced that awoke feelings inside.

“You can be sure that whenever I enter the field, I think of her in everything she has and has surpassed every day because I’m sure this will be good for me, give me motivation to go after my goals.” Said Marta 

Carol Basilio tells how she has been accused of telling lies about her former career playing alongside Marta. 

“They think it’s a lie. Getting well without legs, and say that I played with Marta is difficult. People say: “You did not play anything.”

Four days after reuniting with Marta, Carol was able to experience the sensation of walking again with the help of prosthesis. Carol will continue to be determined and positive about the future only now she will be closer to her friend Marta. 

“I waited a lot all the time, worked very hard. I’m happy.” Carol Basilio


VIDEO: Carol Basilio and Marta reunion:



Thank you to Izzy for bringing this inspirational story to our attention.

© Women’s Soccer United

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  1. Author
    Women's Soccer United 9 years ago

    Scotland starting line-up added above.

  2. Izzy 10 years ago

    Hi, diane, u are welcome! thx to sharing this video!

  3. Diane 10 years ago

    Thanks Izzy! This is the side of Marta that all her detractors need to see. I’m sharing this with everyone I know.

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