Mariano Ferreira Filho is a Brazilian footballer, born on 23rd June 1986 in Sao Joao, Brazil. Mariano is primarily a right back, playing in the defence and prefers his right foot. He has also played as a centre back at times.
Mariano currently plays in the Turkish League for Galatasaray.
Mariano started his career as a youth graduate of the Guarani academy and made his first team debut for the side in the 2004-05 season. In November 2005, Mariano left Guarani and joined Ipatinga FC.
Two years later in 2007, Mariano traded Ipatinga for Tombense. Mariano could never settle down at Tombense and was loaned out to Cruzeiro, back to Ipatinga, Atletico Mineiro and Fluminense in successive seasons.
At the end of his turbulent spell at Tombense, Fluminense bought him for £180,000 following an impressive 2009-10 season where he scored a couple of goals in 13 appearances.
Mariano was first called up to the Brazilian national team in 2010. He was recalled by manager Tite during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifying campaign and even found himself among the substitutes during a game against Paraguay in 2017.
Rise to Glory
After Fluminense bought Mariano on a permanent basis in 2010, he helped them win the Brazilian Serie A title in the same season and was named the tournament’s best right back.
In the next season, Mariano helped Fluminense reach the finals of the Carioca 1. His string of impressive performances meant French club, Bordeaux came calling during the winter transfer window of 2012 and he was bought for £2.7 million.
The next season saw Mariano lift the Coupe de France for Bordeaux. His stature continued to rise as he appeared in 32 games in the league for Bordeaux. In 2013-14, Mariano played a part in all 38 league games for Bordeaux, a feat which is impressive for a defender.
Sevilla came calling with a £3.15 million offer in 2015-16 and Bordeaux happily let the defender go. Mariano continued to rise in stature at his new club. In his debut season for the Spanish club, Mariano would play in the final of the Copa del Rey and then help his side win the UEFA Europa League.
In spite of having a successful record at club level, Mariano continues to overshadowed for the Brazil national side. His challenge for the right back position at national level is thwarted by the presence of Brazilian legend Dani Alves.
Mariano appeared 163 times for Fluminense in the three-year period he remained in the Brazilian club. He scored an impressive 9 out of his 15 career goals for the Brazilian club. He then appeared 143 times for Bordeaux and 81 times for Sevilla.
Sevilla sold Mariano to Galatasaray for £3.6 million at the start of 2017-18 and since then he has represented the Super Lig club on 19 occasions.