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Mayssa Pessoa
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Personal information
Full name Mayssa Raquel de Oliveira Pessoa
Born 11 September 1984 (1984-09-11) (age 37)
João Pessoa, Brazil
Nationality Brazilian
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Club information
Current club Dunărea Brăila
Number 84
Senior clubs
Years Team
Colégio Lourdinhas
Issy-Paris Hand
Dinamo Volgograd
CSM București
HC Vardar
Dunărea Brăila
National team
Years Team Apps (Gls)
Brazil 87 (0)

Mayssa Raquel de Oliveira Pessoa, also known as Mayssa Pessoa or simply Mayssa (born 11 September 1984) is a Brazilian female handball goalkeeper for Dunărea Brăila and the Brazilian national team.

She was one of nearly two dozen LGBT Olympians at the London Games.


  • Romanian National League:
    • Winner: 2015, 2016
  • Romanian Cup:
    • Finalist: 2015
  • EHF Champions League:
    • Winner: 2016
    • Finalist: 2017
  • Russian Super League:
    • Winner: 2013, 2014
  • French Championship:
    • Silver Medalist: 2012
  • World Championship:
    • Winner: 2013
  • Pan American Championship:
    • Winner: 2013
  • World Games:
    • Winner: 2005

Awards and recognition

  • All-Star Goalkeeper of the Pan American Championship: 2013
  • MVP of the Bucharest Trophy: 2014
  • Team of the Tournament Goalkeeper of the Bucharest Trophy: 2014, 2015

Personal life

Pessoa comes from a family of intellectuals. Nicknamed Taffarel, she resides in the same city with Hulk (João Pessoa). Her father is a university professor and a former athlete who competed in handball, volleyball, basketball, futsal and beach handball. Her mother is a lawyer, and one of her two sisters is a pediatrician.

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