Fatima Moreira de Melo
Fatima Moreira de Melo 2015.jpg
De Melo at the World Poker Tour in 2015.
Personal information
Born (1978-07-04) 4 July 1978 (age 43)
Rotterdam
Playing position Midfield/Backward
Senior career
Years Team
1999-
-Present
HGC
HC Rotterdam
National team
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1997-2011 Netherlands 191 (30)
Medal record
Women's field hockey
Representing the  Netherlands
Olympic Games
Gold medal – first place 2008 Beijing Team competition
Silver medal – second place 2004 Athens Team competition
Bronze medal – third place 2000 Sydney Team competition
World Cup
Gold medal – first place 2006 Madrid Team competition
Silver medal – second place 1998 Utrecht Team competition
Silver medal – second place 2002 Perth Team competition
Champions Trophy
Gold medal – first place 2000 Amstelveen Team competition
Gold medal – first place 2004 Rosario Team competition
Gold medal – first place 2005 Canberra Team competition
Gold medal – first place 2007 Quilmes Team competition
Silver medal – second place 1999 Brisbane Team competition
Silver medal – second place 2001 Amstelveen Team competition
Bronze medal – third place 2002 Macau Team competition
Bronze medal – third place 2006 Amstelveen Team competition
Last updated on: after 2007 Champions Trophy

Fatima Moreira de Melo (born 4 July 1978 in Rotterdam, South Holland) is a former Dutch field hockey player and professional poker player of Portuguese descent. She has played 191[1] international matches for the Dutch national team, where she has scored 30 times. De Melo's debut match was on 21 October 1997 against Germany, which ended in a 2-1 victory for The Netherlands. She plays on the position of striker. In the Dutch national competition she has played for Tempo '34, HGC and HC Rotterdam. De Melo was part of the Dutch squad that became World Champion at the 2006 Women's Hockey World Cup and which won the 2007 Champions Trophy. In December 2006, she became Rotterdam Sportswoman of the Year and became the new face of the Rabobank in their Dutch TV advertisements.

At the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, she won an olympic gold medal with the Dutch national team beating China in the final 2-0.

Besides playing field hockey, de Melo also studied at the Erasmus University Rotterdam where she obtained an LL.M. degree in Criminal law in 2006.[2][3] She furthermore has presented TV programs for both local and national TV stations. She also has a career as a singer. She performed the theme song for the International Hockey Federation's International Year of the Youth at the closing of the 2001 Men's World Cup Hockey Qualifier in Edinburgh. De Melo's father is a Portuguese diplomat stationed in the Netherlands. Her boyfriend is pro-tennis player Raemon Sluiter.

De Melo belonged to the Team PokerStars: Sportstars,[4] and one could find her playing tournaments behind the nickname FatimaDeMelo on the PokerStars online poker card room. She left her role as Sporting Icon Pro in early 2020.[5]

References

  1. ^ "International tournament history Fatima Moreira de Melo". KNHB.nl (in Dutch). Royal Dutch Hockey Association. Archived from the original on 2007-10-08. Retrieved 2006-06-10.
  2. ^ Fatima Moreira de Melo: Success wherever she goes - website of The Hockey Paper
  3. ^ Fatima Moreira de Melo: "Durf je eigen pad te volgen" - website of the Erasmus University Rotterdam
  4. ^ "Fatima Moreira de Melo". PokerStars.com.
  5. ^ "Fatima Moreira de Melo Parts Ways with PokerStars". pokertube.com/.


Awards Preceded by Elisabeth Willeboordse Rotterdam Sportswoman of the Year 2006 Succeeded by Elisabeth Willeboordse