Elano

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Elano
Elano blumer.jpg
Elano training with Galatasaray
Personal information
Full name Elano Blumer[1]
Date of birth (1981-06-14) 14 June 1981 (age 33)
Place of birth Iracemápolis, Brazil
Height 1.74 m (5 ft 9 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Chennaiyin
Number 7
Youth career
1998–1999 Guarani
2000 Internacional-SP
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2001–2004 Santos 129 (34)
2004–2007 Shakhtar Donetsk 49 (14)
2007–2009 Manchester City 62 (14)
2009–2011 Galatasaray 32 (3)
2011–2012 Santos 15 (1)
2012–2014 Grêmio 47 (10)
2014 Flamengo (loan) 4 (0)
2014– Chennaiyin 9 (8)
National team
2004–2011 Brazil 50 (9)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 10:46, 24 November 2014 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).

Elano Blumer (born 14 June 1981), known as Elano, is a Brazilian professional footballer who plays as a midfielder for Chennaiyin FC in the Indian Super League. Elano has been noted for his accurate passing and precise set pieces.[2]

After starting his career at Santos, Elano spent six years in Europe in the service of Shakhtar Donetsk, Manchester City and Galatasaray. He returned to Santos in 2011 and later spent a spell at Grêmio and a loan at Flamengo before he signed for Chennaiyin as their marquee player.

Elano earned 50 caps for Brazil between 2004 and 2011, scoring nine goals. He represented the nation at their triumphs in the 2007 Copa América and the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup, and also played at the 2010 FIFA World Cup and the 2011 Copa América.

Club career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Elano began his career with Guarani of Campinas in São Paulo state. After a short spell with Limeira's Internacional, he joined Santos, the former club of Pelé, where he played alongside Robinho, Diego, and Alex. Elano soon gained a reputation as a talented goalscoring midfielder, forming part of the Santos side, which won the Campeonato Brasileiro in 2004. Three years at Santos produced 34 goals and earned the player a transfer to the Ukrainian side Shakhtar Donetsk.

Shakhtar Donetsk[edit]

Although he was not a regular in his first season in Ukraine, Elano went on to establish his credentials as a key player and exceptional form saw him become the first player from the Ukrainian Premier League to represent the Brazilian national team, when he was called up for the Brazil versus Norway game on 16 August 2006.

Manchester City[edit]

On 2 August 2007, Manchester City paid £8 million for Elano, who signed a four-year contract.[3] He made his debut on the opening day of the season against West Ham United, providing the cross for the opening goal.[4] He played in his first Manchester derby on 19 August 2007. Elano also revealed how he enjoyed his new life in Manchester, describing the city as beautiful,[5] and how the weather suited him better than that which he experienced in Ukraine.[6] He also admitted surprise at the tempo of football in the Premier League.[7]

He was assigned with the squad number 11, previously allocated to Darius Vassell, who instead wore the number 12 shirt.

On 29 September, Elano scored his first goal for City in a 3–1 win over Newcastle United. He added two more goals on eight days later in Manchester City's 3–1 win over Middlesbrough, one from open play about 25 yards out, and the other a curling free-kick from just outside the penalty area.[citation needed] He continued his good form by scoring the only goal in a match against Birmingham City and converting a late penalty in the League Cup victory at Bolton Wanderers. On 2 January 2008, he scored the first goal of 2008 at St James' Park in Manchester City's 2–0 victory over Newcastle. Two weeks later, in the FA Cup third round, Elano scored the winning goal as Manchester City knocked West Ham out of the competition and progressed to the fourth round. On 2 February, Elano got his fifth yellow card of the season when they played against Arsenal, a week earlier, which meant he could not play in the 2–1 victory over rivals Manchester United. In the end month of March and beginning off April 2008, Elano scored three penalties against Birmingham City in the 3–1 defeat and in the 2–1 win over Sunderland, but also against Bolton in the second round of the League Cup.

His performances at the end of the 2007–08 season pleased the then manager Sven-Göran Eriksson who claimed that the "Real Elano is Back."[citation needed] Elano has proved himself to be extremely versatile, playing in many positions for Manchester City throughout the 2007–08 season, including full-back in the 3–1 home win against Portsmouth. Elano finished the season with a goal in the 8–1 defeat at Middlesbrough on the last day of the Premier League. His first season saw him score 10 goals and as many assists in all competitions.

Elano had a fairly quiet pre-season, returning a bit later due to international duty. He had a good performance in the 1–0 friendly win over Milan on 9 August 2008, creating many chances with his dominant free role in midfield. He continued his good form with a finish from the penalty spot in the 4–2 loss at Aston Villa. He followed up with two goals in the 3–0 home win against West Ham United, making him joint top scorer with Gabriel Agbonlahor at the end of week two in the Premier League. However, with the high-profile return of Shaun Wright-Phillips to the club and the transfer of his fellow Brazilian, Robinho to the club in the early part of the 2008–09 season, there was doubt as to whether he would maintain his dominant midfield position at the club. During Robinho's first match for the club, a 3–1 defeat against Chelsea, Elano was on the bench and was not called on to the pitch. He played a left-central midfield role in Mark Hughes' new look side, requiring him to act as a support between Javier Garrido and Robinho. He scored a goal from 25 yards against Omonia Nicosia on 2 October 2008, to help Manchester City qualify into the group stages of the UEFA Cup. After mixed performances off the bench, he continued his 100% penalty record with a goal from the spot with one in the UEFA Cup quarter-final match with Hamburg on 16 April 2009, another three days later in the 4–2 win over West Bromwich Albion, and then again in a 3–1 victory over Blackburn Rovers on 2 May.

Galatasaray[edit]

Elano joined Galatasaray on 30 July 2009, signing a four-year contract with the Turkish giants.[8] He was greeted at the airport by over 1,300 fans. Elano had the number 9 shirt, previously belonging to Turkey and Galatasaray player Hakan Şükür.[9][10] He made his debut on 20 August 2009 in a Europa League play-off game against Estonian side Levadia Tallinn, coming on as a sub in the 69th minute.[11] He scored his first goal for the club on his home league debut against Kayserispor on 23 August 2009, scoring a fantastic left-foot goal from 28 yards.

Return to Brazil[edit]

Elano rejoined Santos on 30 November 2010,[12][13] for €2.9 million. Galatasaray will also receive 50% of the transfer profit (the revenue minus €2.9M) if Santos sell him to another club on or before 31 December 2012 for higher than €2.9M.[14] On 19 January 2011, Santos FC announced that the club sold 20% economic rights for future transfer revenue to an investment group, Terceira Estrela Investimentos S/A (TEISA) for R$ 1.56 million, or 20% cost that Santos paid (R$7.8 million). It is because Santos bought Elano for €2.9 million (R$6.6 million) plus R$1.2M tax.[15] On his return to Brazilian football he was top scorer of the 2011 Campeonato Paulista, alongside the Corinthians striker, Liédson, with 11 goals.

On 8 July 2012, it was announced that Elano would switch clubs and join Grêmio. After being traded for striker Ezequiel Miralles, he signed a three-year contract with the club from Porto Alegre.

Elano had a brief spell at Flamengo in 2014, joining the club on loan from Grêmio in January.[16] Staying at the club until August, when the deal was canceled by the Rio de Janeiro-based club.[17]

The midfielder returned to Grêmio following his departure from Flamengo, but his return did not last as his contract was terminated by mutual consent on August 22, 2014.[18]

Chennaiyin FC[edit]

On 20 September 2014, Elano signed for Chennaiyin FC in the Indian Super League's debut season. He signed for a 3 month contract for $1 Million (USD) through the Club´s technical partner and CEO of Kshatriya Sports Prashant Agarwal.[19] [20] He qualified as the marquee player of the franchise and scored from a freekick on his debut at FC Goa, in a 2–1 victory on 15 October 2014, making him the first marquee player to score in the ISL.[21] With two goals - a penalty and a free kick and 2(two) assists in Chennaiyin's 5–1 win over Mumbai City FC on 28 October, he topped the ISL scoring chart with 5 goals in 4 games.[22] Elano was awarded as the Player of the week with the Golden Foot band as he scored 6 goals in just 5 games after scoring the maiden goal of Chennaiyin FC on 4 November 2014 against Atlético de Kolkata to give a draw to his Club. Then on 8 November 2014 in the game against NorthEast United FC at the home stadium in Chennai, he scored two beautiful goals but the final result ended in a draw of 2-2. He was awarded the Hero of the match in the same match against NorthEast United FC.

International career[edit]

Elano was capped for Brazil in the 2004 CONMEBOL Men Pre-Olympic Tournament in January 2004. His international debut was in October 2004. He has since gone on to earn 50 caps with the Brazilian national team and scored nine goals. He scored his first two international goals in the 2006 friendly 3–0 win against Argentina on 3 September at the Emirates Stadium.[23]

In 2007, Elano participated in the Copa América, playing four games for Brazil, including the final against Argentina, during which he assisted a goal before being subbed due to injury.

He has had recent call-ups from Brazil coach, Dunga, seeing him play a creative central midfield role in the 4–0 win against Venezuela. He assisted for Adriano for his goal.

On 19 November 2008, Elano scored in the 6–2 victory over Portugal in a friendly match. Elano scored his sixth international goal against Italy with an all set up by Manchester City ex-teammate, Robinho, who went on to score Brazil's second goal. Elano set up the winning goal for Lúcio, completing a stunning second-half comeback in the final of the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup against the United States, bringing a 3rd trophy to the Seleção. Since his debut he has gone on to become Brazil's starting right midfielder. The Seleção has used his excellent crossing ability to score numerous goals on corner kicks.

On 14 November 2009, Elano made an assist in a friendly game against England. Nilmar ran between two defenders to head a long pass from Elano past goalkeeper Ben Foster and put the five-time champions ahead. Brazil defeated England with 1–0.[24]

2010 FIFA World Cup[edit]

Elano taking a corner kick against North Korea at the 2010 FIFA World Cup

On 15 June 2010, Elano scored Brazil's second goal against Korea DPR in their first game of the 2010 FIFA World Cup in the 72nd minute.[25] He also scored a goal against Côte d'Ivoire in the 62nd minute of Brazil's second game[26] but was substituted minutes later with an injury after a very heavy challenge.[27] He did not play for the rest of the tournament due to that injury.

2011 Copa América[edit]

Elano was part of the Brazilian squad at the 2011 edition of Copa América in Argentina. He was called in as a substitute in two group stage matches: Brazil v Venezuela and Brazil v Paraguay.

In the quarter-final match against Paraguay, he was the first to try a goal at the penalty shootout that took place after the goaless match. He missed his shot, and so did his three successors (Thiago Silva, André Santos and Fred), a result that eliminated Brazil from the tournament.[28]

Personal life[edit]

Elano is married to Alexandra, and they have two daughters. He separated from his wife in a short period in 2011, and had an affair with Brazilian actress Nivea Stelmann. He came back to his wife later that year and now is a practising Roman Catholic.[29][30][31][32][33]

Career statistics[edit]

As of 24 November 2014[34][35][36]

Club[edit]

Club Season League Cup Other[37] Continental FIFA Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Santos 2001 25 2 - - - - - - - - 25 2
2002 24 8 - - - - - - - - 24 8
2003 39 8 - - - - - - - - 39 13
2004 41 16 - - - - - - - - 41 16
Total 129 34 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 129 34
Shakhtar Donetsk 2004–05 13 4 2 0 - - 4 1 - - 19 5
2005–06 25 5 1 0 - - 10 4 - - 36 9
2006–07 11 5 2 1 - - 9 2 - - 22 8
Total 49 14 5 1 0 0 23 7 0 0 77 22
Manchester City 2007–08 34 8 2 1 2 1 0 0 - - 38 10
2008–09 28 6 1 0 1 0 12 2 - - 42 8
Total 62 14 3 1 3 1 12 2 0 0 80 18
Galatasaray 2009–10 24 3 5 1 - 9 3 - 39 7
2010–11 8 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 - 9 1
Total 32 3 6 2 0 0 9 3 0 0 44 8
Santos 2011 12 1 - - 17 11 12 3 2 0 43 15
2012 3 0 - - 18 0 10 2 - - 31 2
Total 15 1 - - 35 11 22 5 2 0 74 17
Grêmio 2012 25 7 - - - - 5 1 - - 30 8
2013 22 3 0 0 2 1 6 2 - - 30 3
Total 47 10 0 0 2 1 11 3 - - 60 11
Chennaiyin FC 2014 8 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 - - 8 8
Total 9 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 - - 9 8
All Career Total - - - - - - - - - - 473 118

International[edit]

Brazil national team
Year Apps Goals
2004 1 0
2005 1 0
2006 5 2
2007 13 2
2008 7 1
2009 14 1
2010 4 3
2011 5 0
Total 50 9

International goals[edit]

Goal Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 3 September 2006 Emirates Stadium, London, England  Argentina 1 – 0 3–0 Friendly
2. 3 September 2006 Emirates Stadium, London, England  Argentina 2 – 0 3–0 Friendly
3. 9 September 2007 Soldier Field, Chicago, United States  United States 4 – 2 4–2 Friendly
4. 17 October 2007 Maracanã, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil  Ecuador 5 – 0 5–0 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification
5. 19 November 2008 Bezerrão, Distrito Federal, Brazil  Portugal 5 – 2 6–2 Friendly
6. 10 February 2009 Emirates Stadium, London, England  Italy 1 – 0 2–0 Friendly
7. 2 June 2010 National Sports Stadium, Harare, Zimbabwe  Zimbabwe 3 – 0 3–0 Friendly
8. 15 June 2010 Ellis Park Stadium, Johannesburg, South Africa  North Korea 2 – 0 2–1 2010 World Cup
9. 20 June 2010 Soccer City, Johannesburg, South Africa  Ivory Coast 3 – 0 3–1 2010 World Cup

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Santos
Shakhtar Donetsk
Flamengo

National[edit]

Brazil

Individual[edit]

References[edit]

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  37. ^ Including League Cup and State League
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