Luiz Adriano

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This name uses Portuguese naming customs. The first or maternal family name is de Souza and the second or paternal family name is da Silva.
Luiz Adriano
Луис Адриано.jpg
Personal information
Full name Luiz Adriano de Souza da Silva
Date of birth (1987-04-12) 12 April 1987 (age 27)
Place of birth Porto Alegre, Brazil
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)[1]
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
Shakhtar Donetsk
Number 9
Youth career
2004–2005 Internacional
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2006–2007 Internacional 12 (3)
2007– Shakhtar Donetsk 149 (69)
National team
2007 Brazil U20 11 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 16 October 2014.
† Appearances (Goals).

Luiz Adriano de Souza da Silva[2] or simply Luiz Adriano (born 12 April 1987 in Porto Alegre[3]), is a Brazilian footballer who plays for Ukrainian Premier League club Shakhtar Donetsk as a striker.

Born in Porto Alegre, he began his career at hometown club Internacional before joining Shakhtar in 2007 for €3 million. He is the club's leading scorer of all time with 115 goals across all competitions.

Club career[edit]

Internacional[edit]

The top moment of his career with Internacional came in late 2006 in the FIFA Club World Cup. Against Barcelona Luiz Adriano came in as a late substitute and helped the squad as teammate Adriano Gabiru netted the winner in the 82nd minute.[4] Luiz Adriano then scored the deciding goal for Internacional in their 2–1 win over Al-Ahly during the semifinals of the tournament.[5]

Shakhtar Donetsk[edit]

Luiz Adriano was transferred from Internacional to Ukrainian side Shakhtar Donetsk on 2 March 2007, for a reported price of €3 million (R$8,128,830).[6][7] With Shakhtar he won the Ukrainian Premier League. He scored the opening goal of the 2009 UEFA Cup Final which his team Shakhtar Donetsk went on to win 2–1 after extra time. Following the UEFA Cup, he had provided his club with many goals, holding the image of a target man.[8]

On 16 February 2011, he scored the winning goal against A.S. Roma in a 3–2 away victory during the first leg of the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 and after being victorious across the two legs.

Luiz Adriano in action for Shakhtar in 2011

In July 2012, on the 10th, Luiz Adriano opened the score in the 2012 Ukrainian Super Cup against cup holders Metalurh Donetsk, to help Shakhtar claim the trophy after a 2–0 victory.[9] Luiz netted his first goal of the 2012–13 Premier League season in a 3–0 victory over Karpaty Lviv.[10] He scored the last goal in a 3–1 victory over Dynamo Kyiv on 2 September.[11] He scored the third goal in a 3–0 victory over Zorya Luhansk on 15 September, with an assist from Willian.[12]

On 20 November 2012, playing against Danish team FC Nordsjælland in the UEFA Champions League, Luiz Adriano scored a controversial 1–1 equalizer. After an injury to a Nordsjælland player led to a dropped-ball, Shakhtar player Willian attempted to return it to the Nordsjaelland goalkeeper but Luiz Adriano pounced on the pass, rounded the goalkeeper and finished into an empty net the ball towards Nordsjælland's goalkeeper. This led to heavy protests from the Danish players and crowd.[13][14] UEFA opened a disciplinary case against Adriano, and banned him for one game for unsporting behaviour. Shakhtar released a statement backing the UEFA decision and stated that they were deeply disappointed by Adriano's actions.[15]

On 21 October 2014, playing against Belarusian team BATE Borisov in the Champions League, Luiz Adriano scored five goals, becoming the second player after Lionel Messi to score five goals in a Champions League match.[16] Adriano's hat-trick took eleven minutes, the third fastest ever in the competition, and his four first-half goals were a record for a player in the competition.[17] With his fourth goal of the match, he overcame Andriy Vorobey to become Shakhtar's all-time leading goalscorer with 115 goals.[17]

International career[edit]

In March of 2013 Luiz Adriano has indicated that he would be likely to accept a call-up for Ukraine national football team if asked. He would first require a Ukrainian passport in order to be eligible for national team duties.[18][19][20]

On 23 October 2014, Adriano was called up to the Brazil team for the first time in his career, for friendlies against Turkey and Austria in November.[21]

Personal life[edit]

Luiz Adriano's father worked as a security guard at a chemical plant, and his mother was a housewife. His parents are divorced. He has two brothers, Murillo, who is also a footballer, and Fabiano, and two sisters, Patricia and Caroline. His childhood idols include Romário and Ronaldo. He has four tattoos, one on his hand, one on his back, one on his arm and one on his neck. [22]

Statistics for Shakhtar Donetsk[edit]

Adriano holding the Ukrainian Cup in 2011
As of 21 October 2014.
Club Season League Cup Europe Super Cup Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Shakhtar Donetsk 2006–07 5 0 1 0 6 0
2007–08 13 4 5 1 1 0 19 5
2008–09 12 4 3 1 14 4 29 9
2009–10 23 11 1 0 12 6 36 17
2010–11 21 10 5 4 10 4 1 2 37 20
2011–12 23 12 5 1 6 3 1 0 35 16
2012–13 19 7 5 4 7 3 1 1 32 15
2013–14 25 20 5 2 8 3 1 0 39 25
2014–15 9 3 1 1 3 6 1 0 14 10
Total 150 71 31 14 61 29 5 3 247 117

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Internacional
Shakhtar Donetsk

International[edit]

Brazil U-20

Individual[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://shakhtar.com/en/team/player/?id=170
  2. ^ "Luiz Adriano" (in Portuguese). Futpédia. Retrieved 20 May 2009. 
  3. ^ "Luiz Adriano pode acabar no Lokomotiv de Moscou" (in Portuguese). UOL. 6 February 2007. Retrieved 20 May 2009. 
  4. ^ "Inter bate Barcelona e leva mundial pela primeira vez" (in Portuguese). Terra. 17 December 2006. Retrieved 20 May 2009. 
  5. ^ "No sufoco, Inter derrota Al Ahly e vai à final" (in Portuguese). Terra. 13 December 2006. Retrieved 20 May 2009. 
  6. ^ "RELATÓRIO DA DIRETORIA (2007)" (in Portuguese). SC Internacional. Retrieved 27 April 2012. 
  7. ^ "Inter vende Luiz Adriano para o Shakhtar Donetsk" (in Portuguese). O Globo. 3 March 2007. Retrieved 20 May 2009. 
  8. ^ "Jadson the difference as Shakhtar triumph". UEFA. 20 May 2009. Retrieved 20 May 2009. 
  9. ^ "Mircea Lucescu şi Raţ au luat a patra Supercupă în Ucraina". Gazeta Sporturilor (in Romanian). 11 July 2012. Retrieved 11 July 2012. 
  10. ^ "Shakhtar Donetsk vs Karpaty 3–0". Retrieved 4 September 2012. 
  11. ^ "Shakhtar Donetsk vs Dynamo Kyiv 3–1". Retrieved 4 September 2012. 
  12. ^ "Zorya vs Shakhtar Donetsk". Retrieved 15 September 2012. 
  13. ^ "Champions League round-up: Bayern, Valencia, Barca through". BBC. 20 November 2012. Retrieved 21 November 2012. 
  14. ^ Brasilianer als Buhmann
  15. ^ "Disciplinary case against Adriano". Reuters. 20 November 2012. Retrieved 21 November 2012. 
  16. ^ "Luiz Adriano the five-goal hero". FourFourTwo. 21 October 2014. Retrieved 22 October 2014. 
  17. ^ a b "Shakhtar Donetsk's Luiz Adriano breaks three records in one half". ESPNFC. 21 October 2014. Retrieved 21 October 2014. 
  18. ^ http://shakhtar.com/en/news/31468
  19. ^ http://bigball.eu/en/press-center/newsfeed/id/zbirnu-ukrajini-pidsilit-sche-odin-legioner-1281/
  20. ^ http://shakhtar.com/en/news/26820
  21. ^ "Thiago Silva and Lucas Moura return to Brazil squad". Goal.com. 23 October 2014. Retrieved 23 October 2014. 
  22. ^ "Luiz Adriano: There’s no reason to remove Ukrainians from squad". Retrieved 1 March 2014.