Luiz Gustavo

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Luiz Gustavo
Luis Gustavo ConfedCup2013Champions17.jpg
Luiz Gustavo lining up for Brazil before the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup Final
Personal information
Full name Luiz Gustavo Dias[1]
Date of birth (1987-07-23) 23 July 1987 (age 27)
Place of birth Pindamonhangaba, Brazil
Height 1.87 m (6 ft 2 in)[2]
Playing position Defensive midfielder
Club information
Current team
VfL Wolfsburg
Number 22
Youth career
Universal FC Rio Largo
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2007–2008 Corinthians Alagoano 21 (2)
2007 CRB (loan) 14 (1)
2007–2008 1899 Hoffenheim (loan) 27 (0)
2008–2011 1899 Hoffenheim 72 (2)
2011–2013 Bayern Munich 64 (6)
2013– VfL Wolfsburg 30 (4)
National team
2011– Brazil 27 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 23 August 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 10 September 2014

Luiz Gustavo Dias (born 23 July 1987) is a Brazilian professional footballer who plays as a defensive midfielder for Bundesliga club VfL Wolfsburg and the Brazil national team.

Gustavo began his career as a left back, but has played mostly as a defensive midfielder in Germany. He has also played as a centre back.

Club career[edit]

Gustavo started his professional career at Corinthians Alagoano. In August 2007, he was loaned to German club 1899 Hoffenheim.[3] On 1 April 2008, Hoffenheim signed Gustavo on a permanent contract.[4]

In January 2011, he was signed by FC Bayern Munich[5] The amount of the transfer fee varies from €15–20 million, depending on different sources.[6][7] On 15 January 2011, Gustavo made his debut for the club from Bavaria, coming on as a second half substitute in the 1–1 away draw with VfL Wolfsburg. He scored his first goal for the club on 26 February 2011 in the 1–3 home loss against Borussia Dortmund.

On 12 May 2012, Gustavo was selected to start in the centre of midfield in the 2012 DFB-Pokal Final. However he was substituted at half-time for Thomas Müller as Bayern were beaten 5–2 by Borussia Dortmund.

On 25 May 2013, Gustavo appeared as a 91st-minute substitute for Franck Ribéry as Bayern defeated Borussia Dortmund 2–1 in the 2013 UEFA Champions League Final at Wembley Stadium.

On 16 August 2013, it was reported that Gustavo had signed for VfL Wolfsburg from FC Bayern Munich for an unspecified amount. He signed a contract that would tie him to Wolfsburg till 2018.[8]

International career[edit]

Gustavo made his debut for Brazil on 10 August 2011, coming on as a second-half substitute in a friendly match against Germany.[9][10]

He was a member of Luiz Felipe Scolari's squad for the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup and played the full 90 minutes as Brazil defeated world champions Spain 3–0 in the final at the Estádio do Maracanã.

He scored his first goal for Brazil in a friendly match against Australia on 7 September 2013.

During the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil he was suspended from the game against Colombia.[11]

Personal life[edit]

Gustavo is a devout Catholic, commenting that he "read[s] the Bible a lot and pray[s] twice a day." He became engaged to his girlfriend Milene on 25 December 2010, while on holiday in Brazil.[12] He cites his mother as a big source of inspiration for him because of her dream that he would one day succeed as a player, before her death when he was just 16 years old.[13]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of 22 September 2014
Club performance League Cup Continental Other Total Ref.
Club League Season Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Germany League DFB-Pokal Europe Other Total
1899 Hoffenheim 2. Bundesliga 2007–08 27 0 3 0 30 0 [14]
Bundesliga 2008–09 28 0 1 0 29 0 [15]
2009–10 27 0 3 0 30 0 [16]
2010–11 17 2 3 0 20 2 [17]
Club totals 99 2 10 0 0 0 0 0 109 2
Bayern Munich Bundesliga 2010–11 14 1 2 0 2 0 0 0 18 1 [17]
2011–12 28 1 6 0 12 0 46 1 [18]
2012–13 22 4 3 0 10 0 1 0 36 4 [19]
Club totals 64 6 11 0 24 0 1 0 100 6
VfL Wolfsburg Bundesliga 2013–14 29 4 4 0 33 4 [20]
2014–15 4 0 0 0 1 0 5 0 [21]
Club totals 33 4 4 0 1 0 0 0 38 4
Career totals 196 12 25 0 25 0 1 0 247 12

International goals[edit]

Scores and results list Brazil's goal tally first.
No Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 7 September 2013 Estádio Nacional Mané Garrincha, Brasília, Brazil  Australia
1–0
6–0
International Friendly

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Bayern Munich
Brazil

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil: List of Players" (PDF). FIFA. 11 June 2014. p. 6. Retrieved 10 July 2014. 
  2. ^ "Luiz Gustavo". fifa.com. FIFA. Retrieved 21 January 2014. 
  3. ^ "Hoffenheim signs Luis Gustavo on loan" (in German). tsg-hoffenheim.de. Retrieved 31 August 2007. [dead link]
  4. ^ "Gustavo, Paljic and Vorsah extend contracts" (in German). tsg-hoffenheim.de. Retrieved 1 April 2008. [dead link]
  5. ^ "Bayern sign versatile Luiz Gustavo until 2015". FC Bayern Munich. 3 January 2011. Archived from the original on 5 October 2012. Retrieved 5 January 2011. 
  6. ^ "DFL prüft: War was faul am Gustavo-Transfer?". merkur-online.de (in German). 4 January 2011. Archived from the original on 12 January 2011. Retrieved 26 April 2012. 
  7. ^ "Luiz Gustavo: Das ist Bayerns neuer Brasi-Star". Bild (in German). 2 January 2011. Archived from the original on 1 April 2011. Retrieved 26 April 2012. 
  8. ^ "Luiz Gustavo signs for Wolfsburg from Bayern Munich". BBC Sport. 16 August 2013. Archived from the original on 17 August 2013. Retrieved 16 August 2013. 
  9. ^ "Gustavo zu Nationalmannschaft berufen". 1899aktuell.de (in German). 26 July 2011. Archived from the original on 5 November 2013. Retrieved 26 April 2012. 
  10. ^ "Matchreport Deutschland-Brasilien". kicker (in German). 10 August 2011. Archived from the original on 28 June 2014. Retrieved 26 April 2012. 
  11. ^ "World Cup 2014: Brazil Sweat on Neymar Injury, Luiz Gustavo Suspended". Agence France-Presse (NDTV). 29 June 2014. Archived from the original on 29 June 2014. Retrieved 29 June 2014. 
  12. ^ "Luiz Gustavo's first full day at Bayern". FC Bayern Munich. 4 January 2011. Retrieved 5 January 2011. [dead link]
  13. ^ "Interview: Luiz Gustavo". FC Bayern Munich. 20 January 2011. Retrieved 21 January 2011. [dead link]
  14. ^ "Luiz Gustavo". kicker (in German). Archived from the original on 16 May 2014. Retrieved 8 February 2014. 
  15. ^ "Luiz Gustavo". kicker (in German). Archived from the original on 16 May 2014. Retrieved 8 February 2014. 
  16. ^ "Luiz Gustavo" (in German). kicker. Retrieved 8 February 2014. 
  17. ^ a b "Luiz Gustavo". kicker (in German). Archived from the original on 16 May 2014. Retrieved 8 February 2014. 
  18. ^ "Luiz Gustavo". kicker (in German). Archived from the original on 16 May 2014. Retrieved 8 February 2014. 
  19. ^ "Luiz Gustavo". kicker (in German). Archived from the original on 16 May 2014. Retrieved 8 February 2014. 
  20. ^ "Luiz Gustavo". kicker (in German). Archived from the original on 7 April 2014. Retrieved 8 February 2014. 
  21. ^ "Luiz Gustavo". kicker (in German). Archived from the original on 25 August 2014. Retrieved 23 August 2014. 

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