Oscar (footballer, born 1991)

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Oscar
Oscar dos Santos 2012 CL.jpg
Oscar playing for Chelsea in 2012
Personal information
Full name Oscar dos Santos
Emboaba Júnior[1]
Date of birth (1991-09-09) 9 September 1991 (age 22)
Place of birth Americana, Brazil
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)[2]
Playing position Attacking midfielder / Winger
Club information
Current team
Chelsea
Number 8
Youth career
1998–2004 União Barbarense
2004–2009 São Paulo
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2008–2010 São Paulo 11 (0)
2010–2012 Internacional 36 (11)
2012– Chelsea 69 (12)
National team
2009–2011 Brazil U20 25 (9)
2012 Brazil U23 6 (1)
2011– Brazil 38 (11)
* 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 12 July 2014

Oscar dos Santos Emboaba Júnior (Brazilian Portuguese: [osˈkaʁ duˈsɐ̃tus imboˈabɐ ˈʒũnioɾ]; born 9 September 1991), known as Oscar, is a Brazilian footballer, who plays as an attacking midfielder or winger for Premier League club Chelsea and the Brazil national team.

Oscar began his career at São Paulo, where he won the Brazilian Serie A in 2008. In 2009, he went to court against the club due to irregularities in his contract. After a series of controversies he left for Internacional, where he spent the next three years of his career. His displays for club and country led to him signing for Chelsea for £19.35 million in 2012.

Oscar is a Brazil international and has represented his country at the under-20 level, at the 2012 London Olympics and at senior level. On 20 August 2011, Oscar scored three goals in the 2011 FIFA U-20 World Cup final win against Portugal,[3] becoming the first player to score a hat-trick in the FIFA U-20 World Cup final.[4] Oscar later described his performances at the tournament as being a "gateway to the senior side."[5] He earned his first cap for the national team against Argentina. His first goal also came against Argentina in a 4–3 defeat in June 2012. His playing style and ability have drawn comparison to Brazilian attacking midfielder Kaká.[6][7][8]

Club career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Hernanes and Oscar training for São Paulo in 2009

Born in Americana, Oscar came through the youth academy at União Barbarense and impressed from an early age. Oscar was spotted by talent scouts who took him to the state capital where he subsequently joined São Paulo FC in 2004 at the age of 13. He made his professional debut in 2008. In 2009, he made 11 appearances for the first team, aged just 17.

Internacional[edit]

Initially, Oscar joined Internacional after a contractual dispute with his former club São Paulo, with Oscar's agent claiming that the club had not paid salaries as promised. Oscar's representatives argued that his contract with São Paulo was null and void whereupon Oscar joined Internacional as a free agent. São Paulo continued to claim that Oscar belonged to them and lodged legal appeals which prevented Oscar from playing for Internacional in vital Copa Libertadores fixtures. Eventually, a settlement was agreed upon between São Paulo and Internacional on 30 May 2012. Oscar's first season at Internacional was blighted by injury.

Chelsea[edit]

2012–13 season[edit]

Oscar playing for Chelsea in 2013

On 16 July 2012, Chelsea agreed a fee of £19.35 million for Oscar, a fee that was released in the financial statement from Internacional for that year. On 25 July, Chelsea announced on their official website that the signing of Oscar had been completed.[9] Oscar was given the number 11 shirt, last worn by former Chelsea striker Didier Drogba, who had left the club a month earlier.[10]

On 19 August 2012, Oscar made his debut for Chelsea by coming on in the 64th minute for Eden Hazard in their opening game of the 2012–13 season against Wigan Athletic.[11] In Chelsea's next match against Reading on 22 August, Oscar came in for Ramires in the 57th minute and was heavily involved in the team's 4–2 win.

"Oscar turned on a sixpence and put the ball under the bar. I won’t say it’s nice to concede a goal, but it's still nice to be a part of a great goal like that. Compliments to him."

Gianluigi Buffon comment on Oscar's second goal.

Oscar made his first start of the season in Chelsea's first Champions League match against Juventus. After making the match 1–0 in favour of Chelsea with a deflected effort, he added a stunning second, which curled over Juventus keeper Gianluigi Buffon. Oscar was then awarded Man of the Match honours.[12] Oscar commented on his second goal, saying, "I am very happy with two goals on my debut but I would have been much happier if the team had won the game. In Brazil, young boys dream of playing in the Champions League and I'm very proud to have realised my dream."[13]

Oscar playing for Chelsea

Oscar then made his first Premier League start in a 1–0 victory over Stoke City.[14] Following his good performances, Oscar became a regular starter in Roberto Di Matteo's creative midfield triumvirate with Juan Mata and Eden Hazard. Oscar scored his third goal of the season, in the Champions League, in Chelsea's 2–1 away defeat against Shakhtar Donetsk in Donetsk. Oscar continued his brilliant scoring record in Europe by scoring in an open net from 40 yards out in the reverse fixture against Shakhtar at Stamford Bridge, a match which Chelsea won 3–2.[15] Oscar also scored in Europe in ultimately Chelsea's last Champions League fixture, making the score 6–1 for Chelsea against debutantes Nordsjælland.[16]

After the sacking of manager Roberto Di Matteo on 21 November, interim manager Rafael Benítez only started Oscar three times in his first seven games. Benítez praised Oscar's attitude following FIFA Club World Cup Final against Corinthians snub and believed there was no rift between himself and the player.[17] He scored his first Premier League goal for the club on 23 December, scoring a penalty during a 8–0 win against Aston Villa.[18]

On 14 February 2013, less than a minute after coming off the bench to replace Juan Mata, Oscar exchanged passes with Eden Hazard before finishing past Tomáš Vaclík, breaking the deadlock and handing Chelsea a 1–0 away victory over Sparta Praha in the first leg of their Europea League Round of 32 clash.[19]

On 15 May, Oscar played the full ninety minutes as Chelsea defeated Benfica 2–1 in the Europa League final in Amsterdam, securing his first piece of silverware with the London club.[20] The following day, Oscar capped off his first season with the club with an individual award, as his sublime goal against Juventus in the Champions League was named the Chelsea "Goal of the Season."[21]

2013–14 season[edit]

Oscar preparing a free kick in a Champions League match against Paris Saint-Germain on 8 April 2014

In the first match of the 2013–14 season on 18 August, Oscar scored Chelsea's opening goal in a 2–0 win over Hull City.[22] Oscar scored his second goal of the season in a Champions League match against FC Basel.[23] He opened the scoring against local rivals Fulham in the next round of Premier League fixtures, the final score being 2–0 with Mikel scoring the other goal, his first Premier League goal for Chelsea.[24] Oscar scored the opening goal in a match away to Norwich City, the final score 3–1 in favour of Chelsea.[25] In the match against Cardiff City, Oscar scored the third goal for Chelsea to help them on their way to a 4–1 home win.[26] He continued his fine form and scored against West Ham United at the Boleyn Ground on 1 October 2013 in Chelsea's 0-3 win. On 1 January 2014 Oscar put in a match-winning performance against Southampton at St Mary's Stadium, scoring one and assisting two as Chelsea won the match 0-3. However, he was booked in that match for diving.[27] On 26 January 2014 Oscar scored Chelsea's only goal by a free kick against Stoke City in the FA Cup as Chelsea progressed to the next round.[28] Oscar scored fourth and fifth goals in Chelsea's emphatic 6-0 victory over Arsenal on 23 March, which was Arsène Wenger's 1000th match in charge of the club.[29]

2014–15 season[edit]

Before the start of the season, Oscar's shirt number 11 was given back to the returning Didier Drogba, and he instead took the number 8 vacated by Frank Lampard earlier in the summer. He said "Didier is a Chelsea legend and a senior player. I am happy for him to take the 11 and for me to take the 8. Lamps is another legend at this club and I hope I will be as successful in the shirt as he was."[30]

International career[edit]

Under-20[edit]

On 20 August 2011, Oscar scored three goals in the 2011 FIFA U-20 World Cup final win against Portugal,[3] becoming the first player to score a hat-trick in the FIFA U-20 World Cup final.[4] This performance was immediately compared to the 1966 hat trick by Geoff Hurst as only the second time a single player scored three goals in a World Cup final match.

2012 Olympics[edit]

Oscar playing for Brazil at the 2012 Olympics

Oscar was named into a strong Brazilian squad to compete at the Olympics in London.[31] Oscar starred in Brazil's 3–2 victory over Egypt in the opening game, providing the assists for goals by Rafael and Leandro Damião.[32][33] In Brazil's next game, a 3–1 victory over Belarus, Oscar netted the Seleção's third goal in injury time, after being played through by Neymar, to send the Brazilians into the quarter-finals.[34] All goals in the Olympics was assisted or scored by Oscar and Neymar, the two prodigies who are both regarded as the exceptional talents coming from Brazil. Oscar provided two assists, one to Rômulo and another for Leandro Damião, as the Seleção defeated South Korea 3–0 in the semi-finals at Old Trafford on 7 August. Brazil went on to lose the final against Mexico 2–1. It was then reported that he later took his girlfriend into the locker room and into the shower with him. When asked about this rumour, he denied it, stating, "Who was so desperate to make up such rubbish?" Later, the media apologized for the news; the woman who fabricated the story lost her job as a journalist the next day.[35]

Senior team[edit]

Oscar was given his first senior call-up as a substitute in a 0–0 draw against Argentina.[36] Due to injuries to the attacking midfielder Ganso, he saw his national team opportunities increase and was even preferred over more experienced playmakers on a number of occasions.[37] In June 2012, Oscar scored his first international goal in a friendly match against Argentina, which Brazil went on to lose 4–3. He also scored a penalty against China as well as recording three assists in the 8–0 rout, before firing a brace against Iraq one month later.[38]

On 25 March 2013 Oscar played against Russia at Stamford Bridge with fellow Chelsea teammates David Luiz and Ramires.

Confederations Cup 2013[edit]

Oscar played in all of Brazil's games in the tournament as they beat Spain 3–0 in the final to claim the trophy. He provided the assist for the second goal in the final, scored by Neymar.[39]

2014 FIFA World Cup[edit]

In the opening match of the 2014 FIFA World Cup, on 12 June against Croatia in São Paulo, Oscar scored in injury time with a toe-poke from outside the box for the last goal in a 3–1 win.[40] In Brazil's record-breaking 7-1 semi-final defeat to Germany on 8 July, Oscar scored the only goal for Brazil in the 90th minute. Alongside Thiago Silva, he was one of two Brazilians included in the Team of the Tournament.[41]

Playing style[edit]

Oscar playing for Chelsea against A.S. Roma in a friendly in August 2013

Although only 22 years old, Oscar has drawn many comparisons to well-established players Mesut Özil and fellow Brazilian teammate Kaká due to his playmaking abilities.[42] A superb dribbler, Oscar is very fluid and creative in his runs. As a playmaker, Oscar has great vision and is able to deliver the precise pass to his teammates. Oscar is extremely effective in building up play in areas higher up the pitch and his cunning runs as well as skillful short range passing make him a threat in and near the opponent's box. Although he typically played in central attacking midfield for Internacional, since his transfer to Chelsea, Oscar has been deployed as in all three attacking midfield positions behind the central striker. Known for his vision for picking out teammates in tight positions and carving out chances in difficult situations, Oscar acts as the catalyst in Chelsea's attack, and was widely praised for his role in the team's Europa League success in 2013. Under José Mourinho, Oscar has been used as Chelsea's primary playmaker.[43] His flexibility of being able to play in wider positions is also admired. Oscar's ability to press opponents high up the pitch has made him a favorite of Mourinho.[44]

Personal life[edit]

Oscar is married to his childhood sweetheart, Ludmila, who is of Japanese descent. They were married in 2011.[45] Oscar is a practicing Catholic and prays before each game so that he can relax and find confidence for the match.[46] He started taking English classes when he moved to London and became flat neighbours with former teammate Juan Mata and Fulham midfielder Giorgos Karagounis upon his arrival at the club.[47] Oscar confirmed on 1 January 2014 via his Instagram that he and his wife are expecting their first child, a daughter named Júlia who was born on 5 June.[48]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of 23 August 2014.[49][50][51]
Club Season League Cup League Cup Continental Other1 Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
São Paulo 2009 11 0 0 0 1 0 2 0 0 0 14 0
Total 11 0 0 0 1 0 2 0 0 0 14 0
Internacional 2010 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 6 0
2011 26 10 0 0 11 0 7 3 0 0 44 13
2012 5 1 0 0 9 4 6 1 0 0 20 6
Total 36 11 0 0 20 4 13 4 1 0 70 19
Chelsea 2012–13 34 4 7 2 5 0 15 6 3 0 64 12
2013–14 33 8 3 2 0 0 10 1 1 0 47 11
2014–15 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
Total 69 12 10 4 5 0 25 7 4 0 113 23
Career total 116 23 10 4 26 4 40 11 5 0 197 42
1Includes the following other competitive competitions:
Recopa Sudamericana: 2011.
FIFA Club World Cup: 2011, 2012.
UEFA Super Cup: 2012, 2013.

International[edit]

As of 12 July 2014.
Brazil national team
Year Apps Goals
2011 2 0
2012 10 4
2013 16 4
2014 10 3
Total 38 11

International goals[edit]

Scores and results list Brazil's goal tally first.
Goal Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 9 June 2012 MetLife Stadium, New Jersey, USA  Argentina
2–2
3–4
Friendly
2. 10 September 2012 Estádio do Arruda, Recife, Brazil  China PR
8–0
8–0
Friendly
3. 11 October 2012 Swedbank Stadion, Malmö, Sweden  Iraq
1–0
6–0
Friendly
4.
2–0
5. 21 March 2013 Stade de Genève, Geneva, Switzerland  Italy
2–0
2–2
Friendly
6. 9 June 2013 Arena do Grêmio, Porto Alegre, Brazil  France
1–0
3–0
Friendly
7. 12 October 2013 Seoul World Cup Stadium, Seoul, South Korea  South Korea
2–0
2–0
Friendly
8. 15 October 2013 Beijing National Stadium, Beijing, China  Zambia
1–0
2–0
Friendly
9. 5 March 2014 Soccer City, Johannesburg, South Africa  South Africa
1–0
5–0
Friendly
10. 12 June 2014 Arena Corinthians, São Paulo, Brazil  Croatia
3–1
3–1
2014 FIFA World Cup
11. 8 July 2014 Estádio Mineirão, Belo Horizonte, Brazil  Germany
1–7
1–7
2014 FIFA World Cup

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Internacional
Chelsea

Country[edit]

Brazil

References[edit]

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