Taison

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Taison
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Taison with Metalist in 2011
Personal information
Full name Taison Barcelos Freda
Date of birth (1988-01-13) 13 January 1988 (age 26)[1]
Place of birth Pelotas, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil
Height 1.72 m (5 ft 7 12 in)
Playing position Attacking midfielder / Winger
Club information
Current team
Shakhtar Donetsk
Number 28
Youth career
2004-2007 Internacional
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2007–2010 Internacional 69 (9)
2010–2013 Metalist Kharkiv 57 (13)
2013– Shakhtar Donetsk 35 (5)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 29 August 2014.
† Appearances (Goals).

Taison Barcellos Freda, or simply Taison, (born 13 January 1988) is a Brazilian footballer who plays as a striker for Ukrainian Premier League club Shakhtar Donetsk.

Biography[edit]

Internacional[edit]

Taison started his career with Brazilian club Internacional and quickly rose to prominence within their youth set up, becoming one of the brightest prospects at the club. Taison then after making his first team debut in 2009, confirmed his place as one of the rising stars in world football after top scoring in the 2009 Campeonato Gaúcho with 15 goals and starring alongside strike partner Nilmar. Internacional also went on to win the tournament after an 8-1 victory over Caxias.[2] Despite never winning the Campeonato Brasileiro Série A Taison does have a Copa Libertadores winners medal after he was an instrumental part in his side's 2010 success, starting both legs of Internacional's aggregate 5-3 final victory over Mexican side Guadalajara.[3]

Metalist Kharkiv[edit]

After being linked with a host of clubs across Europe, including Wolfsburg and Napoli Taison eventually signed for Ukrainian club Metalist Kharkiv for an approximate fee of 6 million euros. He started brightly in Ukraine and even pipped Willian to the "best new signing" accolade. The Brazilian scored an incredible Marco van Basten style volley against Rosenborg BK on November 8, 2012 in the Europa League. In the same game he also provided the assist for the second in a 3-1 win. [4]

Shakhtar Donetsk[edit]

Taison signed with Shakhtar Donetsk on 1 January 2013 for a fee of around £12.4 million.[1] He made his debut for Shakhtar in the Champions League against Borussia Dortmund in a 2-2 draw on 13 February 2013. He scored his first goal for Shakhtar and was named Man of the Match[5] in a 3-3 draw with Metalurh Zaporizhya on 19 May 2013, scoring an equalising goal in the 92nd minute.[6] Taison scored in a 3-0 victory over Chornomorets Odesa in the 2012–13 Ukrainian Cup final.[7] On 10 July 2013 Taison scored in a 3-1 victory over Chornomorets in the Ukrainian Super Cup.[8] He netted his first Champions League goal on 8 October 2013 in a 1-1 draw with Manchester United.

International career[edit]

In an interview with the coach of the Ukraine national football team Mykhaylo Fomenko spoke of him as a possible naturalized. Taison indicated that he would be likely to accept a call-up for Ukraine national football team if asked.[9][10][11][12]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of 29 August 2014
Club Season League Cup Continental Other Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Internacional 2008 30 2 - - 9 0 - - 39 2
2009 28 4 12 7 4 0 19 15 63 26
2010 11 3 - - 11 0 14 4 36 7
Total 69 9 12 7 24 0 33 19 138 35
Metalist Kharkiv 2010–11 21 8 - - 6 1 - - 27 9
2011–12 23 2 - - 13 5 - - 36 7
2012–13 13 3 1 0 6 1 - - 20 4
Total 57 13 1 0 25 7 - - 83 20
Shakhtar Donetsk 2012–13 11 2 3 1 2 0 - - 16 3
2013–14 19 1 4 1 8 1 1 1 32 4
2014-15 5 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 6 2
Total 35 5 7 2 10 1 2 1 54 9
Career Total 161 27 20 9 59 8 35 20 275 64

Honours[edit]

Shakhtar Donetsk

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