Vágner Love

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Vágner Love
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Vágner Love with CSKA Moscow in 2009
Personal information
Full name Vágner Silva de Souza
Date of birth (1984-06-11) 11 June 1984 (age 30)
Place of birth Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Height 1.72 m (5 ft 7 12 in)[1]
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
Shandong Luneng
Number 10
Youth career
2002–2003 Palmeiras
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2002–2004 Palmeiras[2] 42 (27)
2004–2012 CSKA Moscow[2] 241 (117)
2009 Palmeiras (loan)[2] 12 (5)
2010 Flamengo (loan) 5 (4)
2012–2013 Flamengo 36 (13)
2013 CSKA Moscow 14 (7)
2013– Shandong Luneng 24 (18)
National team
2003 Brazil U20 5 (4)
2004–2007 Brazil 20 (4)
* 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 9 December 2012

Vágner Silva De Souza (born 11 June 1984), known as Vágner Love, is a Brazilian professional football striker who plays for Shandong Luneng. A talented forward who has been described by World Soccer Magazine as possessing "mobility, flair, awareness and powerful shooting." [3]

Club career[edit]

Palmeiras[edit]

Vágner Love started his career with Palmeiras. In the 2003 season he helped them to return to the Brazilian Série A, the national First division.

CSKA Moscow[edit]

In the summer of 2004 he was bought by CSKA Moscow. For over a year after his arrival at CSKA Moscow, rumours kept appearing that he did not want to stay in Moscow, and a transfer to Corinthians in particular was hinted at numerous times. However, these rumours subsided and Vágner mentioned a number of times that he was fully committed to his contract and is looking forward to completing its full tenure.

He scored the final goal that sealed CSKA's 3–1 victory in the 2005 UEFA Cup Final over Sporting Clube de Portugal at the Estádio José Alvalade in Lisbon. Additionally to this UEFA Cup final, he has gone on to win the Russian Premier League title and Russian Cup in 2005, 2008, and the Russian Super Cup in 2006.

He became the top scorer in the Russian Premier League 2008, and the top scorer of the 2008–09 UEFA Cup, with 11 goals in eight games.[4]

Return to Palmeiras[edit]

On 28 August 2009, following a run of poor form for CSKA Moscow, Vágner Love was signed by his former club Palmeiras on a one-year loan deal until 31 July 2010.[5] CSKA press spokesman Sergei Aksenov claimed that Vágner Love left Russia due to "urgent family problems demand(ing) his presence at home in Brazil".[6][7]

Love had a respectable return of 5 goals in 12 games for Palmeiras, but the loan spell was to be short lived. After publicly stating his concern over his safety at Palmeiras due to off-field altercations with fans, as well as his desire to play for his childhood team Flamengo, Vágner Love's loan contract with Palmeiras was ended early on 14 January 2010.[8]

Antonio Nocerino and Vágner Love

Flamengo[edit]

On 15 January 2010, the day after his loan was terminated with Palmeiras, Love officially signed a loan deal with reigning Brazilian champions Flamengo lasting until July 2010.[9][10] He made his Flamengo debut against Bangu in the Campeonato Carioca on 23 January 2010, scoring 2 goals. Vágner performed very well playing for Flamengo; he went on to score 23 goals in 26 matches. His successful partnership with Adriano Leite Ribeiro at Flamengo's offensive end was called by fans "Império do Amor", or "The Love Empire", in reference to Adriano's nickname "The Emperor" and Vágner's artistic surname. The presence of midfielder Dejan Petkovic in Flamengo's squad made supporters start the year with high expectations—it was widely believed that the Serbian's passing and free-kick abilities, coupled with Adriano's and Vagner's prolific scoring would produce a top team.

However, with Adriano struggling to keep an athlete's BMI and Petkovic's legs growing old (he was already 37 then), the team failed to advance past the round-of-16 in 2010's Copa Libertadores da América.[11] Shortly after, Adriano revealed he wanted to try playing in Italy again,[12] and Flamengo couldn't convince CSKA to extend Vágner's loan, thus dismantling the previously promising "Love Empire".[13]

Return to CSKA[edit]

Love playing for CSKA

After a change on presidency, on 12 January 2013, Flamengo didn't pay his pendencies of rights with CSKA Moscow and Love had to leave the club. He has gone back to Russian football after one year away.[14][15] On January 16, Love was presented in Moscow and signed for three years with the club in his return.[16] Love continued his fantastic goal scoring record with CSKA on his return to the club, and propelled the club to the Russian Premier League title in 2013, after a goalless draw with Kuban Krasnodar on 18 May, the club's first league title since 2006.[17]

Shandong Luneng[edit]

On 24 July 2013, Love transferred to Chinese Super League side Shandong Luneng,[18] in a reported €12m transfer.[19]

Career statistics[edit]

Club career[edit]

As of 23 August 2014
Club Season League Cup Continental Other[20] Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Palmeiras 2002 2 0 0 0 2 0
2003 29 19 0 0 29 19
2004 11 8 0 0 11 8
Total 42 27 0 0 42 27
CSKA Moscow 2004 12 9 0 0 9 4 21 13
2005 21 7 7 0 15 7 0 0 43 14
2006 23 9 7 4 7 2 1 0 38 15
2007 23 13 1 0 3 3 1 1 28 17
2008 26 20 1 1 6 8 33 29
2009 13 3 3 1 4 3 1 0 21 7
Palmeiras (loan) 2009 12 5 0 0 12 5
Flamengo (loan) 2010 5 4 141 151 10 4 29 23
CSKA Moscow 2010 15 9 0 0 5 2 0 0 20 11
2011–12 25 9 5 1 6 1 1 0 37 11
Flamengo 2012 36 13 102 72 5 2 50 22
Total 41 17 24 22 15 6 0 0 80 45
CSKA Moscow 2012–13 9 5 3 1 0 0 0 0 12 6
2013–14 2 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 3 1
Total 169 85 27 8 55 30 5 1 256 124
Shandong Luneng Taishan 2013 10 6 0 0 0 0 10 6
2014 14 12 0 0 5 5 19 17
Total 24 18 0 0 5 5 29 23
Career total 276 147 51* 30* 75 41 5 1 413 219

International career[edit]

Vágner Love is also member of the Brazilian national team and has played 21 games for the Seleção.

International stats[edit]

As of 1 April 2009[21][22][23]

Honours[edit]

Vágner after winning Russian Super Cup with CSKA

Club[edit]

Palmeiras
CSKA Moscow

International[edit]

Brazil

Individual[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Vagner Love(Wagner Sevgi) Official Profile". 
  2. ^ a b c Vágner Love at National-Football-Teams.com
  3. ^ "Talent Scout - Vagner Love". World Soccer. Retrieved 19 August 2012. 
  4. ^ "2008/09 UEFA Cup scorers table". ESPN. 16 May 2009. Retrieved 16 May 2009. 
  5. ^ "CSKA loan Vagner to Palmeiras". Soccerway.com. 28 August 2009. Retrieved 4 May 2010. 
  6. ^ Reuters (28 August 2009). "CSKA loan Vagner Love to Palmeiras". ESPN. Retrieved 4 May 2010. 
  7. ^ "CSKA loan Vagner to Palmeiras". Fifa.com. 28 August 2009. Retrieved 4 May 2010. 
  8. ^ "Nota Oficial: Palmeiras faz acordo com Vagner Love e atleta é liberado" [Vagner Love is released] (in Portuguese). palmeiras.com.br. 14 January 2010. 
  9. ^ "ТРАНСФЕРНЫЕ НОВОСТИ" [Transfer News: Vagner Love loan to Flamengo] (in Russian). pfc-cska.com. 15 January 2010. 
  10. ^ "chegada de Vagner Love" [Arrival of Vagner Love] (in Portuguese). flamengo.com.br. 15 January 2010. 
  11. ^ "Flamengo perde para o Universidad Católica e se complica na Libertadores" [Flamengo lost to Catholic University and is complicated in Libertadores] (in Galician). 
  12. ^ "Adriano vai para o Roma" [Adriano goes to Rome] (in Portuguese). 
  13. ^ "Vágner Love deixa o CSKA e volta para o Flamengo" [Vagner Love leaves CSKA for Flamengo and back] (in Portuguese). 
  14. ^ Vágner Love surpreende torcida e deixa o Fla para voltar ao CSKA Love surrenders fans and let Fla to comeback to CSKA
  15. ^ Vágner Love surpreende torcida e deixa o Fla para voltar ao CSKA Love surrenders fans and lets Fla to comeback to CSKA
  16. ^ Vagner Love se apresenta oficialmente ao CSKA e assina por três anos Love presents officially at CSKA and signs for three years
  17. ^ "The Moscow outfit lift their first domestic championship since 2006 as a goalless draw with Kuban Krasnodar put Zenit out of sight in the title race". GOAL. 18 May 2013. 
  18. ^ "鲁能官方宣布签下前巴西国脚 正式与尼库莱解约" [Luneng officially announced the signing of former Brazil striker formal surrender with Ni Kulai] (in Chinese). sina.com. 24 July 2013. 
  19. ^ "CSKA bid farewell to Vágner Love". UEFA.com. 24 July 2013. Retrieved 24 July 2013. 
  20. ^ Includes other competitive competitions, including the Russian Super Cup, UEFA Super Cup, Intercontinental Cup, FIFA Club World Cup
  21. ^ "Seleção Brasileira (Brazilian National Team) 2004–2005". Rsssfbrasil.com. Retrieved 4 May 2010. 
  22. ^ "Seleção Brasileira (Brazilian National Team) 2006–2007". Rsssfbrasil.com. Retrieved 4 May 2010. 
  23. ^ "Seleção Brasileira Restritiva (Brazilian National Restrictive Team) 2000–2003". Rsssfbrasil.com. Retrieved 4 May 2010.