Júnior Moraes

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Moraes
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Personal information
Full name Aluísio Chaves Ribeiro
Moraes Júnior
Date of birth (1987-04-04) April 4, 1987 (age 32)
Place of birth Santos, Brazil
Height 1.76 m (5 ft 9 in)[1]
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
Shakhtar Donetsk
Number 10
Youth career
Santos
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2007–2009 Santos 16 (2)
2008Ponte Preta (loan) 0 (0)
2009 Santo André 2 (1)
2010–2011 Gloria Bistriţa 32 (18)
2011–2012 CSKA Sofia 26 (17)
2012–2015 Metalurh Donetsk 63 (35)
2015–2018 Dynamo Kyiv 54 (22)
2017Tianjin Quanjian (loan) 3 (0)
2018– Shakhtar Donetsk 33 (24)
National team
2019– Ukraine 2 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 4 September 2019
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 30 May 2019

Aluísio Chaves Ribeiro Moraes Júnior (born 4 April 1987), commonly known as Moraes, is a Brazilian-born Ukrainian professional footballer who plays for Ukrainian club Shakhtar Donetsk and Ukraine as a forward. He received Ukrainian citizenship in March 2019.[2]

Biography[edit]

Moraes was born in a family of sportsmen. His father was a very good football player. He played for Flamengo and Santos. His brother Bruno also played for Santos and Porto and still in activity, while his sister ended her football career because of an injury. His mother was a Paulista tennis champion.[3]

He started to play football in São Paulo when he was 4 years old, being in the same group with Robinho.[3]

Career[edit]

Santos[edit]

Moraes was promoted to the senior team of Santos by coach Vanderlei Luxemburgo at the age of 18.

He then scored a goal in the 2007 Campeonato Paulista final between Santos and São Caetano, helping his side to the title.

Gloria Bistriţa[edit]

Moraes playing for CSKA Sofia in 2011.

Moraes made an impressive debut in Liga I for Gloria Bistriţa, scoring 10 goals in 17 appearances. His good run continued in the first part of the 2010–11 Liga I season as he accumulated a total of 18 goals for Gloria Bistriţa in the Romanian championship.[citation needed]

Metalurh Donetsk[edit]

On 12 February 2011, Gloria Bistriţa announced that Moraes was sold to Ukrainian Premier League squad Metalurh Donetsk, for a reported fee of €1.25 million.[4] However, Moraes never played a game for Metalurh before he rejoined the team in the summer of 2012.

CSKA Sofia[edit]

Before 2011–12 season Moraes joined Bulgarian side CSKA Sofia. He made his A Group debut on 12 September 2011 in a 3–0 home win over Lokomotiv Plovdiv, scoring a penalty. On 2 October, Moraes scored twice in a 3–0 away win over Svetkavitsa. He scored a hattrick versus Litex Lovech on 19 May. Moraes eventually finished the 2011–12 A Group season as joint top scorer with Ivan Stoyanov.[citation needed]

Dynamo Kyiv[edit]

Júnior Moraes with Dynamo Kyiv in 2015.

On 22 May 2015, Moraes signed a three-year contract with Dynamo Kyiv, who at the time have won the Ukrainian League which had automatically qualified them to the UEFA Champions League group stage. Since his contract with Metalurh was expiring in the summer of 2015, he joined Dynamo as a free agent. He made his official debut for Dynamo in the Ukrainian Super Cup against Shakhtar Donetsk, which Dynamo lost 0–2, conceding both goals in the injury time of the second half while being down to 10 men. Despite the loss, Moraes was one of the best players on the pitch as he got many opportunities, one of which hit the crossbar. On 25 July 2015, Moraes scored his first official goal for Dynamo on the 61st minute in a 2–0 win against Olimpik Donetsk in the Ukrainian Premier League and was one of the best players on the pitch despite the fact that his team was down to 9 men in the second half.[citation needed]

On 16 September 2015, Moraes made his UEFA Champions League debut in a 2–2 draw against Portuguese club FC Porto in the group stage. On 29 September 2015, Moraes scored his first ever UEFA Champions League goal in the second group stage match, scoring the second goal on the 50th minute in a 0–2 away win against Israeli club Maccabi Tel Aviv. In that season he helped Dynamo reach the 1/8 of the UEFA Champions League for the first time in 16 years, getting knocked out by Manchester City 1–3 on aggregate, as well as winning the Ukrainian Premier League.[citation needed]

Shakhtar Donetsk[edit]

On 18 June 2018, Moraes signed a two-year contract with Shakhtar Donetsk after his contract with his previous club and Shakhtar's UPL rival Dynamo Kyiv ran out.[5]

International career[edit]

Moraes indicated that he would be likely to accept a call-up for Ukraine national football team if asked.[6][7] On 5 March 2019 Ukrainian journalist announced that Moraes has already filed for citizenship and awaits approval.[8] He received Ukrainian citizenship 13 days later by a decree of President Petro Poroshenko[2] and made his debut as a substituted player in the drawing match against Portugal national football team on 22 March 2019.

Career statistics[edit]

As of match played 30 May 2019 [9][10]
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League Cup Continental Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Santos 2007 Série A 15 1 0 0 2 0 4 2 21 3
2008 1 1 0 0 0 0 4 0 5 1
Total 16 2 0 0 2 0 8 2 26 4
Ponte Preta (loan) 2008 Série B 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Santo André 2009 Série A 2 1 0 0 0 0 5 1 7 2
Total 2 1 0 0 0 0 5 1 7 2
Gloria Bistriţa 2009–10 Liga I 17 10 0 0 0 0 0 0 17 10
2010–11 15 8 3 2 0 0 0 0 18 10
Total 32 18 3 2 0 0 0 0 35 20
CSKA Sofia 2011–12 A Group 24 16 2 1 0 0 0 0 26 17
Total 24 16 2 1 0 0 0 0 26 17
Metalurh Donetsk 2012–13 Ukrainian Premier League 23 11 0 0 4 2 0 0 27 13
2013–14 27 19 1 0 2 0 0 0 30 19
2014–15 13 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 13 5
Total 63 35 1 0 6 2 0 0 70 37
Dynamo Kyiv 2015–16 Ukrainian Premier League 20 7 3 1 7 1 1 0 30 9
2016–17 16 10 1 2 6 1 1 0 24 13
2017–18 18 5 1 0 11 7 0 0 30 12
Total 54 22 5 3 24 9 2 0 84 34
Tianjin Quanjian (loan) 2017 Chinese Super League 3 0 1 2 0 0 0 0 4 2
Total 3 0 1 2 0 0 0 0 4 2
Shakhtar Donetsk 2018–19 Ukrainian Premier League 27 19 3 3 8 4 1 0 39 26
Total 27 19 3 3 8 4 1 0 39 26
Career total 221 113 15 11 39 15 16 3 291 142

International[edit]

As of 2 June 2019
Ukraine national team
Year Apps Goals
2019 2 0
Total 2 0

Honours[edit]

Santos
CSKA Sofia
Dynamo Kyiv
Shakhtar Donetsk

Individual[edit]

  • ABF A PFG Player of the Year (1): 2011–12

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Moraes Junior - FC Dynamo Kyiv. Official club website". www.fcdynamo.kiev.ua.
  2. ^ a b (in Ukrainian) Forward Shakhtar Morais received Ukrainian citizenship, UNIAN (18 March 2019)
  3. ^ a b "Júnior Moraes: "O să-l fac uitat pe Bogdan Stancu!"".
  4. ^ "Acum este oficial, Junior Moraes va juca la Metalurg Doneţk".
  5. ^ "Moraes transfer". shakhtar.com. 18 June 2018. Retrieved 18 June 2018.
  6. ^ https://latestnewsresource.com/en/news/federatsija-futbola-ukrainy-reshila-usilit-sbornuju-braziltsem
  7. ^ https://sportarena.com/football/upl/moraes-byl-by-rad-igrat-za-sbornuyu-ukrainy/
  8. ^ Moraes filed documents to receive Ukrainian citizenship — source (Мораес подал документы для получения украинского гражданства – источник). UA-Football. 5 March 2019
  9. ^ Júnior Moraes at RomanianSoccer.ro (in Romanian) and StatisticsFootball.com
  10. ^ Júnior Moraes at Soccerway

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