Júnior Moraes

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Júnior Moraes
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Júnior Moraes with Dynamo Kyiv in 2015
Personal information
Full name Aluísio Chaves Ribeiro
Moraes Júnior
Date of birth (1987-04-04) April 4, 1987 (age 30)
Place of birth Santos, Brazil
Height 1.76 m (5 ft 9 in)[1]
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
Dynamo Kyiv
Number 11
Youth career
Santos
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2007–2009 Santos 24 (4)
2008 Ponte Preta (loan) 0 (0)
2009 Santo André 2 (1)
2010–2011 Gloria Bistriţa 32 (18)
2011–2012 CSKA Sofia 24 (16)
2012–2015 Metalurh Donetsk 63 (35)
2015– Dynamo Kyiv 38 (17)
2017 Tianjin Quanjian (loan) 3 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 17 September 2017.

Aluísio Chaves Ribeiro Moraes Júnior (born 4 April 1987), commonly known as Júnior Moraes, is a Brazilian professional footballer who plays for Ukrainian club Dynamo Kyiv as a forward.

Biography[edit]

Júnior 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.[2]

He started to play football in São Paulo when he was 4 years old, being in the same group with Robinho.[2]

Career[edit]

Santos[edit]

Júnior Moraes was promoted to the senior team of Santos by coach Vanderlei Luxemburgo at the age of 18. He made his debut in the Campeonato Brasileiro in the same squad with Robinho, Diego, Marcelo and Zago, playing 15 matches in the 2007 season, and scoring 1 goal in the 3–0 win against Botafogo.[2] Moraes scored another goal in the first round of the 2008 Série A, in the 3–1 win against Flamengo.

He then scored a goal in the 2007 Campeonato Paulista final between Santos and São Caetano, helping his side to the title. This match was his last appearance for Santos in the national championship, after which he was loaned to Ponte Preta.[citation needed]

Gloria Bistriţa[edit]

Moraes playing for CSKA Sofia in 2011.

Júnior 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 February 12, 2011 Gloria Bistriţa announced that Júnior Moraes was sold to Ukrainian Premier League squad Metalurh Donetsk, for a reported fee of 1.25M €.[3] 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]

On 22 May 2015, Moraes signed a 3–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 managed to get 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]

International career[edit]

Júnior Moraes indicated that he would be likely to accept a call-up for Ukraine national football team if asked.[4]

Honours[edit]

Santos
Dynamo Kyiv

Individual[edit]

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

References[edit]

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