Luiz Adriano

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Luiz Adriano
Luiz Adriano de Souza da Silva.jpg
Luiz Adriano with Spartak Moscow in 2017
Personal information
Full name Luiz Adriano de Souza da Silva
Date of birth (1987-04-12) 12 April 1987 (age 30)
Place of birth Porto Alegre, Brazil
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)[1]
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
Spartak Moscow
Number 12
Youth career
2004–2005 Internacional
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2006–2007 Internacional 21 (2)
2007–2015 Shakhtar Donetsk 162 (77)
2015–2017 Milan 33 (4)
2017– Spartak Moscow 16 (5)
National team
2007 Brazil U20 11 (2)
2014–2015 Brazil 4 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 23 September 2017.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 12 July 2017

Luiz Adriano de Souza da Silva[2] (born 12 April 1987), or simply Luiz Adriano,[3] is a Brazilian professional footballer who plays for Russian Premier League club FC Spartak Moscow as a striker.

Born in Porto Alegre, he began his career at hometown club Internacional before joining Shakhtar Donetsk in 2007 for €3 million. He became an integral member of the Ukrainian club, becoming the all-time leading goalscorer for Shakhtar in October 2014 and receiving his first call-up to the Brazil national team the same month.

Club career[edit]

Internacional[edit]

Luiz Adriano caught the eye of European clubs with his performances for Internacional in December 2006 at the FIFA Club World Cup. He notably scored the deciding goal for Internacional in their 2–1 win over Al-Ahly during the semi-final round of the competition.[4] In the final against European champions Barcelona, Luiz Adriano came on as a late substitute and played a vital role in Adriano Gabiru's 82nd-minute winner.[5]

Shakhtar Donetsk[edit]

Luiz Adriano was transferred to Ukrainian side Shakhtar Donetsk on 2 March 2007 for a reported €3 million transfer fee (R$8,128,830).[6][7] On 19 March 2007, he made his debut in the Ukrainian Premier League against city rivals Metalurh Donetsk, at the age of 19 years 11 months and 7 days.[8] It took almost one year, however, for Luiz Adriano to score his first goal for the club, netting in the 94th minute of a 4−1 win over Metalist Kharkiv on 15 March 2008.[8]

On 28 August 2008, Adriano scored his first goal in Europe, netting his side's opening goal in their 3−1 second-leg victory over Dinamo Zagreb to secure a place in the group stage of the UEFA Champions League.[8][9] He scored the opening goal of the 2009 UEFA Cup Final which Shakhtar won 2–1 over Werder Bremen after extra time.[10]

On 16 February 2011, Luiz Adriano scored the winning goal against Roma in a 3–2 away victory during the first leg of the Champions League round of 16. On 7 May 2011, he scored his 50th Shakhtar goal in a 2−0 league win over Metalurh Donetsk.[8]

Luiz Adriano in action for Shakhtar in 2011

2012–13 season[edit]

On 10 July 2012, Luiz Adriano opened the score in the 2012 Ukrainian Super Cup against cup holders Metalurh Donetsk to help Shakhtar claim the trophy after a 2–0 victory.[11] He netted his first goal of the 2012–13 Premier League season in a 3–0 victory over Karpaty Lviv.[12] He scored the last goal in a 3–1 victory over Dynamo Kyiv on 2 September.[13] He scored the third goal in a 3–0 victory over Zorya Luhansk on 15 September, with an assist from compatriot Willian.[14]

On 20 November 2012, playing against Danish team Nordsjælland in the Champions League, Luiz Adriano scored a controversial 1–1 equalizer. After an injury to a Nordsjælland player led to a dropped-ball, Willian attempted to return it to the Nordsjaelland goalkeeper, but Luiz Adriano pounced on the pass, rounded the goalkeeper and finished into an empty net. This led to heavy protests from the Danish players and the crowd.[15][16] UEFA opened a disciplinary case against Luiz Adriano, later banning him for one game for unsporting behaviour. Shakhtar released a statement backing the UEFA decision and stated that they were deeply disappointed by the player's actions.[17]

2013–14 season[edit]

Luiz Adriano made his season debut against Chornomorets Odesa in the Ukrainian Super Cup as Shakhtar won 3−1, but the striker failed to get on the scoresheet.[18] He opened his account for the season in Shakhtar's first Ukrainian Premier League fixture, scoring his side's second in the final minute of normal time in a 2−0 victory over Hoverla Uzhhorod on 14 July 2013.[19] He scored once as Shakhtar defeated Real Sociedad 4−0 in their penultimate group match of the Champions League on 27 November 2013.[20] He scored the game's only goal in Shakhtar's next match, a league victory over Chornomorets.[21]

Luiz Adriano scored both of his side's goals in their 2−0 win over Dynamo Kyiv in the Ukrainian derby on 16 April 2014.[22] In Shakhtar's following Premier League match, against city-rivals Metalurh, Luiz Adriano scored the game-winning goal as Shakhtar came from a goal down to win 2−1.[23] On 11 May, Luiz Adriano scored twice as Shakhtar clicnhed their fifth consecutive league title with a 3−1 win over Zorya Luhansk.[24] In the final league match of the season on 18 May, Luiz Adriano scored both goals as Shakhtar defeated Volyn Lutsk 2−0 to finish as the leading goal-scorer with 20 strikes.[25]

2014–15 season[edit]

On 30 September 2014, Luiz Adriano put Shakhtar ahead 2−0 with less than five minutes to play against Porto, but the Ukrainian champions relinquished the win as two goals in the final minutes from Jackson Martínez ensured a 2−2 draw.[26] On 17 October, Luiz Adriano scored in either half and provided an assist for Alex Teixeira as Shakhtar defeated Volyn Lutsk 6−2.[27]

On 21 October, playing against Belarusian team BATE Borisov in the Champions League, Luiz Adriano scored five goals, becoming the second player – after Lionel Messi – to score five goals in a Champions League match.[28] Adriano's hat-trick took 11 minutes, the third-fastest ever in the competition; he scored three goals in a seven-minute span, the quickest ever, and his four first-half goals were a record for a player in the competition.[29] With his fourth and fifth goals of the match, he overcame Andriy Vorobey to become Shakhtar's all-time leading goalscorer with 117 goals.[29] With his five goals, Adriano also established himself as Shakhtar's all-time leading goalscorer in Europe with 29 goals.[8]

In Shakhtar's next Champions League match, hosting BATE on 5 November, Luiz Adriano scored another hat-trick, starting with a 58th-minute penalty, as his team won 5–0.[30]

In the 2014–15 Champions League group stage, Shakhtar finished second in its group, therefore qualifying for the knockout phase. In the six games played, Luiz Adriano equalled Messi's record of five goals in a Champions League match and equalled Cristiano Ronaldo's record of scoring nine goals in the group stage, prompting UEFA to name him MVP of the season's Champions League group stage phase.[31]

Milan[edit]

On 2 July 2015, Luiz Adriano signed for Milan on a five-year deal for a transfer fee of €8 million.[32][33][34] Milan, however, also paid an additional €6 million to unknown parties.[35][36] He made his debut on 17 August in the third round of the Coppa Italia, scoring the second goal of a 2–0 win over Perugia at the San Siro.[37] He scored his first goal in Serie A on 29 August 2015 in a 2–1 home win against Empoli. In January 2016, Milan agreed an offer from Chinese Super League side Jiangsu Suning to sell Luiz Adriano for a reported fee of €14 million.[38] The deal, however, could not be completed after Luiz Adriano and Jiangsu Suning failed to agree on personal terms during negotiations.[39]

Spartak Moscow[edit]

On 16 January 2017, he signed a long-term contract with FC Spartak Moscow.[40]

International career[edit]

Luiz Adriano playing for Brazil in a friendly vs Chile in 2015.

In March 2013, Luiz Adriano indicated that he would be likely to accept a call-up for Ukraine national team if asked. He did not, however, have a Ukrainian passport when he was representing Brazil youth team, which made him ineligible to countries other than Brazil (or his ancestral countries).[41][42][43]

On 23 October 2014, Luiz Adriano was called up to the Brazil national team for the first time for friendlies against Turkey and Austria in November.[44] He debuted on 12 November against Turkey, playing 73 minutes of a 4–0 win before being replaced by fellow debutant Roberto Firmino.[45]

Style of play[edit]

Although he is capable of playing in other offensive positions, Luiz Adriano usually plays as a main striker, and is known for his technique, consistency, and composure in front of goal. A quick player who can score with both feet, he is also capable of using his physique to hold up the ball with his back to goal in order to bring his teammates into play. He is also known for his positional sense and ability to play off the last defender and make attacking runs to beat the offside trap.[46][47][48]

According to Luiz Adriano's former coach Mircea Lucescu at Shakhtar, "He is one of those players, who rarely gets injured. He is a powerful footballer; he plays great in the air. Despite the fact that he is not tall, Adriano plays as if his height is about two meters! He fights for the ball in the penalty area, with always looking for opportunities to net a goal. He is a proper striker."[49]

Personal life[edit]

Luiz Adriano's father worked as a security guard at a chemical plant, and his mother was a housewife. His parents are divorced. He has two brothers, Murillo, who is also a footballer, and Fabiano, and two sisters, Patricia and Caroline. His childhood idols include Romário and Ronaldo. He has four tattoos, one on his hand, one on his back, one on his arm and one on his neck.[50]

Club statistics[edit]

As of 14 July 2017.[51][52]
Club Season League Cup Continental Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Internacional 2006 Série A 13 1 2 1 10 2
2007 8 1 1 0 14 1
Total 21 2 3 1 24 3
Shakhtar Donetsk 2006–07 Premier League 5 0 1 0 6 0
2007–08 13 4 5 1 1 0 19 5
2008–09 12 4 3 1 14 4 29 9
2009–10 23 11 1 0 12 6 36 17
2010–11 21 10 5 4 10 4 1 2 37 20
2011–12 23 12 5 1 6 3 1 0 37 16
2012–13 19 7 5 4 7 3 1 1 32 15
2013–14 25 20 5 2 8 3 1 0 39 25
2014–15 21 9 4 3 7 9 1 0 33 21
Total 162 77 34 16 65 32 5 3 268 128
Milan 2015–16 Serie A 26 4 3 2 29 6
2016–17 7 0 0 0 7 0
Total 33 4 3 2 36 6
Spartak Moscow 2016–17 Premier League 8 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 8 2
2017–18 4 2 0 0 0 0 1 1 5 3
Total 12 4 0 0 0 0 1 1 13 5
Career total 224 85 37 18 68 33 6 4 337 140

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Adriano holding the Ukrainian Cup in 2011
Internacional
Shakhtar Donetsk[54]
Milan
Spartak Moscow

Individual[edit]

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