Luiz Gustavo

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For another Brazilian footballer, see Luiz Gustavo (footballer, born 1994).
In this name, the family name is Dias, not Gustavo.
Luiz Gustavo
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Luiz Gustavo playing for Brazil in 2014
Personal information
Full name Luiz Gustavo Dias[1]
Date of birth (1987-07-23) 23 July 1987 (age 28)
Place of birth Pindamonhangaba, Brazil
Height 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)[2]
Playing position Defensive midfielder
Club information
Current team
VfL Wolfsburg
Number 22
Youth career
Universal FC Rio Largo
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2007–2008 Corinthians Alagoano 21 (2)
2007 CRB (loan) 14 (1)
2007–2008 1899 Hoffenheim (loan) 27 (0)
2008–2011 1899 Hoffenheim 72 (2)
2011–2013 Bayern Munich 64 (6)
2013– VfL Wolfsburg 60 (6)
National team
2011– Brazil 33 (2)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 30 May 2015.
† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 26 March 2015

Luiz Gustavo Dias (born 23 July 1987) is a Brazilian professional footballer who plays as a defensive midfielder for Bundesliga club VfL Wolfsburg and the Brazil national team.

Luiz Gustavo began his career as a left back, but has played mostly as a defensive midfielder in Germany. He has also played as a centre back.

A full international with over 30 caps since his debut in 2011, Luiz Gustavo represented Brazil as they won the 2013 Confederations Cup and came fourth at the 2014 World Cup, both on home soil.

Club career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Born in Pindamonhangaba, São Paulo, Luiz Gustavo started his professional career at Corinthians Alagoano. In August 2007, he was loaned to German club 1899 Hoffenheim, then of the 2. Bundesliga.[3] On 1 April 2008, Hoffenheim signed Gustavo on a permanent contract.[4] He went on to play two-and-a-half Bundesliga seasons for the club.

Bayern Munich[edit]

On 3 January 2011, Luiz Gustavo was signed by FC Bayern Munich.[5] The amount of the transfer fee varies from €15–20 million, depending on different sources.[6][7] Twelve days later, he made his debut for the Bavarian club, coming on as a second-half substitute in the 1–1 away draw with VfL Wolfsburg. He scored his first goal for the club on 26 February, the equaliser in the 1–3 home loss against Borussia Dortmund, by volleying in Franck Ribéry's cross.[8]

In his first full season at Bayern, he played 46 matches across all competitions, with Bayern finishing runner-up in all three tournaments which they contested. His only goal came on 13 August, an added-time strike which won a league match away to VfL Wolfsburg.[9] On 12 May 2012, Luiz Gustavo was selected to start in the centre of midfield in the DFB-Pokal Final, but he was substituted at half-time for Thomas Müller as Bayern were beaten 5–2 by Dortmund. He missed their defeat a week later in the Champions League Final, as he was booked in the second leg of their semi-final victory over Real Madrid.[10]

Luiz Gustavo began the 2012–13 season by featuring in Bayern's 2–1 win over Dortmund in the DFL-Supercup on 12 August. He scored four times in 22 matches as they won the league title. On 25 May 2013, Luiz Gustavo appeared as an added-time substitute for Ribéry as Bayern defeated Dortmund 2–1 in the Champions League Final at Wembley Stadium.

Wolfsburg[edit]

On 16 August 2013, it was reported that Luiz Gustavo had signed for Wolfsburg for an unspecified amount, on a contract that would tie him to the club till 2018.[11] He made his debut the following day, starting in a 4–0 win over FC Schalke 04 at the Volkswagen Arena.[12] A week later, in his next appearance, he was sent off for two bookings as his team lost 0–2 at 1. FSV Mainz 05,[13] and he was also dismissed on his return on 14 September in a 1–3 defeat at Bayer Leverkusen.[14] He scored four goals in 29 matches as Wolfsburg came fifth to qualify automatically for the group stage of the next season's UEFA Europa League, receiving a third red card on 19 April 2014 in a 3–1 win at rivals Hamburger SV.[15]

He scored four times in five matches as Wolfsburg won the DFB-Pokal in his second season, starting with a brace in a 4–1 win over 1. FC Heidenheim in the second round on 29 October 2014, and continuing with a goal in their 4–0 victory at DSC Arminia Bielefeld in the semi-final on 29 April 2015.[16] On 30 May, he scored from a rebounded shot by compatriot Naldo to equalise in the final against Borussia Dortmund, with Wolfsburg eventually winning 3–1 for their first cup honour.[17]

International career[edit]

Luiz Gustavo made his debut for Brazil on 10 August 2011, coming on as a second-half substitute in a friendly match against Germany.[18][19]

He was a member of Luiz Felipe Scolari's squad for the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup and played the full 90 minutes as Brazil defeated world champions Spain 3–0 in the final at the Estádio do Maracanã. He scored his first goal for Brazil in a friendly match against Australia on 7 September later that year.

During the 2014 FIFA World Cup on home soil having played every minute up to that point, he was suspended for the quarter-final match against Colombia due to accumulation of yellow cards.[20][21] He returned to the starting eleven for the next two games as the team finished fourth.

Luiz Gustavo was initially called into Dunga's squad for the 2015 Copa América in Chile, but withdrew with a knee injury which required surgery,[22] and was replaced by Fred.[23]

Personal life[edit]

Luiz Gustavo is a devout Catholic, commenting that he "read[s] the Bible a lot and pray[s] twice a day." He became engaged to his girlfriend Milene on 25 December 2010, while on holiday in Brazil.[24] He cites his mother as a big source of inspiration for him because of her dream that he would one day succeed as a player, before her death when he was just 16 years old.[25]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of 30 May 2015
Club performance League Cup Continental Other Total Ref.
Club League Season Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Germany League DFB-Pokal Europe Other Total
1899 Hoffenheim 2. Bundesliga 2007–08 27 0 3 0 30 0 [26]
Bundesliga 2008–09 28 0 1 0 29 0 [27]
2009–10 27 0 3 0 30 0 [28]
2010–11 17 2 3 0 20 2 [29]
Club totals 99 2 10 0 109 2
Bayern Munich Bundesliga 2010–11 14 1 2 0 2 0 0 0 18 1 [29]
2011–12 28 1 6 0 12 0 46 1 [30]
2012–13 22 4 3 0 10 0 1 0 36 4 [31]
Club totals 64 6 11 0 24 0 1 0 100 6
VfL Wolfsburg Bundesliga 2013–14 29 4 4 0 33 4 [32]
2014–15 31 2 5 4 10 1 46 7 [33]
Club totals 60 6 9 4 10 1 0 0 78 11
Career totals 223 14 30 4 34 1 1 0 287 19

International goals[edit]

Scores and results list Brazil's goal tally first.[34]
No Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 7 September 2013 Estádio Nacional Mané Garrincha, Brasília, Brazil  Australia
1–0
6–0
Friendly
2. 26 March 2015 Stade de France, Saint-Denis, France  France
3–1
3–1

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Bayern Munich
Wolfsburg

International[edit]

Brazil

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "Luiz Gustavo". fifa.com. FIFA. Retrieved 21 January 2014. 
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  4. ^ "Gustavo, Paljic and Vorsah extend contracts", tsg-hoffenheim.de (in German)  Retrieved 1 April 2008.
  5. ^ "Bayern sign versatile Luiz Gustavo until 2015". FC Bayern Munich. 3 January 2011. Archived from the original on 5 October 2012. Retrieved 5 January 2011. 
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  12. ^ "Wolves maul sorry Schalke". Sky Sports. 17 August 2013. Retrieved 31 May 2015. 
  13. ^ "Mainz maintain perfect start". Sky Sports. 24 August 2013. Retrieved 31 May 2015. 
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  19. ^ "Matchreport Deutschland-Brasilien". kicker (in German). 10 August 2011. Archived from the original on 28 June 2014. Retrieved 26 April 2012. 
  20. ^ "World Cup 2014: Brazil Sweat on Neymar Injury, Luiz Gustavo Suspended". NDTV. Agence France-Presse. 29 June 2014. Archived from the original on 29 June 2014. Retrieved 29 June 2014. 
  21. ^ Fernando Duarte (3 July 2014). "Luiz Gustavo’s absence gives Brazil major headache against Colombia". The Guardian (London). Archived from the original on 3 July 2014. Retrieved 4 October 2014. 
  22. ^ Uersfeld, Stephan (2 June 2015). "Brazil's Luiz Gustavo to miss Copa America due to knee surgery". ESPN. Retrieved 2 June 2015. 
  23. ^ "Fred relishing Copa America chance". Four Four Two. 3 June 2014. Retrieved 3 June 2015. 
  24. ^ "Luiz Gustavo's first full day at Bayern". FC Bayern Munich.  4 January 2011. Retrieved 5 January 2011.
  25. ^ Interview: Luiz Gustavo, FC Bayern Munich . 20 January 2011. Retrieved 21 January 2011.
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