Nilmar playing for Al Rayyan in 2012
|Full name||Nilmar Honorato da Silva|
|Date of birth||14 July 1984|
|Place of birth||Bandeirantes, Paraná, Brazil|
|Height||1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only|
He won club and personal honours with Internacional and Corinthians in Brazil, and also played in France for Lyon and in Spain for Villarreal. He also had several short spells in the Middle East towards the end of his career.
Nilmar made his international debut for Brazil in 2003, and scored 9 goals in 24 appearances. He was part of their squad that won the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup and represented his nation at the 2010 FIFA World Cup.
- 1 Club career
- 2 International career
- 3 Personal life
- 4 Career statistics
- 5 Honours
- 6 References
- 7 External links
After coming through the Internacional youth teams, Nilmar was promoted to the main squad in 2002, and appeared regularly during his two-seasons.
Nilmar was signed for Lyon in summer 2004, initially as cover for fellow Brazilian forward Giovane Élber. He signed with a clause in his contract that stated that he could be loaned back to Internacional once Élber was fit.
With the impending signing of Fred, Lyon chose to loan Nilmar out, this time to Corinthians in his native Brazil. They were somewhat forced to do this in order to stay within the limit of non-EU players.
As well as this law, Lyon already had four established forwards, namely Fred, Sylvain Wiltord, Milan Baroš, and Sidney Govou, and, despite his good performances with Corinthians, Nilmar was ultimately sold to the South American club, for €10 million. At Corinthians, the young striker hit the target on his debut against São Paulo FC, with almost his first touch of the ball and he continued to impress fans and critics alike throughout his first season. His skill, speed, and mazy dribbles helped win him a place in the Brazilian League all-star team for the 2005 season.
Return to Internacional
On 17 August 2007, the Justiça do Trabalho (literally "court of employment") cancelled Nilmar's contract because Corinthians and third-party owner MSI owed the player €2 million. Nilmar was consequently available to sign for any club for free, while Corinthians must still pay the transfer debt of €8million they owed to Lyon for Nilmar's original transfer in 2006. Eventually Corinthians agreed to pay Lyon €6.5 million for the overdue portion of the transfer debt in December 2007. after losing the case in the Court of Arbitration for Sport and FIFA Players’ Status Committee.
In the following month, Nilmar returned to Internacional for undisclosed fee to Corinthians and third-party owners., despite the interest of several major clubs in Europe and Brazil. It was reported that Inter partnered with D.I.S. to sign 50% economic rights for €3 million. Internacional had sold 20% economic rights for R$5.46 million to unknown parties in 2007. He made his new debut for the Porto Alegre team on 4 November 2007, when Inter beat CR Vasco da Gama 2–1. He was chosen as the Man of the Match.
In January 2008, he scored an impressive goal against Internazionale of Italy in the Dubai Cup final, which helped his side win the game. In the summer of 2008, Palermo offered €15 million, with a bonus of up to €3 million. This was rejected, however, and activated the clause that Internacional bought 20% economic rights from Nilmar for reported €2.4 million, with other parties retained 50% economic rights.
In December 2008, he scored the winning goal in the Copa Sudamericana final match, giving Internacional the title. It was the first time that the Copa Sudamericana was won by a Brazilian club.
In July 2009, Nilmar returned to Europe, signing for Spain's Villarreal CF for an estimated €10 million fee. He built up a prolific strike partnership with Italy international Giuseppe Rossi, which he likened to his title-winning alliance with Carlos Tevez at Corinthians.
On 10 March 2011, he netted twice (including a last-minute goal) to help his team to a 3–2 away win against German club Bayer Leverkusen in the first leg of a last 16-round match of the Europa League. He again netted twice against Twente which his side won 5–1 at home.
He was loaned to Lekhwiya for one game on 31 December so that he could take part in the club's friendly match against PSG on 2 January 2013. He was selected as a cover for Sebastián Soria who was training with the Qatar national team for the upcoming Asian Cup.
On 6 August 2013, he declared to Arabic news network Al Jazeera that he was looking to terminate his loan at Lekhwiya and return to Al Rayyan following a training ground bust up with Lekhwiya first team coach Oliver Rumbold.
El Jaish / Second return to Internacional
On 10 July 2017, Nilmar signed a contract with Santos until December 2018, after being released by Al-Nasr. In September, after just 39 minutes of action in two appearances, his contract was suspended with the player alleging "personal reasons"; it was later revealed that he was suffering with depression.
On 13 December 2017, Nilmar cut ties with Santos, after appearing in just two matches.
Nilmar made his international debut for Brazil in 2003 CONCACAF Gold Cup match against Mexico on 13 July 2003. He appeared three times in the tournament as Brazil was defeated by Mexico in the final. Although Brazil chose to send Brazil under-23 team to the tournament, all the international appearances in the tournament are recognized by FIFA as full international caps. His first international goal came against Haiti on 18 August 2004, as Brazil won 6–0.
After four years out of the national team, on 29 August 2008, Nilmar was recalled by coach Dunga as a replacement for the injured Rafael Sóbis for World Cup qualifiers against Chile and Bolivia. On 21 May 2009, he was selected in Brazil squad for the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup in South Africa. He made one substitute appearance in the tournament as Brazil went on to win the competition.
On 9 September 2009, he scored a hat-trick for Brazil in a 4–2 win against Chile. On 14 November 2009, Nilmar scored the only goal of the match with a header in a friendly against England. He then scored again in a second friendly match on 17 November 2009 against Oman. He was a member of the Brazil squad that took part at the 2010 FIFA World Cup, hosted by South Africa, appearing as a substitute. He scored Brazil's third goal in a friendly match on 7 October 2010 against Iran.
|Club||Season||League||National Cup||Continental||State League||Other||Total|
|Al Rayyan||2012–13||Qatar Stars League||20||14||—||6[h]||3||—||—||26||17|
|El Jaish||2013–14||Qatar Stars League||3||2||1||0||8[h]||6||—||—||12||8|
|Al-Nasr||2015–16||Arabian Gulf League||26||11||0||0||6[h]||3||—||6[i]||2||38||16|
- Appearance(s) in Copa Sudamericana
- Appearance(s) in UEFA Champions League
- Appearance(s) in Coupe de la Ligue
- Appearance(s) in Trophée des Champions
- Appearance(s) in Copa Libertadores
- Appearance(s) in Recopa Sudamericana
- Appearance(s) in UEFA Europa League
- Appearance(s) in AFC Champions League
- One appearance in Arabian Gulf Super Cup, five appearances and two goals in UAE League Cup
- As of 7 June 2011
- Scores and results list Brazil's goal tally first.
|1.||10 June 2009||Estádio do Arruda, Recife, Brazil||Paraguay||2010 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|2.||9 September 2009||Estádio de Pituaçu, Salvador, Brazil||Chile|
|5.||11 October 2009||Estadio Hernando Siles, La Paz, Bolivia||Bolivia|
|6.||14 November 2009||Sheikh Khalifa International Stadium, Al Ain, United Arab Emirates||England||Friendly|
|7.||17 November 2009||Sultan Qaboos Sports Complex, Muscat, Oman||Oman|
|8.||7 October 2010||Zayed Sports City Stadium, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates||Iran|
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- "NILMAR TRANSFER : AGREEMENT WITH THE CORINTHIANS" (PDF). OL Group. 17 December 2007. Retrieved 27 August 2011.
- "Clube acerta contratação de Nilmar". Kzuka RS (in Portuguese). 14 September 2007. Retrieved 27 August 2011.
- "RELATÓRIO DA DIRETORIA (2007)" (PDF) (in Portuguese). SC Internacional. Retrieved 27 April 2012.
- "DICHIARAZIONE DI ZAMPARINI". US Città di Palermo (in Italian). www.ilpalermocalcio.it. 2 September 2008. Archived from the original on 29 April 2009. Retrieved 14 March 2010.
- "Inter perto de conseguir segurar Nilmar". Globo Esporte (in Portuguese). 30 August 2008. Retrieved 27 August 2011.
- "Nilmar bolsters Villarreal arsenal". UEFA. 27 July 2009. Retrieved 18 September 2018.
- "Nilmar: It's easy to play with Rossi". FIFA. 1 April 2011. Retrieved 18 September 2018.
- "Roig: "Es el esfuerzo más grande que hemos hecho"" (in Spanish). Villarreal CF. 25 July 2009. Retrieved 25 July 2009.[permanent dead link]
- "Bayer Leverkusen vs Villarreal Report". goal.com. 10 March 2011. Retrieved 15 March 2011.
- "Striker Nilmar set for medical after Al Rayyan deal". qsl.com.qa. 16 July 2012. Archived from the original on 18 July 2012. Retrieved 16 July 2012.
- "Nilmar, Belhadj join Lekhwiya for PSG friendly". qfa.com.qa. 31 December 2012. Archived from the original on 4 January 2013. Retrieved 31 December 2012.
- "Alvo do São Paulo, Nilmar acerta com El Jaish e diz que quer ficar no Catar" [São Paulo's target, Nilmar signs with El Jaish and says that he wants to stay in Qatar] (in Portuguese). Globo Esporte. 24 January 2014. Retrieved 10 July 2017.
- "Inter anuncia contrato com Nilmar até dezembro de 2017" [Inter announce contract with Nilmar until December 2017] (in Portuguese). O Estado de S. Paulo. 16 September 2014. Retrieved 10 July 2017.
- "Al Nasr anuncia contratação, e Nilmar deixará Inter após terceira passagem" [Al Nasr announce deal, and Nilmar will leave Inter after third spell] (in Portuguese). Globo Esporte. 30 July 2015. Retrieved 10 July 2017.
- "Atacante Nilmar é contratado pelo Santos FC até dezembro de 2018" [Forward Nilmar is signed by Santos FC until December 2018] (in Portuguese). Santos FC. 10 July 2017. Archived from the original on 10 July 2017. Retrieved 10 July 2017.
- "Diagnosticado com depressão, Nilmar tem contrato suspenso no Santos" [Diagnosed with depression, Nilmar has contract suspended at Santos] (in Portuguese). ESPN Brasil. 16 September 2017. Retrieved 21 October 2017.
- "Santos e Nilmar rescindem contrato" [Santos and Nilmar rescind contract] (in Portuguese). Globo Esporte. 13 December 2017. Retrieved 14 December 2017.
- "Dunga omits Ronaldo, Ronaldinho". FIFA. 21 April 2009. Retrieved 22 April 2009.
- "Argentina World Cup spot in doubt". BBC News. 10 September 2009. Retrieved 7 June 2011.
- "Nilmar gets married! | Fútbolita". Futbolita.com. 23 March 2009. Archived from the original on 11 July 2011. Retrieved 7 June 2011.
- "EXCLUSIVO : Nilmar Speaks To Fútbolita! | Fútbolita". Futbolita.com. Archived from the original on 28 July 2011. Retrieved 7 June 2011.
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