Paulo Henrique Ganso
Ganso in 2009
|Full name||Paulo Henrique Chagas de Lima|
|Date of birth||12 October 1989|
|Place of birth||Ananindeua, Brazil|
|Height||1.84 m (6 ft 0 in)|
|Playing position||Attacking midfielder|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 21:57, 17 June 2018 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 22:55, 2 June 2012 (UTC)
Paulo Henrique Chagas de Lima (born 12 October 1989), commonly known as PH Ganso or Ganso (lit. "goose" in Portuguese), is a Brazilian professional footballer who plays for the Spanish club Sevilla FC and the Brazil national team as an attacking midfielder.
Ganso was brought to Tuna Luso after being discovered by former Brazil international Giovanni. At 15 he joined Paysandu, but he was snapped up by Santos in 2005. In 2007, after an injury that sidelined him for six months, Ganso played in and won the final of the U-20 Campeonato Paulista. He wore the number 10 jersey in Santos' campaign in the Copa São Paulo of 2008, where his team was eliminated in the quarter-finals by Sport Club Internacional. He won the 2010 Campeonato Paulista with Santos on 2 May 2010, defeating Santo André in the final. In August 2010, it was reported that Ganso would have surgery on his injured left knee and would be out for six months. In October, Santos offered "agent company" DIS Group (subsidiary of Sonda Group, a Brazil supermarket chain; the D stands for Sonda president Delcir Sonda) to buy 70% image rights of the player, but the group did not accept the offer. He had a contract which would last until 28 February 2015 with a termination fee of €50 million. Group DIS reportedly owned 45% of the sporting rights of Ganso (which made the group eligible to receive a 45% transfer fee from Santos) after the court ruled in their favour. The case was highly acclaimed by the crowd until the time of his dismissal. Ganso's nickname while at the club was "Mercenário" (mercenary).
On 20 September 2012, after a hard period of negotiation, it was confirmed by São Paulo that Ganso had signed a five-year contract, for a R$23.940 million transfer fee. Ganso would wear the number 8, previously used by Fabrício.
After getting back in great shape, Ganso was praised by his coach in São Paulo FC, Muricy Ramalho. According to Ramalho, who worked with Ganso in Santos FC, when both of them won 2011 Copa Libertadores, and in October 2013, when his number 8 shirt passed Jádson as the main assistant of Tricolor in the 2013 season: "Now, we have a number 10 shirt." In Brazil, this number is associated with playmaking.
Ganso started 2014 in a bad phase, but after Jádson left in a negotiation that brought Alexandre Pato to São Paulo FC he was awarded the number 10 shirt, and was hopeful that the new jersey number would give him confidence, and that his performances would improve. Ganso stated: "I am very happy to wear the shirt of São Paulo and, now, to be given the number 10 shirt. This number was already worn by so many good players and I feel an immense happiness to be among them. My playing style is more traditional and I am told that a number 10 must know how to play in this manner. I think I will be able to combine the efficient with the aesthetic: classic football with the number 10 shirt."
On 16 July 2016, Ganso signed to La Liga Spanish side Sevilla FC for a fee of €10 million. He scored his first league goals for the club on 21 April 2017, netting a brace in a 2–0 win over Granada.
In 2009, he was called up to play for Brazil in the World Under-20 Championships. In early 2010, the Brazilian media began calling for Brazilian national team coach Dunga to choose Ganso for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, primarily as a substitute for Kaká, because of their similar styles of play. On 11 May 2010, he was named as one of seven backup players for the 23-man 2010 FIFA World Cup Brazil squad. On 26 July 2010, he was called up by the new coach Mano Menezes to the "Seleção" for a friendly match against USA. On 10 August 2010, in a friendly against the USA he made his senior debut, where one of his shots rattled the post, almost giving him his first senior international goal. He was named in Mano Menezes 23-man 2011 Copa América squad and was given the number 10 shirt. During their second group game against Paraguay, on 9 July, Ganso assisted Jádson's goal as well as a last minute equalising goal from Fred to tie the game at 2–2. Brazil were later eliminated by Paraguay in the quarter-finals of the tournament, following a penalty shoot-out.
Following injuries to Douglas Costa and Kaká, Ganso was called up to Brazil's Copa América Centenario squad as a replacement by Dunga, and was named in the 23-man final list, being given the number 7 shirt.
Style of play
Ganso is capable of playing anywhere in midfield, and is regarded as a talented and elegant offensive left-footed playmaker, with excellent dribbling skills, ball control, balance, vision, and passing ability, who excels at providing assists for teammates. In addition to his creative and technical abilities, Ganso also possesses a powerful and accurate shot from distance; he is also capable of aiding his team defensively, due to his stamina, height, and physical qualities, and can also play as a central midfielder or as a deep-lying playmaker. Regarded as highly promising prospect in his youth, his efficient rather than flamboyant playing style initially drew comparisons with compatriot Kakà; despite his talent, however, he has been criticised by some in the media in recent years for his lack of pace, mobility, and dynamism, as well as his poor work-rate and lack of consistency, which has led him to be accused of not living up to his potential.
Ganso has been a fundamental presence in midfield for both Santos FC and São Paulo FC, due to the enormous quality of his passes. After being a potential favorite name to wear the number 10 shirt for Brazil in the 2010 FIFA World Cup, Ganso was not called up for the tournament by Dunga, the nation's national football coach at the time, as the number 10 shirt went to Kakà. After suffering recurring injuries and a decrease in form and match fitness, he subsequently lost his place in the Brazilian team, in favour of Oscar Emboaba, due to his performances with his club at the time, Chelsea F.C.. In 2012, Ganso refound his form and put on a notable performance in the derby against Corinthians, helping his team to a 3–1 victory, and, in 2013, he shone in a 2–0 win against Atlético Mineiro, as São Paulo advanced to the third stage of the 2013 Copa Libertadores.
After Muricy Ramalho's arrival, Ganso has recently put on good performances. On 16 October 2013, he scored a notable goal in São Paulo's 3–0 victory over Náutico in the Brazilian League, dribbling past four opponents before shooting on goal past the keeper.
- As of match played on 17 June 2018.
- Campeonato Paulista: 2010, 2011, 2012
- Copa do Brasil: 2010
- Copa Libertadores: 2011
- Recopa Sudamericana: 2012
- Copa do Brasil Best Player: 2010
- Bola de Prata Revista Placar 2014
- Best Player Paulista´s Championship de 2010
- Prêmio Ginga 2010
- 3rd best South American Player by El País: 2011
- Player with the most assists in Paulista Championship : 2010 and 2012
- Player with the most assists in Sudamerican Championship : 2013
- Best Player of first half Brazilian National Championship: 2014
- Dream Team of first half Brazilian National Championship: 2014
- America's Dream Team El País: 2011
- Paulista's Championship Dream Team: 2010 and 2012
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