Digão (footballer, born 1988)

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Digão
Personal information
Full name Rodrigo Junior Paula Silva[1]
Date of birth (1988-05-07) May 7, 1988 (age 29)[2]
Place of birth Duque de Caxias, Brazil[2]
Height 1.87 m (6 ft 1 12 in)[2]
Playing position Centre back[2]
Club information
Current team
Al-Sharjah[2]
Number 26
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2009–2013 Fluminense[2] 51 (4)
2014–2016 Al-Hilal 45 (1)
2016– Al-Sharjah 0 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 17:52, 5 June 2016 (UTC).

Rodrigo Junior Paula Silva (born May 7, 1988 in Duque de Caxias), also called Digão, is a Brazilian footballer who currently plays for Al-Sharjah SCC.[1][2]

Club career[edit]

Fluminense[edit]

Digão played for Fluminense between 2009 and 2013.[3] He made his debut for the club in a draw against Náutico.[3] He started that match and played the whole 90 minutes.[4] In his first season with the club, he featured eight times in league matches but did not score a goal.[3] His first match for the 2010 season was against Ceará.[3] However, Fluminense lost it by a single goal.[5] He played further three times for the club in league, against Atlético Goianiense, Atlético Mineiro and Vitória.[3] He played ten times for the club in the 2011 season, without scoring a goal.[3] During that season, he was ruled out of action for three months for sustaining an injury.[6] On 2 November 2011, he signed a contract extension, keeping him at the club till December 2013.[6]

In the 2012 season, Digão started fourteen matches and played a total of seventeen league matches, scoring two goals.[3] These goals were scored against Figueirense[7] and Grêmio.[3] On the continental level, he played three matches in the Copa Libertadores, which included two matches against Boca Juniors and the third against Arsenal de Sarandi.[3] On 2 June 2013, he scored a brace against Criciúma.[8] In the 2013 season, he played the whole 90 minutes of twelve league matches and also featured four times for the side in Copa Libertadores.[3] On 5 June 2013, he renewed his contract with Fluminense, keeping him at the club till December 2015.[9]

Al-Hilal[edit]

In December 2013, Digão signed for Saudi Arabian club Al-Hilal for £ 6.5 million, joining former Brazilian teammate Thiago Neves.[10] He made his debut against Al Ahli.[3] In his debut season with the Saudi club, he played eight league matches.[3] In the Asian Champions League, he played fourteen times.[3] His team reached the final but lost 1–0 to Australian club Western Sydney Wanderers in the first leg.[11] In the second leg, the clubs drew as the Australian club was crowned winner.[12]

Club statistics[edit]

As of match played on 24 May 2016
Club Season League National Cup Continental Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Fluminense 2009[3] Série A 8 0 0 0 5[a] 0 2[b] 0 15 0
2010[3] Série A 4 0 3 0 4[b] 0 11 0
2011[3] Série A 10 0 0 0 3[c] 0 3[b] 0 16 0
2012[3] Série A 17 2 0 0 3[c] 0 8[b] 0 28 2
2013[3] Série A 12 2 0 0 4[c] 0 9[b] 0 25 2
Total 51 4 3 0 15 0 26 0 95 4
Al-Hilal 2013–14[3] Saudi Pro League 8 0 2 0 14[d] 0 2[e] 0 26 0
2014–15[3] Saudi Pro League 23 1 4 0 9[d] 1 4[e] 2 40 4
2015–16[3] Saudi Pro League 14 0 2 0 5[d] 0 1[e] 0 22 0
Total 45 1 8 0 28 1 7 2 88 4
Career total 96 5 11 0 43 1 33 2 183 11
  1. ^ Appearances in Copa Sudamericana
  2. ^ a b c d e Appearances in Campeonato Carioca
  3. ^ a b c Appearances in Copa Libertadores
  4. ^ a b c Appearances in AFC Champions League
  5. ^ a b c Appearances in Saudi Champions Cup

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Fluminense
Al-Hilal

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Futebol - Elenco Profissional" (in Portuguese). Fluminense Football Club. Archived from the original on 2009-05-06. Retrieved 2009-06-08. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g "Digão Facts". The Guardian. Archived from the original on 2012-07-26. Retrieved 2009-12-11. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u "Soccerway profile". Soccerway. Retrieved 26 March 2015. 
  4. ^ "Nautico vs Fluminense". Soccerway. Retrieved 26 March 2015. 
  5. ^ "Ceara vs Fluminense". Soccerway. Retrieved 26 March 2015. 
  6. ^ a b "Fluminense renova o contrato de zagueiro Digão até dezembro de 2013" (in Portuguese). Globo Esporte. Retrieved 26 March 2015. 
  7. ^ "Figueirense vs Fluminense" (in Portuguese). Globo Esporte. Retrieved 26 March 2015. 
  8. ^ "Fluminense vs Cricuma" (in Portuguese). Globo Esporte. Retrieved 26 March 2015. 
  9. ^ "Digão renova contrato com o Fluminense" (in Portuguese). Netflu. Retrieved 26 March 2015. 
  10. ^ "Fluminense acerta a venda de Digão para o Al Hilal por R$ 6,5 milhões" (in Portuguese). Globo Esporte. Retrieved 26 March 2015. 
  11. ^ "Western Sydney Wanderers grab 1-0 Asian Champions League final advantage over Al-Hilal in first leg". ABC. Retrieved 26 March 2015. 
  12. ^ "Wanderers make history with ACL win". Football Australia. Retrieved 26 March 2015. 

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