Sammir with Dinamo Zagreb in 2008
|Full name||Jorge Sammir Cruz Campos|
|Date of birth||23 April 1987|
|Place of birth||Itabuna, Brazil|
|Height||1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)|
|Playing position||Attacking midfielder|
|2005||→ Ferroviária (loan)|
|2005–2006||→ Paulista (loan)|
|2006||→ São Caetano (loan)|
|2007||→ Dinamo Zagreb (loan)||11||(1)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 18 August 2015.
Jorge Sammir Cruz Campos (born 23 April 1987), commonly known as Sammir, is a Brazilian-born Croatian footballer who plays for Chinese club Jiangsu Sainty as an attacking midfielder. He has been capped for the Croatia national football team and was selected for the 2014 FIFA World Cup and is often used as a winger at times.
Born in Itabuna, Bahia, Sammir joined Atlético Paranaense's youth setup in 2001, aged 14, after a brief period at Atlético Mineiro. He was promoted to the first-team in February 2004, but failed to make any appearances for the Brazilian club and was subsequently loaned out to Ferroviária.
At the end of the season, Sammir had made eleven league appearances for the club and scored against Slaven Belupo. He also made four appearances in the 2006–07 Croatian Cup. In his first season with the club, Sammir had already won the league and cup title, which was the first of the clubs three consecutive doubles they won from 2007 to 2009.
In the 2007–08 season, his move to Dinamo Zagreb was made permanent as Dinamo Zagreb paid €1.4 million to his former club according to media. Sammir made his European football debut, featuring in all of the club's UEFA Cup and Champions League matches. He played in the position of right midfielder, swapping positions with the team captain Luka Modrić, playing on the other side of the pitch. It was the club's second season that they had won both the domestic league and cup, Sammir participating in 24 league games, scoring four goals, and 4 cup matches. He made a total of 38 appearances for the club and scored five goals during the course of the season.
Ater the departure of Luka Modrić, Sammir was given the number 10 shirt. The club repeated the success from the previous two seasons, clinching the double again in the 2008–09 season. He missed only one league match of the 33 rounds played, scoring 8 goals in the process. He made eleven appearances in UEFA competitions and made five more in the Croatian Cup. Overall making a total of 44 appearances and scoring eleven goals.
On 16 August, at the start of the 2009–10 season, Sammir scored his first hat–trick for Dinamo in a 5–0 home victory against NK Osijek, converting two penalties and a free kick. The club failed to defend the cup title on that occasion, but won their fifth consecutive league title. Sammir helped with 26 league appearances and five goals. He made six appearances in the 2009–10 Croatian Cup, and featured in all of the club's European matches, playing in all four of the 2009–10 UEFA Champions League matches and in all eight 2009–10 UEFA Europa League matches. Overall, he made 46 appearances and scored six goals for the club.
At the start of the 2010–11 season Sammir won his first Croatian Supercup with the club as they defeated Hajduk Split by a score 1–0, captain Igor Bišćan scoring the winning goal. Sammir has scored 17 goals in his 28 appearances†. In European competitions he managed to score 7 goals in 12 European matches.
The Brazilian started the 2011–2012 season, scoring against Cibalia Vinkovci in the Prva HNL, and also the winning goal in the first leg of the Champions League 3rd Qualifying Round tie in a 2–1 win against HJK Helsinki. He scored two goals and setting up another in a 4–1 win against Malmö FF in the first leg of the Champions League Play-off. He appeared in 5 Dinamo games in group stage, playing against Real Madrid, Olympique Lyonnais and AFC Ajax. He continued to appear regularly for the first team in the Prva HNL and the Champions League group stage, netting 8 goals in 32 appearances in all.
In 2012–2013 season, he scored 8 goals in 7 matches, 6 of which were from the penalty kicks in Prva HNL. He appeared in every match of UEFA Champion's league qualify round, except a guest match against NK Maribor. In May 2011, he was partying at clubs just a few days before the match, which aggravated GNK Dinamo Zagreb's coach Ante Čačić, resulting in club suspension of him and Jerko Leko.. He apologised, rejoined the team, and appeared in all 6 of Dinamo Zagreb matches in group stage of 2012-13 UEFA Champions League.
On 31 January 2014 Sammir signed a three-and-a-half-year with La Liga's Getafe CF. He made his debut in the competition on 1 March, coming on as a second-half substitute in a 0–0 home draw against RCD Espanyol.
After appearing for Brazil under-17 and under-18 levels, Sammir expressed his desire to play for the Croatia national football team after holding a Croatian passport. On 27 September 2012, Sammir was called to play for Croatia for the games against Wales and Macedonia. He made his debut on 12 October 2012 as a 65th-minute substitute for Nikica Jelavić in the match against Macedonia, a 2–1 win.
He was selected for Croatia's squad for the 2014 FIFA World Cup in his native Brazil, as one of two Brazilian-born players in the squad alongside Eduardo da Silva. Neither played in the opening match against the hosts, but Sammir started the second match, a 4–0 win over Cameroon. He played 72 minutes before being taken off for Mateo Kovačić. After the tournament ended, he did not receive any future call-up for the national team.
- Dinamo Zagreb
- Croatian First League (7): 2007–08, 2008–09, 2009–10, 2010–11, 2011–12, 2012–13, 2013–14
- Croatian Cup (5): 2006–07, 2007–08, 2008–09, 2010–11, 2011–12
- Croatian Super Cup (2): 2010, 2013
- "2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil: List of Players" (PDF). FIFA.com. 11 June 2014. p. 12. Retrieved 8 July 2014.
- "Sammir". Dinamo Zagreb. Retrieved 2010-08-12.
- "Direto da Seleção, Sammir fala sobre sua carreira" [Straight from the national squad, Sammir speaks about his career] (in Portuguese). Furacão.com. 4 September 2005. Retrieved 29 August 2014.
- "Meia de 16 anos é promovido ao profissional" [Sixteen-year-old midfielder is promoted to the professionals]. Furacão.com. 18 February 2004. Retrieved 29 August 2014.
- "Edivaldo e Sammir estréiam bem na Ferrinha" [Edivaldo and Sammir debut well in Ferrinha] (in Portuguese). Furacão.com. 3 April 2005. Retrieved 11 September 2012.
- "Atleticanos se apresentaram ao Paulista" [Atlético players presented at Paulista] (in Portuguese). Furacão.com. 26 December 2005. Retrieved 11 September 2012.
- "Sammir deixa o Paulista de Jundiaí" [Sammir leaves Paulista de Jundiaí] (in Portuguese). Furacão.com. 2 April 2006. Retrieved 11 September 2012.
- "Contrato de Sammir se encerrou no último sábado" [Sammir's contract ended last saturday] (in Portuguese). Furacão.com. 15 August 2006. Retrieved 11 September 2012.
- "Sammir se apresenta ao São Caetano" [Sammir presents himself at São Caetano] (in Portuguese). Furacão.com. 21 September 2006. Retrieved 11 September 2012.
- "Clubes desconhecidos de Minas tornam-se exportadores de atletas" [Minas' unknown clubs become exporters of athletes] (in Portuguese). UOL Esporte. 2 May 2008. Retrieved 8 February 2013.
- "Hrvatski kup 2006/07" (in Croatian). Dinamo Zagreb. Retrieved 2010-08-12.
- "Odštete Dinama". Retrieved 4 February 2013.
- "Dinamo se nastavio rugati sa domaćom "konkurencijom"" (in Croatian). Index.hr. 2009-08-16. Retrieved 2009-08-17.
- "Bišćan presudio Hajduku" (in Croatian). Sportnet.hr. 2010-07-17. Retrieved 2010-07-28.
- "Sammir nuevo futbolista azulón" [Sammir new Azulón player] (in Spanish). Getafe's official website. 31 January 2014. Retrieved 29 August 2014.
- "El Getafe invita a quedarse en casa" [Getafe invites to stay at home] (in Spanish). Marca. 1 March 2014. Retrieved 29 August 2014.
- "Celta Vigo 3–1 Getafe". ESPN FC. 24 August 2014. Retrieved 29 August 2014.
- "Sammir: "Irme a Chine me resuelve las finanzas de por vida"" [Sammir: "Going to China will solve my finances for all my life"] (in Spanish). Marca. 27 February 2015. Retrieved 27 February 2015.
- "Sammir é convocado para a Seleção Sub-17". Furacao.com. Retrieved 2012-09-11.
- "Sammir é convocado para a Seleção Brasileira Sub-18". Furacao.com. Retrieved 2012-09-11.
- "Anderson inspirirao Sammira: Želim igrati za Hrvatsku već protiv Ukrajine". Sportske novosti. 2009-05-11. Retrieved 2010-08-12.
- "Brazilac konačno debitira za Vatrene: Štimac ispunio Mamićevu želju i pozvao Sammira!". Jutarnji list. 2012-09-27. Retrieved 2012-09-27.
- "Macedonia vs. Croatia". EU-Football.info. Retrieved 20 June 2014.
- Chowdhury, Saj. "Cameroon 0-4 Croatia". BBC Sport. Retrieved 20 June 2014.
- "Sammir". Nogometni magazin. Retrieved 2010-08-12.
- "Hrvatski kup" (in Croatian). Dinamo Zagreb. Retrieved 17 November 2010.
- "Sammir". Soccerway. Retrieved 10 February 2015.
- "Dinamo spasio dvostruku krunu". Sportnet. 26 May 2007. Retrieved 10 February 2015.
- "Dinamo 1:0 Hajduk". Sportnet. 17 July 2010. Retrieved 10 February 2015.
- Sammir profile at Soccerway
- Sammir at National-Football-Teams.com
- Sammir at the Croatian Football Federation website (Croatian)