Sebá

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Sebá
Personal information
Full name Sebastião de Freitas Couto Júnior
Date of birth (1992-06-08) June 8, 1992 (age 24)
Place of birth Salvador, Brazil
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Winger/Forward
Club information
Current team
Olympiacos
Number 92
Youth career
2008–2010 Cruzeiro
2008 Itaúna (loan)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2010–2013 Cruzeiro 10 (0)
2012 Nacional-MG (loan) 8 (1)
2012–2013 Porto B (loan) 25 (2)
2012–2013 Porto (loan) 4 (0)
2013–2015 Estoril 52 (8)
2015– Olympiacos 45 (5)
National team
2011 Brazil U20 2 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 23 April 2017.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of June 21, 2011

Sebastião de Freitas Couto Júnior, better known as Sebá (born June 8, 1992) is a Brazilian professional footballer who plays for Greek club Olympiacos F.C. mainly as a winger.

Career[edit]

Born in Salvador, Bahia, Sebá started his career in the Brazilian team Cruzeiro, but he moved to Dragões FC Porto (mainly reserve team). Sebá is a midfielder who can play in all fronts of the attack, although he is more efficient on one side. With good ball striking and an advanced high speed, the Brazilian has yet to win on a consistent whole match and after a couple of matches in the Primeira Liga considered a new Hulk in power. Faced with increased competition, FC Porto however decided not to activate the clause allowing him to finally join the player and Estoril did not miss the opportunity. Playing in the UEFA Europa League just months after being promoted to the first division, the Lusitanian club take advantage of its close relationship with the Brazilian company Traffic (Agency of players) that owns part of the rights of the player, to complete his transfer.[1]

On 19 August 2015, Olympiakos confirmed the signing of Brazilian forward Sebá as the Greek champion tries boosted its squad ahead of the start of the new season. Sebá signed a four-year contract for a reported fee of €1.7 million and joined the Piraeus club from Portuguese side Estoril. The 23-year-old forward followed the footsteps of his fellow Portuguese and former manager at Estoril, Marco Silva, who took over as Olympiakos coach in the summer .[2] On 5 December 2015, he scored his first goal with a low finish after taking the rebound from Jimmy Durmaz shot in Super League in a 4-3 away victory against Panthrakikos.[3] On 7 January 2016, he scored in a 4–1 away win against Chania for the Greek Cup. He was named man of the match.[4] On summer of 2016, Seba could be on the move as several clubs from Brazil have expressed an interest for his services. Moreover, he attracted interest from Mexican clubs in the past which is expected to be revived until the end of the window. Olympiakos seek for a fee in the region of €2 million for Seba and if an offer of that region comes in, then the Greek giants will accept the bid and the transfer will go through. Eventually he stayed in the club, as Paulo Bento is attracted from his abilities.

On 11 September 2016, he scored his first goal for the 2016–2017 season in a 6–1 home win against Veria. Despite his mediocre performance in Super League, he scored repeatedly in UEFA Europa League.[5] On mid April, reports in Turkey insist that Galatasaray will make a move to sign Olympiakos winger over the summer transfer window. Galatasaray has rubbished the rumours linking them with Seba, however reports in Turkey continue to link the Brazilian winger with Galatasaray. On 25 April 2017, Olympiakos winger faced a three-game suspension following his kick on Sergio Araujo in the semi-final of the Greek Cup against AEK. Seba is being accused for misconduct after his decision to kick AEK winger.[6] He finished the 2016-17 season having four goals and 10 assists (1st in the League) and had a vital role in his club's seventh consecutive League title.

Career statistics[edit]

As of 23 April 2017
Club Season League Cup League Cup Continental Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Brazil League Cup League Cup South America Total
Cruzeiro 2010 Série A 3 0 3 0
2011 7 0 7 0
Total 10 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 10 0
Nacional-MG 2012 Campeonato Mineiro 8 1 8 1
Total 8 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 8 1
Portugal League Cup League Cup Europe Total
FC Porto B 2012–13 Segunda Liga 25 2 25 2
Porto 2012-13 Primeira Liga 4 0 2 0 6 0
Total 29 2 0 0 2 0 0 0 31 2
Estoril 2013-14 Primeira Liga 18 4 4 2 2 0 9 2 33 8
2014-15 33 4 3 1 6 0 42 5
2015-16 1 0 1 0
Total 52 8 4 2 5 1 15 2 76 13
Greece League Cup League Cup Europe Total
Olympiacos 2015–16 Super League 19 2 5 2 8 0 32 4
2016–17 26 4 5 0 12 4 43 8
Total 45 6 10 2 0 0 20 4 75 12
Career Total 144 17 14 4 7 1 35 6 200 28

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Seba, le nouveau talent brésilien sur les traces d'Hulk". www.footmercato.net. 25 November 2013. 
  2. ^ "Olympiakos unveils Da Costa and Seba as new signings". www.ekathimerini.com. 19 August 2015. 
  3. ^ "Πανθρακικός - Ολυμπιακός 3-4". www.contra.gr. 5 December 2015. 
  4. ^ "Τυπική διαδικασία η ρεβάνς, 4-1 ο Ολυμπιακός τα Χανιά στα Περιβόλια". He scored 2 goals against Astana on the Europa League www.sport24.gr. 7 January 2016. 
  5. ^ "ΤΟ... ΚΑΡΦΩΣΕ Ο ΣΕΜΠΑ! ΑΣΤΑΝΑ - ΟΛΥΜΠΙΑΚΟΣ 1-1!". olympiacos-blog.blogspot.com. 3 November 2016. 
  6. ^ "Χωρίς Σεμπά κόντρα στην ΑΕΚ". www.sport24.gr. 25 April 2017. 

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