Júnior Caiçara

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Júnior Caiçara
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Caiçara with Ludogorets in 2014
Personal information
Full name Uilson de Souza Paula Júnior
Date of birth (1989-04-27) 27 April 1989 (age 28)
Place of birth São Paulo, Brazil
Height 1.72 m (5 ft 7 12 in)
Playing position Full-back
Club information
Current team
İstanbul Başakşehir
Number 80
Youth career
Coritiba
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2008–2012 Santo André 1 (0)
2009 CS Alagoano (loan) 13 (1)
2010 América-SP (loan) 4 (0)
2010–2012 Gil Vicente (loan) 56 (1)
2012–2015 Ludogorets Razgrad 83 (0)
2015–2017 Schalke 04 26 (0)
2017– İstanbul Başakşehir 14 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 01:28, 30 May 2017 (UTC).

Uilson de Souza Paula Júnior (born 27 April 1989), commonly known as Júnior Caiçara, is a Brazilian footballer. He currently plays as a Full-back for Süper Lig side İstanbul Başakşehir.

Career[edit]

Santo André and loans[edit]

Caiçara's first professional club is Santo André. In 2009, he was loaned out to Brazilian team CS Alagoano. He did not make a league appearance for the team. In 2010 Caiçara was sent on loan to América-SP where he made his league debut on 14 January against São Bento.

In summer of 2010 he goes to Portugal team Gil Vicente again on loan from Santo André. He made his debut on 29 August against Trofense in the second Portugal league. He helped his team to gain promotion in the Primeira Liga and played with the team in their return in Primeira Liga.

Ludogorets Razgrad[edit]

After playing two seasons for Gil Vicente in Portugal, Júnior Caiçara joined Bulgarian side Ludogorets Razgrad on 5 June 2012.[1] He signed a three-year contract and was given the number 80 jersey.

On 11 July, Caiçara marked his debut for Ludogorets with a goal and first trophy. He opened the scoring in the 2012 Bulgarian Supercup against Lokomotiv Plovdiv, the match ended 3–1 to Ludogorets.[2] On 18 July, he made his European debut against Dinamo Zagreb in the second qualifying round of the Champions League. Then he made his Bulgarian A Group debut, playing full 90 minutes in a 3–0 away win over Cherno More Varna on 11 August. Caiçara quickly established himself as Ludogorets's first choice right-back, making 28 league appearances during his debut campaign in Bulgaria. He collected his first A group title winner's medal at the end of the 2012–13 season.

On 21 August 2013, Caiçara was sent off against Basel in a 4–2 home defeat in the play-off round of the Champions League, his first red card in a Ludogorets shirt.[3]

On 12 December 2014, Ludogorets announced that Caiçara has extended his contract with a new two-year deal that will keep him at the club until 2017.[4]

Schalke 04[edit]

On 25 June 2015, Caiçara signed with German club Schalke 04 on a 3-year deal for a fee of €4.5 million.[5] He made his Bundesliga debut in a 1–1 draw with Darmstadt 98.

İstanbul Başakşehir F.K.[edit]

On 16 January 2017, Caiçara signed with Turkish club İstanbul Başakşehir F.K. on a 3.5 year deal for an undisclosed fee.[6] 3 days later he made his debut for the team in the Turkish Cup coming as a substitute in the 61 minute in a match against Yeni Malatyaspor.[7] On 22 January he complete his debut for the team coming as a substitute again in the match against Fenerbahçe in the Süper Lig.[8]

International career[edit]

Caicara is eliable for both Brazil and Bulgaria since on 1 July 2014 he got a Bulgarian passport and become able to play for Bulgaria from 2017. He said that he would be happy to represent Bulgaria on the international level.[9] On 25 February 2017 he mentoned again that he would represent Bulgaria if he got an invite since the old manager, Ivaylo Petev, wanted him, but he is waiting for a call from Petar Hubchev.[10]

Career statistics[edit]

As of 15 June 2017.[11]
Club performance League Cup Continental Other Total
Club League Season Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Brazil League Copa Brasil S. America Other Total
CS Alagoano Série D 2009 0 0 2 0 2 0
Total 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
América-SP Série A2 2010 4 0 0 0 4 0
Total 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0
Portugal League Taça Europe Taça Liga Total
Gil Vicente Segunda Liga 2010–11 28 1 1 0 6 1 35 2
Primeira Liga 2011–12 28 0 1 0 6 1 35 1
Total 56 1 2 0 0 0 12 2 70 3
Bulgaria League CCB Cup Europe Supercup Total
Ludogorets Razgrad A Group 2012–13 28 0 0 0 2 0 1 1 31 1
2013–14 29 0 8 0 15 0 1 0 53 0
2014–15 26 0 6 0 11 0 1 0 44 0
Total 83 0 14 0 28 0 3 1 128 1
Germany League DFB-Pokal Europe Other Total
Schalke 04 Bundesliga 2015–16 23 0 2 0 7 0 32 0
2016–17 3 0 2 0 4 1 9 1
Total 26 0 4 0 11 1 0 0 41 1
Turkey League Turkish Cup Europe Other Total
İstanbul Başakşehir Süper Lig 2016–17 14 0 4 0 0 0 18 0
Total 14 0 4 0 0 0 0 0 18 0
Career total 183 1 26 0 39 1 15 3 261 5

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Gil Vicente

Ludogorets Razgrad

References[edit]

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