Vágner Love

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This name uses Portuguese naming customs. The first or maternal family name is Silva and the second or paternal family name is da Souza.
Vágner Love
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Vágner Love with CSKA Moscow in 2009
Personal information
Full name Vágner Silva de Souza
Date of birth (1984-06-11) 11 June 1984 (age 32)
Place of birth Rio de Janeiro , Brazil
Height 1.72 m (5 ft 7 12 in)[1]
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
Monaco
Number 9
Youth career
2002–2003 Palmeiras
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2002–2004 Palmeiras[2] 42 (27)
2004–2012 CSKA Moscow[2] 158 (79)
2009 Palmeiras (loan)[2] 12 (5)
2010 Flamengo (loan) 5 (4)
2012–2013 Flamengo 36 (13)
2013 CSKA Moscow 14 (6)
2013–2015 Shandong Luneng 31 (19)
2015 Corinthians 30 (14)
2016– Monaco 8 (4)
National team
2003 Brazil U20 6 (4)
2004–2007 Brazil 20 (4)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 04:27, 20 March 2016 (UTC).
† Appearances (goals)

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 17:44, 20 September 2015 (UTC)

Vágner Silva de Souza (born 11 June 1984), known as Vágner Love, is a Brazilian professional footballer who plays as a striker for Monaco. He is a forward who has been described by World Soccer Magazine as possessing "mobility, flair, awareness and powerful shooting".[3]

Over two spells, Vágner Love scored 117 goals across 241 official games in eight seasons at CSKA Moscow. He won 14 honours in the Russian capital, scoring in their win in the 2005 UEFA Cup Final.

Vágner Love scored four goals in 20 games for the Brazil national team, winning the Copa América in 2004 and 2007.

Club career[edit]

Palmeiras[edit]

Vágner Love started his career with Palmeiras. In the 2003 season, he helped them to return to the Série A, the nation's top-flight division.

CSKA Moscow[edit]

In the summer of 2004, Vágner Love was bought by Russian Premier League club CSKA Moscow. For over a year after his arrival, rumours kept appearing that he did not want to stay in Moscow, and a transfer to Corinthians in particular was hinted at numerous times. These rumours, however, eventually subsided, and he mentioned a number of times that he was fully committed to his contract and is looking forward to completing its full tenure.

Vágner Love scored the final goal that sealed CSKA's 3–1 victory in the 2005 UEFA Cup Final over Sporting CP at the Estádio José Alvalade in Lisbon. In addition to winning the UEFA Cup, he has gone on to win the Russian Premier League title and Russian Cup in both 2005 and 2008, as well as the Russian Super Cup in 2006.

Vágner Love became the top scorer in the 2008 season and the top scorer of the 2008–09 UEFA Cup, the latter with 11 goals in 8 games.[4]

Return to Palmeiras on loan[edit]

On 28 August 2009, following a run of poor form for CSKA, Vágner Love was signed by his former club Palmeiras on a one-year loan deal until 31 July 2010.[5] CSKA press spokesman Sergei Aksenov claimed that Vágner Love left Russia due to "urgent family problems demand(ing) his presence at home in Brazil".[6][7]

Vágner Love had a respectable return of 5 goals in 12 games for Palmeiras, but his loan spell was ended prematurely: After publicly stating his concern over his safety at Palmeiras due to off-field altercations with fans, as well as his desire to play for his childhood team Flamengo, the deal was ended early on 14 January 2010.[8]

Antonio Nocerino and Vágner Love

Flamengo[edit]

On 15 January 2010, the day after his loan was terminated with Palmeiras, Vágner Love officially signed a loan deal with reigning Brazilian champions Flamengo, through till July 2010.[9][10] He made his Flamengo debut against Bangu in the Campeonato Carioca on 23 January 2010, scoring two goals.

Vágner Love performed very well playing for Flamengo, scoring 23 goals in 26 matches. His successful strike partnership with Adriano was dubbed by fans as "Império do Amor", or "The Love Empire", in reference to Adriano's nickname "The Emperor" and Vágner Love's artistic surname. The presence of midfielder Dejan Petković in Flamengo's squad made supporters start the year with high expectations—it was widely believed that the Serbian's passing and free-kick abilities, coupled with Adriano's and Vagner's prolific scoring, would produce a top team.

However, with Adriano struggling to keep an athlete's body mass index, and Petković's legs growing old (he was already 37 then), the team failed to advance past the round of 16 in the 2010 Copa Libertadores.[11] Shortly after, Adriano revealed he wanted to try playing in Italy again,[12] and Flamengo could not convince CSKA to extend Vágner Love's loan, thus dismantling the once-promising "Love Empire".[13]

Return to CSKA[edit]

Love playing for CSKA

After a change of presidency, on 12 January 2013, Flamengo did not pay his pendencies of rights with CSKA, and Vágner Love had to leave the club, returning to Russia after a one-year absence.[14] On January 16, he was "re-presented" in Moscow and signed a three-year contract extension.[15] He continued his goal scoring record with CSKA on his return to the club, and propelled the club to the Premier League title in 2013 after a goalless draw with Kuban Krasnodar on 18 May, the club's first league title since 2006.[16]

Shandong Luneng[edit]

On 24 July 2013, Vágner Love transferred to Chinese Super League side Shandong Luneng[17] in a reported €12 million transfer.[18]

Corinthians[edit]

On 8 February 2015, Vágner Love rescinded his contract with Shandong Luneng and signed with Corinthians in Brazil.[19] He went on to become the top scorer of the club during the national championship as Corinthians went on to win the Série A that year.

Monaco[edit]

On 13 January 2016, Ligue 1 club Monaco announced the signing of Vágner Love on an 18-month deal for a €1 million transfer fee.[20] On 20 March, he opened the scoring in an eventual 2–0 win against Paris Saint-Germain, the Parisian club's first home defeat since May 2014.[21]

Career statistics[edit]

Club career[edit]

As of match played 6 December 2015.
Club Season League Cup Continental Other[22] Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Palmeiras 2002 2 0 0 0 2 0
2003 29 19 0 0 29 19
2004 11 8 0 0 11 8
Total 42 27 0 0 42 27
CSKA Moscow 2004 12 9 0 0 9 4 21 13
2005 21 7 7 0 15 7 0 0 43 14
2006 23 9 7 4 7 2 1 0 38 15
2007 23 13 1 0 3 3 1 1 28 17
2008 26 20 1 1 6 8 33 29
2009 13 3 3 1 4 3 1 0 21 7
Total 118 61 19 6 44 27 3 1 184 95
Palmeiras (loan) 2009 12 5 0 0 12 5
Total 12 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 12 5
Flamengo (loan) 2010 5 4 141 151 10 4 29 23
Total 5 4 14 15 10 4 0 0 29 23
CSKA Moscow 2010 15 9 0 0 5 2 0 0 20 11
2011–12 25 9 5 1 6 1 1 0 37 11
Total 40 18 5 1 11 3 1 0 57 22
Flamengo 2012 36 13 102 72 5 2 51 19
Total 36 13 10 7 5 2 0 0 51 19
CSKA Moscow 2012–13 9 5 3 1 0 0 0 0 12 6
2013–14 2 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 3 1
Total 11 6 3 1 0 0 1 0 15 7
Shandong Luneng Taishan 2013 10 6 0 0 0 0 10 6
2014 21 13 7 4 5 5 33 22
Total 31 19 7 4 5 5 43 28
Corinthians 2015 30 14 163 23 3 0 0 0 49 16
Total 30 14 16 2 3 0 0 0 49 16
Career total 325 167 74* 36* 77 41 5 1 482 242

International career[edit]

Vágner Love is also member of the Brazilian national team and has played 20 games for the Seleção.

International stats[edit]

As of 1 April 2009[23][24][25]

Honours[edit]

Vágner after winning the 2013 Russian Super Cup with CSKA

Club[edit]

Palmeiras
CSKA Moscow
Shandong Luneng
Corinthians

International[edit]

Brazil

Individual[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.lnts.com.cn/portal.php?mod=view&eid=61
  2. ^ a b c Vágner Love at National-Football-Teams.com
  3. ^ "Talent Scout - Vagner Love". World Soccer. Retrieved 19 August 2012. 
  4. ^ "2008/09 UEFA Cup scorers table". ESPN. 16 May 2009. Retrieved 16 May 2009. 
  5. ^ "CSKA loan Vagner to Palmeiras". Soccerway.com. 28 August 2009. Retrieved 4 May 2010. 
  6. ^ Reuters (28 August 2009). "CSKA loan Vagner Love to Palmeiras". ESPN. Retrieved 4 May 2010. 
  7. ^ "CSKA loan Vagner to Palmeiras". Fifa.com. 28 August 2009. Retrieved 4 May 2010. 
  8. ^ "Nota Oficial: Palmeiras faz acordo com Vagner Love e atleta é liberado" [Vagner Love is released] (in Portuguese). palmeiras.com.br. 14 January 2010. 
  9. ^ ТРАНСФЕРНЫЕ НОВОСТИ [Transfer News: Vagner Love loan to Flamengo] (in Russian). pfc-cska.com. 15 January 2010. 
  10. ^ "chegada de Vagner Love" [Arrival of Vagner Love] (in Portuguese). flamengo.com.br. 15 January 2010. 
  11. ^ "Flamengo perde para o Universidad Católica e se complica na Libertadores" [Flamengo lost to Catholic University and is complicated in Libertadores] (in Galician). 
  12. ^ "Adriano vai para o Roma" [Adriano goes to Rome] (in Portuguese). 
  13. ^ "Vágner Love deixa o CSKA e volta para o Flamengo" [Vagner Love leaves CSKA for Flamengo and back] (in Portuguese). 
  14. ^ Vágner Love surpreende torcida e deixa o Fla para voltar ao CSKA Vágner Love surrenders fans and lets Fla come back to CSKA
  15. ^ Vagner Love se apresenta oficialmente ao CSKA e assina por três anos Love presents officially at CSKA and signs for three years
  16. ^ "The Moscow outfit lift their first domestic championship since 2006 as a goalless draw with Kuban Krasnodar put Zenit out of sight in the title race". GOAL. 18 May 2013. 
  17. ^ 鲁能官方宣布签下前巴西国脚 正式与尼库莱解约 [Luneng officially announced the signing of former Brazil striker formal surrender with Ni Kulai] (in Chinese). sina.com. 24 July 2013. 
  18. ^ "CSKA bid farewell to Vágner Love". UEFA.com. 24 July 2013. Retrieved 24 July 2013. 
  19. ^ "Corinthians fecha com Vagner Love, que assina até julho de 2016". globoesporte.com. 8 February 2015. Retrieved 8 February 2015. 
  20. ^ http://www.marca.com/futbol/america/2016/01/10/5692adc922601da4018b467c.html
  21. ^ "Paris Saint Germain 0-2 Monaco". BBC Sport. 21 March 2016. Retrieved 22 March 2016. 
  22. ^ Includes other competitive competitions, including the Russian Super Cup, UEFA Super Cup, Intercontinental Cup, FIFA Club World Cup
  23. ^ "Seleção Brasileira (Brazilian National Team) 2004–2005". Rsssfbrasil.com. Retrieved 4 May 2010. 
  24. ^ "Seleção Brasileira (Brazilian National Team) 2006–2007". Rsssfbrasil.com. Retrieved 4 May 2010. 
  25. ^ "Seleção Brasileira Restritiva (Brazilian National Restrictive Team) 2000–2003". Rsssfbrasil.com. Retrieved 4 May 2010.