|Full name||Willian Souza Arão da Silva|
|Date of birth||12 March 1992|
|Place of birth||São Paulo, Brazil|
|Height||1.81 m (5 ft 11 1⁄2 in)|
|Playing position||Defensive midfielder|
|2013||→ Portuguesa (loan)||13||(0)|
|2014||→ Chapecoense (loan)||2||(0)|
|2014||→ Atlético Goianiense (loan)||13||(0)|
|2015||→ Botafogo (loan)||35||(5)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 20 October 2019|
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 25 January 2017
Arão started his youth career playing for São Paulo and Corinthians, where he had his first professional experience, although Arão spend most of his following years playing on loan for different Brazilian clubs. Including a very consistent 2015 season with Botafogo winning the 2015 Brazilian Série B.
In 2016 Arão was involved in a very complicated transfer to Flamengo with Botafogo complaining about the way their rivals approached the player. The situation is still to be solved in the Brazilian justice court.
Formed in the São Paulo, Willian was the new reinforcement in midfield of Corinthians in 2011. Featured in the Copa São Paulo de Futebol Júnior in 2011, the player has good quality in the tackle and can exercise its left side.
On 10 January 2015, Willian Arão joined Botafogo on loan until the end of 2015 season. At Botafogo Arão had the best season of his career so far playing a total of 58 official matches, including 35 Série B matches scoring 5 goals, culminating with 2015 Série B title. He was one of the team most important players calling the attention of several other Brazilian clubs.
On 28 December 2016 Arão signed another three-year contract with Flamengo until December 2019.
In 2018 Arão lost space in the Flamengo's first team and the Brazilian press speculated a possible transfer. On May Internacional showed interest in signing him on loan, although the transfer didn't happened.
On 24 July 2018 Flamengo and Olympiacos agreed Arão's transfer for a sum of €2,5 million. A few days later, the transfer was canceled, since Arão and Olympiacos could not agree on how his salary would be paid.
- As of 20 October 2019[update]
|Atlético Goianiense||2014||Série B||13||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||13||0|
- Appearance(s) in São Paulo State League.
- Appearance(s) in Copa Sudamericana.
- Appearance(s) in Santa Catarina State League.
- Appearance(s) in Rio de Janeiro State League.
- 15 appearances and three goals in Rio de Janeiro State League, four appearances in Primeira Liga.
- Six appearances and one goal in Copa Libertadores, ten appearances and three goals in Copa Sudamericana.
- 15 appearances and four goals in Rio de Janeiro State League, one appearance in Primeira Liga.
- Appearance(s) in Copa Libertadores
- As of 25 January 2017
International appearances and goals
|1.||25 January 2017||Estádio Nilton Santos, Rio de Janeiro, BRA||Colombia||1–0||0||Win||Friendly|
- Copa Libertadores: 2012
- FIFA Club World Cup: 2012
- Campeonato Paulista: 2013
- Recopa Sudamericana: 2013
- "Justiça chama Flamengo, Botafogo e Arão para audiência de conciliação". globoesporte.com. 26 August 2016. Retrieved 16 September 2016.
- "Botafogo contrata o volante William Arão, ex-jogador do Corinthians". O Dia. 11 January 2015. Retrieved 16 September 2016.
- "Diego Giaretta e Willian Arão chegam em busca de espaço no Botafogo". globoesporte.com. 14 January 2015. Retrieved 16 September 2016.
- "Willian Arão mostra surpresa com estrutura do Botafogo". ndonline.com.br. 5 March 2015. Retrieved 16 September 2016.
- "É campeão! Botafogo vence em Brasília e conquista a Série B". globoesporte.com. 20 November 2015. Retrieved 16 September 2016.
- "10/01/2015 18h10 - Atualizado em 10/01/2015 18h26 Volante do Corinthians é o 11º reforço do Botafogo para temporada". Globo Esporte (in Portuguese). Retrieved 10 January 2015.
- "Willian Arão é o novo reforço do Flamengo". globoesporte.com. 14 December 2016. Retrieved 16 September 2016.
- "Fla anuncia renovação com M. Araújo; Muralha e Arão ampliam contratos". globoesporte.com. 28 December 2016. Retrieved 28 December 2016.
- "Sem espaço no Flamengo, volante Willian Arão entra na mira do Inter". globoesporte.com. 24 May 2018. Retrieved 31 July 2018.
- "Fora de jogo do Fla, Willian Arão é negociado com Olympiacos, da Grécia". globoesporte.com. 24 July 2018. Retrieved 24 July 2018.
- "Sem negócio: Olympiacos não atende exigências e desiste da contratação de Arão". globoesporte.com. 26 July 2018. Retrieved 31 July 2018.
- "Com novidades, Tite resgata astros europeus e chama Muralha". 19 January 2017. Retrieved 19 January 2017.
- "Willian Arão". National Football Teams. Benjamin Strack-Zimmerman.
- "Vasco lidera seleção do Carioca, que ainda traz Ribamar e Willian Arão". Globoesporte.com. 8 May 2016. Retrieved 14 May 2016.
- "Gabriel Jesus wins Bola de Prata award for best player in the Brasileirao". Sambafoot.