Willian (footballer, born 1986)
Willian playing for Metalist Kharkiv in 2012
|Full name||Willian Gomes de Siqueira|
|Date of birth||19 November 1986|
|Place of birth||Três Fronteiras, Brazil|
|Height||1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)|
|2009||→ Vila Nova (loan)||29||(8)|
|2010||→ Figueirense (loan)||34||(12)|
|2011–2012||→ Corinthians (loan)||41||(6)|
|2013–2014||→ Cruzeiro (loan)||26||(7)|
|2017–||→ Palmeiras (loan)||0||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 6 November 2016.
Born in Três Fronteiras, São Paulo, Willian joined Guarani's youth setup in 2002. He made his first team – and Série A – debut on 22 August 2004, coming on as a second half substitute for Sandro Hiroshi in a 1–1 home draw against Vasco da Gama.
Willian appeared rarely for the club during the season, as his side suffered relegation. He appeared more regularly in the following year, but was still sparingly used.
While on loan, Willian scored eight goals during the year's Série B, being the club's top goalscorer as his side avoided relegation. Highlights included braces against Campinense (two times) and América-RN.
On 26 January 2010, after returning from loan, Willian rescinded his contract with Atlético.
Willian also scored a further 12 goals during the Série B championship, being one of the key units as the club achieved top level promotion as second.
Willian scored his first goals for Timão on 13 March 2011, netting a brace in a 3–2 away win against Mirassol. Mainly used as a substitute during the Campeonato Paulista, he became a regular starter for the club during the year's Brasileirão; he scored a double in a 2–0 home win against Fluminense on 12 June.
Willian also appeared regularly in 2012 Copa Libertadores, helping Corinthians to lift their first-ever title in the competition.
On 2 July 2012 Willian moved abroad, moving to Ukrainian Premier League club FC Metalist Kharkiv. He scored his first goal abroad on 18 August, netting the second in a 3–0 win at FC Hoverla Uzhhorod.
Willian made his continental debut on 23 August 2012, starting in a 2–0 away win against FC Dinamo București for the UEFA Europa League championship. Again mainly used as a substitute, he returned to his homeland in the following year.
On 14 July 2013, Willian signed a one-year loan deal with Cruzeiro, with Diego Souza moving permanently in the opposite direction. Roughly one year later, he was bought outright for a fee of €3.5 million; he also appeared regularly as his side achieved back-to-back Brasileirão titles in 2013 and 2014.
During the 2015 campaign, Willian became an undisputed starter under new manager Mano Menezes; during the manager's debut on 6 September, he scored four goals in a 5–1 home routing of Figueirense.
- As of 6 November 2016
|Atlético Paranaense||2006||Série A||15||4||3||1||1||0||0||0||—||19||5|
|Vila Nova (loan)||2009||Série B||29||8||0||0||0||0||—||—||29||8|
|Metalist Kharkiv||2012–13||Premier League||25||4||—||2||0||10[b]||0||—||37||4|
- Willian virou Bigode no Cruzeiro. Descubra de onde surgiu este apelido
- "Vasco empata com Guarani no último minuto" [Vasco draw with Guarani in the last minute] (in Portuguese). UOL Esporte. 22 August 2004. Retrieved 8 November 2016.
- "Atlético contrata atacante Willian, do Guarani" [Atlético sign forward Willian, from Guarani] (in Portuguese). Furacão.com. 23 December 2005. Retrieved 8 November 2016.
- "Atlético-PR vence o Santos e 'tira' rival da ponta" [Atlético-PR defeat Santos and 'take off' rival from the top] (in Portuguese). UOL Esporte. 30 August 2006. Retrieved 8 November 2016.
- "Atlético empresta atacante Willian ao Vila Nova" [Atlético loan forward Willian to Vila Nova] (in Portuguese). Furacão.com. 3 February 2009. Retrieved 8 November 2016.
- "Vila Nova encerra má fase, vira sobre lanterna e deixa zona de rebaixamento" [Vila Nova end poor run, complete comeback over last placed and leave relegation zone] (in Portuguese). UOL Esporte. 25 July 2009. Retrieved 8 November 2016.
- "Na semana de seu aniversário, Vila Nova-GO vence e complica América-RN" [In the week of their anniversary, Vila Nova-GO defeat and complicate América-RN] (in Portuguese). UOL Esporte. 31 July 2009. Retrieved 8 November 2016.
- "Campinense abre 2 a 0, mas cochila no 2º tempo e leva virada do Vila Nova" [Campinense open a 2–0, but black out in the second half and suffer comeback from Vila Nova] (in Portuguese). UOL Esporte. 24 October 2009. Retrieved 8 November 2016.
- "Willian rescinde contrato com o Atlético" [Willian rescinds contract with Atlético] (in Portuguese). Furacão.com. 26 January 2010. Retrieved 8 November 2016.
- "Figueirense anuncia a contratação do atacante Willian" [Figueirense announce the signing of forward Willian] (in Portuguese). Clic RBS. Retrieved 8 November 2016.
- "Atacante Willian, do Figueirense, é escolhido como o craque do Campeonato Catarinense 2010" [Forward Willian, from Figueirense, is chosen as the best player of Campeonato Catarinense 2010] (in Portuguese). Zero Hora. 4 May 2010. Retrieved 8 November 2016.
- "Xará de Lula, Luiz Ramírez brilha e dá empate ao Timão em São Bernardo" [Lula's namesake, Luiz Ramírez shines and gives draw to Timão in São Bernardo] (in Portuguese). Globo Esporte. 30 January 2011. Retrieved 9 November 2016.
- "Nos acréscimos, Timão consegue vitória suada sobre o Mirassol" [In the stoppage time, Timão get sweaty win over Mirassol] (in Portuguese). Globo Esporte. 13 March 2011. Retrieved 9 November 2016.
- "Na estreia de Abel, Willian brilha, faz dois e dá vitória ao Timão sobre o Flu" [In Abel's debut, Willian shines, scores twice and gives victory to Timão over Flu] (in Portuguese). Globo Esporte. 12 June 2011. Retrieved 9 November 2016.
- "Próximo a deixar o Timão: Willian acerta com o Metalist" [Next one to leave Timão: Willian signs with Metalist] (in Portuguese). Lance!. 2 July 2012. Retrieved 8 November 2016.
- "Говерла 0:3 Металіст" [Hoverla 0–3 Metalist] (in Ukrainian). Ukrainian Premier League. 18 August 2012. Retrieved 8 November 2016.
- "Dinamo Bucureşti 0–2 Metalist". UEFA.com. 23 August 2012. Retrieved 8 November 2016.
- "Sai Diego Souza, entra Willian. Cruzeiro acerta com o atacante" [Diego Souza out, Willian in. Cruzeiro sign the forward] (in Portuguese). Globo Esporte. 14 July 2013. Retrieved 8 November 2016.
- "Cruzeiro se acerta com Metalist-UCR e compra direitos econômicos de Willian" [Cruzeiro agree with Metalist-UKR and buy federative rights of Willian] (in Portuguese). Globo Esporte. 26 July 2014. Retrieved 9 November 2016.
- "Manhã do Bigode: na estreia de Mano, Willian rouba cena e marca quatro sobre o Figueira" [Bigode's morning: in Mano's debut, Willian steals the show and scores four over Figueira] (in Portuguese). Globo Esporte. 6 September 2015. Retrieved 9 November 2016.
- Willian at Soccerway. Retrieved 7 November 2016.
- "Willian" (in Portuguese). Jogos do Guarani. 8 November 2016.
- "Willian" (in Portuguese). Futebol de Goyaz. Retrieved 9 November 2016.