Five players you didn’t know were in Brazil
Ahead of the start of the 2017 Brazilian Serie A season, we identify five interesting players who you may not have known are still playing in Brazil.
Name: Robson de Souza
Team: Atletico Mineiro
Last Season: Scored 12 goals in 30 Serie A matches, helping Mineiro to a top four finish.
Where you know them from: Robinho started his career at Santos before signing for Real Madrid in 2005 where he helped them to back-to-back La Liga titles. After contract negotiations broke down at Madrid, Robinho moved to the now-well-funded Manchester City where he finished his first season as their top-scorer. He disappeared from City’s first team squad due to injury and never reclaimed his place, leading him to return to Santos on loan during his second season in England. AC Milan then came calling, and he helped them to win the Italian Serie A but, after injury hit years, he returned once again to Santos. His loan expired and the money came calling. Robinho moved to China, plying his trade for Guangzhou Evergrande – then managed by Luiz Felipe Scolari – and won the Chinese Super League before becoming a free agent and returning to Brazil. After having success nearly everywhere he has played and registering 100 caps for Brazil, it will be interesting to see if he’s still got it and can be successful with Mineiro this term.
Name: Colin Kazim-Richards
Last Season: Helped Coritiba avoid relegation from Serie A and reach the Quarter-finals of the Copa Sudamericana.
Where you know them from: The journey man. Kazim-Richards has played for 13 clubs in seven different countries in his career, and for some top teams, too. After breaking through in England and playing in the Premier League for Sheffield United, Kazim moved to Turkey and spent four years with giants Fenerbache. Kazim made the unenviable switch across Istanbul to Galatasaray, before spells in Greece with Olympiakos and Holland with Feyenoord. Kazim ticked Scotland off by playing for Celtic, before a move to Brazil was too good to refuse. He helped Coritiba avoid relegation last season, and was rewarded with a move to Corinthians. The 30 year-old Turkish international looks to still be at the peak of his powers, and will look to build on a decent season last year.
Name: Joao Alves de Assis Silva
Last Season: Played for Jiangsu Suning in the Chinese Super League, scoring five times in 17 matches as they finished in second place.
Where you know them from: After starting his career at Corinthians, Jo left the warm climate of Brazil for sub-zero temperatures of Moscow, signing for CSKA. He scored 14 in his first 18 for CSKA, and 44 in 77 matches in total, a good ratio which saw him leave Russia for England. Manchester City acquired his services, but he had a very unproductive spell for them, scoring just one league goal in 21 matches. Loans with Everton and Galatasaray proved as unfruitful – scoring just eight times in 30 matches – a poor few years that culminated in a return to Brazil with Internacional and Atletico Mineiro. Jo’s goal scoring ratio was still far from impressive, and UAE team Al Shabab came in for the Brazilian International. He then moved to China before returning to boyhood club Corinthians for this season. As an elder statesman in the Corinthians team, Jo will have a lot of responsibility this year and it will be interesting to see how he deals with the expectation and responsibility.
Name: Eduardo Alves da Silva
Team: Atletico Paranaense
Last Season: Scored twice in 10 matches for Shakhtar Donetsk, playing a small part in their league success.
Where you know them from: Best known for his spell at Arsenal in which he suffered a horrific leg break whilst playing against Birmingham. Signed from Dinamo Zagreb where he scored 93 goals in 144 matches, the Croatian international had an injury hit time in England but still managed a respectable 21 goals from 67 appearances. Eduardo moved to Ukrainian side Shakhtar Donetsk where he played for four seasons before a move to Brazil with Flamengo and then a return to Shakhtar for a second spell. Signed by Atletico Paranaense at the start of this season, the aging Croat will look to add to his impressive goal tally to date which has seen him score 194 goals.
Name: Anderson Luis de Abreu Oliveira
Last Season: Relegated from Brazilian Serie A with Internacional, making 20 appearances and scoring just once.
Where you know them from: Anderson is most well-known for his time at Manchester United, and most well-known for not reaching his full potential, for all he’s had a trophy-laden career. Signed from Porto in 2007, Anderson made 105 appearances for United, winning four Premier League titles, two League Cups, a Champions League and the Club World Cup – albeit whilst not a first-team regular. Out-of-favour and overweight at Manchester United, Anderson made the move back to his homeland in 2015, where he signed for Internacional. With Internacional now in Brazil’s second tier, Anderson has been loaned to Coritiba, who recorded a 15th placed finish last season. It will be interesting to see how he gets on, especially after having a reasonably successful Campeonato Paranaense as pre-season.