Monday, August 18, 2008

Lucas Leiva

Lucas Leiva (21)

Full Name: Lucas Pezzini Leiva
Position: Midfield Center
Squad number: 21
Date of birth: 09/Januari/1987
Birth place: Dourados, Brazil
Former clubs: Gremio
LFC 1st team games: 40
LFC 1st team goals: 2
Brazil International caps: 3
Brazil International goals: 0
Career Appearances: 56
Career Goals: 6
Former clubs: Gremio
Transfer Fee: £6500000

Lucas Leiva Profile

Brazil international Lucas Leiva signed for Liverpool in July 2007.

The midfielder's arrival from Gremio was seen as quite a coup for Rafa Benitez, with a host of European clubs apparently circling.

Having broken onto the scene in October 2005, Lucas soon became the youngest player ever to win the Bola de Ouro. The honour is given to the best player in the Campeonato Brasileiro and has previously been won by Zico, Romario, Kaka and Carlos Tevez.

The youngster, nephew of former Brazilian footballer Leivinha, captained his country's under-20s to the South American Youth Championship title in 2007, scoring four goals in the process.

No wonder senior coach Dunga was starting to take note. He actually selected the box-to-box midfielder against Al-Kuwait in October 2006, but the game was not an official FIFA tie and so did not count as his international debut. That came a month into his Liverpool career in August 2007 when he came on as a substitute in a friendly with Algeria.

Lucas, who also holds an Italian passport, made his Reds bow as a second-half sub in a Champions League qualifier against Toulouse on August 28, 2007.

The Brazilian notched up more than 30 appearances in his debut season, breaking his Anfield duck in style with a 25-yard curler in the FA Cup against Havant and Waterlooville.

Lucas was absent for the start of 2008-09 after travelling to the Olympics in Beijing, where he had to settle for bronze after a semi-final defeat to Javier Mascherano's Argentina.

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