Who are ya: Sevilla’s Luis Fabiano

luis-fabianoMost recently it has been speculated that AC Milan are extremely eager to sign Sevilla’s Brazilian international striker Luis Fabiano and the striker is said to be eager to make the move to the San Siro. There is however said to be a lot of English interest in the powerful Brazilian with Chelsea said to be leading the English chase for the Sevilla hitman and with the striker said to be interested in moving abroad there’s plenty of reason for the English clubs to pick up their interest in him – despite Sevilla’s claims that he’ll be going nowhere. Fabiano is a fast striker whose finishing is extremely accurate and he is extremely strong on the ball making it hard to get the ball off him, he’s also pretty good in the air which makes him a good all around striker. How did the Brazilian’s career end up with him playing at Sevilla though?

Ponte Preta

Fabiano, born on the 8th of November 1980, signed for Brazilian side Ponte Preta as a youngster and was in their first team squad by 1997. He made his debut in 1998 and spent a further two years at the club but the youngster was always a peripheral figure for the club and made just 12 appearances, scoring 3 goals in the process.

Rennes

Fabiano made an early foray into European football as he moved to French side Rennes whilst still just 19 years old in 2000. His time at the French club proved short and unsuccessful though as he made 11 appearances for the club over his one season there and failed to score one competitive goal for the club. This resulted in him moving back to his native Brazil to try his luck there once again.

Sao Paulo

Back in Brazil, the now 20 year old striker began to make a name for himself with consistently impressive appearances for Brazilian giants Sao Paulo; he scored a decent 9 goals in 22 appearances in his first year at the club to establish himself there and from then on was a first team regular. His performances and goalscoring record improved as time went on and he notched 19 goals in just 21 appearances in the next season to prove a deadly hitman by the age of 22. His form continued as he then scored a highly impressive 29 goals in just 34 games the next season. In 2004 he managed another 5 goals from 8 appearances before another move became imminent. During his time at Sao Paulo Fabiano established himself as a bad boy of Brazilian football with a vicious temper and elbows flying everywhere. He was famously given a 3 match ban from all competitions after kicking a River Plate player in the back of the neck in a Copa Sudamericana match and gloating about it afterwards.

Porto

Fabiano moved to Portuguese giants Porto in the summer of 2004. The club had just won the Champion’s League which gave Fabiano the chance to get his hands on some European silverware as they quickly won the now-extinct Intercontinental Cup. Despite his trophy win, Fabiano’s first season in Portugal was extremely unsuccessful and he only scored 3 goals in 22 matches. At the end of the season Fabiano was made available for transfer as Porto no longer valued him.

Sevilla

Fabiano joined current club Sevilla in the summer of 2005 looking to re-establish himself following his previous European failures with Rennes and Porto. 7 goals from 37 appearances was not a particularly impressive tally in his first season though yet Sevilla kept their faith in the striker who repaid them by notching 15 goals the next season and then a brilliant 34 the next. Since then Fabiano has scored season tallies of 17 goals and then 10 so far this season in all competitions despite the season still being quite young. With Sevilla Fabiano has enjoyed a lot of success, winning 2 UEFA Cups, a UEFA Super Cup, a Copa del Rey and a Spanish Super Cup. He’s scored in finals and finished runner-up in the Top Goalscorer award back in 2007/08. Whilst his temper has occasionally come to the fray and got him in trouble, Fabiano has largely impressed at Sevilla leading to the current interest in him

International Career:

Fabiano made his debut for Brazil in 2003 whilst still a Sao Paulo player, scoring in the process against Nigeria. He was then a regular for Brazil in their Copa America 2004 squad but then spent 3 years in the international wilderness due to his failing club career at Porto and Sevilla. His resurgence at the latter though led to his return to the national fold and he has been a regular for Brazil since his return to the side in 2007. He holds an impressive international goal tally of 25 goals in 36 appearances.

There’s no questioning that Fabiano has his problems – his temperament is reminiscent of a young Wayne Rooney’s and he is a striker who will get himself sent off now and again. The mix of pace and strength that he possesses is a very useful trait to have and helps make him the excellent forward he is along with his accuracy. Fabiano is quite eager to try his luck elsewhere from Sevilla so a move could be imminent – whether it be to San Siro or one of England’s finest, you’ve got to feel that Fabiano’s past his European failings now and ready to excel at the top level.