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Oscar celebrates Brazil's third goal with Chelsea teammate Ramires, Getty

Player of the Week - Oscar

Player of the Week - Oscar

What a start!

Brazil kicked off the World Cup with victory against Croatia in the opening game of Brazil 2014. After a spectacular opening ceremony, in Sao Paulo, it was up to Brazil, as the host nation, to continue the party atmosphere and win the game. Early in the match, Croatia took a shock lead, through an own goal by Marcelo, but after this, Brazil played well and scored three times (Neymar (2) and Oscar). Many people's man of the match was Neymar, but our man of the match was Chelsea's Oscar. With some fantastic crosses and dribbling on the right, he caused problems for the Croatian defence all night. And in the final minute, he scored the best goal of the night, with a fine individual effort. 

What do we know about Oscar?

Júnior Oscar Dos Santos Emboaba is from a town called Americana in the São Paulo region of Brazil.  His first major club was São Paulo FC, which he joined in 2004 at the age of 13.  He helped them to win the Brazilian championships of 2008 and 2009.  During the 2009 season the midfielder had some problems with his contract and left São Paulo FC.  He moved to Internacional in the southern city of Porto Alegre.  He spent three years with Internacional, before moving to London to sign for Chelsea for around £25 million.

What has Oscar achieved at Chelsea?

“My favourite moment at Chelsea was my debut when I scored two goals,” says Oscar. The game was in the Champions League against Italian giants Juventus in September 2012 (2-2).  The midfielder’s second goal was very special: he turned quickly just outside the area and hit the ball over goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon.  “I won’t say it’s nice to concede a goal, but it’s still nice to be a part of a great goal like that,” said Buffon.  It was voted ‘Goal of the Season’ by Chelsea fans. This was not the only trophy Oscar won in his first year at Stamford Bridge. In May 2013, Chelsea beat Portuguese side Benfica 2-1 in Amsterdam to win the Europa League.

Can Oscar work hard?

English football is famous for being very fast and physical.  “I used to watch English football on TV when I was younger in Brazil,” Oscar says. “I already knew it was a dynamic, competitive way of playing.”  Oscar is light (66 kg) and not very tall (1m 78cm), but he combines great skill and creativity with a lot of hard work.  In his first Premier League season, he won 86 balls compared to a total of 53 by his midfield partners Eden Hazard and Juan Mata.  And he cleared the ball 32 times compared to their total of eight. 

Is Oscar enjoying London?

Oscar took English lessons when he moved to London, but it was his wife Ludmila – his childhood sweetheart – and the friendship of Portuguese-speaking teammates that helped him most.  "Myself, David Luíz, Ramires and Lucas Piazón are very close.  At least once a week, we have lunch or dinner together.  Our families are always together as well.  It’s really important that I have them around,” Oscar has said.  The British capital is a friend, too: "I feel lucky to have come to London as my first home in Europe. You can find whatever you like to do. I don't even want to go to Brazil for holidays.”  But the English weather is a problem: “During the winter, I miss Brazil a lot!" he says.

 

 

Oscar celebrates a goal for Chelsea, Getty.

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Did you know......?

  • Oscar scored a hat-trick for Brazil in the Final of the 2011 Under-20 World Cup against Portugal (3-2).  He was only the second player to score three goals in a FIFA Final.  The other was Geoff Hurst for England in the 1966 World Cup against West Germany (4-2).
  • The official capacity of Stamford Bridge is now 41,837 but the record attendance is 82,905 against Arsenal in 1935.
  • The first Brazilian to play in England was Francisco Ernani Lima da Silva, or ‘Mirandinha’, who signed for Newcastle United from Palmeiras in 1987.
  • Brazil have won the World Cup (five times) more than any other country.
  • The nickname of the Brazilian national team is ‘Os Canarinhos’, or ‘Little Canaries’, because of their yellow shirts.
Oscar scored the third goal in Brazil's 3-1 win over Croatia, Getty.

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hsn's picture
hsn
10/01/2023
TR
5531
points

Sentences
The flood caused problems for farmers because demolished fields.
For being risk taker his losses was so much in the stock market.


hsn's picture
hsn
10/01/2023 16:56
Turkey
Tottenham Hotspur
5531

Sentences
The flood caused problems for farmers because demolished fields.
For being risk taker his losses was so much in the stock market.

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Gabriel Amaral
02/06/2021
BR
1512
points

I think Neymar was, but Oscar did it good as well. Brazil were ansious and nervous because the pressure was very high for them to win the sixth WC. After a tuny start, they've become relaxed and the score made it fair. The other PL brazilian players performed fine during the WC.


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Gabriel Amaral
02/06/2021 21:20
Brazil
Arsenal
1512

I think Neymar was, but Oscar did it good as well. Brazil were ansious and nervous because the pressure was very high for them to win the sixth WC. After a tuny start, they've become relaxed and the score made it fair. The other PL brazilian players performed fine during the WC.

mobeckham's picture
mobeckham
19/06/2020
TR
6510
points

Oscar did a fantastic job for Brazil.
He was at his peak in the World Cup.


mobeckham's picture
mobeckham
19/06/2020 19:18
Turkey
Manchester United
6510

Oscar did a fantastic job for Brazil.
He was at his peak in the World Cup.

quanmessi's picture
quanmessi
03/12/2018
VN
229
points

BRAZIL WILL BE THE CHAMPION OF THE WORLD CUP 2022


quanmessi's picture
quanmessi
03/12/2018 01:40
Vietnam
Manchester United
229

BRAZIL WILL BE THE CHAMPION OF THE WORLD CUP 2022

HakanUslu1881's picture
HakanUslu1881
22/03/2016
TR
1761
points

I really like Thiago Silva and Luiz Gustavo.


HakanUslu1881's picture
HakanUslu1881
22/03/2016 23:48
Turkey
Leicester City
1761

I really like Thiago Silva and Luiz Gustavo.

HakanUslu1881's picture
HakanUslu1881
22/03/2016
TR
1761
points

Brazil is not as good as I hoped.


HakanUslu1881's picture
HakanUslu1881
22/03/2016 23:47
Turkey
Leicester City
1761

Brazil is not as good as I hoped.

HakanUslu1881's picture
HakanUslu1881
22/03/2016
TR
1761
points

Yes,he was very good.


HakanUslu1881's picture
HakanUslu1881
22/03/2016 23:47
Turkey
Leicester City
1761

Yes,he was very good.

assemjuve's picture
assemjuve
27/02/2016
PS
3705
points

No he was not.


assemjuve's picture
assemjuve
27/02/2016 10:28
Palestinian Territory
Liverpool
3705

No he was not.

MUGEMANYI's picture
MUGEMANYI
02/12/2015
RW
2320
points

Oscar is so talented! I like the way he plays


MUGEMANYI's picture
MUGEMANYI
02/12/2015 15:42
Rwanda
Arsenal
2320

Oscar is so talented! I like the way he plays

aragorn1986's picture
aragorn1986
27/11/2015
ME
3557
points

I think Brazil lost beauty of football they were proud of for many decades. Too many defensive players.. I believe they will come back one day but at the moment some other countries are playing better football (Chile, Uruguay, Germany, Spain..)


aragorn1986's picture
aragorn1986
27/11/2015 23:48
Montenegro
Arsenal
3557

I think Brazil lost beauty of football they were proud of for many decades. Too many defensive players.. I believe they will come back one day but at the moment some other countries are playing better football (Chile, Uruguay, Germany, Spain..)

MUGEMANYI's picture
MUGEMANYI
02/12/2015
RW
2320
points

Thank you for mentioning Chile, they are over Brazil at the moment and I don't see who will stop them


MUGEMANYI's picture
MUGEMANYI
02/12/2015 15:43
Rwanda
Arsenal
2320

Thank you for mentioning Chile, they are over Brazil at the moment and I don't see who will stop them

almirpereira's picture
almirpereira
26/10/2015
BR
1326
points

EXCELENT


almirpereira's picture
almirpereira
26/10/2015 00:19
Brazil
Chelsea
1326

EXCELENT

Helio Bandeira
31/12/2013
0
points

The Argentina no will good !


Helio Bandeira
31/12/2013 22:05


0

The Argentina no will good !

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