Ismaily, new LOSC defender

The defender of Brazil, Ismaily Gonçalves dos Santos said that Ismaily (32 years old) is Lille! A talented and experienced full-back with almost 350 professional matches, Ismaily also has an extensive list of achievements as he notably won the Ukrainian championship 6 times and reached the semi-finals of the Europa League with Shakhtar Donetsk. He is free to enroll in LOSC for one season and one optional.

Born in Ivinhema (January 11, 1990), Ismaily – like most of his fellow Brazilians – returned to football at a very young age. Trained by his hometown club, Ivinhema FC, he developed his qualities in Brazil before quickly choosing to continue his career in Portugal. After a season at Estoril in the Lisbon suburb, then a stint at Sporting Clube Olhanense, he joined Braga (2012-2013) where he played his first C1 matches. His performances in the Portuguese championship and the European Cup caught the eye of many European clubs, especially Chakhtar Donetsk, a club historically endowed with many Brazilian talents, that he decided to join.

Powerful left side, recognized for his quality in the centers, Ismaily has everything in a modern side, which combines defensive and offensive qualities, can project and be decisive in the opposite area. With the arrival of Ismaily and beyond his technical characteristics meeting the profile the club was looking for to strengthen the squad, LOSC also recruited a player with a lot of experience at the highest level, who there are more than fifty matches played in the Champions League and the Europa League. On his left side, he was one of the major players of the Ukrainian club in conquering many national titles and its performances on the European scene. He scored against Manchester City, for example, during the 2017-2018 UCL campaign, which secured a qualification for the round of 16 against AS Roma. Ismaily also participated in the semi-final of the Europa League, losing against Sevilla FC in 2016. His experience is definitely an asset in selection for LOSC.

In LOSC, Ismaily will find a man who knows him perfectly, Paulo Fonseca, with whom he has spent three seasons in Donetsk and almost 120 games. The defender is an executive player of the LOSC coach in Ukraine, one of his most frequently used players. Ismaily will also see two of his Brazilian compatriots, Léo Jardim and Alexsandro, in Lille’s locker room. LOSC continues with this recruitment a long tradition of Brazilian players spent in the North. After Rafael, Michel Bastos, Tulio de Melo, Luiz Araujo and Gabriel, Ismaily became the 16th Brazilian in LOSC history since 1992 and a Walquir Mota.

With nine seasons in Ukraine and many titles won, Ismaily will discover a new championship. The club is happy to welcome him to Ligue 1 and is satisfied that he chose LOSC where he will come to strengthen the defensive squad and provide complementary solutions to his coach, as he brings his qualities, his experience and mentality that remain. in the spirit of Mastiffs. Welcome to LOSC Ismaily.

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“I am very happy to join this wonderful French club. I have heard many positive things about LOSC, its infrastructure and its public. I can’t wait to meet my new colleagues. I am also excited to debut my new colors and give the best of myself. »

“We are very satisfied to have reached an agreement with Ismaily and welcome him to LOSC today. He is a player who combines the qualities, experience and state of mind that perfectly match the profile we are looking for to improve our squad. We are aware of the need to strengthen the quantity and quality of the full-back positions and have long targeted Ismaily as our priority in the left-back position. That is why it is important to complete this arrival and that’s what we did, with the confidence and enthusiasm of the player. I also want to thank the leaders of Shakhtar who agreed to release Ismaily. We all know the difficult time that the Ukrainians are going through and I want to express the our full support to them once again. We welcome Ismaily and his family to LOSC and the North.”

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