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Willian

Published: Friday 7 January 2011, 19.56CET
FC Shakhtar Donetsk
Published: Friday 7 January 2011, 19.56CET

Willian

FC Shakhtar Donetsk

Clubs: SC Corinthians, FC Shakhtar Donetsk

UEFA honours
UEFA Cup:
winner 2009

• Willian Borges da Silva joined Sao Paulo club Corinthians as a youth and eventually broke into the first team while still in his teens.

• A lively winger, he helped Brazil to victory in the South American Under-20 Championship in January 2007 and went on to represent his country in the FIFA U-20 World Cup in Canada later that year, reaching the quarter-finals.

• Joined Shakhtar on a five-year contract in August 2007 and won the Ukrainian double in his first season.

• Made over 50 appearances in all competitions during 2008/09, including 17 in Europe, as Shakhtar won the UEFA Cup after transferring in mid-season from the UEFA Champions League; a substitute in all six UEFA Cup games from the round of 16 to the semi-final, he played the full 120 minutes of the showpiece against SV Werder Bremen (2-1).

• Helped Shakhtar to another Premier League title in 2009/10, scoring five goals; added another three before the end of August in 2010/11 and started all six group games on the club's return to the UEFA Champions League.

Last updated: 09/02/11 11.10CET

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