The official website for European football

Shakhtar sign Braga defender Ismaily

Published: Thursday 14 February 2013, 15.39CET
"Normally I am a defender but I like to go forward too," said Ismaily after the 23-year-old Brazilian left-back joined FC Shakhtar Donetsk from SC Braga on a five-year contract.
Shakhtar sign Braga defender Ismaily
Ismaily made four group stage appearances for Braga this season ©AFP/Getty Images
Published: Thursday 14 February 2013, 15.39CET

Shakhtar sign Braga defender Ismaily

"Normally I am a defender but I like to go forward too," said Ismaily after the 23-year-old Brazilian left-back joined FC Shakhtar Donetsk from SC Braga on a five-year contract.

FC Shakhtar Donetsk have recruited defender Ismaily from SC Braga for a reported fee of €4m.

The 23-year-old, who scored once in 12 Liga appearances for Braga following his transfer from Portuguese rivals SC Olhanense last summer, has committed to a five-year contract with the Ukrainian club.

A pacy left-back with a powerful shot, he moved to Portugal from his homeland of Brazil in 2009 to play for GD Estoril-Praia and represented Braga in this season's UEFA Champions League group stage – making four appearances as the Arsenalistas finished bottom of Group H.

"Normally I am a defender, but I like to go forward too," said Ismaily. "I love to take part in my team's attacks. I have already adapted well to European football so believe I will be able to hit my stride at Shakhtar pretty quickly.

"I heard a lot about Shakhtar in Brazil," he added. "They are regarded as an up-and-coming club. I also knew they had a lot of Brazilian players, but when I arrived here I was astonished and amazed by what I saw. This is a fantastic club."

Shakhtar drew 2-2 with Borussia Dortmund in the first leg of their UEFA Champions League round of 16 tie. Ismaily will not be eligible to play for the Pitmen in Europe this term.

Last updated: 14/02/13 20.27CET

Related information

Player profiles
Team profiles

http://www.uefa.com/uefachampionsleague/news/newsid=1919303.html#shakhtar+sign+braga+defender+ismaily

UEFA.com features

Bundesliga preview ... are Bayern beatable?
  • Bundesliga preview ... are Bayern beatable?
  • Who are  FC Shakhtyor Soligorsk?
  • Kazakh clubs' greatest European nights
  • See your favourite Steaua moments
  • The rapid rise of Rúben Neves
  • Premier League preview ... points to prove
  • AEL belief strong for visit of Tottenham
  • What will Conte bring as Italy coach?
  • Ribéry's five finest France moments
  • Radojičić determined to succeed with Budućnost
1 of 10
  • © 1998-2014 UEFA. All rights reserved.
  • The UEFA word, the UEFA logo and all marks related to UEFA competitions, are protected by trade marks and/or copyright of UEFA. No use for commercial purposes may be made of such trade marks. Use of UEFA.com signifies your agreement to the Terms and Conditions and Privacy Policy.