UEFA Champions League - 2019/20 SeasonMatch press kits
|Olympique Lyonnais||OL Stadium - DecinesTuesday 17 September 2019|
18.55CET (18.55 local time) Group G - Matchday 1
Date of birth: 12 April 1974
Playing career: Corinthians, Arsenal, Celta Vigo, Barcelona, Manchester City
Coaching career: Cruzeiro (assistant), Sport Recife (assistant), Nautico (assistant), Corinthinans (assistant), Internazionale Milano (assistant), Brazil (assistant), Brazil Olympic team, Lyon
• A versatile defender who usually played at left-back, Sylvinho helped first club Corinthians to league titles in 1998 and 1999 as well as the 1995 Brazilian Cup. With plenty of interest from Europe, Sylvinho opted for England and Arsenal, enjoying two successful campaigns before moving on to Celta Vigo in 2001/02 and helping them qualify for the UEFA Champions League for the first time in August 2003 after finishing fourth in the Liga.
• That European adventure ended with a defeat by Arsenal in the last 16, and more disappointment followed as Celta were relegated. Sylvinho remained in the top flight, however, after joining Barcelona, but he was never a regular starter in 2004/05 as his new club won the Spanish title.
• The Brazilian international, who won six caps, featured more frequently the following season as the Catalan giants retained the championship, but made just one substitute appearance in the victorious UEFA Champions League campaign that culminated in a final defeat of Arsenal. Part of Barça's treble-winning team in 2008/09, he made 15 league appearances and played 90 minutes against Manchester United in the UEFA Champions League final in addition to a late cameo in the Copa del Rey final defeat of Athletic Club.
• Hung up his boots in 2010 after another season in England with Manchester City, moving into coaching back in his native Brazil where he worked as an assistant at Cruzeiro, Sport Recife, Náutico and Corinthians. Returned to Europe at Internazionale in December 2014, working as Roberto Mancini's assistant for 18 months.
• Joined the staff of the Brazil national team in 2016, and took charge of the Olympic team in April 2019; just a month later, however, was unveiled as the new head coach of Lyon, working under sporting director and club legend Juninho Pernambucano.
Date of birth: 27 February 1976
Playing career: Presnya Moskva, Karelia Petrozavodsk, Asmaral Moskva, CSKA Moskva, Paris Saint-Germain, FC Moskva, Rubin, Zenit
Coaching career: Zenit (assistant, caretaker), Russia (assistant), Ufa, Zenit
• A midfielder, Semak made his Russian top-flight debut as a teenager for Presnya Moskva – later renamed Asmaral – before switching to CSKA, where he was a club mainstay from 1994–2004, making 289 league appearances and scoring 69 goals. He collected his first major honour in 2002, lifting the Russian Cup with CSKA, with a maiden Premier-Liga championship following in 2003.
• Won the first of his 65 caps for Russia in the 1998 FIFA World Cup qualifying play-off against Italy in Naples (0-1); travelled to Japan for the 2002 World Cup and later captained Guus Hiddink's side to the semi-finals of UEFA EURO 2008.
• Struck four goals in the 2004/05 UEFA Champions League – all against Paris – prompting the French outfit to buy him that winter, which caused him to miss out on CSKA's UEFA Cup triumph.
• A lack of success in Ligue 1 brought him back to Russia 12 months later, to FC Moskva; after two good seasons he joined Rubin for the 2008 campaign and went on to skipper the team from Tatarstan to consecutive Premier-Liga crowns. Left Rubin for Zenit midway through the 2010 campaign and proceeded to win the 2010 and 2011/12 titles, meaning he was a champion for four straight seasons.
• Having hung up his boots in 2013, Semak worked as Luciano Spalletti's assistant at Zenit, stepping in as caretaker coach after the Italian was dismissed that March. Also worked as assistant to Spalletti's successor André Villas-Boas and the Russia national team before taking charge of Ufa in December 2016; returned to Zenit as head coach 18 months later and led the St Petersburg club to the 2018/19 Russian league title.
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