Taison Barcellos Freda, or simply Taison, (born 13 January 1988) is a Brazilian footballer who plays as a midfielder for Ukrainian Premier League club Shakhtar Donetsk and the Brazil national team.

Taison
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Taison with Shakhtar Donetsk in 2017
Personal information
Full name Taison Barcellos Freda[1]
Date of birth (1988-01-01) 1 January 1988 (age 32)[2]
Place of birth Pelotas, Brazil
Height 1.72 m (5 ft 8 in)[3]
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Shakhtar Donetsk
Number 7
Youth career
2004–2007 Internacional
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2007–2010 Internacional 69 (9)
2010–2013 Metalist Kharkiv 57 (13)
2013– Shakhtar Donetsk 153 (31)
National team
2016– Brazil 8 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 12 November 2019
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 30 May 2019

Club careerEdit

InternacionalEdit

Taison started his career with Brazilian club Internacional and quickly rose to prominence within their youth set up, becoming one of the brightest prospects at the club. Taison then after making his first team debut in 2009, confirmed his place as one of the rising stars in world football after top scoring in the 2009 Campeonato Gaúcho with 15 goals and starring alongside strike partner Nilmar. Internacional also went on to win the tournament after an 8–1 victory over Caxias.[4]

Despite never winning the Campeonato Brasileiro Série A Taison does have a Copa Libertadores winners medal after he was an instrumental part in his side's 2010 success, starting both legs of Internacional's aggregate 5–3 final victory over Mexican side Guadalajara.[5]

Metalist KharkivEdit

After being linked with a host of clubs across Europe, including Wolfsburg and Napoli Taison eventually signed for Ukrainian club Metalist Kharkiv for an approximate fee of 6 million euros. He started brightly in Ukraine and even pipped Willian to the "best new signing" accolade. The Brazilian scored an incredible Marco van Basten style volley against Rosenborg BK on 8 November 2012 in the Europa League. In the same game he also provided the assist for the second in a 3–1 win.

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Shakhtar DonetskEdit

Taison signed with Shakhtar Donetsk on 1 January 2013 for a fee of around £12.4 million.[2] He made his debut for Shakhtar in the Champions League against Borussia Dortmund in a 2–2 draw on 13 February 2013. He scored his first goal for Shakhtar and was named Man of the Match[7] in a 3–3 draw with Metalurh Zaporizhya on 19 May 2013, scoring an equalising goal in the 92nd minute.[8] Taison scored in a 3–0 victory over Chornomorets Odesa in the 2012–13 Ukrainian Cup final.[9] On 10 July 2013 Taison scored in a 3–1 victory over Chornomorets in the Ukrainian Super Cup.[10] In November 2019 he was sent-off after reacting to alleged racist abuse,[11][12] and was also given a one-match ban.[13] With the abuse, Taison has decided to leave the Ukrainian league.

International careerEdit

In an interview with the coach of the Ukraine national football team, Mykhaylo Fomenko spoke of him as a possible naturalized. Taison indicated that he would be likely to accept a call-up for Ukraine if asked.[14][15][16][17] But on 22 August 2016 newly appointed manager Tite has called him up for the Brazil national football team. On 13 June 2017, Taison scored his first international goal in a match against Australia, that ended 4-0. He scored the 3rd goal of the match.

In May 2018 he was named in Tite’s final 23 man squad for the 2018 World Cup in Russia.[18]

Career statisticsEdit

ClubEdit

As of match played 10 November 2019.
Club Season League Cup Continental Other Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Internacional 2008 30 2 - - 9 0 - - 39 2
2009 28 4 12 7 4 0 19 15 63 26
2010 11 3 - - 11 0 14 4 36 7
Total 69 9 12 7 24 0 33 19 138 35
Metalist Kharkiv 2010–11 21 8 0 0 6 1 0 0 27 9
2011–12 23 2 0 0 13 5 0 0 36 7
2012–13 13 3 1 0 6 1 0 0 20 4
Total 57 13 1 0 25 7 0 0 83 20
Shakhtar Donetsk 2012–13 11 2 3 1 2 0 0 0 16 3
2013–14 19 1 4 1 8 1 1 1 32 4
2014–15 21 4 6 0 8 0 1 0 36 4
2015–16 18 6 6 1 17 1 1 0 42 8
2016–17 24 5 3 1 12 4 1 0 40 10
2017–18 24 4 3 2 8 1 1 0 36 7
2018–19 25 3 3 0 7 3 0 0 35 6
2019–20 11 6 1 0 4 0 1 0 17 6
Total 153 31 29 6 66 10 6 1 254 48
Career Total 279 53 42 13 115 17 39 20 475 103

InternationalEdit

As of 2 June 2019
Brazil
Year Apps Goals
2016 2 0
2017 3 1
2018 3 0
Total 8 1

International goalEdit

Scores and results list Brazil's goal tally first.[19]
# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 13 June 2017 Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne, Australia   Australia
3–0
4–0
Friendly

HonoursEdit

Shakhtar Donetsk

Individual

  • Football Stars of Ukraine – Best UPL player: 2019[20]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "2018 FIFA World Cup Russia: List of players: Brazil" (PDF). FIFA. 10 June 2018. p. 4. Retrieved 11 June 2018.
  2. ^ a b "Taison | First Team | FC Shakhtar Donetsk". Shakhtar.com. 1 January 1988. Archived from the original on 21 October 2013. Retrieved 21 October 2013.
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 21 October 2013. Retrieved 21 October 2013.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  4. ^ "Summary – Gaucho 1 – Brazil – Results, fixtures, tables and news – Soccerway". Uk.soccerway.com. 9 January 2013. Retrieved 21 October 2013.
  5. ^ "Summary – Copa Libertadores – South America – Results, fixtures, tables and news – Soccerway". Uk.soccerway.com. 9 January 2013. Retrieved 21 October 2013.
  6. ^ "Why Chelsea are trying to sign this brilliant Brazilian striker who BETTERED Van Basten's volley". talkSPORT. Retrieved 21 October 2013.
  7. ^ "Taison named Man of the Match". Retrieved 29 August 2014.
  8. ^ "Metalurh Zaporizhya vs Shakhtar Donetsk 3–3". Retrieved 29 August 2014.
  9. ^ "Cup is ours!". Retrieved 29 August 2014.
  10. ^ "Chornomorets vs Shakhtar: match report". Retrieved 29 August 2014.
  11. ^ "Shakhtar Donetsk's Taison sent off after reacting to alleged racism". 10 November 2019 – via www.bbc.co.uk.
  12. ^ "Taison: Shakhtar's Brazil midfielder after sending-off following alleged racist abuse". 11 November 2019 – via www.bbc.co.uk.
  13. ^ "Shakhtar Donetsk's Taison given one-match ban after reacting to alleged racism". 21 November 2019 – via www.bbc.co.uk.
  14. ^ "Taison may soon be naturalized and play for Ukraine". Interfax-Ukraine.
  15. ^ http://www.ukrinform.ua/eng/news/fomenko_supports_naturalization_of_taison_309403
  16. ^ http://www.ukrinform.ua/eng/news/taison_may_go_to_fifa_world_cup_in_brazil_with_ukrainian_team_media_reports_say_309265
  17. ^ "Google Traduttore". translate.google.com.
  18. ^ "World Cup: Neymar named in Brazil's 23-man squad". 14 May 2018 – via www.bbc.co.uk.
  19. ^ "Taison". National Football Teams. Retrieved 13 June 2017.
  20. ^ https://sport.ua/news/468557

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