Brazilian defender Ismaily Gonçalves dos Santos said that Ismaily (32 years old) is Lille! A talented and experienced winger with nearly 350 professional appearances, Ismaily also has an extensive list of achievements, as he won the Ukrainian championship six times and reached the Europa League semi-finals with Chakhtar Donetsk. He freely signed with LOSC for one season plus an optional one.
Born in Ivinhema (January 11, 1990), Ismaily, like many of his fellow Brazilians, turned to football at a very young age. Trained at his hometown club Ivinhema FC, he developed his qualities in Brazil before quickly opting to continue his career in Portugal. After a season in Estoril, just outside Lisbon, and then a spell at Sporting Clube Olhanense, he joined Braga (2012-2013), with whom he played his first C1 matches. His performances in the Portuguese championship and the European Cup drew the attention of many European clubs, in particular Chakhtar Donetsk, a club historically gifted with many Brazilian talents, which he decided to join.
A powerful left-back, renowned for his quality in the cross, Ismaily has everything a modern full-back has, combining defensive and offensive qualities, capable of projecting and being decisive in the opponent’s box. With the arrival of Ismaily and beyond his technical characteristics that met the profile that the club was looking for to reinforce the squad, LOSC also incorporated a player who has extensive experience at the highest level, with more than fifty matches played in Champions League and Europa League. On the left side of him, he was one of the greats of the Ukrainian club in the conquest of their numerous national titles and his performance on the European scene. It was he who scored against Manchester City, for example, during the 2017-2018 UCL campaign, securing qualification in the round of 16 against AS Roma. Ismaily also featured in a Europa League semi-final loss to Sevilla FC in 2016. His experience will certainly be a trump card of choice for LOSC.
At LOSC, Ismaily will find a man who knows him perfectly, Paulo Fonseca, with whom he shared three seasons in Donetsk and nearly 120 games. The defender was an executive player for the LOSC coach in Ukraine, one of his most used players. Ismaily will also find two of his fellow Brazilians, Léo Jardim and Alexsandro, in the Lille dressing room. The LOSC continues with this hiring a long tradition of Brazilian players passed in the North. After, in particular, Rafael, Michel Bastos, Tulio de Melo, Luiz Araujo and Gabriel, Ismaily becomes the sixteenth Brazilian in LOSC history since 1992 and a certain 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 satisfied that he has chosen LOSC where he will come to reinforce the defensive squad and offer complementary solutions to his coach, as well as bringing his qualities, his experience and a mentality that hits. to the spirit of the mastiffs. Welcome to LOSC Ismaily.
“I am very happy to join this great French club. I have heard many positive things about LOSC, its infrastructure and its public. I can’t wait to meet my new teammates. I’m also really looking forward to debuting my new colors and doing my best. »
“We are very pleased to have reached an agreement with Ismaily and to welcome him to LOSC today. He is a player who brings together qualities, experience and state of mind that fit perfectly with the profile we were looking for to enrich our squad. We identified the need to strengthen the number and quality of full-back positions and had long targeted Ismaily as our priority at left-back position. That is why it was important to conclude this arrival and that is how we did it, with the confidence and motivation of the player. I also want to thank the Shakhtar leaders who agreed to release Ismaily. We all know the difficult period that Ukrainians are going through and I would like to express our full support to them once again. We welcome Ismaily and his family to LOSC and to the North. »
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