28 November, 2007

Obscure South American of the Week Seis

Name – Luis Fabiano Clemente a.k.a Luis Fabiano

Affiliation - Sevilla

Reason for coolness – 15 goals in 14 games so far this season. Also, his mum was held hostage for 61 days in 2005 before the police stormed the gunmen’s hideout and presumably killed them. Gangsta.

Reason for obscurity – Labelled a ‘bad boy’ early on in his career following numerous brawls on the pitch, and then in a 2004 match for São Paulo against River Plate of Argentina, studded someone violently in the neck and was banned for three games. As you can see from this though, he’s actually a bit of lady when it comes to fighting, not that I’d tell him that :

Yet another fantastic striker with a great career record that has never really made an impact for the Brazilian national side, playing only 14 times since his debut in 2003. At aged 27 however, it seems that Fabiano is now finally starting to settle down as a regular goal machine for the third best team in Spain, helping them secure two consecutive EUFA Cup victories since joining the club from FC Porto in 2005.

He enjoyed great success for home sideSao Paulo, notching up a phenomenal 118 goals in 160 games at the start of his career, but faltering spells in France as well as Portugal followed, before he finally became settled at Sevilla. Quietly, a superb squad has been assembled there over the years by head coach Juande Ramos, featuring stars such as ex-Spurs man Fredi Kanoute and rising Brazilian wonder-kid Daniel Alves, but having no huge egos has been the secret to their success.

On paper, Fabiano has everything you want from a striker; he’s big, strong, fast and can finish with any appendix on his body (well maybe not that one.) With Sevilla going well in the Champions League this season, hopefully we will see if Fabiano can cut it at the very top level, and if his form this season has been anything to go by, a move to one of Europe’s footballing elite may not be too far off.

See some of his 118 goals for São Paulo here, and also more importantly, his kung-fu kick to the back of some Argentinian guy’s neck: