Luiz Gustavo, new OM playertue 04 jul at 10:00
Though not well-known in France, Luiz Gustavo Dias, 29 years old (born in Pindamonhangaba on 23 July 1987) is a Brazilian international player (42 caps). This lean midfielder (1.87m, 78 kg) has, amongst other things, won the Confederations Cup (2013) and played in one World Cup (2014). In terms of clubs it was essentially at Bayern Munich between January 2011 and June 2013 that his trophy cabinet was filled up with one Champions League victory (2013), the German Super Cup (2012) and the Bundesliga championship title (2013). He was also a finalist in the Champions League in 2012 as well as in the German Cup in 2012 which he also won with Wolfsburg (2013-2017) in 2015.
Passing through Hoffenheim (2007-2011) where he quietly arrived from Club de Regatas (Brazil) in 2007, the former Bayern teammate of Franck Ribéry and Daniel Van Buyten, after spending 10 years in the Bundesliga with over 250 matches and almost 30 Champions League games, has built a solid reputation as an aggressive and technical defensive midfielder. A player of many positions, for example a centre back at Wolfsburg, he should certainly win over the fans at the Orange Vélodrome. Like a Swiss knife, Gustavo can and does do everything. He is a measure of experience and an insurance against any risks for his new coach, Rudi Garcia.
The Orange Vélodrome will not be totally new for Luiz Gustavo who beat OM with Bayern (0-2) in the old stadium on 28 March 2012 in the first leg of the quarter final of the Champions League (2012).