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Eduardo Da Silva

Eduardo Alves da Silva (born 25 February 1983), commonly known as Eduardo, sometimes nicknamed as Dudu, is a Brazilian-born Croatian Association football who plays for Ukrainian Premier League club FC Shakhtar Donetsk and the Croatia national football team. With 22 goals, Eduardo is currently the second most prolific striker that has ever played for Croatia, currently only behind Davor Šuker on 45 goals.

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Eduardo Da Silva biography

Eduardo Alves da Silva (born 25 February 1983), commonly known as Eduardo, sometimes nicknamed as Dudu, is a Brazilian-born Croatian Association football who plays for Ukrainian Premier League club FC Shakhtar Donetsk and the Croatia national football team. With 22 goals, Eduardo is currently the second most prolific striker that has ever played for Croatia, currently only behind Davor Šuker on 45 goals.

Club career

Early career

Eduardo grew up in the Rio de Janeiro neighbourhood of Bangu (neighborhood) and made Eduardo Da Silva first steps in club football with CBF Nova Kennedy and Bangu Atlético Clube, although Eduardo Da Silva did not play regularly in the youth categories. Eduardo Da Silva was later noticed by NK Dinamo Zagreb's scouts and joined the club's youth squad in September 1999. Eduardo stayed at Dinamo on trial until December 1999 and returned to the club in February 2000, starting to play regularly for their under-17 squad. Eduardo found Eduardo Da Silva way to the first team in the summer of 2001, despite suffering some injuries early in Eduardo Da Silva career.

After making Eduardo Da Silva first-team debut with Dinamo in the 2001–02 season, Eduardo was loaned for one season to Druga HNL side Inker Zaprešić (now NK Inter Zaprešić) in 2002–03 to see more first-team action, scoring 10 goals in 15 league appearances for the club.

Dinamo Zagreb

Coming back from loan at Inter Zaprešić for the 2003–04 season, Eduardo quickly established himself as a regular in Dinamo Zagreb's first team. Eduardo Da Silva was subsequently named the best player of the Prva HNL in 2004 as well as in 2006 and 2007, when Eduardo Da Silva was one of the key players in Dinamo Zagreb's team that won two consecutive titles in the Croatian league as well as one title in the Croatian Cup. In 2006, Eduardo Da Silva also helped Dinamo winning the Croatian Supercup, scoring two goals in their 4–1 victory over HNK Rijeka.

In the 2006–07 season, Eduardo Da Silva scored five goals in six matches for Dinamo Zagreb in two qualifying rounds for the UEFA Champions League and in the first round of the UEFA Europa League. After netting a brace in Dinamo Zagreb's 4–1 away win at FK Ekranas, Eduardo Da Silva went on to score the first European goal at Arsenal F.C.'s new Emirates Stadium in London on 23 August 2006 as Dinamo Zagreb suffered a 5–1 aggregate defeat in the third qualifying round for the UEFA Champions League. Eduardo Da Silva also scored both goals in Dinamo's 5–2 aggregate defeat to AJ Auxerre in the first round of the UEFA Europa League on 14 September 2006.

Eduardo performed best for Dinamo Zagreb in the Croatian championship, netting 18 goals in 18 matches until the winter break of the 2006–07 season, including three braces and a hat-trick, and adding another seven assists to Eduardo Da Silva tally. In addition to this, Eduardo Da Silva was the only player who appeared in all of the club's 18 matches before the winter break, also being in the starting lineup in each of the 18 matches. In mid-November 2006, Eduardo Da Silva scored two hat-tricks in two consecutive matches Eduardo Da Silva played for Croatia national football team and Dinamo Zagreb in a period of four days.

In Dinamo's 4–0 derby win over NK Zagreb on 12 May 2007, Eduardo scored Eduardo Da Silva 30th and 31st league goals of the 2006–07 season and became the most successful Croatian league goalscorer of all time, breaking a 13-year-old record set by former Dinamo Zagreb striker Goran Vlaović with 29 goals scored for the club in the 1993–94 season. Eduardo Da Silva finished the league season with 34 goals in 32 appearances. In the final league match of the season on 19 May 2007, Eduardo Da Silva became the first player ever to score a hat-trick in the Eternal derby (Croatia) between Dinamo Zagreb and HNK Hajduk Split, netting all three goals as Dinamo won the match 3–0.


On 3 July 2007, Arsenal F.C. confirmed that terms had been agreed with Dinamo Zagreb for the transfer of Eduardo for an undisclosed fee, believed to be around £7.5 million, subject to receiving a work permit. The initial work permit application was turned down by the Home Office, but the appeal hearing on 2 August reversed the decision.

Eduardo made Eduardo Da Silva Premier League debut on 19 August 2007 in Arsenal's 1–1 draw at Blackburn Rovers F.C.. Ten days later, Eduardo Da Silva netted Eduardo Da Silva first competitive goal for the Gunners in their Champions League qualifier against AC Sparta Prague, which Arsenal won 3–0. Eduardo scored Eduardo Da Silva first group-stage goal in the Champions League on 19 September 2007 against Sevilla FC. While still fighting to find Eduardo Da Silva place as a regular in the Premier League for Arsenal, Eduardo continued to display Eduardo Da Silva goalscoring abilities in the Football League Cup, scoring two braces in two consecutive matches for the club, against Sheffield United F.C. and Blackburn Rovers F.C., and helping them to reach the semi-finals of the competition. Eduardo found more playing time in all competitions due to Robin van Persie's lengthy injury and found himself partnering Emmanuel Adebayor more often.

Eduardo finally managed to find Eduardo Da Silva place in Arsenal's starting line-up in the Premier League over Christmas and New Year period, scoring Eduardo Da Silva first two Premier League goals in a 4–1 win at Everton F.C. on 29 December 2007, first levelling the score and then putting Arsenal 2–1 up in the opening 15 minutes of the second half. On New Year's Day 2008, Eduardo Da Silva opened the scoring after only 72 seconds of the match against West Ham United F.C.; Arsenal went on to win 2–0. On the first weekend of the new year, Eduardo Da Silva had a successful FA Cup debut as Arsenal faced Football League Championship side Burnley F.C. on the road, first scoring the opening goal early on, and then setting up a second for Nicklas Bendtner midway through the second half. In the following three matches in January, Eduardo Da Silva set up three more goals, providing two assists and winning a penalty. Eduardo Da Silva went on to help Arsenal to return to the top of the Premier League in early February, scoring a skilful over-the-shoulder flick in a 3–1 away victory over Manchester City F.C. and assisting Philippe Senderos for an early goal in a 2–0 win over Blackburn Rovers at the Emirates Stadium.

Leg injury

On 23 February 2008, Eduardo suffered a broken left fibula and an open Joint dislocation of Eduardo Da Silva left ankle in a match against Birmingham City F.C., following a tackle by Martin Taylor (footballer born 1979), for which Taylor was Red card (sports). Eduardo was immediately taken to Selly Oak Hospital, where Eduardo Da Silva underwent surgery. Arsène Wenger initially called for a lifetime ban for Taylor, but retracted Eduardo Da Silva comments later. Although blame was aimed at Taylor for making the tackle, teammates and mentors stated that it was not possible that Eduardo Da Silva would do such an act deliberately. Taylor claimed to have visited Eduardo in hospital and that an apology was accepted; Eduardo, however, could not remember Taylor's visit or even the tackle. Some cite the incident as a cause of Arsenal failing to maintain their lead in the Premier League title race that season.

Return to action

On 16 February 2009, Eduardo started against Cardiff City F.C. in the 2008–09 FA Cup, scoring in the 21st minute and converted a penalty in the second half. However, in that game, Eduardo Da Silva suffered a hamstring injury. Eduardo Da Silva returned against Burnley F.C. in the 5th round of the FA Cup, captaining the side and scoring Arsenal's second goal. Eduardo Da Silva made Eduardo Da Silva first appearance in the Premier League after the injury on the opening day of the 2009–10 Premier League season against Everton. Eduardo Da Silva scored Arsenal's sixth goal in a 6–1 victory.

A week later, Eduardo was accused of Diving (football) by the Scottish Football Association chief executive Gordon Smith (footballer born September 1954) to win a penalty in the 3–1 Champions League win over Celtic F.C.; Smith also demanded a ban for the striker. On 28 August, Eduardo was charged by UEFA with "deceiving the referee" over the penalty incident and subsequently punished with a two-match European ban, However, the ruling was overturned on appeal with Arsenal producing video evidence showing the claim of simulation was inconclusive and testimony supporting the appeal also coming from Manuel Enrique Mejuto González, who had awarded the penalty. Eduardo later scored the winning goal in Arsenal's 3–2 win over Standard Liège on 16 September 2009. In November 2009, Eduardo signed a new long-term contract with Arsenal. Eduardo Da Silva then scored Eduardo Da Silva second Premier League goal of the season against Hull City A.F.C. on 19 December and scored again eleven days later in the 4–1 win over Portsmouth F.C.. Eduardo headed the winner in a 2–1 win over West Ham United to put Arsenal in the fourth round of the FA Cup on 3 January 2010. However, Arsenal were subsequently knocked out by Stoke City F.C. 3–1 at the Britannia Stadium.

Shakhtar Donetsk

On 21 July 2010, Eduardo Da Silva signed for FC Shakhtar Donetsk on a four-year contract for an undisclosed fee, believed to be in the region of £6 million. Eduardo Da Silva made Eduardo Da Silva Ukrainian Premier League debut on 7 August 2010, playing the first half and netting the second goal in a 5–0 win against PFC Sevastopol. Shakhtar and Arsenal were both drawn into 2010–11 UEFA Champions League group stage Group H in the Champions League, something Eduardo hoped would not happen prior to the draw.
Eduardo scored Eduardo Da Silva second goal in an away game against FC Volyn Lutsk, coming on as a substitute, to give Shakhtar a 0–1 win. Eduardo Da Silva third goal came in the Ukrainian Cup against FC Kryvbas Kryvyi Rih where, after coming on as a substitute, Eduardo Da Silva scored the fifth goal in a 6–0 win. Eduardo Da Silva then scored in the next match against FC Metalist Kharkiv, again coming on as a substitute, to level the game at 1–1, which Shakhtar went on to win 1–2 in a dramatic late fashion.

Returning to the Emirates Stadium on 19 October 2010 for Shakhtar's UEFA Champions League group match with Arsenal, Eduardo came on as a substitute with Eduardo Da Silva new side 3–0 down and received a standing ovation from the Arsenal supporters. Eduardo Da Silva scored a late consolation goal for Shakhtar in a game that Arsenal went on to win 5–1, at which point the Arsenal fans rose again and cheered their former hero. In the rematch, Eduardo Da Silva scored the winning goal in a 2–1 victory and refused to celebrate, showing respect for Eduardo Da Silva former club.

Eduardo scored a volley in 0–2 away win against Kryvbas on 6 November. In a game against FK Partizan in the Champions League, coming on as a substitute, Eduardo Da Silva scored the 3rd goal in a comfortable 0–3 Shakhtar win that put then on top of Group H. In the game against Partizan, Eduardo Da Silva got a minor injury, but later came back onto the pitch.

International career

In 2002, Eduardo took Croatian nationality and was first called up to play for the country's Croatia national under-21 football team at the finals tournament of the 2004 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship in Germany. Eduardo Da Silva appeared in all three of Croatia's matches before they were eliminated from the tournament in the group stage. Eduardo also scored one goal in Eduardo Da Silva international debut against Serbia and Montenegro national under-21 side. Eduardo was also called up to the Croatia team for the 2004 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship qualifiers, in which Eduardo Da Silva made a total of nine appearances and scored seven goals. However, Croatia failed to qualify for the final tournament after losing 5–2 on aggregate to Serbia and Montenegro in the play-offs, where Eduardo scored both of Croatia's goals. Eduardo Da Silva won a total of twelve international caps and scored eight goals.

In the meantime, Eduardo Da Silva was also called up a couple of times to play for the Croatia national football team. Eduardo Da Silva made Eduardo Da Silva international debut at senior level as a second-half substitute in the team's friendly match against the Republic of Ireland national football team on 16 November 2004 at the age of 21. In 2005, Eduardo Da Silva appeared in another two friendly matches for the Croatian team and also played in both of the team's two matches at the 2006 Carlsberg Cup in Hong Kong. Eduardo Da Silva scored Eduardo Da Silva first international goal for Croatia at the tournament, netting the third goal in the team's 4–0 victory over hosts Hong Kong national football team in the third-place play-off on 1 February 2006. Eduardo Da Silva was subsequently also a candidate for joining the national team at the 2006 FIFA World Cup finals in Germany, but in the end did not get called up by the team's then-coach, Zlatko Kranjčar, who commented that Eduardo "is a young player", that Eduardo Da Silva "does not diminish Eduardo Da Silva value" by not selecting him, and that Eduardo Da Silva "most seriously counts on Eduardo Da Silva in future matches".

After the 2006 World Cup, Eduardo returned to the national team under new coach Slaven Bilić and started Croatia's friendly match against Italy national football team on 16 August 2006, scoring the first goal in Croatia's 2–0 victory. Eduardo Da Silva would later establish himself as one of the key players in Croatia's qualifying campaign for the 2008 European Football Championship. Eduardo Da Silva made Eduardo Da Silva competitive debut at senior international level in Croatia's goalless away draw against Russia national football team on 6 September 2006 and went on to score Eduardo Da Silva first competitive international goal for Croatia on 11 October 2006 in their 2–0 home win against England national football team, when Eduardo Da Silva opened the scoring by sending a looping header over the stranded Paul Robinson (goalkeeper). In the following qualifier, away to Israel national football team on 15 November 2006, Eduardo netted a hat-trick to help Croatia to drive home a narrow 4–3 victory over the strong Israeli side.

In Croatia's next qualifier, their first competitive game of the year 2007, at home against the sturdy Republic of Macedonia national football team outfit on 24 March 2007, Eduardo scored the winner in the 88th minute to hand Croatia a 2–1 victory after trailing 1–0 at halftime. Eduardo Da Silva went on to be Croatia's saviour in both of their qualifiers against Estonia national football team, scoring all three goals in Croatia's 1–0 away and 2–0 home victories, as well as in their final home qualifier against Israel on 13 October 2007, where Eduardo Da Silva netted the only goal in Croatia's 1–0 victory. Eduardo Da Silva also set up Ivica Olić to score Croatia's 2nd goal in their famous 3–2 victory over England at Wembley Stadium—a win which saw England fail to qualify for Euro 2008. Eduardo Da Silva finished the qualifying campaign with 10 goals in 12 matches and was the second-best goalscorer of the competition, after Northern Ireland national football team's David Healy (footballer) with 13 goals.

At Croatia's opening game of Euro 2008 against Austrian national football team, banners were shown in the crowd in respect for the faithful striker. Eduardo Da Silva national team manager Slaven Bilić also dedicated Croatia's performance to him.

International goals

Club career statistics

- Other - National Super Cup & League Cup



Dinamo Zagreb
- Prva HNL (2): 2005–06 Prva HNL, 2006–07 Prva HNL
- Croatian Cup (2): 2003–04 Croatian Cup, 2006–07 Croatian Cup
- Croatian Supercup (2): Croatian Supercup 2003, Croatian Supercup 2006

Shakhtar Donetsk
- Ukrainian Premier League (1): 2010–11 Ukrainian Premier League
- Ukrainian Cup (1): 2010–11 Ukrainian Cup


- Croatian Footballer of the Year: 2006
- Sportske novosti Yellow Shirt award: 2006, 2007
- Croatian First League Top Scorer: 2007

Personal Life

Eduardo faces having Eduardo Da Silva house and car seized in Croatia over a legal dispute with Eduardo Da Silva former agent. Zdravko Mamic who is also the executive vice-president of Eduardo’s former club Dinamo Zagreb, is suing the 28-year-old for £630,000 - which could rise to more than £900,000 with interest - over an agreement signed in 2001.Mamic claims Eduardo Da Silva is entitled to 20 per cent of the player’s earnings but has not received payment since Eduardo moved from Dinamo to Arsenal in 2007.


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