Willian (footballer)

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Willian playing for Chelsea in 2014
Personal information
Full nameWillian Borges da Silva[1]
Date of birth(1988-08-09) 9 August 1988 (age 26)
Place of birthRibeirão Pires, Brazil
Height1.76 m (5 ft 9 in)[2]
Playing positionWinger
Club information
Current team
Youth career
Senior career*
2007–2013Shakhtar Donetsk140(20)
2013Anzhi Makhachkala11(1)
National team
2007Brazil U2011(0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 11 February 2015.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 04 December 2014
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This name uses Portuguese naming customs. The first or maternal family name is Borges and the second or paternal family name is da Silva.
Chelsea 6 Maribor 0 Champions League (15575897016).jpg
Willian playing for Chelsea in 2014
Personal information
Full nameWillian Borges da Silva[1]
Date of birth(1988-08-09) 9 August 1988 (age 26)
Place of birthRibeirão Pires, Brazil
Height1.76 m (5 ft 9 in)[2]
Playing positionWinger
Club information
Current team
Youth career
Senior career*
2007–2013Shakhtar Donetsk140(20)
2013Anzhi Makhachkala11(1)
National team
2007Brazil U2011(0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 11 February 2015.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 04 December 2014

Willian Borges da Silva (born 9 August 1988), commonly known as Willian, is a Brazilian professional footballer who plays as an attacking midfielder for English club Chelsea.

He started his career at Corinthians, before joining Shakhtar in August 2007 for a fee of €14 million. After six years at the Ukrainian club, he briefly signed for Anzhi Makhachkala before joining Chelsea for £32 million.

Willian made his debut for Brazil in 2011 and represented the country at the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

Club career[edit]


In 2007, after coming through their youth system, Willian started playing for the Corinthians first team, where he wore the number 10. He made five league appearances during his first season with the senior side as Corinthians finished mid-table. He made his breakthrough with Corinthians in the following campaign, featuring in eleven league matches, scoring twice, and made twenty-nine appearances in all competitions for the club, as they finished seventeenth in the Série A and were relegated.[3]

Shakhtar Donetsk[edit]

2007–08 season[edit]

On 23 August 2007, he signed a five-year contract with Shakhtar Donetsk for a transfer of €14 million.[4] Willian's debut for the club came in a 2–1 league victory over Chornomorets Odesa on 15 September.[citation needed] He came on as a 57th-minute substitute, replacing fellow Brazilian Jádson. His first goal for the club came on 31 October in a 4–1 victory over Arsenal Kyiv in the Ukrainian Cup.[citation needed] He made his European debut in a 3–0 Champions League defeat to Italian side A.C. Milan on 6 November, coming on as a 73rd minute replacement for Răzvan Raț.[5] He ended his first season with 28 total appearances, 20 of which came in the league, and 1 goal. He helped Shakhtar to a Premier League and Ukrainian Cup double.[6] They won the league by three points over Dynamo Kyiv and also beat them 2–0 in the Ukrainian Cup Final.

2008–09 season[edit]

Willian playing for Shakhtar in 2009

He played in the Super Cup Final penalty shoot-out victory over Dynamo Kyiv on 15 July, being replaced by Brandão after 46 minutes.[7] On 27 August, he scored a goal in a 3–1 victory over Dinamo Zagreb in the Champions League.[8] On 1 November, he scored his first league goal for Shakhtar in a 3–1 win against Zorya Luhansk.[9] On 16 November, he scored the only goal in a 1–0 victory over Dynamo Kyiv.[10] He scored the goal of the match in a 1–0 victory against Chornomorets Odesa on 25 April.[11] He played in Shakhtar's UEFA Cup Final 2–1 extra time defeat to Werder Bremen.[12] He helped Shakhtar to lift the last UEFA Cup title before it was reformatted and renamed as the UEFA Europa League. He made 52 appearances in the 2008–09 season, scoring eight goals. He appeared in all but one league match, scoring five goals. He also netted a goal in a Ukrainian Cup round of 16 tie against Zakarpattia Uzhhorod which Shakhtar won 4–1.

2009–10 season[edit]

Willian's first goal of the season came in a 6–1 Ukrainian Cup round of 32 victory against Dniester Ovidiopol on 15 August.[13] He made an appearance in Shakhtar's 1–0 extra time defeat to Spanish side Barcelona in the UEFA Super Cup on 28 August, being replaced by Julius Aghahowa in the 90th minute of the match.[14] On 17 September, he netted the second goal in a 4–1 win against Belgian side Club Brugge in a group stage match in the Europa League.[15] He ended the season with seven goals in 39 appearances, including 22 appearances and five goals in the league. He helped Shakhtar to victory in the Premier League. They finished the league with 77 points, six ahead of nearest rivals Dynamo Kyiv.[16]

2010–11 season[edit]

Willian started the season with a goal in Shakhtar's emphatic 7–1 victory against Tavriya Simferopol in the Super Cup on 4 July.[17] He followed that up on 10 July with the second goal in the first league match of the season, a 2–0 victory over Kryvbas.[18] On 15 August, he netted the only goal in a 1–0 victory against Karpaty Lviv, scoring in first half stoppage time.[19] He also scored the only goal in a 1–0 win against Illichivets Mariupol on 29 August.[20] On 8 March, he scored two goals in a Champions League last 16 tie against Roma, with Shakhtar winning 3–0 on the night and progressing to the quarter final after winning 6–2 on aggregate.[21] He played in the 2–0 victory over Dynamo Kyiv in the Ukrainian Cup Final on 25 May, being replaced by Alex Teixeira after 77 minutes.[22] He ended the season with eight goals from 43 appearances, including 23 league appearances and three league goals. Shakhtar retained their league title with a score of 72 points, seven points ahead of second placed team, Dynamo Kyiv. They added the Ukrainian Cup and Super Cup titles to clinch a domestic treble.[23]

2011–12 season[edit]

Willian playing in the Champions League for Shakhtar

The following season he played the full 90 minutes in the Super Cup match against Dynamo Kyiv on 5 July, however Shakhtar lost the match 3–1.[24] On 19 October, he scored the opening goal in a 2–2 draw with Russian team Zenit Saint Petersburg in the Champions League.[25] He scored the second goal in a 2–1 win over Illichivets Mariupol on 10 March.[26] On 6 May, he played the full match in a 2–1 extra time victory against Metalurh Donetsk in the Ukrainian Cup Final.[27] He finished the season with six goals, five in the league, from 37 appearances, 27 of which came in the league. Shakhtar secured the Premier League title for the third year in a row and the Ukrainian Cup title for a second time in a row.[28]

2012–13 season[edit]

Shakhtar opened the season with a 2–0 win against Metalurh Donetsk in the Super Cup, however Willian failed to make the squad for the match.[29] He had to wait until the fourth league match of the season, on 6 August, before making his first appearance of the season in a 4–0 win against Volyn Lutsk.[30] He replaced goalscorer Alex Teixeira after 46 minutes. On 19 August, he scored his first goal and made two assists in a comprehensive 5–1 victory against Chornomorets Odesa.[31] Willian scored both of Shakhtar's goals in their 3–2 loss over European champions Chelsea in the group stage of the Champions League on 7 November.[32]

Anzhi Makhachkala[edit]

Willian with Anzhi in 2013

On 31 January 2013, Willian moved to Anzhi Makhachkala for a fee thought to be in the region of €35 million.[33][34] He originally chose to wear the number 10, however due to UEFA restrictions that states a player must wear a number used in the UEFA Champions league for the remainder of the season, he was forced the wear the number 88 he had chosen at Shakhtar Donetsk.[35] After moving to Russia, Willian said he was happy to join Anzhi and wished Shakhtar Donetsk great success in the future. On his debut Willian was injured against Newcastle United in a Europa League match.[36] He scored his only Anzhi goal on 14 April 2013 in a 3–0 victory against Volga Nizhny Novgorod.

In August 2013, following restructuring at business level, Anzhi chose to transfer list their whole squad, including recent signing Willian.[37]


2013–14 season[edit]

On 25 August 2013, Premier League club Chelsea agreed a deal to sign Willian for a fee of £32 million, subject to a work permit hearing on 28 August 2013.[38] The deal was made official on 28 August 2013 and Willian signed a five-year contract receiving the number 22 shirt.[39] Although regulations usually state that non-European players must be regular internationals, Willian was given a work permit despite only having two caps at the time, as an FA panel deemed that were he not Brazilian he would be a regular.[40]

He made his debut on 18 September against Basel in the UEFA Champions League in a 1–2 home defeat.[41] After featuring in wins against Swindon Town and Steaua Bucharest in the League Cup and UEFA Champions League respectively, he made his league debut on 6 October away to Norwich City,[42] and scored in a 3–1 win.[43] He scored his second Chelsea goal on 1 January 2014 in a 3–0 victory at Southampton.[44] On 27 April 2014, Willian scored in Chelsea's 2–0 away victory against Liverpool.[45]

2014–15 season[edit]

Willian scored his first goal of the new Premier League season in a 3-0 win over Aston Villa on 27 September.[46] In extra time in a League Cup semi-final against Liverpool on 28 January 2015, he took the free kick which was headed in by Branislav Ivanović to put Chelsea into the final.[47]

International career[edit]

Willian with Brazil in 2014 World Cup.

As a member of the U-20 Brazil team, he made his debut in the 2007 South American Youth Championship against Chile on 7 January 2007, which Brazil went on to win.[48] In 2007, he was also selected for the FIFA U-20 World Cup, but Brazil were eliminated in the quarter-finals by Spain.

On 10 November 2011, Willian made his senior debut for Brazil in a friendly match against Gabon.[49] On 16 November 2013, he scored his first international goal in a 5–0 win over Honduras in Miami, Florida.[50]

On 7 May 2014, Willian was selected as part of the 23-man squad for the 2014 FIFA World Cup.[51] He came on at half-time in extra time of the Round of 16 match against Chile in Belo Horizonte for his Chelsea teammate Oscar, and took a penalty in the shootout which he put wide of the goal, although Brazil advanced nonetheless.[52]

Personal life[edit]

Willian is married to Vanessa Martins. He has two daughters who are twins: Valentina and Manuella.[53][54][55] Willian is a Christian.[56][57][58][better source needed]

Career statistics[edit]


As of 12 February 2015.[59][60]
ClubSeasonLeagueCups[nb 1]League Cup[nb 2]Continental[nb 3]OtherTotal
Shakhtar Donetsk2007–08200612[a]0281
Anzhi Makhachkala2012–1371303[e]0121
Career total2162936723074113135248
  1. ^ a b c d e f All appearances in UEFA Champions League
  2. ^ 8 appearances and 2 goals in UEFA Champions League and 9 appearances in Europa League
  3. ^ a b c Appearance in Ukrainian Super Cup
  4. ^ one appearance in UEFA Super Cup, 2 appearances in UEFA Champions League and 10 appearances and one goal in Europa League
  5. ^ All appearances in Europa League


Willian with Brazil 2014
Brazil national team

International goals[edit]

Scores and results list Brazil's goal tally first.
1.16 November 2013Sun Life Stadium, Miami, United States Honduras4–05–0Friendly
2.3 June 2014Estádio Serra Dourada, Goiânia, Brazil Panama4–04–0
3.9 September 2014Metlife Stadium, New Jersey, United States Ecuador1–01–0
4.12 November 2014Şükrü Saracoğlu Stadium, Istanbul, Turkey Turkey3–04–0



Shakhtar Donetsk


Brazil U20


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  1. ^ Includes the Copa do Brasil, Ukrainian Cup ,Russian Cup and the FA Cup matches
  2. ^ Includes Paulista and the Football League Cup matches
  3. ^ IncludesEurope and South America

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