Monday, October 22, 2012

Rising Football Star - Oscar, Brazilian footballer

Oscar dos Santos Emboaba Júnior (born 9 September 1991), commonly known as Oscar, is a Brazilian footballer who plays as an attacking midfielder for Premier League club Chelsea and the Brazilian national team.

Oscar began his career at Sâo Paulo, where he won the Brazilian Serie A in 2008. In 2009, he went to court against the club due to irregularities in his contract. After a series of controversies he left for Internacional, where he spent the next three years of his career.

His displays for club and country caught the eye of Barclays Premier League clubs Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur in 2012, and by the 9th July it appeared that Chelsea had won the race. About 2 weeks later Chelsea confirmed the deal, and Oscar was handed the number 11 shirt, following on from Chelsea legend Didier Drogba.

Oscar is a Brazil international and has represented his country at U-20 level, at the 2012 London Olympics and at senior level. On 20 August 2011, Oscar scored three goals in the 2011 FIFA U-20 World Cup final win against Portugal, becoming the first player to score a hat-trick in the FIFA U-20 World Cup final. Oscar later described his performances at the tournament as being a "gateway to the senior side". He earned his first cap for the national team against Argentina. His first goal also came against Argentina in a 3-4 defeat in June 2012.

His playing style and ability have drawn comparison to Brazil international Kaká and Germany international Mesut Özil.


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