Full Name: Elano Blumer
Date of Birth: 14/16/1981
Height: 1.74 m (5 ft 9 in)
Actual Club: Chennayin FC
National Team Appearance: 50 caps
Elano began his career with Guarani of Campinas in São Paulo state. After a short spell with Limeira‘s Internacional, he joined Santos, the former club of Pelé, where he played alongside Robinho, Diego, and Alex. Elano soon gained a reputation as a talented goalscoring midfielder, forming part of the Santos side, which won theCampeonato Brasileiro in 2004. Three years at Santos produced 34 goals and earned the player a transfer to the Ukrainian side Shakhtar Donetsk.
Although he was not a regular in his first season in Ukraine, Elano went on to establish his credentials as a key player and exceptional form saw him become the first player from theUkrainian Premier League to represent the Brazilian national team, when he was called up for the Brazil versus Norway game on 16 August 2006.
On 2 August 2007, Manchester City paid £8 million for Elano, who signed a four-year contract. He made his debut on the opening day of the season against West Ham United, providing the cross for the opening goal. He played in his first Manchester derby on 19 August 2007. Elano also revealed how he enjoyed his new life inManchester, describing the city as beautiful, and how the weather suited him better than that which he experienced in Ukraine. He also admitted surprise at the tempo of football in the Premier League.
He was assigned with the squad number 11, previously allocated to Darius Vassell, who instead wore the number 12 shirt.
On 29 September, Elano scored his first goal for City in a 3–1 win over Newcastle United. He added two more goals on eight days later in Manchester City’s 3–1 win over Middlesbrough, one from open play about 25 yards out, and the other a curling free-kick from just outside the penalty area. He continued his good form by scoring the only goal in a match againstBirmingham City and converting a late penalty in theLeague Cup victory at Bolton Wanderers. On 2 January 2008, he scored the first goal of 2008 at St James’ Park in Manchester City’s 2–0 victory over Newcastle. Two weeks later, in the FA Cup third round, Elano scored the winning goal as Manchester City knocked West Ham out of the competition and progressed to the fourth round. On 2 February, Elano got his fifth yellow card of the season when they played againstArsenal, a week earlier, which meant he could not play in the 2–1 victory over rivals Manchester United. In the end month of March and beginning off April 2008, Elano scored three penalties against Birmingham Cityin the 3–1 defeat and in the 2–1 win overSunderland, but also against Bolton in the second round of the League Cup.
His performances at the end of the 2007–08 season pleased the then manager Sven-Göran Eriksson who claimed that the “Real Elano is Back.” Elano has proved himself to be extremely versatile, playing in many positions for Manchester City throughout the 2007–08 season, including full-back in the 3–1 home win againstPortsmouth. Elano finished the season with a goal in the 8–1 defeat at Middlesbroughon the last day of the Premier League. His first season saw him score 10 goals and as many assists in all competitions.
Elano joined Galatasaray on 30 July 2009, signing a four-year contract with the Turkish giants.He was greeted at the airport by over 1,300 fans. Elano had the number 9 shirt, previously belonging to Turkey and Galatasaray player Hakan Şükür. He made his debut on 20 August 2009 in a Europa League play-off game against Estonianside Levadia Tallinn, coming on as a sub in the 69th minute. He scored his first goal for the club on his home league debut against Kayserispor on 23 August 2009, scoring a fantastic left-foot goal from 28 yards.
Elano rejoined Santos on 30 November 2010, for €2.9 million. Galatasaray will also receive 50% of the transfer profit (the revenue minus €2.9M) if Santos sell him to another club on or before 31 December 2012 for higher than €2.9M. On 19 January 2011, Santos FC announced that the club sold 20% economic rights for future transfer revenue to an investment group, Terceira Estrela Investimentos S/A (TEISA) forR$ 1.56 million, or 20% cost that Santos paid (R$7.8 million). It is because Santos bought Elano for €2.9 million (R$6.6 million) plus R$1.2M tax. On his return to Brazilian football he was top scorer of the 2011 Campeonato Paulista, alongside the Corinthians striker, Liédson, with 11 goals.
The midfielder returned to Grêmio following his departure from Flamengo, but his return did not last as his contract was terminated by mutual consent on August 22, 2014.
On 20 September 2014, Elano signed for Chennaiyin FC in the Indian Super League‘s debut season. He signed for a 3 month contract for $1 Million (USD) through the Club´s technical partner and CEO of Kshatriya Sports Prashant Agarwal. He qualified as the marquee player of the franchise and scored from a freekick on his debut at FC Goa, in a 2–1 victory on 15 October 2014, making him the first marquee player to score in the ISL. With two goals – a penalty and a free kick and 2(two) assists in Chennaiyin’s 5–1 win over Mumbai City FC on 28 October, he topped the ISL scoring chart with 5 goals in 4 games. Elano was awarded as the Player of the week with the Golden Foot band as he scored 6 goals in just 5 games after scoring the maiden goal of Chennaiyin FC on 4 November 2014 against Atlético de Kolkata to give a draw to his Club. Then on 8 November 2014 in the game against NorthEast United FC at the home stadium in Chennai, he scored two beautiful goals but the final result ended in a draw of 2-2. He was awarded the Hero of the match in the same match againstNorthEast United FC.
Elano was capped for Brazil in the 2004 CONMEBOL Men Pre-Olympic Tournament in January 2004. His international debut was in October 2004. He has since gone on to earn 50 capswith the Brazilian national team and scored nine goals. He scored his first two international goals in the 2006 friendly 3–0 win against Argentina on 3 September at the Emirates Stadium.
On 19 November 2008, Elano scored in the 6–2 victory over Portugal in a friendly match. Elano scored his sixth international goal against Italy with an all set up byManchester City ex-teammate, Robinho, who went on to score Brazil’s second goal. Elano set up the winning goal for Lúcio, completing a stunning second-half comeback in the final of the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup against the United States, bringing a 3rd trophy to the Seleção. Since his debut he has gone on to become Brazil’s starting right midfielder. The Seleção has used his excellent crossing ability to score numerous goals on corner kicks.
On 14 November 2009, Elano made an assist in a friendly game against England. Nilmar ran between two defenders to head a long pass from Elano past goalkeeperBen Foster and put the five-time champions ahead. Brazil defeated England with 1–0.
On 15 June 2010, Elano scored Brazil’s second goal against Korea DPR in their first game of the 2010 FIFA World Cup in the 72nd minute. He also scored a goal againstCôte d’Ivoire in the 62nd minute of Brazil’s second game[ but was substituted minutes later with an injury after a very heavy challenge. He did not play for the rest of the tournament due to that injury.
In the quarter-final match against Paraguay, he was the first to try a goal at the penalty shootout that took place after the goaless match. He missed his shot, and so did his three successors (Thiago Silva, André Santos and Fred), a result that eliminated Brazil from the tournament.