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Personal information
Full name Elano Ralph Blumer
Date of birth 14 June 1981 (1981-06-14) (age 28)
Place of birth Iracemápolis, Brazil
Height 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)[1]
Playing position Central Midfielder
Club information
Current club Galatasaray
Number 9
Youth career
1998–1999 Guarani
2000 Inter de Limeira
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2001–2004 Santos 129 (34)
2004–2007 Shakhtar Donetsk 49 (14)
2007–2009 Manchester City 62 (14)
2009– Galatasaray 18 (3)
National team
2004– Brazil 42 (6)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 12 December 2009.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 12 December 2009

Elano Ralph Blumer (born 14 June 1981), commonly known as Elano, is a Brazilian footballer, who plays for Turkish Süper Lig side Galatasaray and the Brazilian national team. Elano is a playmaker, who has the ability to play anywhere down the right flank or the centre of the field. He also has the ability to score from distance, especially with free kicks, and has been noted for his dribbling skills, vision, and superb penalty taking skills where he rarely misses.[2]


Club career


Early career

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 goal scoring midfielder, forming part of the Santos side, which won the Campeonato Brasileiro in 2004. Three years at Santos produced 33 goals and earned the player a transfer to the Ukrainian side Shakhtar Donetsk.

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 the Ukrainian Premier League to represent the Brazilian national team, when he was called up for the Brazil versus Norway game on 16 August 2006. During his time at Shakhtar Donetsk, Elano also played in a friendly match between Brazil and Argentina at the Emirates Stadium, in which he scored two goals, with Kaká scoring the other goal in a 3–0 win over Argentina.

Manchester City

On 2 August 2007, Manchester City paid £8 million for Elano, who signed a four-year contract.[3] He made his debut on the opening day of the season against West Ham United, providing the cross for the opening goal.[4] He played in his first Manchester derby on 19 August 2007. Elano has also revealed how he is enjoying his new life in Manchester, describing the city as beautiful,[5] and how the weather suited him better than that which he experienced in Ukraine.[6] He also admitted surprise at the tempo of football in the Premier League.[7]

He was assigned with the squad number 11, previously allocated to Darius Vassell, who instead wore the number 12 shirt.

On 29 September 2007, Elano scored his first goal for City in a 3–1 win over Newcastle United. He added two more goals on 7 October 2007 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.[citation needed] He continued his good form by scoring the only goal in a match against Birmingham City and converting a late penalty in the League 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. On 16 January, 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 against Arsenal, 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 City in the 3–1 defeat and in the 2–1 win over Sunderland, 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."[citation needed] 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 against Portsmouth. Elano finished the season with a goal in the 8–1 defeat at Middlesbrough on the last day of the Premier League. His first season saw him score 10 goals and as many assists in all competitions.

Elano has had a fairly quiet pre-season, returning a bit later due to international duty. He had a good performance in the 1–0 friendly win over Milan on 9 August 2008, creating many chances with his dominant free role in midfield. He continued his good form with a finish from the penalty spot in the 4–2 loss at Aston Villa. He followed up with two goals in the 3–0 home win against West Ham United, making him joint top scorer with Gabriel Agbonlahor at the end of week two in the Premier League. However, with the high-profile return of Shaun Wright-Phillips to the club and the transfer of his fellow Brazilian, Robinho to the club in the early part of the 2008–09 season, there is doubt as to whether he will maintain his dominant midfield position at the club. During Robinho's first match for the club, a 3–1 defeat against Chelsea, Elano was on the bench and was not called on to the pitch. He has been playing a left-central midfield role in Mark Hughes' new look side, requiring him to act as a support between Javier Garrido and Robinho. He scored a goal from 25 yards against Omonia Nicosia on 2 October 2008, to help Manchester City qualify into the group stages of the UEFA Cup. After mixed performances off the bench, he continued his 100% penalty record with a goal from the spot with one in the UEFA Cup quarter-final match with Hamburg on 16 April 2009, another three days later in the 4–2 win over West Bromwich Albion, and then again in a 3–1 victory over Blackburn Rovers on 2 May.


Elano joined Galatasaray on 30 July 2009,£7m signing a four-year contract with the Turkish giants.[8] He was greeted at the airport by over 1,300 fans. Elano has the number 9 shirt, previously belonging to Turkey and Galatasaray player Hakan Şükür.Elano was a great footballer before coming to the Turkish giants and he admits that his performances are being poor and considers as a boost for him in his future experience with the team.[9][10] He made his debut on 20 August 2009 in a Europa League play-off game against Estonian side Levadia Tallinn, coming on as a sub in the 69th minute.[11] He scored his first goal for the club on his home league debut against Kayserispor on 23rd August 2009, scoring a fantastic left-foot goal from 28 metres.[12]

Career statistics

Club Season League Cup League Cup Europe Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Santos 2001 25 2 - - - - - - 25 2
2002 24 8 - - - - - - 24 8
2003 39 8 - - - - - - 39 13
2004 41 16 - - - - - - 41 16
Total 129 34 0 0 0 0 0 0 129 34
Shakhtar Donetsk 2004-05 13 4 2 0 - - 4 1 19 5
2005-06 25 5 1 0 - - 10 4 36 9
2006-07 11 5 2 1 - - 9 2 22 8
Total 49 14 5 1 0 0 23 7 77 22
Manchester City 2007-08 34 8 2 1 2 1 0 0 38 10
2008-09 28 6 1 0 1 0 12 2 42 8
Total 62 14 3 1 3 1 12 2 80 18
Galatasaray 2009-10 16 3 4 1 - - 6 3 25 6
Total 16 3 4 1 - - 6 3 25 7
Career total 255 64 12 3 3 1 42 11 308 79
As of 28 February 2010.

International career

Elano capped for 2004 CONMEBOL Men Pre-Olympic Tournament in January 2004. His international debut was in October 2004. He has since gone on to earn 35 caps with the Brazilian national team and scored six goals. He scored his first two international goals in the 2006 friendly 3–0 win against Argentina on 3 September.

In 2007, Elano participated in the Copa América, playing four games for Brazil, including the final against Argentina, during which he assisted a goal before being subbed due to injury.

He has had recent call-ups from Brazil coach, Dunga, seeing him play a creative central midfield role in the 4–0 win against Venezuela. He assisted for Adriano for his goal.

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 by Manchester City ex-teammate, Robinho, who went on to score Brazil's second goal. Elano setup 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 play 34 times for Brazil with his last game on 5 July 2009 against the USA.

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 goalkeeper Ben Foster and put the five-time champions ahead. Brazil defeated England with 1-0.[13]

International goals

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 3 September 2006 Emirates Stadium, London, England  Argentina 1 – 0 3 – 0 Friendly
2. 3 September 2006 Emirates Stadium, London, England  Argentina 2 – 0 3 – 0 Friendly
3. 9 September 2007 Soldier Field, Chicago, United States  United States 4 – 2 4 – 2 Friendly
4. 17 October 2007 Maracanã, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil  Ecuador 5 – 0 5 – 0 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification
5. 19 November 2008 Bezerrão, Distrito Federal, Brazil  Portugal 5 – 2 6 – 2 Friendly
6. 10 February 2009 Emirates Stadium, London, England  Italy 1 – 0 2 – 0 Friendly


Team Award Year(s)
Ukraine Shakhtar Donetsk Ukrainian Championship 2005, 2006
Ukraine Shakhtar Donetsk Ukrainian Super Cup 2005
Brazil Santos Campeonato Brasileiro 2002, 2004


Team Award Year(s)
 Brazil Copa America 2007
 Brazil Confederations Cup 2009


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Personal information
Full name Elano Ralph Blumer
Date of birth 14 June 1981 (1981-06-14) (age 29)
Place of birth    Iracemápolis, Brazil
Height 1.74 m (5 ft 8+12 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current club Galatasaray
Number 9
Senior clubs
Years Club
Shakhtar Donetsk
Manchester City
National team
2004-2009 Brazil

Elano (born 14 June 1981) is a Brazilian football player. He plays for Galatasaray and Brazil national team.

Club career statistics

Club Performance League CupLeague CupContinentalTotal
SeasonClubLeague AppsGoals AppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoals
BrazilLeague Copa do Brasil League Cup South AmericaTotal
2001SantosSérie A252252
UkraineLeague Ukrainian Cup League Cup EuropeTotal
2004/05Shakhtar DonetskPremier League13420-41195
EnglandLeague FA Cup Football League Cup EuropeTotal
2007/08Manchester CityPremier League3482121-3810
TurkeyLeague Fortis Turkey Cup League Cup EuropeTotal
2009/10GalatasaraySüper Lig
CountryBrazil 1293412934
Ukraine 481451-2377622
England 621431311228018
Turkey 0000000000
Total 23962823135928574

International career statistics


Brazil national team



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