Filipe Luís

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Filipe Luís
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0Full Name Filipe Luís Kasmirski
0Date of Birth 9 August 1985
0Place of Birth Jaraguá do Sul, Brazil
0Position Left back
0Chelsea career 2014–2015
0Debut 30 August 2014
0Games (goals) 26 (1)
0Other clubs Figueirense
Real Madrid B
Deportivo La Coruña
Atlético Madrid

Filipe Luís Kasmirski, known as Filipe Luís (born 9 August 1985), is a Brazilian international left back who played for Chelsea during the 2014-15 season. He joined from Atlético Madrid in July 2014 and won the Premier League and League Cup during his only season at the club, before returning to Madrid after just over a year in west London.


Before Chelsea

Born in Jaraguá do Sul, Santa Catarina, Filipe Luís started his career at nearby Figueirense FC before moving to Ajax in 2004. He didn’t make a first team appearance for the Dutch side, but continued to develop and was signed by Real Madrid in August 2005. He was a fixture of Real Madrid’s B-side for the 2005-06 season, making 37 appearances in the Segunda División.

After one season in Madrid, Filipe Luís signed for Deportivo de La Coruña on loan, with a buy-out clause set at €2.2 million. He appeared regularly in his first season without making the left-back position his own, but after Joan Capdevila left the club ahead of the 2007-08 season the Brazilian was able to establish himself in the side and was the only outfield player to appear in all 38 games in La Liga. He signed a five-year contract in June 2008 and continued to perform over the following two seasons, despite suffering a serious leg injury midway through 2009-10 that put him out of action for four months.

Atlético Madrid

In July 2010 Filipe Luís signed for Atlético Madrid, for a fee reported to be in the region of €12-13.5 million. Despite initially facing competition from academy graduate Antonio López, the Brazilian became a regular in the side in what was a highly successful period for the Colchoneros; the 2011-12 UEFA Europa League title was followed by victory in the Copa del Rey the following season and the league title in 2013-14. Atlético also reached the final of the UEFA Champions League, conceding an agonising injury time equaliser against fierce rivals Real Madrid before losing in extra time.

Chelsea career

Filipe Luís completed his move to Chelsea on 18 July 2014, signing a three-year contract after the Blues agreed a fee of £15.8m with Atlético Madrid. [1]

With Ashley Cole having left the club and Ryan Bertrand, who appeared to have no future in the first team under José Mourinho, joining Southampton on a season-long loan, Filipe Luís was signed to challenge César Azpilicueta for the left back position. The Basque had excelled since his switch from right back a few months earlier, but as one of the most highly-rated full-backs in Europe following his success at Atlético, Luís would provide stiff competition for a first team spot, strengthening Chelsea’s defensive options.

He made his debut as a late substitute in a remarkable 6-3 away win against Everton on 30 August, and his first start came two games later, in a 1-1 draw against Schalke in the UEFA Champions League. Luís had a short run of starts after Azpilicueta was sent off in a match against Crystal Palace in October, but the Spanish international regained his place upon his return and would have to settle for a supporting role over the course of the season. The Brazilian's only goal for Chelsea came in a League Cup tie against Derby County; a finely struck free-kick that helped secure a 3-1 win in the quarter-final of a tournament that the Blues would go on to win. He made 26 appearance over the course of the 2014-15 campaign (six as a substitute), including only nine starts in the league.

It was relatively modest involvement for a £15m+ signing, and despite being dependable when selected, Filipe Luís ultimately failed to dislodge the younger Azpilicueta from the left back slot. In the prime of his career when he joined Chelsea, the 29-year-old Brazilian international couldn't accept a back-up role for a second season. He returned to Atlético Madrid a year after leaving for an undisclosed fee, in the region of £11m according to reports in Spain, although it was reported in England that Chelsea had recouped the full £15.8m outlay of the previous year. [2]


Having first been called up to the senior squad in August 2009, Filipe Luís made his debut for the Seleção on 15 October 2009 in a 2010 FIFA World Cup qualifier against Venezuela. He was a member of the victorious 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup squad, but didn’t feature in any of the matches. He wasn’t selected for what was an ultimately disastrous World Cup for his country (Brazil crashing out at the semi-final stage following a 7-1 defeat to Germany), but was subsequently recalled to the squad and played every minute of the 2-0 victory against Argentina in the 2014 Superclásico de las Américas. He was a mainstay of the side during the 2015 Copa América in Chile, though Brazil exited the tournament at the quarter-final stage.


Season Prem FA Cup League Cup Europe Other Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
2014-15 15 0 1 0 5 1 5 0 0 0 26 1
Total 15 0 1 0 5 1 5 0 0 0 26 1


# Season Date Year Competition Opponent Score Result Venue
12014-1516 December2014League CupDerby County2-03-1Pride Park



Deportivo de La Coruña
Atlético Madrid


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