33 Facts About David Luiz

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David Luiz Moreira Marinho was born on 22 April 1987 and is a Brazilian professional footballer who plays for Flamengo.

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David Luiz transferred to local rivals Arsenal in 2019 before returning to his home country to play for Flamengo in 2021.

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3.

David Luiz made his full international debut for Brazil in 2010 and has since earned over 50 caps for his country.

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David Luiz was a member of the Brazilian teams which won the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup and reached the semi-finals of the 2014 FIFA World Cup, and has represented his nation in two editions of the Copa America.

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5.

On 30 January 2007, David Luiz joined Portuguese club Benfica as a replacement for Tottenham Hotspur-bound Ricardo Rocha, on loan.

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David Luiz made a somewhat tumultuous debut for the club in a UEFA Cup match against Paris Saint-Germain at the Parc des Princes, partnering compatriot Anderson in the centre of defence, replacing the injured Luisao.

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7.

On 12 March 2007, David Luiz played his first league match for Benfica, against Uniao de Leiria.

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However, David Luiz only managed eight appearances in the league due to injury as Benfica finished fourth.

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9.

On 11 January 2009, David Luiz scored his first goal for Benfica, the match's only goal in a home success against Braga.

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10.

David Luiz played most of the campaign as a left back, at the expense of Portuguese international Jorge Ribeiro.

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11.

David Luiz was ever-present, appearing in 49 matches, as Benfica won the league after a five-year wait.

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12.

Instantly becoming a cult hero amongst the Chelsea fans, David Luiz was awarded the Barclays Man of the Match award for his performance, despite giving away a penalty in the 93rd minute of the match, which was saved by Petr Cech.

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13.

David Luiz was seen smiling while lying on the ground before writhing around in mock agony.

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14.

David Luiz defended himself, saying he was smiling at the Manchester United fans who could be seen screaming insults and laughing at him.

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15.

David Luiz was seen as a surprise inclusion in the FIFA World Team of the Year at the 2014 Ballon d'Or awards.

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16.

David Luiz apologised for celebrating the goal, saying that it was the result of sudden emotion rather than malice towards his former employers.

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17.

David Luiz became the third player to be sent-off in the last three meetings between the two rivals from London; with the others being Pedro during the FA Community Shield and Victor Moses during the FA Cup Final.

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18.

David Luiz made his return in a Premier League match against Everton, during which he recorded his first assist for Arsenal.

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19.

David Luiz then committed an error leading to City's first goal before he conceded a penalty and was sent-off early in the second half.

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20.

On 1 August 2020, David Luiz was selected to start in the FA Cup Final against his former club Chelsea, as Arsenal won their 14th FA Cup.

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21.

Jimenez was sent to a London hospital and received surgery for his fractured skull, whilst David Luiz was only bandaged on the head due to a cut on his forehead.

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22.

David Luiz was surprisingly allowed to play on after the incident but was subbed off at half time.

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23.

David Luiz was last seen bleeding through his bandage before the half time whistle, which led to a spark of protests from both footballers and fans, demanding a 'free substitution' for those who are concussed on the pitch.

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24.

On 11 September 2021, David Luiz signed a 15-month contract with Flamengo, making his return to Brazil after spending nearly 15 years playing club football in Europe.

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25.

David Luiz played with the Brazil under-20 team at the FIFA U-20 World Cup in 2007, with the team being ousted in the round of 16.

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26.

David Luiz was present in every squad during the management of Menezes and was called up to the squad for the Copa America in 2011, but did not make a single appearance at the tournament due to injury.

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27.

David Luiz was included in the squad for the FIFA Confederations Cup in 2013, which was hosted in his native Brazil.

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28.

Alongside teammate Thiago Silva, David Luiz started all matches and helped Brazil win their fourth Confederations Cup title.

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29.

On 2 June, David Luiz was named in Brazil's squad for the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

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30.

David Luiz was a member of Brazil's squad for the 2015 Copa America in Chile.

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31.

David Luiz partnered Miranda in central defence for the team's first two group matches, before being dropped for Thiago Silva, as Brazil were knocked out by Paraguay in the quarter-finals.

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32.

David Luiz is a devout Evangelical Christian and has named Kaka as his role model.

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33.

David Luiz is a Portuguese citizen, which was acquired during his time at Benfica.

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