Michel Bastos


BornAugust 2, 1983


Michel Fernandes Bastos is a Brazilian footballer. He primarily plays in the profile of a winger capable of playing on either side of the field, but plays as a left back for the Brazil national team. He began his career playing for hometown club Esporte Clube Pelotas. In 2001, he moved to the Netherlands joining Dutch club Feyenoord Rotterdam playing for the Jong Feyenoord, the club's reserve section. Bastos joined French club Lille OSC in July 2006 and made his league debut in the club's opening match of the 2006–07 season against Rennes. Bastos scored his first goal for the club against Lens in the annual Derby du Nord and finished the season with a total of three goals. For the 2008–09 season, he was installed in the left winger role permanently. He scored his first goal in just the second match of the season in a 1–3 loss to Le Mans. From 11 November 2008 onwards, Bastos scored in five straight matches. In total that season, Michel appeared in 41 matches and scored 16 goals, 14 in the league and also assisted on nine goals, which ledLigue 1. He was awarded the TrophΓ©e du Meilleur Passeur and became the only player in Ligue 1 history to appear in the top five of both the goalscorers' table and the assists' table. He was also nominated for the Ligue 1 Player of the Year Award and named to the league's Team of the Year. On 15 July 2009, Lille president Michel Seydoux revealed that the club had accepted an €18 million offer from Lyon. On 21 February 2010, Bastos scored a 21 minute hat-trick against Sochaux, as Lyon won the match 4–0 to move into the Champions League spots. On 29 January 2013, Bastos joined German side Schalke 04 on loan until the end of the season.
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