Oscar - Player Profile

Oscar Looking To Lead Chelsea To Glory

Personal information 
Full name: Oscar dos Santos Emboaba Junior
Date of birth:
9 September 1991
Age: 23
Place of birth:
Americana, Brazil 
1.79 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position:
Attacking midfielder

Club information
Current team:

Youth career 
1998–2004: Uniao Barbarense 
2004–2009: Sao Paulo

Senior career
2008–2010 Sao Paulo 14 Appearances, 0 goals  
2010–2012 Internacional 70 Appearances, 19 goals 
2012– Chelsea 136 Appearances, 30 goals

National team
2009–2011 Brazil U20 25 Appearances, 9 goals  
2012 Brazil U23 6 Appearances, 1 goal
2011– Brazil 43 Appearances, 11 goals

Since joining Chelsea in the summer of 2012, Oscar has proved himself to be an adaptable, highly creative star at Stamford Bridge, where he is capable of improving both Chelsea's attacking and defensive efforts. He has certainly demolished concerns that he was originally too lightweight to forge a successful career in the Premier League. The Blues awarded the hard-working midfielder with a new five-year contract, keeping him at the club until 2019, further ensuring the growth and continuity of a top side with a young, dynamic attack over the coming seasons.

A 5ft 10in (1.79m) attacking midfielder who can also play wide, Oscar blends samba skill and brilliant pass-and-move football with tenacity in the tackle and an eye for goal. An impressive debut season ended with 12 goals, plenty of assists and a Europa League winner’s medal, as well as the Chelsea Goal of the Season award, received for his stunning turn and whipped effort against Juventus at Stamford Bridge. The playmaker has firmly established himself as Brazil’s first-choice number 10 since joining the Blues, testament to his consistently high-quality performances in one of the most demanding leagues in the world. Oscar’s first season at the club, which took in an astonishing 64 games across seven different competitions, was an unqualified success. He made his debut on the opening day of the 2012/13 Premier League season, coming on as a second-half substitute despite having trained just twice with his team-mates, and displayed a previously lesser known turn of pace to add to his sharp passing game. 

Oscar made his first start for the club in the Champions League draw against Juventus at Stamford Bridge, announcing his arrival in style with two strikes in the space of a couple of minutes, the second of which will live long in the memory. Receiving the ball under pressure on the edge of the area, the Brazilian executed a sublime turn, flicking the ball around Andrea Pirlo in the process, before unleashing an unstoppable effort that left keeper Gianluigi Buffon grasping at thin air. He quickly established himself as a regular in the side under both Roberto Di Matteo and Rafael Benitez, featuring in all but two of Chelsea’s games – when he was an unused sub - from that home draw against Juventus in September right through to the last game of the season against Everton in May. His fondness for goals of the spectacular variety continued in the home game against Shakhtar Donetsk when he produced a stunning effort to score from 35 yards, while another fine finish followed in the FA Cup at Brentford. The Brazilian certainly stood up to the physical side of the English game during his first season at the club, and reserved some of his finest form for when it mattered most. Despite seeing less playing time than in his first campaign, Oscar still ended 2013/14 with 47 appearances and 11 goals. Ahead of his third season at Stamford Bridge, Oscar received the no.8 shirt recently vacated by Frank Lampard. He has been a regular in the side and impressed operating in a central role in behind the lone striker. His first goal of the season came in a Capital One Cup win over Bolton Wanderers and he followed it up three days later with another against Aston Villa and he made his 100th start for the club on 1 January in their 5-3 loss at Tottenham.

Having already picked up a Europa League medal with Chelsea in his first campaign, he looks almost certain to add a league title to that this season, with further silverware possible domestically and abroad. There's little doubting that Jose Mourinho's first-pick XI this season features Oscar right at the heart of things: he's the No. 10, the creative man between midfield and forward lines who Mourinho expects to find gaps and work hard; in short, doing a lot of his work off the ball regardless of whether Chelsea are in possession. Oscar’s mix of technique, work rate, flair and tactical versatility make him a clear favourite with his manager and a good fit for the way Chelsea approach matches. Add end product to that and there is no surprise as to why he has become so important for the club.

The 23-year-old, who has emerged as one of Jose Mourinho's leaders during the current season, is now due to spend his peak years with the west London club. Oscar is a scorer of spectacular goals but has steadily increased his work rate to become a dynamo in Chelsea's midfield. Chelsea are currently five points clear at the Premier League summit and through to the round of 16 in the Champions League, where they will face French giants PSG. With Oscar in tow, Chelsea have an excellent opportunity at capturing silverware during the run to May.