Biography

Fred

Fred is a Brazilian footballer currently at Shakhtar Donetsk. Find out more about Fred in our in-depth biography

Brazil star Fred Photo: Fred / Instagram

Fred is a Brazilian footballer who currently plays for Ukrainian club Shakhtar Donetesk.

The South American playmaker started his career at Brazilian club Internacional.

Fred won successive Campeonato Gaúcho titles in 2012 and 2013 before his move to Europe.

Ukrainian club Shakhtar Donetesk signed Fred in a €15m deal from Internacional on 26 June 2013.

Fred has won three Ukrainian Premier League titles, three Ukrainian Cups and three Ukrainian Super Cups.

He made his debut for the Brazil national team in their clash against Peru and Colombia.

Personal Information:

Date of birth: 5 March 1993
Age: 25 years old
Place of birth: Belo Horizonte, Brazil
Nationality: Brazilian
Height: 169cm / 5ft 6 1/2 ins
Weight: 62kg / 137 lbs
Wages: N/A
Transfer value: £50 million

Instagram: fred08oficial

Early career

Photo: Fred / Instagram

Fred joined his local team Atletico Mineiro in Belo Horizonte in 2003.

He spent a season at Porto Alegre, another Brazilian club.

However, Fred didn’t spend long at Porto Algere before he joined Internacional in 2010.

Internacional

Fred started to make a name for himself at Internacional following his switch from Porto Alegre.

He made his first appearance for the Internacional senior team in a 2-1 loss to Cerámica in January 2012.

Fred scored his first goal for Internacional in a 3-1 loss to Altetico Mineiro in July 2012. He followed it up with a goal and an assist in a 4-1 victory over Atletico Goianiense.

Ironically, he scored against both Atletico clubs later in 2012 to finish the calendar year with six goals and four assists in 28 appearances.

Fred made an impressive start to the Brasileirao in 2013 with a goal and three assists.

On his departure from Internacional, Fred sent a message to the Brazilian club’s fans:

“I want to thank the fans who have always helped me. The crowd of Inter was always wonderful. I hope to return one day.”

Shakhtar Donetsk

Photo: Fred / Instagram

Fred completed a €15m move to Ukrainian side Shakhtar Donetsk from Internacional on 26 June 2013.

He followed in the footsteps of his compatriots Douglas Costa and Willian by representing Shakhtar.

The South American forward made his mark immediately at the Ukrainian side after he scored twice in a 3-1 win against a 3–1 victory over Chornomorets Odesa in the Ukrainian Super Cup.

Fred made four appearances in the Champions League in the 2013-14 season.

He came off the bench in a 2-0 win over La Liga side Real Sociedad in Spain in the Champions League group stage in September.

Fred started the return fixture in Ukraine as Shakhtar eased to a 4-0 win over the Spanish outfit in November 2013.

He played 79 minutes of Shakhtar’s 1-0 loss to Premier League side Manchester United in the Champions League in December.

His first Europa League appearance came in a 1-1 draw with Plzen in knockout stage in February 2014.

Fred scored two goals in 23 games in the Ukrainian Premier League in his first full season at Shakhtar.

The Brazil international made seven appearances in the Champions League to help the Ukrainian side reach the knockout stage.

Fred featured in both legs of Shakhtar Donetsk’s 7-0 loss to Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich in the round of 16 in March 2015.

He scored one goal in 22 games in the Ukrainian top flight as Shakhtar won the title.

Fred won his second Ukrainian title in the 2015-16 season with two goals in 23 games in all competitions.

He produced a decent return of three goals in the 2016-17 campaign.

The Brazilian star netted his first European goal in a 5-3 win at Belgian side Genk in the Europa League.

Fred scored a career best four goals in the 2017-18 season. He netted the biggest goal of his Shakhtar career in a 2-1 win over Serie A giants AS Roma in the Champions League quarter-finals.

However, the Ukrainian side were eliminated after a 1-0 loss to the Italian side at the Stadio Olimpico.

Fred has scored four goals in 37 games in all competitions in the 2017-18 campaign.

Manchester United speculation

Photo: Fred / Instagram

Fred was linked with a potential move to Premier League champions Manchester City in the 2018 January transfer window.

Citizens manager Pep Guardiola was thought to be a big admirer of the South American midfielder.

Manchester City, though, opted to sign Athletic Bilbao defender Aymeric Laporte in a club record deal ahead of Fred.

Manchester United started the 2018 summer transfer window as favourites to sign Fred from Shakhtar Donetsk.

Reports in the British media in June 2018 suggested that Fred will sign a five-year deal with Manchester United.

The Red Devils are rumoured to be ready to pay a transfer fee in the region of £50m for the central midfielder.

International career

Fred was called into the Brazil squad to replace Luis Gustavo in the 2015 Copa America.

The Shakhtar midfielder made his debut in a 2-1 win over Venezuela in their Copa America opener in Chile.

He went on to feature in a 1-0 loss to Colombia in their second game in the group stage. He was an unused substitute in their third group fixture against Venezuela and their loss to Paraguay in the knockout stage.

Fred made a further six appearances for the Brazil national team between 2015 and 2018.

Brazil manager Tite named Fred in his squad for the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

Doping controversy

Photo: Fred / Instagram

Fred received a two-year ban from international football between July 2015 and July 2017.

He tested positive for the diuretic hydrochlorothiazide for a sample during the Copa America tournament.

Fifa extended his ban to force the Brazilian footballer to miss four months of club football in 2016.

Fifa 18 rating

Fred saw his Fifa 18 rating shoot to 81 with his central midfield card to reflect his steady improvement on the pitch.

The Brazilian midfielder boasts 84 sprint speed, 86 short passing, 84, ball control and an incredible 99 stamina. So, Manchester United supporters should relish using Fred in Fifa 18.

Personal life

Fred is currently dating Brazilian beauty Monique Salum.

She is a chemical engineer from Brazil.

Writing about his girlfriend on Instagram, Fred said: “Only we understand our madness. Only love.”

Interesting facts about Fred

Photo: Fred / Instagram

• Fred is represented by former Arsenal midfielder and Brazil international Gilberto Silva.

• His former agent was Ronaldinho’s brother Assis.

• Fred has won 11 major trophies during his spells at Internacional and Shakhtar Donetsk.

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