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Michel Bastos
Michel Bastos
Michel Bastos
Full Name: Michel Fernandes Bastos
Date of Birth:Aug 2, 1983 (Age 33)
Place of Birth:Pelotas, RS
Height:179 cm.
Weight:71 Kg.
Squad Number:9
Michel Bastos - Brasil (CBF NEWS)
Lyon’s Michel Bastos comes into this year’s World Cup as a relative newcomer to international football, with just four caps to his name. Left-back has long been a problem for Brazil coach Dunga, who failed to find a suitable replacement following the retirement of Roberto Carlos, and Bastos, who usually plays on the right side of midfield for his club, made a late challenge for the position when he made his international debut there against England in October last year. He has subsequently made the position his own.

One of many Brazilians to have made his name outside the country, Bastos began his career in Holland with Feyenoord but failed to break into the first-team and spent a brief stint on loan with Excelsior before returning to Brazil for a largely unproductive period with Atletico Paranaense, Gremio, and finally Figueirense. He moved back to Europe in 2006 to join Lille in France where he starred for three seasons before joining Lyon for a hefty €18 million.

While he is a constant threat coming forward and strikes an excellent free-kick, he has proved susceptible at one-on-one situations will get little help from Robinho, who plays in front of him for the Selecao.

Did You Know?

Bastos is one of the few first-choice players set to make his competitive debut in this year’s World Cup.