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This name uses Portuguese naming customs. The first or maternal family name is Oliveira and the second or paternal family name is Tavares.
Adryan flamengo.jpg
Personal information
Full name Adryan Oliveira Tavares
Date of birth (1994-08-10) 10 August 1994 (age 22)
Place of birth Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Height 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Playing position Attacking midfielder
Club information
Current team
Number 37
Youth career
2007–2012 Flamengo
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2011– Flamengo 40 (2)
2014 Cagliari (loan) 5 (0)
2014–2015 Leeds United (loan) 12 (0)
2015–2016 Nantes (loan) 20 (3)
National team
2009 Brazil U15
2010 Brazil U16
2011 Brazil U17 14 (8)
2013–2014 Brazil U20 3 (0)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 22 August 2016.

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 23 August 2015

Adryan Oliveira Tavares, or simply Adryan (born 10 August 1994), is a Brazilian footballer who plays for Flamengo as an attacking midfield playmaker. He has also represented Brazil at various age groups up to under-20.

Club career[edit]


Adryan has always been treated as a prolific player with creativity.[1]

Champion for Flamengo at youth level in 2010, the midfielder was selected, at that time aged 16, to play in the 2011 Copa São Paulo de Futebol Júnior (which allowed players under 18 years of age), was one of the top players in the tournament and finished as champion.

After the good campaign in the Copa São Paulo de Futebol Júnior coach Vanderlei Luxemburgo gave him a chance to train in the pre-season preparation with the professional team to fill the void left by Ronaldinho. He debuted in a friendly match against Londrina at Estádio do Café on February 9, 2011. He spent little time training with the professional team as he was selected to play with the Brazil U-17 team in the 2011 South American Under-17 Football Championship, being champion.

A few months later he was again selected to play in the Brazil U-17 team, but this at a higher level in the 2011 FIFA U-17 World Cup. During the competition he was linked with Manchester United.[2][3][4] On 1 July 2012, Adryan played his first game for the Brazilian Série A, against Atlético Goianiense, and he scored in the 3–2 Flamengo victory.[5] On September 16, 2012 he scored a freekick at the age of 16 for the Flamengo first team to help earn Flamengo a draw against Grêmio.[6]


On 22 January 2014, it was announced that Adryan would go on loan to Cagliari Calcio for one-and-a-half seasons.[7] He played as Cagliari's no. 32.[8] He made his debut for Cagliari on 1 February in Serie A against Fiorentina. Adryan played in the following 4 fixtures after making his debut, however he picked up a thigh injury against Inter Milan on 23 February and had to be replaced by Sebastian Eriksson, after recovering from injury he played against Udinese on 2 March 2014,[9] however the thigh injury re-occurred and ruled him out for the remainder of the season.[10]

Under new owners and new management, Adryan was given the no. 10 shirt for the upcoming 2014–15 season.[11]

Leeds United[edit]

Adryan warming up for Leeds United in 2014.

On 30 August 2014, after speaking highly of Adryan, Leeds United president and former Cagliari owner Massimo Cellino negotiated a deal with his former club to terminate Adryan's loan deal,[12] taking him to the Elland Road club on a season-long loan with the option of a permanent move,[13] with an agreed transfer price of around £3 million.[14] Adryan was given the number 9 shirt for the 2014–15 season.[15]

Adryan made his Leeds debut as a substitute against Rotherham United in a 2-1 loss on 17 October.[16] He made his first Leeds start in the following game, in a 1-1 draw against Norwich City, providing an assist for teammate Souleymane Doukara's equaliser.[17] He followed this up against Blackpool with 4 key passes, 2 key dribbles and an assist.[18][19]

On 29 November of the same year, Adryan had perhaps his most memorable act: a spectacular dive after he was tackled by Johnny Russell in the match between Leeds and Derby County, which Leeds won 2-0 at Elland Road.[20] Russell was shown a yellow card for the tackle, but on 12 January 2015, Adryan was "awarded" the "Fallon d'Floor"—a parody of the Ballon d'Or, which was awarded the same day—by users of Reddit.[21] Adryan received 32 percent of the vote, beating out competition from Giancarlo González, then of Columbus Crew, and Ballon d'Or winner Cristiano Ronaldo of Real Madrid among others.[22]


On 26 June 2015 it was announced that Adryan had joined French Ligue 1 side FC Nantes in a season-long loan move.[23]

Return to Flamengo[edit]

International career[edit]

Adryan was a key player for Brazil U-17 team in the 2011 South American Under-17 Football Championship victorious campaign. He played eight matches and scored three goals in the tournament and finished as champion.[24]

The young player has been called up by coach Émerson Ávila alongside Lucas Piazón as the biggest stars of Brazil U-17 team in the 2011 FIFA U-17 World Cup.[25][26] On June 23, 2011 Adryan scored the winning goal against Australia U-17 with a fine free-kick.[27][28] On June 26, 2011 he scored the equaliser in the 90th minute to level Brazil U-17 with Côte d'Ivoire U-17.[29]

In 2012, Adryan was called up to the Brazil U-20 where he impressed, this time in the Mediterranean International Cup, where the Brazil team were eliminated in the semi-final, but Adryan was named Mediterranean International Cup Player of the tournament.

Style of play[edit]

In 2012, he was included in the list of the 101 best players born after 1991 compiled by Don Balón.

In his homeland, Adryan is nicknamed herdeiro de Zico meaning 'heir of Zico' and il nuovo Zico (the new Zico).[30]

Adryan's style of play has been compared to that of Brazilian compatriot Kaká, due to his skill and playmaker ability whilst playing in the 'number 10' role. Adryan can also play as a central midfielder and as a second striker.[31] He is also renowned for being a free kick specialist.[32]

Adryan was voted the winner of the 2014 Fallon d'Floor award for the most theatrical dive of the year by users of Reddit.[33]

Career statistics[edit]

(Correct As of 25 August 2014)
Club Season League Cup League Cup Continental State League Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Flamengo 2012 Série A 23 2 0 0 - - - - 2 1 25 3
2013 Série A 14 0 4 0 - - - - 4 0 22 0
Cagliari 2013–14 Serie A 5 0 0 0 0 0 - - - - 5 0
Leeds United 2014–15 Championship 12 0 1 0 0 0 - - - - 13 0
Nantes 2015–16 Ligue 1 20 3 4 4 0 0 - - - - 24 7
Flamengo 2016 Série A 3 0 - - - - 1 0 - - 4 0
Total 77 5 9 4 0 0 1 0 6 1 93 10

according to combined sources on the Flamengo official website[34] and Flaestatística.[35]



National team[edit]

Brazil U-17


  • Fallon d'Floor 2014[36]
  • Bronze Boot:

Football World Cup Under 17's (Mexico) 2011


  1. ^ Adryan profile at (in Portuguese). Retrieved 2011-06-24.
  2. ^ United eyeing superb Brazilian prospect ClubCall. 2011-07-04. Retrieved 2011-07-04.
  3. ^ Another wonder kid linked. Not the new Messi though but the new Romario. 2012-02-19. Retrieved 2012-06-26.
  4. ^ Brazilian Starlet Adryan Oliveira Tavares Offered Manchester United Trial 2011-04-05. Retrieved 2012-06-26.
  5. ^ 'Tenista', Adryan comemora primeiro gol no Campeonato Brasileiro 2012-07-01. Retrieved 2012-07-01.
  6. ^ "With great goal from Adryan, Flamengo tied with the Guild: 1-1". Oriya. Retrieved 16 September 2012. 
  7. ^
  8. ^
  9. ^ "Line-ups: Cagliari-Udinese". Football Italia. Retrieved 2 March 2014. 
  10. ^ "Leeds eye 'new Kaka'". The Sun. Retrieved 18 August 2014. 
  11. ^ "Cagliari First Team Squad 2014/15". Cagliari Calcio Official Site. Retrieved 19 August 2014. 
  12. ^ "Leeds United: Whites close in on Adryan and Montenegro". Yorkshire Evening Post. Retrieved 30 August 2014. 
  13. ^ "Leeds United sign Flamengo midfielder Adryan on loan". BBC Sport. Retrieved 30 August 2014. 
  14. ^ "Leeds United: Del Fabro next for Whites after Adryan arrival". Yorkshire Evening Post. 30 August 2014. Retrieved 31 August 2014. 
  15. ^ "Leeds United: 2014/15 SQUAD NUMBERS". Leeds United Official Site. 5 September 2014. Retrieved 5 September 2014. 
  16. ^ "UNITED EDGED OUT AT ROTHERHAM". Leeds United Official Site. 17 October 2014. Retrieved 17 October 2014. 
  17. ^ "UNITED EARN AWAY POINT". Leeds United Official Site. 21 October 2014. Retrieved 21 October 2014. 
  18. ^
  19. ^ "UNITED TOO STRONG FOR BLACKPOOL". Leeds United Official Site. 8 November 2014. Retrieved 8 November 2014. 
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  22. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2015-01-12. Retrieved 2015-01-12. 
  23. ^ "Adryan has joined French side Nantes on loan from Leeds United". Sky Sports. Retrieved 25 February 2016. 
  24. ^ Rubro-negro e ‘10’, Adryan quer seguir passos de Ronaldinho na sub-17 (in Portuguese). 2011-06-17. Retrieved 2011-06-24.
  25. ^ ‘Donos’ da bola na sub-17, Adryan e Piazon são espelho para mais jovens (in Portuguese). 2011-06-15. Retrieved 2011-06-24.
  26. ^ Emerson Ávila corta seis e anuncia lista da Seleção sub-17 para Mundial (in Portuguese). 2011-06-06. Retrieved 2011-06-24.
  27. ^ Meia do Flamengo faz golaço de falta e coloca o Brasil nas oitavas de final (in Portuguese). 2011-06-23. Retrieved 2011-06-24.
  28. ^ Com gol de cria do Fla, Brasil vence a Austrália no Sub-17 Archived January 13, 2014, at the Wayback Machine. (in Portuguese). 2011-06-23. Retrieved 2011-06-29.
  29. ^ Brasil empata no fim e se classifica no Mundial Sub-17 Archived August 19, 2014, at the Wayback Machine. (in Portuguese). 2011-06-26. Retrieved 2011-06-29.
  30. ^ "Cagliari: Adryan taken in Brazil is "the new Zico"". Tutto Sport. Retrieved 22 January 2014. 
  31. ^ "Leeds eye 'new Kaka'". The Sun. Retrieved 18 August 2014. 
  32. ^ "With great goal from Adryan, Flamengo tied with the Guild: 1-1". Oriya. Retrieved 16 September 2012. 
  33. ^ "Fallon d'Floor 2014". Archived from the original on 12 January 2015. Retrieved 12 January 2015. 
  34. ^ Flamengo official website (in Portuguese)
  35. ^ Flaestatística Player Profile (in Portuguese)
  36. ^ "The Fallon d'Floor 2014". Archived from the original on 2015-01-12. 

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