Sunday Nov 23, 2014  
  07/07/2012: Our New Son, Ederson
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Most Lazio fans will feel they know Ederson quite well after years of transfer speculation between the player and the club. It was Thursday that the Brazilian International was finally unveiled as a Lazio player after signing on a free transfer for the next five years.

Ederson is 26 years of age and was born on the 26th January 1986. He began his career on the streets of Brazil as most do, and was signed to RS Futebol at the age of 15 years old. After a year with his first club, he was then signed to the top flight club Juventude.

Ederson had a great time with Juventude, resulting in a call up to the Brazilian squad for the U-17 World Cup, which Ederson and Brazil went onto win. He made his name as an attacking midfielder, playing just behind the strikers, however can adapt to playing on the wing although this isn’t his preferred position.

Ederson then moved to Europe, destination Nice in France. He made his league debut for the French club in February 2005 against Metz. On his third appearance for the club, he scored his first goal with a spectacular shot from almost 45 metres out against local rivals Monaco.

The following season, Ederson was given the number 10 shirt by the coach, but was still limited to game time as starting on the bench became a regularity for the Brazilian, who still managed to score 2 goals in 20 appearances setting himself up for what was going to be his best season yet the coming year.

In the 2006/7 season, Ederson forced his way into the starting line-up and made quite an impact, scoring 6 goals in 30 appearances. It was these performances that caught the eye of some of the world’s biggest clubs when Juventus, Manchester United and Real Madrid were all notably interested in his services.

In what was to be his final season with Nice, Ederson started all 36 matches he appeared in and scored 7 goals in doing so. During his spell with Nice, the player scored a total of 16 goals in 91 appearances.

It was his final season that earned the 26 year old a move to French giants Lyon, who paid nearly 15 million Euros for the midfielder. It was rumoured that Ederson snubbed the likes of Manchester United and Real Madrid to stay in France.

During his first season with Lyon, Ederson was one of the most consistent players for his club despite being played on the wing rather than his preferred attacking midfielder role. He started all of Lyon’s Champions League matches in his first season. The midfielder scored a total of 11 goals in 82 appearances during his time with Lyon.

Lyon’s president wanted to renew Ederson’s contract last year, but also wanted to give the midfielder a significant wage cut. It was then that the player sat out for most of last season due to a disagreement with the owner who said that "We'd hoped that Ederson would find a club by January 31 (transfer deadline) because he's in competition with Yoann Gourcuff and Clement Grenier. It's his fourth year with us and he's among the highest paid players at the club."

After finally departing from Lyon, Lazio are glad to eventually have their man. Ederson has made it clear he needs to have a great time at Lazio in order to get his International career back on track, and with a number of Brazilian players already playing in Rome, we are sure he will settle in really well and hit the ground running.

(Ben Lally)

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