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This 19-year old Brazilian has attracted attention with 88 appearances for Botafogo, one for national selection, and also for wearing captain's armband in the youth national team...
This 19-year-old Brazilian has attracted attention with 88 appearances for Botafogo, one for A selection of Brazil, a perfect physical predispositions, excellent technique, wearing captain's armband in the youth team and raising several trophies. Botafogo's "golden goose" left his team to join French side Olympique Marseille for 7 million euros in this summer transfer window.
Matheus Dória Macedo (born 8 November 1994), as a boy was engaged in futsal, as well as most of his peers in Sao Gonsal and Rio de Janeiro. After seeing him on one of the futsal tournaments, staff at Botafogo tried to bring him to play the big game, but unfortunately, Doria broke his toe and had to make a longer break from football. But after his recovery representatives of Botafogo, the popular Lonely star, seized the opportunity and brought the young player who later made his first steps on the pitch with natural grass wearing black-and-white jersey.
Born athlete, this 188 centimetres tall Carioca, has a very long and quick step. Though perhaps at the first sight he appears thin, his hard work at the gym paid off and the young Brazilian could easily get in duels with much older and more experienced players in Europe.
Doria has the perfect combination of power, speed, sense of play and technique which he learned playing futsal, where each player has to have good technique to play correct pass to his teammates.
With 88 official matches in his career, of which eight were in Copa Libertadores, Marseille's young central defender has necessary composure and experience to organize attacks from the back, with long balls and with runs with the ball forward when opportunity presents itself. This set of abilities is necessary for top central defenders in todays modern game. That is why PSG made David Luiz most expensive defender in history.
But that doesn't mean that Doria forgot what his primary job is. He's not afraid to take on opposition attackers with sliding tackles and has great aerial ability as well. He can do well in defensive aerial challenges, as well as attacking ones.
With this impressive resume, it's no wonder that media are already comparing him to one of the greatest Brazilian defenders of all time, Luis.
Unfortunately for us who don't play with Marseille in Football Manager, Doria will be impossible to buy at the start of FM15. But no doubt he'll be on many shortlist in FM 2015.