Luiz Gustavo Dias (born 23 July 1987) is a Brazilian professional footballer who plays as a defensive midfielder for Süper Lig club Fenerbahçe. He began his career as a left back, but has played mostly as a defensive midfielder, and also as a Defender (association football)#Centre back, centre back. From 2007 to 2017 he played in Germany, where he represented TSG 1899 Hoffenheim, 1899 Hoffenheim, Bayern Munich and VfL Wolfsburg, making 245 Bundesliga appearances and scoring 15 goals. He won six trophies in his time in the country, including the 2012–13 UEFA Champions League with Bayern Munich. A full international with over 40 caps since his debut in 2011, Luiz Gustavo represented Brazil as they won the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup and came fourth at the 2014 FIFA World Cup, both on home soil.

Club career

Early career

Born in Pindamonhangaba, São Paulo (state), São Paulo, Luiz Gustavo started his professional career at Sport Club Corinthians Alagoano, Corinthians Alagoano. In August 2007, he was loaned to German club TSG 1899 Hoffenheim, 1899 Hoffenheim, then of the 2. Bundesliga. On 1 April 2008, Hoffenheim signed Luiz Gustavo on a permanent contract. He went on to play two and a half Bundesliga seasons for the club.

Bayern Munich

On 3 January 2011, Luiz Gustavo was signed by FC Bayern Munich, Bayern Munich. The amount of the transfer fee varies from €15–20 million, depending on different sources. Twelve days later, he made his debut for the Bavarian club, coming on as a second-half substitute in the 1–1 away draw with VfL Wolfsburg. He scored his first goal for the club on 26 February, the equaliser in the 1–3 home loss against Borussia Dortmund, by volleying in Franck Ribéry's cross. In his 2011–12 FC Bayern Munich season, first full season at Bayern, he played 46 matches in total, with Bayern finishing runner-up in all three competitions which they contested. His only goal came on 13 August, an added-time strike which won a league match away to VfL Wolfsburg. On 12 May 2012, Luiz Gustavo was selected to start in the centre of midfield in the 2012 DFB-Pokal Final, DFB-Pokal Final, but he was substituted at half-time for Thomas Müller as Bayern were beaten 5–2 by Dortmund. He missed their defeat a week later in the 2012 UEFA Champions League Final, Champions League final, as he was booked in the second leg of their semi-final victory over Real Madrid C.F., Real Madrid. Luiz Gustavo began the 2012–13 FC Bayern Munich season, 2012–13 season by featuring in Bayern's 2–1 win over Borussia Dortmund in the 2012 DFL-Supercup, DFL-Supercup on 12 August. He scored four times in 22 matches as they 2012–13 Bundesliga, won the league title. On 25 May 2013, Luiz Gustavo appeared as an added-time substitute for Franck Ribéry as Bayern defeated Borussia Dortmund 2–1 in the 2013 UEFA Champions League Final, Champions League final at Wembley Stadium.

VfL Wolfsburg

On 16 August 2013, it was reported that Luiz Gustavo had signed for VfL Wolfsburg for an unspecified amount, on a contract that would tie him to the club till 2018. He made his debut the following day, starting in a 4–0 win over FC Schalke 04, Schalke 04 at the Volkswagen Arena. One week later, in his next appearance, he was sent off for two bookings as his team lost 0–2 at 1. FSV Mainz 05, Mainz 05, and he was also dismissed on his return on 14 September in a 1–3 defeat at Bayer 04 Leverkusen, Bayer Leverkusen. He scored 4 goals in 29 matches as Wolfsburg 2013–14 Bundesliga, came fifth to qualify automatically for the group stage of 2014–15 UEFA Europa League, the next season's UEFA Europa League, receiving a third red card on 19 April 2014 in a 3–1 win at rivals Hamburger SV. Luiz Gustavo scored four times in five matches as Wolfsburg 2014–15 DFB-Pokal, won the DFB-Pokal in his second season, starting with a brace in a 4–1 win over 1. FC Heidenheim in the second round on 29 October 2014, and continuing with a goal in their 4–0 victory at Arminia Bielefeld in the semi-final on 29 April 2015. On 30 May, he scored from a rebounded shot by compatriot Naldo (footballer, born 1982), Naldo to equalise in the 2015 DFB-Pokal Final, final against Borussia Dortmund, with Wolfsburg eventually winning 3–1 for their first cup honour. On 29 April 2017 Luiz Gustavo was sent off for the eighth time in his career in a 6–0 defeat to his former club Bayern Munich, in doing so becoming tied with Jens Nowotny for the most red cards in Bundesliga history. Referee Felix Zwayer sent Gustavo off in the 78 minute after he picking up a second yellow card for fouling Renato Sanches. Gustavo had to be restrained by his teammates as he sarcastically applauded the referee and refused to leave the field.

Olympique de Marseille

On 4 July 2017, Luiz Gustavo ended his decade-long spell in German football, signing for France's Olympique de Marseille for a fee of €8 million. He agreed a four-year deal with a club record monthly salary of €750,000. He made his debut 23 days later in a 4–2 home win over Belgium's KV Oostende in the third round of Europa League qualification. He made his Ligue 1 debut on 6 August, starting in a 3–0 home win over Dijon FCO, Dijon in the first game of the new season, contributing to the first goal from Clinton N'Jie. On 1 October, he scored his first goal to conclude a 4–2 win at OGC Nice, Nice, but was later sent off for a shin-high-challenge on Pierre Lees-Melou. On his return three weeks later, he scored again from 30 yards to open the scoring in a 2–2 draw with rivals Paris Saint-Germain F.C., Paris Saint-Germain in ''Le Classique'', again at the Stade Vélodrome. Luiz Gustavo was an ever-present in the 2017–18 UEFA Europa League, playing all of Marseille's 19 matches as they reached the final, losing 3–0 to Atlético Madrid in Lyon. He made 56 official appearances in his first season in France, making him the most selected player by manager Rudi Garcia that year. He was named in the Ligue 1 team of the year at the Trophées UNFP du football.


On 2 September 2019, Luiz Gustavo signed a four-year deal with Turkish club Fenerbahçe. He made his debut on 16 September in a 3–1 away loss against Alanyaspor. He scored his first goal for the club on 26 October, in a 5–1 home win over Konyaspor. In his 2019–20 Fenerbahçe S.K. season, first season at Fenerbahçe, he played 32 matches and scored 3 goals with 1 assist in total. In his 2020–21 Fenerbahçe S.K. season, second season, he was named one of Fenerbahçe's vice-captains. On 18 October 2020, he captained Fenerbahçe for the first time in a 3–2 away win over Göztepe S.K., Göztepe. Gustavo scored his first goal of the season in Fenerbahçe's 4–1 home win over İstanbul Başakşehir F.K., İstanbul Başakşehir on 23 December.

International career

Luiz Gustavo made his debut for Brazil national football team, Brazil on 10 August 2011, coming on as a second-half substitute in a friendly match against Germany national football team, Germany. He was a member of Luiz Felipe Scolari's 23-man squad for the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup on home soil, and played the full 90 minutes as Brazil defeated world champions Spain national football team, Spain 3–0 in the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup Final, final at the Estádio do Maracanã on 30 June. He scored his first goal for Brazil in a friendly match against Australia national soccer team, Australia on 7 September, later that year. During the 2014 FIFA World Cup on home soil, and having played every minute up to that point, he was suspended for the quarter-final match against Colombia national football team, Colombia due to accumulation of yellow cards. He returned to the starting eleven for the next two games as the team finished fourth. Luiz Gustavo was initially called into Dunga's squad for the 2015 Copa América in Chile, but withdrew with a knee injury which required surgery, and was replaced by Fred (footballer, born 1993), Fred.

Personal life

Luiz Gustavo is a devout Catholic, commenting that he "read[s] the Bible a lot and pray[s] twice a day". He became engaged to his girlfriend Milene on 25 December 2010, while on holiday in Brazil. He cites his mother as a big source of inspiration for him because of her dream that he would one day succeed as a player, before her death when he was just 16 years old.

Career statistics



International goals

:''Scores and results list Brazil's goal tally first.''



Bayern Munich *Bundesliga: 2012–13 Bundesliga, 2012–13 *DFB-Pokal: 2012–13 DFB-Pokal, 2012–13 *DFL-Supercup: 2012 DFL-Supercup, 2012 *UEFA Champions League: 2012–13 UEFA Champions League, 2012–13 VfL Wolfsburg *DFB-Pokal: 2014–15 DFB-Pokal, 2014–15 * DFL-Supercup: 2015 DFL-Supercup, 2015 Marseille * UEFA Europa League runner-up: 2017–18 UEFA Europa League, 2017–18


Brazil *FIFA Confederations Cup: 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup, 2013


*UEFA Europa League Squad of the Season: 2017–18 UEFA Europa League#Squad of the season, 2017–18 *Trophées UNFP du football, Ligue 1 Team of the Year: 2017–18 Ligue 1, 2017–18


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