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Get to know Emerson

Published on 21 August 2021 at 10:00 AM
A la découverte d'Emerson
Olympique Lyonnais announced Emerson's signing on Thursday, and here's all you need to know about the Italian international, the full back arriving from Chelsea after a triumphant summer over the course of which he won three trophies.

Born in Santos, Brazil on August 3, 1994, Emerson Palmieri dos Santos first trained at Santos FC before, two years after making his Brazilian Serie A debut in a 1-0 defeat to Flamengo on June 17, 2012, leaving his homeland for the first time when he was loaned to Italian side Palermo in 2014. Playing nine Italian Serie A matches, he would then join AS Roma, also on loan, and played for the first time against his former club. Convincing in his performances despite little playing time, his loan was then extended for another year. It was in this, the 2016-2017 season, that he would play his first minutes in Europe, first in qualifying for the UEFA Champions League, then in the Europa League. AS Roma decided to make the transfer permanent in January 2017. In the months that followed, he obtained Italian citizenship, and was also called up with the Azzurri to play that summer. However, in May of 2017, he suffered a serious injury to his anterior cruciate ligament, which would keep him off the pitch until the end of the year.

Returning from injury, he signed with Chelsea in January 2018, where he would build up an impressive record. He made his Premier League debut on March 4, 2018 against Manchester City, and the same year played his first minutes with Italy, in the Nations League against Portugal in September. Five months after his arrival in London, he would earn his first trophy, winning the FA Cup. He won his first European trophy in the 2018-19 season, defeating Arsenal (4-1) in the Europa League final, providing an assist to Olivier Giroud. The following year he would play his first minutes in the UEFA Champions League with the Blues, a competition that he would go on to win in 2021. He lifted the trophy with Chelsea on May 23, and did not stop there as he was selected to compete in Euro 2020 with Italy. On July 11, he won the European Championship against England at Wembley. Ending the season in style, the Italian full back also won the European Supercup against Villareal, and thus recorded a historic treble in 2021.