Felipe Anderson: A Journey From Brazilian Talent To Lazio's History

It all began with a YouTube video. Felipe Anderson's name had been circulating in Lazio's orbit for some time. The video featured Neymar Jr., then a child prodigy of Brazilian football, wearing the number 11. But more importantly, Felipe Anderson was there too, wearing Santos' number 10—a significant detail in Brazil. He was the perfect sidekick to the star, and Lazio saw in him the marks of a great footballer. They decided to bring him to Europe, giving him a leading role that spanned eight years, divided into two acts, and ending today with another chapter in Lazio's storied history.

Felipe Anderson's journey with Lazio began in Auronzo di Cadore. He arrived as an unknown, almost a mystery. Landing in Italy on July 9, 2013, he quickly joined the training camp. “I’m happy; this shirt is a dream for me,” he told La Gazzetta dello Sport, describing himself as “a midfielder who likes to get into the heart of the game,” despite also playing as a forward or winger. This was his introduction as a talented but immature footballer, aware that in Europe, every part of the pitch matters as long as you get to play.

Through training sessions, it became evident that Felipe Anderson’s talent was genuine. His greatest asset was his versatility. Vladimir Petkovic and Edoardo Reja used him as an attacking winger, but it was Stefano Pioli who gave him a starting role behind the striker, allowing him to unleash his talent. This version of Felipe Anderson, known for his coast-to-coast runs, flashes of brilliance, and goals, was arguably his best. He led Lazio to the Champions League preliminaries, dazzling Serie A with his skills. He became known as FA7, later changing to FA10, but eventually lost his form. The second season under Pioli was a struggle, and following a tough defeat to Roma, Pioli was sacked, and Simone Inzaghi took over. Felipe adapted again, first as a full-range winger and then as a second striker behind Ciro Immobile. He helped Lazio win an Italian Super Cup against Juventus before moving on to West Ham in England and Porto in Portugal, then returning to Lazio.

His second stint at Lazio began under another coach, Maurizio Sarri. The football bond between them was immediate. Felipe returned to the wing, playing a role similar to Callejon's under Sarri. The mature, decisive, and consistent Felipe Anderson replaced the previous version, who was often disconnected. A notable moment was his goal against Inter, which showcased his persistence and intelligence. He became a more important and consistent player, contributing significantly to the team. This version of Felipe Anderson lasted until tonight, with Igor Tudor on the bench. Amidst tears and emotion, he received the love of the Biancoceleste fans. Now, he will return to Brazil to join Palmeiras, closing an 11-year chapter. This time, it’s not goodbye but a farewell. Thank you, Felipe. 

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