David Braz de Olivera Filho
Date of Birth: May 21, 1987 | Height/Weight: 187 cm / 82 kg | Nationality: Brazilian
• Actions at the final frontier • Efficiency in the air • Confident at set pieces
David Braz is a product of Palmeiras youth system. After a half-season spell at Panathinaikos he returned to Brazil. He spent most of his professional career in Flamengo and Santos. Last season David was a regular first-team defender in Santos, which finished as a runner-up in the Brazilian Serie A.
Braz is a tall and fast central defender. One of his main strengths is his ability to read the game, when opponents make vertical passes. The centre-back understands when he should organize an offside trap and when he has to chase a striker covering the zone behind his partner’s back. Braz shows his anticipation and sharpness when he rushes forward from the line. He gets first to the ball and intercepts it without a challenge. After interception the defender tries to keep possession and start attack with a pass instead of making a clearance. In aerial challenges he demonstrates that he is able to jump high but can also win these duels due to proper positioning. David tries to make an accurate nod or send the ball forward with power. The defender is aggressive in duels, but feels the edge (0.8 fouls per match, 3 yellow cards last season in Serie A).
Recopa Sudamericana - Winner - 2012/2013
Brazil Serie A - Winner - 2009 / Runner-up - 2016
Copa do Brasil - Runner-up - 2015
Paulista 1 - Winner - 2016, 2015, 2008 / Runner-up - 2014
Carioca 1 - Winner - 2011 / Runner-up - 2010
Baiano 1 - Winner - 2013