Filipe Luís

In this name, the family name is Kasmirski, not Luís.
Filipe Luís

Filipe Luís lining up for Brazil in 2014
Personal information
Full name Filipe Luís Kasmirski[1]
Date of birth (1985-08-09) 9 August 1985
Place of birth Jaraguá do Sul, Brazil
Height 1.82 m (6 ft 0 in)[2]
Playing position Left back
Club information
Current team
Atlético Madrid
Number 3
Youth career
1995–2004 Figueirense
2004–2005 Ajax
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2003–2004 Figueirense 22 (1)
2004–2005 Ajax 0 (0)
2005–2008 Rentistas 0 (0)
2005–2006Real Madrid B (loan) 37 (0)
2006–2008Deportivo La Coruña (loan) 52 (1)
2008–2010 Deportivo La Coruña 59 (5)
2010–2014 Atlético Madrid 125 (2)
2014–2015 Chelsea 15 (0)
2015– Atlético Madrid 43 (1)
National team
2004–2005 Brazil U20 16 (2)
2009– Brazil 29 (2)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 6 November 2016.

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 15 November 2016

Filipe Luís Kasmirski (born 9 August 1985), known as Filipe Luís, is a Brazilian professional footballer who plays as a left back for Spanish club Atlético Madrid and the Brazil national team.

A player of tireless approach, he played most of his professional career in Spain, beginning at Deportivo de La Coruña, where he spent four seasons. In 2010, he joined Atlético Madrid, and won several trophies including La Liga. In July 2014, he joined Chelsea for £15.8 million, helping them win the League Cup and Premier League, but returned to Atlético a year later.

Filipe Luís made his debut for Brazil in 2009 and has since earned over 20 caps, helping win the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup on home soil, and representing the nation at the 2015 Copa América.

Club career

Early years

Filipe Luís was born in Jaraguá do Sul, Santa Catarina. Coming from Figueirense as an attacking midfielder,[3] he had his first taste of football in Europe with Ajax in 2004, spending one full season there. Despite never playing a first-team match for Ajax, he credits the Dutch club for helping him learn tactical aspects of the game, as well as aiding his development by allowing him to train with players such as Rafael van der Vaart and Wesley Sneijder.[4]

After leaving Ajax, Filipe Luís was registered under Rentistas, an Uruguayan club that had a partnership with his agent Juan Figer.[5] In August 2005, Filipe Luís was signed by Real Madrid on a loan contract. He would spend most of the season, however, with its B team in the Segunda División. The move was not made permanent after high financial requests from the Uruguayan club.[6]

Deportivo La Coruña

Filipe Luís playing for Deportivo in La Liga match against Real Madrid, in 2009

In August 2006, Filipe Luís joined Deportivo de La Coruña, with a buy-out option of $2.2 million.[7] He did not have many opportunities in his first season, but his loan was extended for a further year with the same buy-out clause; in the 2007–08 campaign, after first-choice Joan Capdevila's departure to Villarreal, he went on to establish himself as first-choice left-back.

On 10 June 2008, Filipe Luís was purchased and signed a five-year contract.[8] During his debut season as a Deportivo player, he was the only outfield player in La Liga to appear in all 38 league games, scoring twice.

On 23 January 2010, immediately after netting the opener in a league game against Athletic Bilbao (an eventual 3–1 home win), Filipe Luís sustained a horrific injury to his right fibula after opposing goalkeeper Gorka Iraizoz landed on his leg. At the time, he had played all matches and minutes during the campaign, and Deportivo stood fourth in the table.[9] Amazingly, he returned to action just four months later, appearing in the second half of the club's 1–0 home win against Mallorca and being involved in the play which led to Riki's goal. The Galician club would eventually finish in the tenth position.

Atlético Madrid

Filipe Luís playing for Atlético Madrid in La Liga match against Almería, on 14 September 2013

On 23 July 2010, Filipe Luís signed for five years with Atlético Madrid for an undisclosed fee,[10][11] reported to have reached €12[12] or 13.5 million.[13] His official debut came on 26 September at home against Real Zaragoza, where he set up compatriot Diego Costa for the game's only goal, receiving Man of the match accolades.[14]

In his first season, Filipe Luís constantly fought for first-choice status with youth graduate Antonio López. On 10 April 2011, he scored his first goal for Atlético in a 3–0 home win over Real Sociedad.[15] On 17 January 2013, Filipe Luís scored the second goal in a 2–0 defeat of Real Betis for the Copa del Rey.[16] He also played the full 90 minutes in the final against Real Madrid, which ended with a 2–1 win at the Santiago Bernabéu.[17]

Filipe Luís made his first appearances in the UEFA Champions League in the 2013–14 edition, helping the Colchoneros secure first place in Group G by scoring once in a 4–0 home routing against Austria Wien.[18] During the league campaign, he was part of a stellar backline that only conceded 26 goals in 38 games as Atlético won the league title for the first time in 18 years;[19] additionally, he featured in ten contests in the Champions League, including the 1–4 final loss to Real Madrid in Lisbon.[20]

For his efforts in his final season, Filipe Luís was nominated as the best defender in La Liga, alongside then teammate Miranda and Real Madrid's Sergio Ramos.[21]


On 16 July 2014, Chelsea and Atlético agreed a fee of £15.8 million for the transfer of Filipe Luís, subject to personal terms.[22][23][24] The player ultimately signed a three-year contract on 18 July 2014.[25] Upon the move he said, "This move is a dream come true for me. I now have the opportunity to play for Chelsea, and also in the Premier League. I’m very happy and looking forward to getting started and giving my best for the team during the coming seasons."[25]

Filipe Luís in action for Chelsea against Maribor in 2014

Filipe Luís made his debut in a pre-season friendly against Wolfsberger AC, on 23 July 2014.[26] His squad number was confirmed as 3, replacing Ashley Cole who moved to Italian side Roma soon before Filipe Luís' arrival.[27] In Chelsea's first match of the league season, away to Burnley, Filipe Luís was an unused substitute with César Azpilicueta playing at left back.[28] He expressed that he was content to be second choice behind Azpilicueta if Chelsea were playing well, comparing his situation to the team's experienced goalkeeper Petr Čech, who had been benched for Thibaut Courtois.[29]

Filipe Luís made his debut in Chelsea's third league match, playing the last seven minutes of a 36 win at Everton in place of Eden Hazard on 30 August.[30] He started for the first time on 17 September, playing the entirety of a 11 home draw against Schalke 04 in Chelsea's first game of the Champions League group stage.[31] With Azpilicueta suspended, Filipe Luís started a Premier League match for the first time on 26 October, a 11 draw away to Manchester United.[32]

Filipe Luís' only goal for Chelsea came on 16 December 2014, a 25-yard free-kick in a 13 League Cup quarter-final win away to Derby County.[33] However, Azpilicueta played at left-back in the final, which Chelsea won 20 against Tottenham Hotspur for Filipe Luís' first silverware at Chelsea.[34] On 3 May 2015, he came on as an added-time substitute for Eden Hazard in Chelsea's 1–0 home win over Crystal Palace which secured the league title. Chelsea manager José Mourinho confirmed on 21 July that Filipe Luís would be leaving Stamford Bridge after only one year.[35]

Return to Atlético Madrid

On 28 July 2015, Filipe Luís re-joined Atlético Madrid on a four-year contract for an undisclosed fee.[36] He made his return to the team on 22 August as they opened the season with a 1–0 home victory over newly promoted Las Palmas;[37] in a 3–0 win in the reverse fixture the following 17 January he scored his first goal since returning.[38] Thirteen days after that, he was sent off in the first half of a 2–1 loss at Barcelona for a challenge on Lionel Messi, and teammate Diego Godín was later also dismissed; the duo escaped criticism by manager Diego Simeone.[39]

International career

Filipe Luís in action against Austria in 2014

On 7 August 2009, Filipe Luís was called up by Brazil for the first time, replacing injured Marcelo for a friendly against Estonia; he did not leave the bench in the 0–1 away success, on 12 August.

Filipe Luís made his debut for the Seleção in a 2010 FIFA World Cup qualifier against Venezuela, on 15 October 2009.[40] He was selected in the Brazilian squad which won the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup on home soil,[41] although he did not enter the field of play during the competition. He was one of seven players put on standby for the 2014 World Cup.[42]

On 11 October 2014, in the 2014 Superclásico de las Américas in Beijing, Filipe Luís played the entirety of a 02 victory against Argentina.[43] With Marcelo absent through injury, Filipe Luís played every minute of Brazil's campaign at the 2015 Copa América in Chile, as they reached the quarter-finals.

On 17 November 2015, Filipe Luís scored his first goal for Brazil in a match against Peru for the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification.[44]

Personal life

All four of Filipe Luís' grandparents were European immigrants who came to Santa Catarina; his paternal grandfather left Poland during World War II.[4] He is also of Italian ancestry.[45]

In 2014, Filipe Luís' second child, a daughter named Sara, was born.[46] He also has a son, Tiago.[47]



Filipe Luís (right) celebrating Chelsea's victory in the 2015 Football League Cup Final, alongside compatriots Oscar and Willian.
Deportivo La Coruña
Atlético Madrid




Career statistics


As of 28 May 2016[48][49][50]
Club Season League Cup[nb 1] Continental[nb 2] Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Figueirense 2003 Série A 71000071
2004 1700000170
Total 2410000241
Real Madrid B 2005–06 Segunda División 3700000370
Total 3700000370
Deportivo 2006–07 La Liga 1907100261
2007–08 3312000351
2008–09 38220100502
2009–10 2133100244
Total 11161421001358
Atlético Madrid 2010–11 La Liga 2716030361
2011–12 36010160530
2012–13 3216240423
2013–14 32070101491
2015–16 32130100451
Total 15932324312256
Chelsea 2014–15 Premier League 1506150261
Total 1506150261
Career Totals 3461043558144716
  1. Includes Copa del Rey, Supercopa de España, FA Cup and Football League Cup
  2. Includes UEFA Super Cup and UEFA Champions League


As of 25 March 2016[48]

International goals

Scores and results list Brazil's goal tally first:
Goal Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 17 November 2015 Itaipava Arena Fonte Nova, Salvador, Brazil  Peru 3–0 3–0 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification
2 6 October 2016 Arena das Dunas, Natal, Brazil  Bolivia 3–0 5–0


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