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.
Filipe Luís was born in Jaraguá do Sul, Santa Catarina. Coming from Figueirense as an attacking midfielder, 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.
After leaving Ajax, Filipe Luís was registered under Rentistas, an Uruguayan club that had a partnership with his agent Juan Figer. 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.
In August 2006, Filipe Luís joined Deportivo de La Coruña, with a buy-out option of $2.2 million. 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. 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. 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.
On 23 July 2010, Filipe Luís signed for five years with Atlético Madrid for an undisclosed fee, reported to have reached €12 or 13.5 million. 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.
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. On 17 January 2013, Filipe Luís scored the second goal in a 2–0 defeat of Real Betis for the Copa del Rey. He also played the full 90 minutes in the final against Real Madrid, which ended with a 2–1 win at the Santiago Bernabéu.
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. 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; additionally, he featured in ten contests in the Champions League, including the 1–4 final loss to Real Madrid in Lisbon.
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.
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.
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