(biography, photos, videos) Zhivanildu Vieira de Souza
Zhivanildu Vieira de Souza was born in the Brazilian municipal town of Campina Grande, in district of Jose Pinheiro. His parents Giovana Souza and Maria Socorro Souza, they engaged in trade. They had their own butcher in the local market. In addition, at the time, the parents Zhivanildu dealt in used cars. Besides the son at Giovana and Maria has 6 daughters Nayar, Jessica, Angelica, Sylvania, Corrina and Nield.
As the only boy in the house, Zhivanildu from early childhood were forced to help their parents in work, to help feed the large family. From entertainment at a young age he had only football on the street or on the beach with local children and comics. All the other superheroes child chose green giant-strongman Hulk, for which he received the nickname from his own father. Since everything, even the family began to call him the Hulk.
In adolescence the boy spent more time with the ball, and at age 12 went to the local football school «to see Agito». A year later he was in the youth team «Serrano», which stands in the 4th Brazilian division. Strongly built teenager interested many scouts, so at a young age Hulk changed a lot of clubs. After a year spent in «Serrano», was one season in the Portuguese youth club «Villanovense», and then another year in juniors and one of the most titled teams of the Brazilian «Sao Paulo». Interestingly, in children’s and youth football, Hulk played as a defender and occasional midfielder.
In 16 years beginner player gets to the club «Victoria» from the Brazilian city of Salvador and concludes with them his first professional contract. But Hulk was destined to play just one game for the club.
Championship Of Japan
In 2005 the rights to a player buys Japanese club «Kawasaki Frontale», which brought together a Diaspora of Brazilian players. In the first season of the Hulk has played 12 matches in which he scored only once. So coach «Kawasaki» decided to give a young player on loan. He moved to another Japanese club «Consadole Sapporo», which at that time played in the second largest football League in the country. Here he first began to use as drawn forward. As a result in 38 games Hulk has scored 25 goals and won 2nd place in the race scorers in the championship.
In 2007, the striker once again goes to the club for the second Japanese League «Tokyo Verdy». For the season, Hulk has scored 37 goals in 42 games and became the best scorer of the championship. Team «Tokyo Verdy», including thanks to Hulk out in the main event of the Japan J-League and buys the contract of their best striker.
But in the first division, the Brazilian managed to play only 13 matches and scored 7 goals. For effective striker drew the attention of the champion of Portugal and Hulk signs a long term contract with Porto.
The Portuguese League
Debut in blue and white t-shirt for him was the match for the Supercup of Portugal to play against sporting, which team the Hulk lost. Coach Porto, Jesualdo Ferreira after the game decided to use the Brazilian as a flank attacker, which yielded results. 4 seasons spent in this team, Hulk has played in 99 matches and scored 54 goals in various competitions. Three times he became champion of Portugal with Porto, three times won the Cup of Portugal, three times raised the Cup of Portugal. And in 2011, beaten in the final of the Europa League compatriots from Braga, Hulk, along with his team became winners in the second most important European tournament. Personal achievements in the period include the title of the best scorer of the Portuguese League season 2010/2011 and the recognition of his the best player of Portugal in 2010 and 2011.
This success did not go unnoticed by the other clubs. In the «Port» regularly received offers for the sale of the transfer sheet of the Hulk. Spoke of the interest to his person of such clubs as Liverpool, Valencia, inter Milan. Makhachkala team «Anji» is willing to pay for the transition of 80 million euros and pay at the contract salary of 10 million euros annually. But received a refusal from the player, as Hulk said he will go only in a really strong club that will compete for medals in their League and European trophies.
The Championship Of Russia
As a result, in September 2012, Hulk moved to another Russian club Zenit St. Petersburg. Zenit paid for the transfer of about 60 million euros.
The first match for «Zenit», the Hulk held against Grozny «Terek», but in his personal tradition again lost the debut meeting. Adaptation in the Russian League proved difficult. The name Hulk has been regularly linked with dissatisfaction with the coach, the players and the atmosphere at the club, several players said to the press that he would like to leave Saint Petersburg. Added fuel to the fire teams like Chelsea, Monaco, Istanbul’s Fenerbahce, Borussia Dortmund and real Madrid, who openly declared the desire to acquire powerful Brazilian striker.
However, when the Hulk has adapted to the playing style of the new team, he has returned to his former shape and became a key player of «Zenith». With the team he became the champion of Russia in 2015 and has won the Supercup of Russia of the same year. Last season was the best scorer of the championship, scoring 15 goals in 28 games. Also three were the best players of the championship of Russia, and in 2014 became the winner of the «most famous people of St. Petersburg» in the category «Athletes».
Hulk just held a t-shirt «Zenith» 148 matches in which he managed to score 77 goals. And in June 2016 for a record for Chinese football 55 million euros, the leader of the St. Petersburg club moved to the «Shanghai Tellas» and will now scale new heights.
Career in the national team fold for the Hulk is not so good as the club. He began to call in the main team of the country in 2009. Debut was a friendly game against England. Just at the moment played 44 games and scored 11 goals, albeit in unofficial friendly matches.
In 2013 the Hulk together with the national team Brazil won the confederations Cup. While this is his only achievement in the national team. Also with the Olympic team of football won the second place and a silver medal at the Olympic games in London in 2012.
The failure of home for Brazilians the world Cup in 2014 Hulk took part in almost all the matches, was the main striker alongside Neymar and Fred. But the only goal scored by them was disallowed for a foul.
After that world Cup, national team coach stopped to cause the Hulk to the team.
His wife, whose name is Iran, the Hulk met when they played in Japan. One day, while dining at the restaurant, he noticed an attractive girl and left her my phone number. Iran is 8 years older than Hulk.
The couple are raising two sons – John, born in 2008, and Thiago, who is 2 years younger brother. The boys sports and attend karate. All of their goals Hulk always dedicates his wife and children.
Despite its impressive dimensions, the Hulk in the shower is romantic. His wife Iran says that her husband often sings her Brazilian ballads.