Ilson Pereira Dias Júnior (born 12 October 1985 in São Bernardo do Campo), commonly known as Ilsinho, is a Brazilian right midfielder who currently plays for the Philadelphia Union. Ilsinho originally started his career as a right back, but during his time at Shakhtar Donetsk he was used as a winger, where he showed off his skill and speed.

Personal information
Full name Ilson Pereira Dias Júnior
Date of birth (1985-10-12) 12 October 1985
Place of birth São Bernardo do Campo, Brazil
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Midfielder, Winger
Club information
Current team
Philadelphia Union
Number 25
Youth career
2001–2005 Palmeiras
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2006 Palmeiras 5 (0)
2006–2007 São Paulo 33 (2)
2007–2010 Shakhtar Donetsk 56 (10)
2010–2011 São Paulo 15 (2)
2011–2012 Internacional 11 (0)
2012–2015 Shakhtar Donetsk 53 (7)
2016– Philadelphia Union 103 (19)
National team
2008 Brazil U23 4 (0)
2007 Brazil 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 11 October 2019
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 4 August 2013

Club career

Ilsinho began his career in 2006 with Palmeiras before switching to São Paulo later in the same year to replace Cicinho, who had moved to Real Madrid.

On 29 July, it was announced that Ilsinho had completed a €10 million transfer to Ukrainian club Shakhtar Donetsk, signing a four-year contract with the club until 29 July 2011.[1][2] During his time in Donetsk, he became known for his dribbling skills and vision of the field. He scored the opening goal in a Champions League match against Spanish club FC Barcelona. On 9 May, Ilsinho scored a game-winning goal against Dynamo Kyiv, which won a place for Shakhtar in the final of the UEFA Cup. He contributed a great performance to the team and helped them win their first-ever UEFA Cup. He returned to Brazil after the success of the UEFA Cup win against Werder Bremen.

In August 2010 Ilsinho re-signed for his old club São Paulo, taking the number 77. The Court of Arbitration for Sport later awarded Donetsk eligible to receive compensation from Ilsinho for breach of contract for about €3.6 million.[2]

In September 2011 Ilsinho moved from São Paulo to Internacional RS.

Ilsinho rejoined Shakhtar in January 2012 on a three and a half year contract,[3] accepting a much lower salary than his previous one with the club.[4] He was assigned the number 77. His first appearance came in a 1–1 draw against Dnipro on 4 March 2012 coming on as a 64th-minute substitute for Alex Teixeira.[5] His first start since returning to the club came in a 2–1 victory over Illichivets.[6] He netted his first goal of his second spell with Shakhtar in a 4–0 win over Chornomorets Odesa[7] He finished the season with 1 goal from 9 appearances, 7 of which came in the league.

The 2012–13 season started well with Ilsinho coming on as a substitute in the 2–0 Super Cup victory over Metalurh Donetsk. He scored a goal in his first two league matches, the first of which came in a 6–0 victory over Arsenal Kyiv,[8] with the second coming against Hoverla in a 3–1 win.[9] He scored a goal in a 2–0 win against Metalist Kharkiv on 7 October.[10] On 19 October he netted the equalising goal in a 2–1 victory against Illichivets.[11] He left Shakhtar Donetsk upon the completion of his contract on 30 June 2015.[12]

On February 24, 2016, the Philadelphia Union announced they had signed Ilsinho on a two-year deal.[13]

International career

On 8 March 2007, Ilsinho was called up to the Brazilian squad for the first time for two friendlies against Chile and Ghana. He made his international debut against Ghana on 27 March 2007 as the starting right back.[14][15]

Ilsinho was also part of Brazil's squad for the 2008 Summer Olympics in which the team earned a Bronze medal after reaching third place. He made his debut as a substitute in Brazil 5–0 victory over New Zealand and later started in the 3–0 win over China.[16]

Career statistics


As of 5 May 2019.[17]
Club Season League Cup Continental Other Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Palmeiras 2006 50------50
São Paulo 2006 202--10--212
2007 130--6082272
Shakhtar 2007–08 2055080--335
2008–09 1312111210274
2009–10 23430101--365
São Paulo 2010 91------91
2011 6151--142254
Internacional 2011 110------110
Shakhtar 2011–12 7120----91
2012–13 196206010286
2013–14 130414000211
2014–15 140413010221
Philadelphia Union 2016 25230----282
2017 27600----276
2018 24610----256
2019 92------92
Total 2583731449325436348
  • Other – State League & National Super Cup


Ilsinho holds a U.S. green card which qualifies him as a domestic player for MLS roster purposes.[18]



São Paulo
Shakhtar Donetsk




  • Brazilian Bola de Prata (Placar): 2006
  • Best XI Ukrainian Premier League: 2007–2008


  1. "Arbitration CAS CAS 2010/O/2132 Shakhtar Donetsk v. Ilson Pereira Dias Junior, award of 28 September 2011" (PDF). Court of Arbitration for Sport. 28 September 2011. Retrieved 5 July 2017.
  2. "Ilsinho signs for Shakhtar". Retrieved 8 September 2012.
  3. "Willian and Ilsinho: Shakhtar's position". Retrieved 8 September 2012.
  4. "Shakhtar Donetsk vs Dnipro 1-1". Retrieved 8 September 2012.
  5. "Illichivets' vs Shakhtar Donetsk 1-2". Retrieved 8 September 2012.
  6. "Shakhtar Donetsk vs Chornomorets 2-0". Retrieved 8 September 2012.
  7. "Shakhtar Donetsk vs Arsenal Kyiv 6-0". Retrieved 8 September 2012.
  8. "Hoverla vs Shakhtar Donetsk 1-3". Retrieved 8 September 2012.
  9. "Metalist vs Shakhtar 0-2". Retrieved 29 October 2012.
  10. "Shakhtar vs Illichivets 2-1". Retrieved 29 October 2012.
  11. "Ilsinho leaves Shakhtar". FC Shakhtar Donetsk. 30 June 2015. Retrieved 30 June 2015.
  12. "Philadelphia Union Sign Brazilian International Ilsinhor". Philadelphia Union. 24 February 2016. Retrieved 24 February 2016.
  15. "Ilsinho". Soccerway. Retrieved 14 December 2018.
  16. "Philadelphia Union Complete Transaction With New York City FC". Philadelphia Union Communications. 28 February 2018. Retrieved 1 March 2018.
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