As unfair as it may seem, Jadson was largely forgotten by Brazilian football fans after Ukraine’s Shakhtar Donetsk lured the promising youngster away from Atletico Paranaense in 2005. Over the next seven years the attacking midfielder won 12 trophies with Shakhtar and was drafted into the Brazil side by Mano Menezes for a handful of friendlies and the 2011 Copa America.
Yet widespread recognition of his talents only came last year, when he decided to return to Brazil, signing for Sao Paulo with some very clear objectives in mind, as he explained to FIFA.com:
“I won several titles in Ukraine, but I was more or less out of the limelight, which was one of the reasons why I’ve come back. Aside from playing for Sao Paulo, my aim has always been to make it back to A Seleção. Luckily I’ve started the 2013 season well and I got my chance. I’m very pleased that Felipão (Brazil coach Luiz Felipe Scolari) has recognised the work I’ve done. I was trying to catch his eye.”
And when the host nation’s squad for the FIFA Confederations Cup Brazil 2013 was announced, Jadson’s name was on it, marking the end of his mission to get himself noticed by Scolari, one he has completed in double-quick time.