Rock-solid Brazilian defender DOUGLAS DA SILVA (left) of FC Hapoel Tel Aviv heads the ball away from Austria international striker ROMAN WALLNER of visiting Red Bull Salzburg during UEFA Champions League match of this past August at the Bloomfield Stadium in Israel. (Jack Guez/AFP/Getty Images)
Continuing to spend like no other team in Austria can, defending champions RED BULL SALZBURG have snapped up skilled as well as uncompromising Brazilian defender DOUGLAS DA SILVA from defending Israeli League and Cup champions FC Hapoel Tel Aviv for a transfer fee of 2.6 million Euros.
Da Silva, 26, was a key figure and scored two goals from a dozen appearances in the successful run of FC Hapoel Tel Aviv in the UEFA Champions League this term; of course, Red Bull Salzburg were knocked out of that competition this past August by the Israeli club at the final hurdle to the group stage.
Red Bull Salzburg, with GERHARD TREMMEL an ever-present between the sticks after arriving from the German 2.Bundesliga side Energie Cottbus to start the season, have conceded an Austrian Bundesliga-low baker’s dozen goals but, regardless, are in third place in the standings and looking to strengthen the team during the winter break.
Brazilian defender DOUGLAS DA SILVA (left) of Israeli club FC Hapoel Tel Aviv battles Holland World Cup reserve striker KLAAS-JAN HUNTELAAR of German club Schalke 04 Gelsenkirchen in an aerial duel during the late October UEFA Champions League match at the Veltins Arena in western Germany. (Martin Meissner/AP)
DOUGLAS DA SILVA
Israeli league record
33 games – 1 goals — 2005/06 — FC Hapoel Kfar Saba
29 games – 3 goals — 2006/07 — FC Hapoel Kfar Saba
31 games – 3 goals — 2007/08 — FC Hapoel Kfar Saba
32 games – 3 goals — 2008/09 — FC Hapoel Tel Aviv
34 games – 6 goals — 2009/10 — FC Hapoel Tel Aviv
12 games – 3 goals — 2010/11 —- FC Hapoel Tel Aviv