Jose Artur De Lima Junior
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Jose Artur De Lima Junior

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Artur with Columbus in 2017
Personal information
Full name José Artur de Lima Junior
Date of birth (1996-03-11) 11 March 1996 (age 22)
Place of birth Brumado, Bahia, Brazil
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Columbus Crew SC
Number 8
Youth career
2012-2014 Bahia
2014 Juventus-SC
2014-2016 São Paulo
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2016-2017 São Paulo 4 (0)
2017 -> Columbus Crew SC (loan) 24 (0)
2018- Columbus Crew SC 32 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 28 October 2018

José Artur de Lima Junior (born 11 March 1996),[1] commonly known simply as Artur, is a Brazilian professional footballer who plays for MLS club Columbus Crew SC as a midfielder. Previously, he played in his native Brazil for São Paulo.

While with the São Paulo U20s, Artur won the Copa do Brasil Sub-20 twice and the 2016 U-20 Copa Libertadores. He appeared sparingly for the São Paulo senior team before departing the club, first on loan and then permanently to Columbus Crew SC in the United States. As a result of his permanent transfer to Columbus, Crew SC owns 50 percent of his rights, while São Paulo hold 20 percent and his former youth club Juventus-SC hold 30 percent.

Club career

São Paulo

Artur came through the youth ranks at Bahia, Juventus-SC, and São Paulo before breaking into the São Paulo first team in 2016. He made his senior debut for the Tricolor on 19 June 2016, part of a 2-2 draw with Flamengo, and his performance was rated highly by the Brazilian press.[2] However, Artur rarely made it off the bench during the rest of the Série A season, and finished the 2016 campaign with just four appearances, all in the Campeonato Brasileiro.

Columbus Crew SC

After impressing against Major League Soccer club Columbus Crew SC in a preseason match, Artur presently signed on loan with the American side on 13 February 2017.[3] He made his debut for the club on 4 March, a substitute appearance as part of a 1-1, season-opening draw with Chicago Fire.[4] Although Artur had initially appeared to be a depth signing for Crew SC, sitting behind Wil Trapp, Mohammed Abu, and Tony Tchani on the depth chart, he quickly forced his way into the Columbus starting lineup. Artur missed time early in the year after undergoing surgery on his left wrist,[5] but still would end up starting 24 times during the regular season. In the 2017 MLS Cup Playoffs, Artur appeared three times; on 31 October, in the first leg of the conference semifinals against New York City FC, he tallied his first career goal in the 58th minute of a 4-1 Crew SC victory. Artur finished the season with a goal and three assists in 28 total appearances.

Following the season, reports from Brazil claimed that São Paulo wanted Artur to return to Brazil upon the expiry of his loan; although Columbus had an option to buy's Artur's rights, he was reportedly being offered a salary raise in order to entice him to return to the Tricolor.[6] Columbus officially picked up Artur's MLS contract option in early December, while still trying to complete a deal with São Paulo.[7] The transfer was confirmed on 6 December 2017,[8] with Columbus paying $1.5 million for 50 percent of Artur's rights; São Paulo retained 20 percent, with Juventus-SC holding the final 30 percent.[9] He made his second debut for Columbus on 3 March 2018, playing the full ninety minutes in a 2-0 victory over defending MLS Cup champions Toronto FC.[10]

Career statistics

As of 11 November 2018[11][12]
Club Season League Cup[a] Continental Other[b] Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
São Paulo 2016 Série A 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0
Columbus Crew SC (loan) 2017 MLS 24 0 1 0 - 3 1 28 1
Columbus Crew SC 2018 32 0 0 0 - 3 0 35 0
Total 56 0 1 0 0 0 6 1 63 1
Career total 60 0 1 0 0 0 6 1 67 1
  1. ^ Appearance in the U.S. Open Cup
  2. ^ All appearances in the MLS Cup Playoffs


  1. ^ "Artur - Columbus Crew SC". Retrieved 2018.
  2. ^ "Fla domina o São Paulo, reage duas vezes, mas perde pênalti e só empata" [Fla dominates Sao Paulo, reacts twice, but loses a penalty and only draws]. (in Portuguese). Retrieved 2018.
  3. ^ "Crew SC acquires Brazilian midfielder Artur on loan". 13 February 2017. Retrieved 2017.
  4. ^ "BOXSCORE: #CLBvCHI". Retrieved 2018.
  5. ^ "Columbus Crew SC eye quick return for Artur". Retrieved 2018.
  6. ^ "Report: São Paulo wants Columbus Crew SC's Artur back in 2018". Retrieved 2018.
  7. ^ "Artur's future with Columbus Crew SC still up in the air". Retrieved 2018.
  8. ^ "Crew SC acquires Artur from Sao Paulo FC". 6 December 2017. Retrieved 2017.
  9. ^ "Americanos exercem preferência de compra e SP negocia volante" [Americans exercise buying preference and SP negotiates flyer]. (in Portuguese). Retrieved 2018.
  10. ^ "Higuain, Zardes lead line in win over defending champions". Retrieved 2018.
  11. ^ José Artur de Lima Junior at Soccerway
  12. ^ José Artur de Lima Junior at Major League Soccer

External links

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