Chelsea have a rich history when it comes to Brazilians.
Having been managed by Luiz Felipe ‘Big Phil’ Scolari and fielded 12 players hailing from that part of the world, Chelsea has been one of the most popular English destinations for Brazilians over the past 25 years.
With speculation swirling around the potential next destination of Lille defender Gabriel Magalhaes, could there soon be a 13th Brazilian at the Bridge?
Here is a look back at the 12 Brazilian players to have pulled on the blue of Chelsea.
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Émerson Thome – 1999-00
The maiden Brazilian to feature at Stamford Bridge is one who may be forgotten – even by Blues fans.
Before the days of Roman Abramovich, centre-back Emerson Thome joined for a fee of £3.6 million after impressing with Sheffield Wednesday.
He would only spend a matter of months at the club, being sold to Sunderland the following summer for £6 million.
Alex – 2004-12
A centre-back famed for his bullet-like free-kicks, Alex joined Chelsea initially in 2004 but struggled to gain a work permit.
A three-season loan spell at PSV Eindhoven helped him gain notoriety and the right to play in England, finally making his Chelsea debut in 2007.
Alex’s influence declined after his first two seasons at the Bridge, becoming a peripheral figure by the time of his departure to Paris Saint-Germain in 2012. He will fondly be remembered for his free-kicks against Liverpool and Arsenal.
Juliano Belletti – 2007-10
Champions League winner with FC Barcelona and Champions League runner-up with Chelsea, Belletti has seen his fair share of action at the top level of professional football.
A right-back by trade, Belletti made 54 league appearances in blue before leaving the Bridge in 2010 to return to his native Brazil.
He is most remembered for his versatility, work-rate…