Giovane Élber (1972)
Giovane Élber (July 23, 1972) is a former Brazilian striker who became a true Torjäger especially at Bayern Munich. Until 2010 he was the highest scoring foreigner ever in the German Bundesliga with 133 goals.
After first playing for Grasshoppers in Switzerland, Élber signed a four-year contract in Southern Germany, marking the most successful period of his career. He won the league title four times with Bayern and three times the DFB-Pokal.
However, in 1999 he missed the Champions League slot when the Germans faced Manchester United in the final battle. Due to a serious knee injury, he had to watch from March on how his team reached the final. After an insane denouement, the English finally (1-2) took off with the cup.
Two years later he got a second chance, Élber was the man in shape in the 2000/01 season. In Milan, the South Germans, with Dick Jol as arbitrator, won the CL final of Valencia after penalties. That same season, the World Cup was also added to the palmares.
The Brazilian striker continued to score and broke the Bundesliga record of Stéphane Chapuisat in 2002. On March 23 of that year, he scored his 107th and 108th goals in the German league against 1.FC Köln, making him the most successful striker ever. Despite all the goals, he had never become the top scorer, which only happened a season later when he scored 21 goals together with Thomas Christiansen to receive the "kicker Torjägerkanone Award". A dream came true for the now 30-year-old attacker: "Nobody is interested in Brazil that I am the most successful foreign striker ever in the Bundesliga. However, if I return home as a top scorer, I am the hero! "In addition, he was also voted" Best Fielder of the Season "by his fellow footballers and" Player of the Season "by Bayern fans.
After his time at Bayern, he played with varying success at Olympique Lyon, Borrusia Mönchengladbach, after which he ended his career at Cruzeiro in his native Brazil. Despite the club wanting to go on with him for another year, Élber decided it had been good and ended his career immediately on November 20, 2006 after persistent ankle problems and his father's death.
Due to the fierce competition from Romario and Ronaldo, among others, Giovane Élbertot only came 15 international matches in which he scored 7 times.