Luis Filipe Kasmirski~ Brazil’s Left-back and that ever present “headband”

Filipe started his youth career in football at Figueirense in 1995 as an attacking midfielder, before moving to join AFC Ajax in 2004 where he had his first taste of European football, despite spending one full season as a reserve never appearing in any competitive match, Luis still credited Ajax for helping him understand the world of football. Indeed, his energetic approach all started with this Dutch club.

From Figueirense, Filipe was registered to C.A. Rentistas but later loaned to the B-team of Real Madrid for an entire season in the Segunda División. While still on loan, Luis joined Deportivo de La Coruña in August 2006 with a buy-out option of $2.2 million. With limited playing chances during the first season, his loan contract was extended under the same clause for another one year. Shortly after this, his Debut season at Depotivo, which topples him as the only outfield player in La Liga to appear in all 38 league games, scoring twice, began on June 10, 2008, where he was purchased and signed for a five-year contract. In a league game against Athletico Bilbao, Luis sustained an injury on opposing goalkeeper Gorka Iraizoz, but quickly recovered barely four months later.

On July 23, 2010, Filipe joined Atlético Madrid on a five-year contract for an undisclosed fee, reported at €12 or 13.5 million, and later made his first appearance in the 2013–2014 edition of the UEFA Champions League in helping the Colchoneros secure first place in Group G by scoring once in a 4 – 0 victory over FK Austria Wien. He was also included in a stellar backline during the league campaign that only conceded 26 goals in 38 games as Atlético won the league title for the first time in 18 years.

It was a dream come true for Luis, playing in the premier league when he was transferred to join the “Blues” (Chelsea) on July 16, 2014, on an agreed £15.8 million transfer fee. Kasmirski made his debut in Chelsea's third league match, featuring the last seven minutes of a 6 – 3 win over Everton on 30 August 2014. His only goal for Chelsea came on December 16, 2014, in a 3–1 success at Derby County for the quarter-finals of the League Cup. By mid-2015, he rejoined Atlético Madrid on a four-year contract for an undisclosed fee and finally returned to Brazil to play with Flamengo on 23 of July 2019.

Internationally, Filipe Luis is much-admired for his outstanding records which began on August 7, 2009, when he was called up by the Brazilian Football Federation to feature in a friendly against Estonia, which saw Brazil taking the lead by 1- 0. Luis international debut later came in October 2010 during the 2010 FIFA World Cup qualifier against Venezuela, paving the way for him to be selected in the squad which won the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup, hosted by Brazil. On November 17, 2015, during the 2018 World Cup qualification held in Salvador, Bahia, Filipe found the net for the very first time, an incredible finish which ended up in a 3–0 lead over Peru, enabling him to be named in the Brazilian 23-man squad during the 2018 finals in Russia, where France was crowned the World Champions.

Luis Filipe Kasmirski headband