Maicon Pereira de Oliveira
Maicon Pereira de Oliveira (8 May 1988, Rio de Janeiro Brazil - 8 February 2014, Donetsk Ukraine), commonly known as Maicon, was a Brazilian footballer who played for the Ukrainian club Illichivets on loan from Shakhtar Donetsk. He operated as a striker.
In 2009, he moved to Ukrainian Premier League club Volyn Lutsk from Atlético Mogi. In his first season with the club he scored 13 goals in 18 matches in the First League (Persha Liha), guiding Volyn to promotion to the Premier League after a second place finish. He made a further 3 cup appearances, however he failed to score a goal in them. In his second season he was unable to keep up his scoring rate from the previous season and, despite netting a hat trick in the cup, he was loaned to Steaua Bucureşti for the second half of the season. He scored 5 goals in 16 appearances in his second season with the club, including just 2 goals from 15 league matches.
Loan to Steaua
On 21 February 2011, Maicon was loaned out for four months to the Romanian team Steaua Bucureşti with an option for purchase at the end of the 2010–11 Liga I season.
On 13 April 2011, on his second match at Steaua scored his first goal and the only goal in Steaua's victory against Liga I leader Oţelul Galaţi. On 16 April 2011 coming on in the 72nd minute scored the equalizer goal in 80th minute and victory goal in 86th minute against Sportul Studenţesc. At the end of the season, he returned to his club in Ukraine.
Return to Volyn
His second season in the Premier League proved much more successful than the previous season. During the 2011–12 season, he scored 14 goals in the league and 5 in the cup and was the club's top goalscorer. He finished the season with 19 goals from 28 matches and was top goalscorer in the Ukrainian Cup. He also tied Yevhen Seleznyov as top goalscorer in the league. Due to an impressive 2011–12 season he attracted the interest of reigning Premier League champions Shakhtar Donetsk, joining them on a free transfer.
In the summer of 2012, Maicon joined Shakhtar Donetsk on a free transfer. He signed a three-year contract. On 4 September it was announced that Maicon would join Zorya on loan for six months before joining up with Shakhtar again during the winter break.
Because he joined Shakhtar after the season had begun Mircea Lucescu, the Shakhtar manager, decided to loan him to Zorya for the first half of the season. But then he was registered by Ukrainian Premier League as a player, who belongs for Zorya, but not on loan. He made his debut on 15 September 2012, coming on as a second half substitute against club Shakhtar Donetsk. Zorya lost the match 3–0.
The Shakhtar Donetsk striker died in a car accident in Donetsk on the 8th of February 2014. The club confirmed the news in an official statement on Saturday morning. The Brazilian joined the Ukrainian outfit in 2008 and made six appearances scoring one goal. Recently he had been on loan with Zorya Luhansk and Illichivets Mariupol.
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