Guly Do Prado
Guilherme Do Prado Raymundo, or Guly as he is more commonly known, was born in Campinas, Brazil on 31st December 1981. He operates primarily as a forward. Guly began his career at Brazilian side Portuguesa Santista in 2002. After a successful spell with the Santos based club, Do Prado moved to Italy, joining Serie B outfit Catania.
Guly made his Catania debut on August 31st against Siena. He made just three further appearances however, and was transferred to Serie A side Perugia the following season. During his time at Perugia, Do Prado worked with a number of big name players including Christian Obodo, Ze Maria and future England international Jay Bothroyd. He also represented the club in the UEFA Cup. Unfortunately Perugia were relegated in 2004, and a year later were declared bankrupt, leaving Guly free to find new employment. The Brazilian had scored 4 times for 'The Grifoni'.
Guly joined Fiorentina in 2005, but would spend 3 years at the club without making a single appearance. Do Prado was unfortunate during his time at the Viola, suffering a career threatening injury. He had loan spells at lower division sides Spezia and Mantova between 2007 and 2008, before leaving Fiorentina for good in the summer of 2008. Guly then joined Pro Patria, where he had a short but successful spell, scoring 7 in 14 games. This led to a move to Cesena. Do Prado scored 9 goals in total as Cesena were promoted to Serie A.
On August 23rd 2010 Guly signed for Southampton in a five month loan deal. The Brazilian made his debut in the closing stages of the 4-0 win at Bristol Rovers on August 28th. He started his first Saints game days later on August 31st in a disastrous 3-0 home loss to Swindon. Guly was played out of position as a central midfielder and looked poor before he was replaced by Ryan Dickson in the second half.
Do Prado didn't really get going for Saints until he bagged his first goal for the club at Yeovil on September 28th. Shortly after that he put in a terrific display against Tranmere which won most of the Southampton crowd over. Do Prado had his most successful spell of the 2010/11 season between December and January, and was a key member of the side that was banging in goals for fun. He scored 5 goals during this period, while also creating many chances for others.
Guly signed a permanent 2 and a half year deal on January 20th. He lost his starting spot in February when he was injured against Swindon and his replacement Lee Barnard did the business in his absence. It wasn't long before Guly won his place back in the team however. He returned to form in the final weeks of the season, and helped Southampton to a League 1 promotion with goals against Charlton, Bristol Rovers and Walsall.
Guly helped Saints to the top of the Championship at the start of 2011/12 with a series of top showings. He scored in the 1-0 win over Millwall on 20th August, having made a number of classy assists in the previous weeks. Defensive work came on leaps and bounds, even if it went unnoticed by some. Guly proved to be one of the most tactically astute and unselfish players in the Saints squad. He scored great goals against Birmingham and Watford, before being moved from the right wing to a more advanced role alongside Rickie Lambert. Guly thrived up front, netting twice against Middlesbrough on October 29th. The former Cesena man had a role in all six goals as Saints beat Peterborough 2-1 and Coventry 4-2 in November 2011. Guly had a shocker at Fratton Park on December 18th, putting in a weak challenge at a corner before Joel Ward's 84 minute equaliser for Pompey. He constantly divided opinion among fans, and often received unwarranted abuse from the crowd. Guly returned to form on Boxing Day with two goals against Crystal Palace. He also scored in the 3-0 win over Nottingham Forest on January 14th 2012. Guly continued to look solid back on the right of midfield in 2012, although the criticism did take its toll to some extent. The Brazilian was still working hard, but looked reluctant to make any difficult passes for fear of incurring the wrath of the St Marys faithful. He was dropped in April after another bad display against Pompey. Guly returned to the side on the final day, and put on a tremendous showing in the promotion clinching game with Coventry. He pulled the strings in midfield, helping Saints to a 4-0 win.
Guly continued to receive a rough ride from some fans during 2012/13, but in reality rarely let the side down. Had a strong pre-season, and also looked bright against Man City and Wigan in August. Guly dropped out of the starting eleven after being arrested for drunk driving. He appeared intermittently over the following months, before winning his place back in the starting line-up on December 29th in a 3-3 draw with Stoke. Saints fans saw the best and worst of Guly that day. The Brazilian assisted Jay Rodriguez, and also performed well defensively, but missed a simple chance to kill the game off. His unfortunate own-goal in an otherwise brave display against Arsenal summed up his luck. Guly started Mauricio Pochettino's first game against Everton, but only appeared in brief spurts in the months that followed. He missed another great chance at Reading, but ended the season strongly with a fine display at Spurs.