All I know is that I am standing behind and supporting the club as I believe West Ham need their supporters behind them and cheer them to relegation safety. Nevertheless, as with all fans, I dug up six facts worth knowing about this 29-year old Brazilian footballer who is well-respected among the St Etienne faithfuls.
Ilan's fact file:
- Capable of playing anywhere upfront and here is the proof (a bit tongue-in-cheek)
"I hope no one's expecting me to make the run from midfield, put the cross in and score the goal all in one move," then-Saint-Etienne forward Ilan when returning from injury
- Scored 54 goals and 16 assists in 166 matches in Ligue 1 and UEFA competitions at a rate of 1 goal in 309 minutes played.
- Was wanted by Celtic and Flamengo before finally opting for West Ham.
- Ilan helped Atletico Paranaense to their first Brazilian league title in 2001 before enjoying success with French sides Sochaux and St Etienne.
- Won his three caps for Brazil in the 2003 Confederations Cup but did not score against Turkey, US and Cameroon.
- Has already shown that he is a winner and a leader. He is a Brasilian League winner in 2001 and has captained Saint-Etienne in Ligue 1.