Michel Fernandes Bastos (born 2 August 1983), commonly referred to as Michel Bastos, is a Brazilian footballer. He currently plays for Olympique Lyonnais in Ligue 1. He primarily plays as a winger capable of playing on either side of the field, but plays as a left back for the Brazil national team. Bastos made his national team debut on 14 November 2009 against England in Doha, Qatar
Bastos has played in the Netherlands, Brazil and France.
* 1 Club career
o 1.1 Lille OSC
o 1.2 Olympique Lyonnais
* 2 International career
* 3 Career statistics
o 3.1 International goals
* 4 Notes
* 5 References
* 6 External links
Bastos was born in the Brazilian city of Pelotas and began his career playing for hometown club Esporte Clube Pelotas. In 2001, he moved to the Netherlands joining Dutch club Feyenoord Rotterdam playing for the Jong Feyenoord, the club's reserve section. Following a loan stint at nearby Excelsior Rotterdam, he returned to Brazil joining Atlético Paranaense. Bastos later played for Grêmio and Figueirense before deciding to return to Europe.
Bastos joined French club Lille OSC in 2006 and made his league debut in the club's opening match of the 2006–07 season against Rennes playing 65 minutes before being substituted out. Lille won the match 2–1. Bastos scored his first goal for the club against Lens in the annual Derby du Nord and finished the season with a total of three goals. Over the next two seasons, his goal output quickly increased. He scored eight league goals during the 2007–08 season, including goals against Rennes, Lyon, and Lorient to help Lille finish in a respectable 7th place. During this season, Bastos began alternating between the left back and left winger position.
For the 2008–09 season, he was installed in the left winger role permanently. He scored his first goal in just the second match of the season in a 1–3 loss to Le Mans. Two weeks later, he scored in the club's 2–1 win over Bordeaux and, a week later, scored again, this time in a 1–1 draw with Sochaux. He also scored in a 2–2 draw against Lyon. With the match tied 1–1, Lille had a free kick from an odd angle from 30 meters out. Bastos took the free kick with his powerful left foot delivering it with such force, Lyon keeper Hugo Lloris could not stop it.
From 11 November 2008 onwards, Bastos scored in five straight matches. He scored goals against Marseille, Lorient, Toulouse, Nice, and Le Havre. accumulated 2 wins and 3 draws in that span. Several weeks later, he began another streak scoring a goal in six straight matches. With Lille winning all of those matches, they moved into the European places in the standings and eventually finished 5th earning a UEFA Cup spot on the final day of the season. In total that season, Michel appeared in 41 matches and scored 16 goals, 14 in the league and also assisted on nine goals, which led Ligue 1. He was awarded the Trophée du Meilleur Passeur and became the only player in Ligue 1 history to appear in the top five of both the goalscorers' table and the assists' table since the creation of the assists' table for the 2007–08 season. He was also nominated for the Ligue 1 Player of the Year Award and named to the league's Team of the Year