He was just 16 years old at that time and was the only footballer on the team who was not playing on Mexican soil. Dos Santos was arrived in La Masia at age He quickly became an undisputed starter with the youth teams, including Barcelona B. Son of Brazilian player Zizinho, who appeared with Mexican clubs America, Leon and Necaxa, to name a few, it was clear that Gio had the technique and playing style of his father. He became the brains on the pitch.
Dos Santos joined the Galaxy in after experiences in Spain and England. He is a crafty attacking player known for his technique, playmaking abilities and quickness, and can play anywhere across the attacking line. Perhaps his most memorable moment came in the Gold Cup final against the United States, when he bewitched the US defense with a mazy run before curling the ball into the far corner, spurring Mexico on to a win. He struggled to establish himself in Barcelona's first team after coming up through the academy and was sold to Tottenham after one senior season with the Blaugrana. He had a similarly tough time at Spurs, making just 33 appearances in all competitions and being loaned out three times in his four-year spell at the club. He finally found some purchase in Spain, enjoying strong stints with Mallorca and Villarreal, before moving to LA. Dos Santos comes from a soccer family. His father, Brazilian player Zizinho, starred in Mexico during the s and his brother, Jonathan, is a professional player and has been Giovani's teammate with Barcelona, Villarreal and Mexico. Login Sign Up. Main menu Knockout Stage Bracket.
Place of birth: Monterrey. Citizenship: Mexico. Height: 1,75 m. Position: Second Striker. Contract expires: Former International: Mexico. Log in. Profile Settings Log out.
A versatile forward , dos Santos can play as an attacking midfielder , winger and secondary striker. Dos Santos began his football career at a very young age, being recruited by Spanish club Barcelona and played for their B team until age He made his way up the ranks, eventually playing for the senior squad, making his debut in Though he would stay with the club until , his time there was mostly spent away on loan, at Ipswich Town , Galatasaray and Racing de Santander , with varying degrees of success. He was also a member of Mexico's team that won the gold-medal at the Summer Olympics.