MILAN - Schalke forward Edu's curriculum
is typical of the many Brazilian players who make their living
from football, far from the glamour of better known compatriots
such as Robinho, Kaka, Julio Cesar and Lucio.
His career has taken him to Santos, Guarani, CRAC and
Nautico in his homeland, unfashionable German clubs VfL Bochum
and Mainz 05 and also a brief stint in South Korea.
He has never had a sniff of the famous gold shirt and could
walk down the street in Sao Paulo without being noticed.
On Tuesday, however, he upstaged the likes of Inter Milan's
key players Samuel Eto'o and Wesley Sneijder, scoring twice to
help Schalke 04 demolish holders Inter Milan 5-2 at the San Siro
and repaying new coach Ralf Rangnick for gambling on him.
Edu, 29, was given few outings under Rangnick's
controversial predecessor Felix Magath, but the new coach saw a
role for him as an out-and-out centre forward.
"I thought it was logical that Edu should play in the centre
of the attack," Rangnick said. "He struggled in a recent game
but today he made a great contribution."
Rangnick, in charge for his second match of his second stint
at Schalke, also gave a Champions League debut to 23-year-old
Alexander Baumjohann, who set up Edu's second, and kept faith
with Jose Manuel Jurado, another promising young midfielder.
"Both are classy players, that is a well-known fact. It was
logical to bring them into the squad and they both responded
superbly against very strong opponents," said Rangnick
The coach dismissed comparisons between his laidback style
and the tough training methods of his predecessor Felix Magath.
Magath, who led Schalke to second place in the Bundesliga
last season, was fired in March amid criticism of his training
policy and protests among fans.
"Each coach has his own style. Felix has his, I have my own,
Felix was successful and it doesn't make any sense to make
comparisons," said Rangnick.
"We twice came from behind against very strong opponents.
"It was a delicate, difficult situation, as I had little
time to get to know the squad and we had a lot of injuries, but
we gave the right answer today on the pitch. It says a lot about
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