Igor Julio

Igor Julio dos Santos de Paulo (born 7 February 1998), known as Igor Julio or simply Igor, is a Brazilian football player who plays as a central defender for Italian Serie A club Fiorentina, on loan from SPAL.

Personal information
Full name Igor Julio dos Santos de Paulo
Date of birth (1998-02-07) 7 February 1998 (age 23)
Place of birth Bom Sucesso, Brazil
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Position(s) Centre back
Club information
Current team
Fiorentina (on loan from SPAL)
Number 98
Youth career
Atlético Mineiro
Portuguesa Santista
Red Bull Brasil
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2016 Red Bull Brasil 0 (0)
2016–2017 FC Liefering 36 (0)
2017–2019 FC Red Bull Salzburg 2 (0)
2018Wolfsberger AC (loan) 15 (0)
2018–2019FK Austria Wien (loan) 27 (0)
2019– SPAL 17 (0)
2020–Fiorentina (loan) 30 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 09:05, 31 May 2021 (UTC)

Club career

Born in Bom Sucesso, Minas Gerais, Igor joined Red Bull Brasil's youth setup from Portuguesa Santista.[1] In July 2016, after impressing with the under-20 side, he moved abroad and joined Austrian Bundesliga side FC Red Bull Salzburg, being initially assigned to the reserve team.[2]

Igor made his professional debut for Liefering on 22 July 2016, starting in a 1–0 Austrian Football First League home win against SV Horn.[3] After being a regular starter, he made his first team debut the following 28 May, playing the full 90 minutes in a 1–0 home defeat of SC Rheindorf Altach.

Igor was promoted to Red Bull Salzburg's main squad on 26 May 2017,[4] but continued to appear mainly with the B-team. On 7 January 2018, he was loaned to fellow top tier club Wolfsberger AC, until June.[5]

On 2 July 2018, Igor moved to FK Austria Wien also in the first division, on a season-long loan deal.[6]

On 26 June 2019, Igor signed to Italian Serie A club SPAL a contract until 2023.[7]

On 31 January 2020, Igor joined Fiorentina on a two-year loan with an obligation to buy.[8]

Career statistics

As of match played 22 May 2021[9]
Club Season League Cup Continental Other Total
Liefering 2016–17 Erste Liga 250250
2017–18 110110
Subtotal 360360
Red Bull Salzburg 2016–17 Austrian Bundesliga 1010
2017–18 10200030
Subtotal 20200040
Wolfsberger (loan) 2017–18 Austrian Bundesliga 150150
Austria Wien (loan) 2018–19 Austrian Bundesliga 27030300
SPAL 2019–20 Serie A 17031201
Fiorentina (loan) 2019–20 900090
2020–21 21030240
Subtotal 30030330
Career total 127011100001381


    1. "Zagueiro brasileiro troca de clube na Áustria e tenta quebrar hegemonia" [Stopper changes club in Austria and tries to break hegemony] (in Portuguese). Terra. 9 July 2018. Retrieved 10 January 2019.
    2. "Na Seleção Sub-20, Igor relembra passado e fala da importância da base do Toro Loko" [In the under-20 national team, Igor remembers past and talks about the importance of Toro Loko's youth setup] (in Portuguese). Red Bull Brasil. 7 November 2016. Retrieved 10 January 2019.
    3. "Game Report by Weltfussball". Weltfussball. 22 July 2016.
    4. "FC Red Bull Salzburg reveal who will play for them next season". Red Bull Salzburg. 26 May 2017. Retrieved 10 January 2019.
    5. "Two Salzburg players leave for Carinthia". Red Bull Salzburg. 7 January 2018. Retrieved 10 January 2019.
    6. "Igor goes on loan to league rivals". Red Bull Salzburg. 2 July 2018. Retrieved 10 January 2019.
    7. "UFFICIALE: SPAL, ha firmato il difensore Igor: contratto fino al 2023" (in Italian). Retrieved 26 June 2019.
    8. "FIORENTINA SIGN IGOR" (Press release). Fiorentina. 31 January 2020.
    9. Igor Julio at Soccerway. Retrieved 10 January 2019.