If in comic books we have the green giant Hulk, in football we also encounter the famous player Hulk known for having the world’s strongest penalty kick, with a speed of up to 200 km/h. He is a Brazilian footballer currently playing as a forward for Atletico Mineiro and the Brazilian national football team.
Biography and Career of Hulk
Hulk’s real name is Givanildo Vieira de Souza, born on July 25, 1986, in Brazil. He currently plays for Atletico Mineiro and the Brazilian national football team as a forward.
Hulk started his career at Esporte Clube Victoria in Salvador, Bahia, before moving to Japan to play for Kawasaki Frontale. He then played for Consadole Sapporo, a second division team. During his time there, he played a full season and scored 25 goals in 2006.
In 2007, Hulk was loaned to Tokyo Verdy, where he scored 37 goals in 42 matches and won the league’s top scorer title.
After playing in Japan for a while, Hulk signed a contract with the reigning champion FC Porto and moved to Portugal to compete.
When his Moroccan teammate Tarik Sektioui got injured, Hulk was given the opportunity to play and scored his first official goal in the national championship. Afterwards, he secured a starting position, forming an excellent attacking trio with Cristian Rodriguez and Lisandro López. He had an outstanding performance in the UEFA Champions League, being selected by UEFA as one of the top 10 promising football stars.
In September 2012, Hulk completed a transfer to Zenit Saint Petersburg in Russia for a fee of 55 million euros.
Achievements of Hulk
With his talent and strength, Hulk has achieved impressive accomplishments in his football career. Here are some of his notable achievements:
At F.C. Porto:
Primeira Liga: 2008–09, 2010–11
Portuguese Cup: 2008–09, 2009–10, 2010–11
Supertaça Cândido de Oliveira: 2009, 2010, 2011
UEFA Europa League: 2010–2011
Individual honors of Hulk:
J2 League Top Scorer: 2007
Peace Cup Golden Shoe: 2009
Peace Cup Silver Ball: 2009
Primeira Liga Top Scorer: 2008–2009
Primeira Liga Player of the Year: 2010–2011
Bola de Prata: 2010–11
Primeira Liga Player of the Month: multiple times in 2009 and 2010-2011
AVA has compiled information about Hulk’s biography, career, and achievements in the above article. We hope that sports enthusiasts have gained further knowledge about the incredible Hulk in football.