2017 (Columbus): Artur made 24 appearances (19 starts) this season, all coming at center midfield, and recorded three assists. Artur made his team debut coming on as a substitute in the second half of the Opening Match against the Chicago Fire (March 4). Artur made his first start for Crew SC in a road contest against Houston (March 11). Following his appearance against the Portland Timbers (March 25), he was named to MLSSoccer.com’s Team of the Week. He recorded his first career assist, a game-winning assist, for the Black & Gold against Orlando City SC (April 1) and was also named to MLSSoccer.com’s Team of the Week following the match. Artur underwent successful surgery to repair his left wrist after suffering an injury during a road contest against the New York Red Bulls (April 22). He missed the subsequent matches against New York City FC (April 29) and the New England Revolution (May 6) after being listed as out during those weeks due to the surgery. Artur missed the match against Toronto FC (May 10) after being listed as questionable that week following wrist surgery. Artur returned to the starting lineup in a road contest against the Montreal Impact (May 13). He did not make an appearance against New England (May 21) due to a thigh strain injury ahead of the match. Artur made a substitute appearance in a road match against Toronto FC (May 26) coming in for Justin Meram. Artur started in a home match against Seattle Sounders FC (May 31) and made a substitute appearance in a road match against the Colorado Rapids (June 3), coming in for Mohammed Abu. He returned to the starting lineup in a road match against Atlanta United FC (June 17). Artur came on as a substitute in an international friendly match at home against Eintracht Frankfurt (July 14). He started in a home match against the Philadelphia Union (July 22) and recorded his second helper of the season, which was also a game-winning assist. Artur missed the road match against Orlando City SC (August 19) due to left hamstring tightness. He missed the matches against the LA Galaxy (August 23) and FC Dallas (August 26) after being listed as questionable with a left thigh strain during that week. He made substitute appearances in a road contest against Vancouver Whitecaps FC (September 16) and a home match against the New York Red Bulls (September 23). Artur returned to the starting lineup in a home match against D.C. United (September 30) and provided his third assist of the 2017 MLS regular season. Artur made three appearances (all starts) at center midfield and has registered one goal in the Audi 2017 MLS Cup Playoffs. He started in a road contest against Atlanta United FC (October 26) in the Eastern Conference Knockout Round and in a home match against New York City FC (October 31) in the First Leg of the Eastern Conference Semifinals, scoring his first professional goal and first professional game-winning goal. Artur started in a home match against Toronto FC (November 21) in the First Leg of the Eastern Conference Championship and subsequently missed the Second Leg of the Eastern Conference Championship against Toronto FC (November 29) after being suspended for yellow-card accumulation in the Audi 2017 MLS Cup Playoffs.
2016 (Sao Paulo FC): Artur was promoted to the Sao Paulo FC’s First Team in 2016. He made four appearances (three starts) in the Campeonato Brasileiro Serie A, Brazil’s First Division. Artur’s debut for the club came as a starter in a home match against Flamengo (June 16), where he played the entire match.
During his time with Sao Paulo FC’s Under-20 Team, Artur won the Copa do Brasil – Brazil’s Domestic Cup – twice (2015, 2016), the Sao Paulo State Tournament (2016), and the Copa Libertadores – South America’s Continental Cup – (2016). Prior to that, he was with Esporte Clube Bahia’s U-19 side, where he won the U-17 Metropolitan Cup and the U-18 Bahia Championship (2014).
TRANSACTION: Columbus Crew SC acquires midfielder Artur on a permanent transfer from Sao Paulo FC on December 6, 2017.
Name: Artur de Lima Junior (are-TOUR)
Born: March 11, 1996 in Brumado, Bahia
Hometown: Salvador, Bahia
Acquired: Originally arrived on loan from Sao Paulo FC on February 13, 2017 and was acquired on a permanent transfer on December 6, 2017. Artur will continue to occupy an international roster slot on Crew SC’s roster.
Previous Experience: Sao Paulo FC (2015-2016)
Artur is the son of Artur and Bernardina. He has three siblings: two brothers and one sister. Artur enjoys all kinds food. He enjoys listening to music and lists pagode, hip-hop, gospel, and sertanejo as his favorites genres. Artur’s favorite movie is 300. He loves playing videogames, specifically the Pro Evolution Soccer and Call of Duty franchises. His hobbies include reading, playing tennis, and footvolley. Artur’s favorite place in the world his home state of Bahia, known worldwide for its beaches. When he was a kid, Artur looked up to Zinedine Zidane and Ronaldinho. His favorite soccer memory is getting his first professional start with Sao Paulo FC against Flamengo. Artur speaks Portuguese, some Spanish, and is learning English.