On this day in 2012: Brazilian Oscar joins Chelsea

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Friday 25 July 2014

On this day in 2012: Brazilian Oscar joins Chelsea

Looking back at Premier League history, we recall when Oscar became Chelsea's latest signing

  • Oscar scored 12 Barclays Premier League goals in his first two seasons at Chelsea

Premierleague.com rifles through the annals of the Barclays Premier League to find significant events.

25 July 2012 - Di Matteo adds Oscar to Chelsea ranks

Brazilian midfielder Oscar became Chelsea's fourth summer signing when he joined the club from Internacional.

Oscar was already in the United Kingdom, representing his country in the London 2012 Olympics, and was due to join his new Blues team-mates at the end of the competition.

"He is a fantastic player, one of the youngest to push through to Brazil's national team," said Chelsea manager Roberto Di Matteo. "He will add a lot of options and solutions for us in midfield."

Oscar settled into a midfield three with Juan Mata and fellow summer signing Eden Hazard and at the end of October he said: "The way we play with short, quick passes suits us and that's why we are gelling so well.

"When I play, they know what I'm going to do and the three of us in the middle - we want to improve together, grow together, win together."

Last season, new Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho said Oscar was his first choice for the number 10 role and weighed in with eight Barclays Premier League goals in another productive season.

Towards the end of the campaign, Oscar said: "Jose Mourinho has shown me I can be one of the best. He has given me this confidence and I have grown better and better under him."

During the summer he started all seven of Brazil's matches in the FIFA World Cup finals - scoring their decisive third goal in the opening fixture against Croatia and the consolation goal in the 7-1 semi-final defeat by Germany.

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Key Points

  • Premierleague.com looks back through the annals of history of the competition
  • A memorable event or match from each day of the year will be selected
  • We remember when Chelsea completed the signing of Brazil international midfielder Oscar