ZELIN joins Giants

Giants have secured the services of former AlienTech and OFFSET star Luís "ZELIN" Lousada, the Spanish organisation have announced.

In a Twitter post, Giants unveiled the 25-year-old as a backup player, but HLTV.org knows that he is currently being tested with a view to moving into the starting lineup.

ZELIN will be making his first appearance for Giants this Saturday in the second European open qualifier for IEM Sydney, replacing Joao "KILLDREAM" Ferreira, who has been moved to the bench.

ZELIN joins Giants on trial

The move comes as a massive boost for Giants, who are currently ranked 76th in the world. ZELIN has long been regarded as one of Portugal's finest talents and came close to joining Giants back in September, when the Spanish organisation unveiled the line-up, before Rui "RIZZZ" Lima was picked up.

With ZELIN's addition, Giants currently have:

Portugal Ricardo "rmn" Oliveira
Portugal Ricardo "fox" Pacheco
Portugal Christopher "MUTiRiS" Fernandes
Portugal Rui "RIZZZ" Lima
Portugal Luís "ZELIN" Lousada (trial)

Portugal Joao "KILLDREAM" Ferreira (benched)

Portugal Ricardo "AIm" Almeida (coach)

Portugal Joao 'KILLDREAM' Ferreira
Joao 'KILLDREAM' Ferreira
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.00
Maps played:
417
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.71
APR:
0.16
Portugal Ricardo 'rmn' Oliveira
Ricardo 'rmn' Oliveira
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.98
Maps played:
474
KPR:
0.69
DPR:
0.70
APR:
0.13
Portugal Rui 'RIZZZ' Lima
Rui 'RIZZZ' Lima
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.98
Maps played:
112
KPR:
0.66
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.14
Portugal Ricardo 'fox' Pacheco
Ricardo 'fox' Pacheco
Age:
32
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.03
Maps played:
797
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.13
Portugal Christopher 'MUTiRiS' Fernandes
Christopher 'MUTiRiS' Fernandes
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.99
Maps played:
575
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.70
APR:
0.15
Portugal Luís 'ZELIN' Lousada
Luís 'ZELIN' Lousada
Age:
26
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.12
Maps played:
311
KPR:
0.78
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.13
Portugal Ricardo 'AIm' Almeida
Ricardo 'AIm' Almeida
Age:
-
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.64
Maps played:
59
KPR:
0.44
DPR:
0.76
APR:
0.13
yay
2019-02-02 18:45
#4
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Portugal ShadowFP 
lets go
2019-02-02 18:45
isnt this like 4 years too late lmao.
2019-02-02 19:24
#117
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Portugal ShadowFP 
better late than never
2019-02-02 19:55
this dude break out in the same year the brazilians popped up into the scene. its like what 2015? jesus.he is 25 already.
2019-02-02 19:57
#236
rmn | 
Portugal blaldas 
you are talking like if this was football were the age ceiling it is at 33yo we dont know the ceiling age of csgo yet everyone said fox was to old yet he destoyed everyone when playing the major with the ex-SK team...
2019-02-03 22:26
no i agree age has no bearing in actual mechanical skill. career has a bearing tho. this guy is so far behind. its hard to reach a certain age and continue to play the game semi professionally. and he kinda missed his shot i think. he broke out 4 years ago. yet this is the first time he managed to get onto a team with fox.
2019-02-03 22:34
#238
rmn | 
Portugal blaldas 
and yet he went to a spanish team and destoyed the spanish league, played against some european teams and didn't "shaked". before that played onde the top 3 teams in Portugal for a long time. is seen as one of the top5 portuguese players. he deserves respect nonetheless. in Portugal being a csgo player is not as easy as it might look like
2019-02-03 22:43
spanish league is irrelevant upper portuguse scene is irrelevant. this dude had the potential to break out in a legitimate top 20 team. and now he missed his chance due to waiting or not getting any offers previously. this call up to a team with well knon pt players should ve happened years ago. dude deserves the respect and its not easy to be csgo palyer in pt i agree. 25 yr olds have non csgo realate problems compared to people in their teens. if he is to make money off of csgo even foxs team is not enough. this move should have happened years agı. hence my original point.
2019-02-03 22:53
why tf is hltv covering tier 6 news
2019-02-02 20:02
#133
v1k0 | 
Ecuador Ecuador 
It's csgo news
2019-02-02 20:27
MiRAA is Portuguese and is a fan of Giants.
2019-02-03 01:50
#5
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Portugal Joefilas 
Yes he's one of the best pt csgo players but I don't see a reason for giants kicking killdream so early
2019-02-02 18:46
They kicked their best player *facepalm*
2019-02-02 18:48
their best player is mut
2019-02-02 19:06
No, Killdream is in better shape than Mut and everyone in Giants.
2019-02-02 19:35
#241
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Portugal vKAMPERj 
Better shape in GIANTS now...I guess its mut or fox
2019-02-04 01:52
#94
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Kuwait GoBIGorGoHOME 
1- wasnt kicked 2- benched due to personal reasons 3- english classes needed
2019-02-02 19:22
+1
2019-02-02 22:38
We are not brainwashed , I mean the smarter people. We cant elect a better Partie, because there are not a single one. Fidesz, our government can do literally anything, and they will still have the elections. We dont like immigrants thats a fact, but we are not that racist as it looks like.
2019-02-03 12:58
#233
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Portugal HentaiFapper 
+1
2019-02-03 18:03
#112
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Portugal bacmoita 
Rizzz will be benched
2019-02-02 19:43
They killed his dream :(
2019-02-02 20:31
#7
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Belgium YoGatesKevin 
Nice addition. Gl
2019-02-02 18:45
#9
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Bulgaria coolmen1 
ok
2019-02-02 18:45
#10
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Portugal PortugueseFan 
LETS GO
2019-02-02 18:46
-rizz
2019-02-02 18:46
#152
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Argentina kratoS_fsa 
+ JUST
2019-02-02 21:28
LOL ?!?!
2019-02-03 03:45
#186
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Portugal D1recT 
Not playing good atm
2019-02-03 05:09
#12
Xyp9x | 
United States fishyt4u 
nice
2019-02-02 18:46
nice men))
2019-02-02 18:46
#22
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Portugal ItsAvenn 
Cool lol
2019-02-02 18:47
#28
fox | 
Portugal story! 
What a beast
2019-02-02 18:48
#29
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Portugal Kenay282 
GOD TEAM. Finally best Pt players
2019-02-02 18:48
#30
nawwk | 
Sweden frontex 
overrated player only good versus pt teams. So might help them win local lans that's it
2019-02-02 18:48
zelin has played well against tier 2/3 teams just go check is stats from last year and giants dont need any help to beat portuguese or spanish teams on lan
2019-02-02 19:06
#222
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Bulgaria coolmen1 
??? he only played vs. tier6 shitholes.
2019-02-03 10:14
Kinguin valiance and team spirit tier 6?
2019-02-03 10:16
#234
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Portugal Stifmyster 
wasnt him MVp of last season of LVP?
2019-02-03 19:35
#32
s1mple | 
United Kingdom Twinaye 
recycling the same players
2019-02-02 18:48
Thinking the same. Are there any players in Portugal, at least with potential, who are under the age of 26?
2019-02-02 18:50
#52
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Myanmar xdcc 
ZELIN 25 so the average age is down by 10
2019-02-02 18:53
nop, all shit
2019-02-02 19:27
Portugal cs omegalul
2019-02-02 18:49
mexico cs hahahaha
2019-02-02 18:52
México scène OmegaLUL
2019-02-02 20:26
#37
Per0N | 
Venezuela 643 
Why -killdream????!?!?!?!?!?!?!??!?!
2019-02-02 18:50
#70
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Europe pencilvester 
Idk
2019-02-02 19:05
#79
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Portugal RAPM 
i prefered that it was -rizz but who knows
2019-02-02 19:10
rizz is in the best shape. after mutiris its the best player atm
2019-02-02 19:19
nice english
2019-02-03 15:45
#56
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Spain G3CK0 
What is Giants doing by benching his best player???
2019-02-02 18:56
#59
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Portugal PortugueseFan 
his best player is Mutiris right now
2019-02-02 18:58
#102
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Spain G3CK0 
Yeah right now because they kicked him :D
2019-02-02 19:26
0/8
2019-02-02 19:31
#108
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Spain G3CK0 
Nah killdream is on another level in comparison with the Portuguese scene
2019-02-02 19:32
killdream is braindead from what i have seen... but sometimes he does nice clutches
2019-02-02 20:07
Agree.
2019-02-02 19:05
#166
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Portugal Agricultor 
killdream wasn't kicked, he wasn't kicked, he asked to leave for a while
2019-02-02 22:57
#167
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Portugal Agricultor 
personal reasons
2019-02-02 23:04
#58
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Portugal SdruviaQ_ 
Gl zelin
2019-02-02 18:58
#60
Portugal HOLF 
~yay
2019-02-02 18:58
good move to add Zelin but why didnt remove rizzz?
2019-02-02 19:00
rizzz its good and one of the best players atm wtf are you talking?
2019-02-02 19:17
killdreaM > Rizzz any day
2019-02-02 19:21
please watch giants now on inferno and you see rizz. u dont know nothing about pt scene
2019-02-02 20:11
haha are you sure ? xdd
2019-02-02 20:12
Are you watching spanish league games? Rizz holding apps from pit is amazing
2019-02-03 02:59
standing ipän pit iss oooooo ez
2019-02-03 04:47
#62
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Europe TriHard_8R 
lmao killdream was the best or 2nd best on that team, why him
2019-02-02 19:01
#231
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Portugal Vascometro69 
He asked for break due to personal reasons
2019-02-03 16:08
#63
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Spain ericmoncusi23 
Nice change I believe
2019-02-02 19:01
#66
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Portugal WillyanI7 
God Zelin PogChamp
2019-02-02 19:03
tier 1 wow neat cool nice
2019-02-02 19:04
#76
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Myanmar xdcc 
Imagine if Giants wins vs top30 team. It will be worse spam than ENCE becoming top1.
2019-02-02 19:08
we already have turks and brazilians. what could possibly be worse?
2019-02-02 19:20
#95
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Myanmar xdcc 
Portugal = Brazil. Trust me it will be worse
2019-02-02 19:22
i do kind of remember the pt flag spammers when kinguin 16-0’d vp
2019-02-02 19:26
Our cancer will rise again in all csgo media platforms
2019-02-02 20:43
FINALLY GOD ZELIN JOINS edit wait why they drop killdream >:(
2019-02-02 19:05
#74
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Macau I_DONT_LIKE 
God zelin... But sad cuz Killdream was playing well.
2019-02-02 19:07
#75
shox | 
India iejesus 
expected
2019-02-02 19:08
#78
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Portugal macpjoao 
It's over people. PORTUGAL WILL HAVE A TOP 5 TEAM BY THE END OF THIS YEAR!
2019-02-02 19:09
By the end of the year I would say top 30 max.
2019-02-02 19:50
De_luded
2019-02-02 20:45
Me or him
2019-02-03 01:35
Both.
2019-02-03 01:45
How so lmao? I said at the MAXIMUM. imo, if they play well they might stay around 40-60.
2019-02-03 11:56
noice
2019-02-02 19:13
They’re all so old lmao
2019-02-02 19:16
#87
Puls3 | 
World bigb1rd 
These guys actually still play CS? Haven't seen fox and mutiris playing an official game for about 2 years....
2019-02-02 19:19
"fan of nordavind" OMEGALUL
2019-02-02 19:20
hltv.org/matches/2329536/giants-vs-norda.. let me guess next comment is going to be "moroccan scene omegalul" ?
2019-02-02 20:16
#92
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Switzerland TyRRRR 
RIP KillDreaM :/ but ZELIN is a must have for a PT team.
2019-02-02 19:21
#96
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Portugal Pfar 
The best crowd of 2018 deserves a tier 1 team and a major host in the future!
2019-02-02 19:22
#116
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Portugal wiseGOD 
Holly fucking shit. Finally! Zelin is best portuguese player! YESSSSSSSSSSSSSS
2019-02-02 19:54
Finally... Now they can maybe pose a threat against low tier 2-tier 3. Zelin is the current best pt player.
2019-02-02 20:01
Do these guys get paid playing cs? I mean skillwise they should be paying to get to play.
2019-02-02 20:17
Considering they won the portuguese league and the spanish league i'd say they're getting paid
2019-02-03 05:16
ZELIN
2019-02-02 20:20
#131
liTTle | 
CIS Dowa) 
finally
2019-02-02 20:23
#135
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United States jmarcelo 
3 ricardos wtf
2019-02-02 20:32
Does anyone know if this is the same giants organization that had a swedish roster around 2007? i recall get_right playing for them prior to getting picked up by fnatic
2019-02-02 20:41
yes it is check liquipedia
2019-02-02 21:39
#137
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Brazil ragemasterBR 
Who? Anyway fox and Mutirius will keep carrying the team on their back
2019-02-02 20:42
sad but true xD
2019-02-02 21:07
#180
gas | 
Portugal AllJews 
nah, fox is shit nowadays and the one getting carried
2019-02-03 02:58
#143
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Europe KrepaN 
Miraa ninguém estrangeiro quer saber disto... Um "notícia" um pouco desnecessária
2019-02-02 20:51
no young players on this team
2019-02-02 20:53
#150
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Chile StfanoLELE 
Pt dream team?
2019-02-02 21:17
Top One Portugal
2019-02-02 21:32
#159
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Brazil nektroys 
Good luck my gajos!
2019-02-02 21:57
#160
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Dominican Republic SantoDomingo 
Finally
2019-02-02 22:04
#165
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Portugal Yaxok 
GOD Miraa
2019-02-02 22:40
#174
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Spain akproxx 
The right step Next rmn if he isnt the igl they must pick a young player
2019-02-03 00:09
1.17
2019-02-03 08:04
this team is full of old bots:D
2019-02-03 09:34
#221
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Romania k1ngmase 
giants is supposed to be a spanish club, but idk why they're incorporating a foreigner player instead of betting on spanish players...
2019-02-03 09:36
#240
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Portugal hugofilipe10 
So??? most of the organizations in the High level cs do not have players of the same nationality
2019-02-03 23:50
#243
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Romania k1ngmase 
i'm not against incorporating foreigner players, but if u see the top of hltv teams, Astralis, Na'Vi (not at all), fnatic, mibr, nip, north, ence, renegades, vitality... maybe there are someone who's not from the same nationality, but many of them are
2019-02-08 09:04
Top1
2019-02-03 11:59
irrelevant news
2019-02-03 13:49
+1
2019-02-03 20:02
#228
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United States ChrisBrown 
Good luck!
2019-02-03 14:29
#229
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Spain LilWayne 
Best portuguese player
2019-02-03 14:35
#242
ZELIN | 
Portugal spmb 
omg yes!
2019-02-04 02:24
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