Gelsenkirchen - FC Schalke 04 have bolstered their defensive ranks for the 2013/14 Bundesliga campaign with the signing of Felipe Santana from Revier rivals Borussia Dortmund.

The 27-year-old Brazilian has signed a three-year deal at the Veltins Arena, lasting until 30 June 2016. He will wear the No5 shirt and replaces the recently-retired Christoph Metzelder.

New challenge

"We're delighted that Felipe Santana has chosen FC Schalke 04," said sporting director Horst Heldt. "He's aggressive in the tackle, reliable and he pops up with goals. He also has five years of Bundesliga experience."

Santana himself is looking forward to a fresh start in Royal Blue: "I've had five great years in Dortmund but they weren't always easy, so I'm looking forward to a new challenge at Schalke"

Hero against Malaga

Felipe Santana began his football journey in his homeland with Figueirense FC, joining Dortmund in 2007. He made 95 Bundesliga appearances for the Yellow-Blacks, as well as six in the DFB Cup and 10 in the UEFA Champions League. He also celebrated Bundesliga titles with BVB in 2011 and 2012, as well as a DFB Cup triumph, and will forever remain in the hearts of the Signal-Iduna-Park faithful for his injury-time winner against Malaga CF in the quarter-finals of the Champions League.