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Luisão

Published: Friday 1 April 2011, 17.54CET
SL Benfica
Published: Friday 1 April 2011, 17.54CET

Luisão

SL Benfica

Clubs: CA Juventus, Cruzeiro EC, SL Benfica

• Luisão – full name Anderson Luís da Silva - made his name with Cruzeiro, spending three seasons with the Belo Horizonte club and winning the Brazilian title in 2003.

• Joined Benfica in 2003 and won the Portuguese Cup at the end of his first season; proved to be a key figure under Giovanni Trapattoni in 2004/05 as the Eagles claimed their first domestic title in 11 years, making 29 appearances and scoring two goals.

• Made his debut for Brazil in 2001 and helped the Seleção to victory at the 2004 Copa América in Peru, playing in all six matches and scoring his first international goal in the final against Argentina; an unused squad member at the FIFA World Cups of 2006 and 2010 but played a prominent role in capturing the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup alongside Lúcio in central defence.

• A loyal servant to Benfica, he enjoyed an outstanding 2009/10 campaign under Jorge Jesus as the Eagles regained the Liga title and reached the UEFA Europa League quarter-finals.

• Completed 250 games for Benfica at the start of 2010/11, during which he replaced Nuno Gomes as the club's regular captain and scored a decisive goal against PSV Eindhoven in the UEFA Europa League quarter-final second leg.

• Led the club to second-placed finishes in the league in 2011/12 and 2012/13, as well as to the 2013 UEFA Europa League final, where Benfica lost to Chelsea FC. 

UEFA honours
UEFA Europa League: runner-up 2013 

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