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This is a Portuguese name; the first family name is Alves and the second is Silva.
Eduardo in a game for Arsenal
Personal information
Full name Eduardo Alves da Silva
Date of birth 25 February 1983 (1983-02-25) (age 27)
Place of birth Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)[1]
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current club Arsenal
Number 9
Youth career
CBF Nova Kennedy
1999–2001 Dinamo Zagreb
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2001–2007 Dinamo Zagreb 123 (83)
2002–2003 Inter Zaprešić (loan) 15 (10)
2007– Arsenal 38 (7)
National team
2004–2005 Croatia U-21 12 (14)
2004– Croatia 28 (18)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 07:30, 16 March 2010 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 01:23, 20 December 2009 (UTC)

Eduardo Alves da Silva (born 25 February 1983 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil), commonly known simply as Eduardo, is a Brazilian-born Croatian footballer who plays for English Premier League club Arsenal and the Croatia national team.


Club career


Early years

Eduardo grew up in the Rio de Janeiro neighbourhood of Bangu and made his first steps in club football with CBF Nova Kennedy and Bangu Atlético Clube,[2] although he did not play regularly in the youth categories. He was later noticed by Dinamo Zagreb's scouts and joined the club's youth squad in September 1999. Eduardo stayed at Dinamo on trial until December 1999 and returned to the club in February 2000, starting to play regularly for their under-17 squad. Eduardo found his way to the first team in the summer of 2001, despite suffering some injuries early in his career.[3]

After making his first-team debut with Dinamo in the 2001–02 season, Eduardo was loaned for one season to Croatian second division side Inker Zaprešić (now Inter Zaprešić) in 2002–03 to see more first-team action, scoring 10 goals in 15 league appearances for the club.

Dinamo Zagreb

Coming back from loan at Inter Zaprešić for the 2003–04 season, Eduardo quickly established himself as a regular in Dinamo Zagreb's first team. He was subsequently named the best player of the Croatian league in 2004 as well as in 2006 and 2007, when he was one of the key players in Dinamo Zagreb's team that won two consecutive titles in the Croatian league as well as one title in the Croatian Cup. In 2006, he also helped Dinamo winning the Croatian Supercup, scoring two goals in their 4–1 victory over Rijeka.

Eduardo taking a free kick for Dinamo

In the 2006–07 season, he scored five goals in six matches for Dinamo Zagreb in two qualifying rounds for the UEFA Champions League and in the first round of the UEFA Cup. After netting a brace in Dinamo Zagreb's 4–1 away win at Ekranas, he went on to score the first European goal at Arsenal's new Emirates Stadium in London on 23 August 2006 as Dinamo Zagreb suffered a 5–1 aggregate defeat in the third qualifying round for the UEFA Champions League. He also scored both goals in Dinamo's 5–2 aggregate defeat to AJ Auxerre in the first round of the UEFA Cup in September 2006.

Eduardo performed best for Dinamo Zagreb in the Croatian championship, netting 18 goals in 18 matches until the winter break of the 2006–07 season, including three braces and a hat-trick, and adding another seven assists to his tally. In addition to this, he was the only player who appeared in all of the club's 18 matches before the winter break, also being in the starting lineup in each of the 18 matches. In mid-November 2006, he scored two hat-tricks in two consecutive matches he played for Croatia and Dinamo Zagreb in a period of four days.

In Dinamo's 4–0 derby win over Zagreb on 12 May 2007, Eduardo scored his 30th and 31st league goals of the 2006–07 season and became the most successful Croatian league goalscorer of all time, breaking a 13-year-old record set by former Dinamo Zagreb striker Goran Vlaović with 29 goals scored for the club in the 1993–94 season. He finished the league season with 34 goals in 32 appearances. In the final league match of the season on 19 May 2007, he became the first player ever to score a hat-trick in the Eternal derby between Dinamo Zagreb and Hajduk Split, netting all three goals as Dinamo won the match 3–0.


Eduardo training with Arsenal

On 3 July 2007, Arsenal confirmed that terms had been agreed with Dinamo Zagreb for the transfer of Eduardo for an undisclosed fee, believed to be around £7.5 million, subject to receiving a work permit.[4][5] The initial work permit application was turned down by the Home Office, but the appeal hearing on 2 August reversed the decision.[6]

Eduardo made his Premier League debut on 19 August 2007 in Arsenal's 1–1 draw at Blackburn Rovers. Ten days later, he netted his first competitive goal for the Gunners in their UEFA Champions League qualifier against Sparta Prague, which Arsenal won 3–0. Eduardo scored his first group-stage goal in the Champions League on 19 September 2007 against Sevilla. While still fighting to find his place as a regular in the Premier League for Arsenal, Eduardo continued to display his goalscoring abilities in the Carling Cup, scoring two braces in two consecutive matches for the club, against Sheffield United and Blackburn Rovers, and helping them to reach the semi-finals of the competition. Eduardo found more playing time in all competitions due to Robin Van Persie's lengthy injury and found himself partnering Emmanuel Adebayor more often.

Eduardo finally managed to find his place in Arsenal's starting line-up in the Premier League over Christmas and New Year period, scoring his first two Premier League goals in a 4–1 win at Everton on 29 December 2007, first levelling the score and then putting Arsenal 2–1 up in the opening 15 minutes of the second half. On New Year's Day 2008, he opened the scoring after only 72 seconds of the match against West Ham United; Arsenal went on to win 2–0. On the first weekend of the new year, he had a successful FA Cup debut as Arsenal faced Championship side Burnley on the road, first scoring the opening goal early on, and then setting up a second for Nicklas Bendtner midway through the second half. In the following three matches in January, he set up three more goals, providing two assists and winning a penalty. He went on to help Arsenal to return to the top of the Premier League in early February, scoring a skilful over-the-shoulder flick in a 3–1 away victory over Manchester City and assisting Philippe Senderos for an early goal in a 2–0 win over Blackburn at the Emirates.

Leg injury

On 23 February 2008, Eduardo suffered a broken left fibula and an open dislocation of his left ankle in a match against Birmingham City, following a tackle by Martin Taylor, for which Taylor was sent off.[7] Eduardo was immediately taken to Selly Oak Hospital, where he underwent surgery.[8] Gilberto Silva was the only person in the vicinity who spoke both Portuguese and English and was able to translate communication between Eduardo and the medical team. Eduardo's injury was so graphic that Sky Sports, which was broadcasting the game live, decided not to show replays of the incident.[8] Arsène Wenger initially called for a lifetime ban for Taylor,[9] but retracted his comments later. Although blame was aimed at Taylor for making the tackle, teammates and mentors stated that he would never do such an act deliberately.[10] Taylor claimed to have visited Eduardo in hospital and that an apology was accepted;[11] Eduardo, however, could not remember Taylor's visit or even the tackle.[12]

Return to action

On 16 February 2009, Eduardo started against Cardiff City in the FA Cup, scoring in the 21st minute and converted a penalty in the second half.[13] However, in that game, he suffered a hamstring injury.[14] He returned against Burnley in the 5th Round of the FA Cup, captaining the side and scoring Arsenal's second goal.[15] He made his first appearance in the Premier League after the injury on the opening day of the 2009–10 season against Everton. He scored Arsenal's sixth goal in a 6–1 victory.[16]

A week later, Eduardo was accused of simulation by the Scottish FA chief executive Gordon Smith to win a penalty in the 3–1 Champions League win over Celtic; Smith also demanded a ban for the Croat.[17] On 28 August, Eduardo was charged by UEFA with "deceiving the referee"[18] over the penalty incident.[19] He was subsequently punished with a two-match European ban,[20] but this was rescinded on appeal. Eduardo later scored the winning goal in Arsenal's 3–2 win over Standard Liège on 16 September 2009.[21]

On 18 November 2009, Eduardo signed a new long-term contract with Arsenal.[22] He then scored his second Premier League goal of the season against Hull City on 19 December and scored again in the 4–1 win over Portsmouth on 30 December.

On 3 January 2010, Eduardo headed the winner in a 2-1 victory over West Ham to put Arsenal in the fourth round of the FA Cup.

International career

In 2002, Eduardo took Croatian nationality and was first called up to play for the country's Under-21 team at the finals tournament of the 2004 European Under-21 Championship in Germany. He appeared in all three of Croatia's matches before they were eliminated from the tournament in the group stage. Eduardo also scored one goal in his international debut against Serbia and Montenegro national under-21 side. Eduardo was also called up to the Croatia team for the 2006 European Under-21 Championship qualifiers, in which he made a total of nine appearances and scored seven goals. However, Croatia failed to qualify for the final tournament after losing 5–2 on aggregate to Serbia and Montenegro in the play-offs, where Eduardo scored both of Croatia's goals. He won a total of twelve international caps and scored eight goals.

In the meantime, he was also called up a couple of times to play for the Croatia national football team. He made his international debut at senior level as a second-half substitute in the team's friendly match against the Republic of Ireland on 16 November 2004 at the age of 21. In 2005, he appeared in another two friendly matches for the Croatian team and also played in both of the team's two matches at the 2006 Carlsberg Cup in Hong Kong. He scored his first international goal for Croatia at the tournament, netting the third goal in the team's 4-0 victory over hosts Hong Kong in the third-place play-off on 1 February 2006. He was subsequently also a candidate for joining the national team at the 2006 World Cup finals in Germany, but in the end did not get called up by the team's then-coach, Zlatko Kranjčar, who commented that Eduardo "is a young player", that he "does not diminish his value" by not selecting him, and that he "most seriously counts on him in future matches".

After the 2006 World Cup, Eduardo returned to the national team under new coach Slaven Bilić and started Croatia's friendly match against Italy on 16 August 2006, scoring the first goal in Croatia's 2–0 victory. He would later establish himself as one of the key players in Croatia's qualifying campaign for the Euro 2008. He made his competitive debut at senior international level in Croatia's goalless away draw against Russia on 6 September 2006 and went on to score his first competitive international goal for Croatia on 11 October 2006 in their 2–0 home win against England, when he opened the scoring by sending a looping header over the stranded Paul Robinson. In the following qualifier, away to Israel on 15 November 2006, Eduardo netted a hat-trick to help Croatia to drive home a narrow 4–3 victory over the strong Israeli side.

In Croatia's next qualifier, their first competitive game of the year 2007, at home against the sturdy Macedonian outfit on 24 March 2007, Eduardo scored the winner in the 88th minute to hand Croatia a 2–1 victory after trailing 1–0 at halftime. He went on to be Croatia's saviour in both of their qualifiers against Estonia, scoring all three goals in Croatia's 1–0 away and 2–0 home victories, as well as in their final home qualifier against Israel on 13 October 2007, where he netted the only goal in Croatia's 1–0 victory. He also set up Ivica Olić to score Croatia's 2nd goal in their 3–2 victory over England at Wembley—a win which saw England fail to qualify for Euro 2008. He finished the qualifying campaign with 10 goals in 12 matches and was the second-best goalscorer of the competition, after Northern Ireland's David Healy with 13 goals.

At Croatia's opening game of Euro 2008 against Austria, banners were shown in the crowd in respect for the faithful striker. His national team manager Slaven Bilić also dedicated Croatia's performance to him.[23]

International goals

Goal Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
01 1 February 2006 Hong Kong Stadium, Hong Kong  Hong Kong
0 – 3
0 – 4
Carlsberg Cup 2006
02 16 August 2006 Stadio Armando Picchi, Livorno  Italy
0 – 1
0 – 2
03 11 October 2006 Maksimir, Zagreb  England
1 – 0
2 – 0
Euro 2008 Qualifying
04 15 November 2006 Ramat Gan Stadium, Ramat Gan  Israel
1 – 2
3 – 4
Euro 2008 Qualifying
05 15 November 2006 Ramat Gan Stadium, Ramat Gan  Israel
1 – 3
3 – 4
Euro 2008 Qualifying
06 15 November 2006 Ramat Gan Stadium, Ramat Gan  Israel
2 – 4
3 – 4
Euro 2008 Qualifying
07 24 March 2007 Maksimir, Zagreb  Macedonia
2 – 1
2 – 1
Euro 2008 Qualifying
08 2 June 2007 A. Le Coq Arena, Tallinn  Estonia
0 – 1
0 – 1
Euro 2008 Qualifying
09 22 August 2007 Koševo, Sarajevo  Bosnia and Herzegovina
0 – 1
3 – 5
10 8 September 2007 Maksimir, Zagreb  Estonia
1 – 0
2 – 0
Euro 2008 Qualifying
11 8 September 2007 Maksimir, Zagreb  Estonia
2 – 0
2 – 0
Euro 2008 Qualifying
12 12 September 2007 Estadi Comunal, Andorra la Vella  Andorra
0 – 5
0 – 6
Euro 2008 Qualifying
13 13 October 2007 Maksimir, Zagreb  Israel
1 – 0
1 – 0
Euro 2008 Qualifying
14 1 April 2009 Estadi Comunal, Andorra la Vella  Andorra
0 – 2
0 – 2
2010 World Cup Qualifying
15 12 August 2009 Dinamo Stadium, Minsk  Belarus
0 – 2
1 – 3
2010 World Cup Qualifying
16 9 September 2009 Wembley Stadium, London  England
1 – 4
1 – 5
2010 World Cup Qualifying
17 14 November 2009 Stadion HNK Cibalia, Vinkovci  Liechtenstein
3 – 0
5 – 0
18 14 November 2009 Stadion HNK Cibalia, Vinkovci  Liechtenstein
4 – 0
5 – 0

Club career statistics

(correct as of 27 January 2010)[24]
Club Season League Cup Europe Total
Apps Goals Assists Apps Goals Assists Apps Goals Assists Apps Goals Assists
Dinamo Zagreb 2001–02 4 0 - - - - - - - 4 0 -
Inter Zaprešić 2002–03 15 10 - - - - - - - 15 10 -
Dinamo Zagreb 2003–04 24 9 - - - - - - - 24 9 -
Dinamo Zagreb 2004–05 21 10 - - - - - - - 21 10 -
Dinamo Zagreb 2005–06 27 20 - - - - - - - 27 20 -
Dinamo Zagreb 2006–07 32 34 - 8 8 - 4 3 - 44 47 -
Arsenal 2007–08 17 4 5 8 5 3 6 3 0 31 12 8
Arsenal 2008–09 0 0 0 2 3 0 2 0 0 4 3 0
Arsenal 2009–10 19 3 5 3 1 0 4 2 1 25 6 6
Career 159 90 9 21 16 3 16 8 1 196 117 14


Dinamo Zagreb


  • Croatian Player of the Year: 2004, 2006
  • Croatian First League Player of the Year: 2004
  • Croatian First League Top Scorer: 2007


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  2. ^ "Club profile". 
  3. ^ "Bio bih u divljim ligama Brazila da nisam došao u Dinamo" (in Croatian). Jutarnji list. 13 January 2008.,1,13,,104812.jl. Retrieved 22 January 2008. 
  4. ^ "Arsenal snap up striker da Silva". BBC Sport Online. 2007-07-02. Retrieved 2007-08-03. 
  5. ^ "Eduardo da Silva completes Arsenal move". 2007-07-03. Retrieved 2008-08-18. 
  6. ^ "Striker da Silva gets work permit". BBC Sport Online. 2007-08-02. Retrieved 2007-08-03. 
  7. ^ "Arsenal rocked by Eduardo injury". BBC Sport Online. 2008-02-23. Retrieved 2008-02-23. 
  8. ^ a b Rob Parrish (2008-02-23). "Eduardo suffers horror break". Sky Sports.,19528,11095_3185899,00.html. Retrieved 2008-02-23. 
  9. ^ "Wenger blasts Taylor". Sky Sports. 2008-02-23.,19528,11670_3186388,00.html. Retrieved 2008-02-23. 
  10. ^ "Bruce defends under-fire Taylor". 2008-02-23. Retrieved 2008-02-24. 
  11. ^ "Taylor makes visit". Sky Sports. 2008-02-24.,19528,11661_3191398,00.html. Retrieved 2008-03-27. 
  12. ^ "Eduardo cannot recall Taylor's hospital visit". 2008-03-24. Retrieved 2008-03-27. 
  13. ^ "Arsenal 4-0 Cardiff". BBC Sport Online. 16 February 2009. Retrieved 16 February 2009. 
  14. ^ "Eduardo suffers new injury blow". BBC Sport. 19 February 2009. Retrieved 19 February 2009. 
  15. ^ "Arsenal 3-0 Burnley". BBC Sport. 8 March 2009. Retrieved 16 August 2009. 
  16. ^ A "Everton 1-6 Arsenal". BBC Sport. 15 August 2009. A. Retrieved 16 August 2009. 
  17. ^ "Uefa to review Eduardo incident". BBC Sport. 27 August 2009. Retrieved 27 August 2009. 
  18. ^ "Eduardo disciplinary case opened". UEFA. 28 August 2009. Retrieved 28 August 2009. 
  19. ^ "UEFA Charge for Eduardo". Sky Sports. 28 August 2009.,19528,11945_5519726,00.html. Retrieved 28 August 2009. 
  20. ^ "Uefa bans Eduardo for two matches". BBC Sport. 1 September 2009. Retrieved 1 September 2009. 
  21. ^ "Standard Liege 2 - 3 Arsenal". BBC Sport. 17 September 2009. Retrieved 17 September 2009. 
  22. ^ "Eduardo signs new deal at Arsenal". BBC Sport. Retrieved 18 November 2009. 
  23. ^ Football | News - ITV Sport
  24. ^ History,, accessed 20 January 2008.

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Simple English

Eduardo da Silva
Personal information
Full name Eduardo Alves da Silva
Date of birth 25 February 1983 (1983-02-25) (age 28)
Place of birth    Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Height 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current club Shakhtar
Senior clubs
Years Club
Croatia Sesvete
Dinamo Zagreb
→Inter Zaprešić (loan)
National team
2004- Croatia

Eduardo da Silva (born 25 February 1983) is a Croatian football player. He plays for Shakhtar and Croatia national team.

Club career statistics

[1] [2]

Club Performance League CupLeague CupContinentalTotal
SeasonClubLeague AppsGoals AppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoals
CroatiaLeague Croatian Cup League Cup EuropeTotal
2000/01Croatia SesveteDruga HNL5252
2001/02Dinamo ZagrebPrva HNL4040
2002/03Inter ZaprešićDruga HNL15101510
2003/04Dinamo ZagrebPrva HNL249249
EnglandLeague FA Cup Football League Cup EuropeTotal
2007/08ArsenalPremier League1743154633112
CountryCroatia 1298512985
England 1745454833515
Total 14689545483164100

International career statistics

Croatia national team



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