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Personal information
Full name Ânderson Luís da Silva
Date of birth February 13, 1981 (1981-02-13) (age 29)
Place of birth Amparo, Brazil
Height 1.93 m (6 ft 4 in)
Playing position Centre back
Club information
Current club Benfica
Number 4
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2000–2001 CA Juventus 018 0(1)
2001–2003 Cruzeiro 062 0(7)
2003– Benfica 155 (15)
National team
2001– Brazil 039 0(3)[1]
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 06 September 2009
This is a Portuguese name; the family name is Da Silva.

Ânderson Luís da Silva (born 13 February 1981 in Amparo, São Paulo), commonly known as Luisão, is a Brazilian footballer who currently plays as a centre-back for Benfica of the Portuguese Liga. Luisão also is a part of the Brazilian national team, having earned 45 caps and scoring three goals in his senior career.


Club career



Having represented CA Juventus and Cruzeiro early in his career, Luisão's arrival to Europe was not easy. He was signed by Benfica for £890,000.[2] He faced a tough period of adaptation, during which he performed somewhat below his capabilities and even considered traveling back to his home country. However, he did manage to score in his debut for Benfica in a thrilling 3–3 draw with Belenenses. Luisão established himself, however, and grew into one of Benfica's top players.

2004–05 season

At the end of the 2004–05 season, Luisão scored a decisive goal against rivals Sporting Clube de Portugal, which won the Portuguese Liga for Benfica. Luisão came up with another big goal for Benfica against Liverpool in the 2005–06 Champions League, leading Benfica to 1–0 victory.

2006–07 season

During the 2006–07 season, Luisão became team captain after the injuries to Nuno Gomes and Petit, proving he is a team leader and a crucial member of the squad. In January 2008, Luisão was involved in an on-field argument with teammate Kostas Katsouranis during a league match against Vitória de Setúbal. The argument arose after Katsouranis' misplaced pass, which forced Luisão to commit a foul in order to stop play. After receiving a yellow card, Luisão critizised Katsouranis, who responded in a similar manner. The two players were on the point of breaking into violence before teammates separated them. Both players were then quickly substituted and given suspensions by the club. Both players later apologised to each other. After a difficult 2007–08 season filled with nagging injuries and inconsistent play, Luisão had been rumored to a move away from Benfica, but decided to stay with the club for another season.

International career

Luisão has 39 caps with the Brazilian national team, the first one in July 2001. He represented Brazil in their Copa América 2004 win, playing in all six games and scored an important goal in the final against Argentina. He was included in the squad for the 2005 FIFA Confederations Cup, but didn't see a single minute. The same happened in the 2006 FIFA World Cup. After the World Cup, when Brazil hired Dunga as their new coach, he began to see a formidable partnership with fellow defender Lúcio and began to play more often.





Career statistics

Club League Season League Cup League Cup Europe Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
SL Benfica Portuguese Liga 2003–04 15 3 3 1 4 0 22 4
2004–05 29 2 2 0 9 0 40 2
2005–06 31 1 3 0 10 1 44 2
2006–07 17 2 2 0 20 0 39 2
2007–08 19 3 3 1 3 1 9 0 34 5
2008–09 21 2 3 1 5 0 4 1 33 4
2009–10 22 2 0 0 4 1 10 1 36 4
Total 154 15 16 3 12 2 66 3 248 24
Last Update: 19 March 2010[3]


He is the older brother of Hamburger SV defender Alex Silva[4] and of the central defender Andrei Silva who signed on 23 September 2009 for S.L. Benfica's youth team[5].

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