Ânderson Polga

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Ânderson Polga
Personal information
Full name Ânderson Corrêa Polga
Date of birth (1979-02-09) 9 February 1979 (age 35)
Place of birth Santiago, Brazil
Height 1.82 m (5 ft 11 12 in)
Playing position Centre back
Youth career
Grêmio
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1999–2003 Grêmio 64 (5)
2003–2012 Sporting 221 (0)
2012 Corinthians 3 (0)
Total 288 (5)
National team
2002–2003 Brazil 11 (3)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).
For other Brazilian footballers nicknamed Anderson, see: Anderson (footballer).

Ânderson Corrêa Polga (born 9 February 1979) is a Brazilian retired footballer who played as a central defender.

He spent most of his professional career with Sporting in Portugal, appearing in 327 official games (four goals) and winning four major titles. He started playing for Grêmio.

Polga represented Brazil at the 2002 World Cup, winning the competition.

Club career[edit]

Groomed at Grêmio Foot-Ball Porto Alegrense, Polga was born in Santiago, Rio Grande do Sul, being an important defensive unit from early on and helping the side to two trophies in 2001: the Rio Grande do Sul State Championship and the Brazilian Cup.

In 2003 he moved to Sporting Clube de Portugal, becoming the first World Cup champion ever to play in the country. He quickly became a defensive stalwart for the Lisbon-based side, helping it to the UEFA Cup final in his third year – after a run-in with then coach José Peseiro, he was an unused substitute in the decisive match, a 1–3 defeat against PFC CSKA Moscow – as well as to four consecutive league runner-up finishes.

Not prone to score, Polga netted his first two goals for the Lions in the 2007–08 UEFA Champions League, in both group stage matches against FC Dynamo Kyiv.[1][2] He played in 43 games in all competitions during the campaign. In the 2009–10 season, as Sporting could only finish fourth, Polga lost his starting position to Tonel – who previously had lost his to youth graduate Daniel Carriço – but still managed to appear in 25 official matches (1,983 minutes). He left the club in June 2012 at the age of 33 and returned to Brazil.

On 5 September 2012 Polga signed for Sport Club Corinthians Paulista, who had just sold Leandro Castán and loaned Marquinhos, both to A.S. Roma.[3] At the end of the season, the club decided against renewing his contract.[4]

International career[edit]

Polga made his debut for Brazil in 2002 against Bolivia, being subsequently summoned for that year's FIFA World Cup. He made two complete group stage appearances for the eventual champions.[5]

After 2003, although he displayed good club form in several seasons, Polga was not recalled again.

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Grêmio
Sporting
Corinthians

Country[edit]

Individual[edit]

Club statistics[edit]

Club Season Série A Série B Série C Copa do Brasil Copa Libertadores Copa Sudamericana State League Friendly Total
App Goals App Goals App Goals App Goals App Goals App Goals App Goals App Goals App Goals
Grêmio 1999 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
2000 18 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 18 3
2001 17 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 17 0
2002 19 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 19 1
2003 9 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 9 1
Total 64 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 64 5
Club Season Primeira Liga Segunda Liga Taça de Portugal Supertaça UEFA Champions League UEFA Europa League State League Others Total
App Goals App Goals App Goals App Goals App Goals App Goals App Goals App Goals App Goals
Sporting 2003–04 29 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 4 0 0 0 0 0 34 0
2004–05 26 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 10 0 0 0 1 0 40 0
2005–06 30 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 2 0 1 0 0 0 3 0 37 0
2006–07 28 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 6 0 0 0 0 0 5 0 41 0
2007–08 25 0 0 0 2 0 1 0 5 2 5 0 0 0 7 0 45 2
2008–09 28 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 8 0 0 0 0 0 4 0 42 0
2009–10 15 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0 5 1 0 0 2 0 26 1
2010–11 20 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 8 1 0 0 8 0 39 1
2011–12 20 0 0 0 6 0 0 0 0 0 13 0 0 0 8 0 47 0
Total 221 0 0 0 19 0 2 0 25 2 46 2 0 0 38 0 351 4
Club Season Série A Série B Série C Copa do Brasil Copa Libertadores Copa Sudamericana State League Friendly Total
App Goals App Goals App Goals App Goals App Goals App Goals App Goals App Goals App Goals
Corinthians 2012 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
Total 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
Total 288 5 0 0 19 0 2 0 25 2 46 2 0 0 38 0 409 8

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