Éderzito António Macedo Lopes
Éder playing with Braga in 2012
|Full name||Éderzito António Macedo Lopes|
|Date of birth||22 December 1987|
|Place of birth||Bissau, Guinea-Bissau|
|Height||1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 7 October 2013.
† Appearances (Goals).
Early years / Académica
Born in Bissau, Guinea-Bissau, Éder moved to Portugal in his teens, and started playing football with Associação Desportiva e Cultural da Adémia in the Coimbra District, aged 12. He made his senior debuts with F.C. Oliveira do Hospital and G.D. Tourizense, the latter in the third division and the farm team of Académica de Coimbra.
Éder made his top level debut for Académica on 24 August 2008, in a 0–1 away loss against C.F. Estrela da Amadora. He scored his first goal for the club at the end of the season, netting the Students equalizing goal in an eventual 3–1 victory over Associação Naval 1º de Maio.
On 2 May 2010 Éder scored what looked like a winning goal against C.D. Nacional, but the visitors eventually drew it 3–3 in the 90th minute. On 12 September of the following year, against the same opponent and also in Coimbra, he bagged a brace in a 4–0 routing, finishing the season with five goals in 16 appearances; he also helped the club win its first Portuguese Cup since 1939 by defeating Sporting Clube de Portugal in the final, but he only featured in the earlier rounds, as he was suspended by his employers for not reporting to training for several weeks, as interest in acquiring his services arose.
In the 2012 summer, Éder signed with S.C. Braga for four years. He made his official debut for his new team on 2 September in a 0–2 loss at F.C. Paços de Ferreira but scored twice late into that month as the Minho Province side defeated Rio Ave F.C. 4–1 at home, contributing with one in a 4–4 home draw with S.C. Olhanense.
On 30 November 2012, in the fifth round of the Taça de Portugal, Éder netted the winning goal as Braga defeated national giants F.C. Porto 2–1, booking a place in the quarter-finals. On 6 January 2013, in a league match against Moreirense FC, he scored the game's only goal shortly after the restart; on 23 February he netted in each half of the local derby against Vitória de Guimarães, in a 3–2 win at the Estádio Municipal de Braga. but missed the rest of the campaign after suffering a ligament tear in early March.
Éder chose to represent Portugal internationally. After impressive club performances for Braga, he was first called up by the national team in August 2012 for a match against Luxembourg for the 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifiers, but remained an unused substitute in the 2–1 away win on 7 September. He made his debut four days later in the same competition, replacing Hélder Postiga in the dying minutes of a 3–0 home win over Azerbaijan.
- "É Éderzito mas já rima com seleção" [His name is Éderzito but it rhymes with national team] (in Portuguese). Diário As Beiras. 14 October 2010. Retrieved 30 May 2013.
- "Gonçalo: "Há muito tempo que esperava"" [Gonçalo: "I have been waiting a long time for this"] (in Portuguese). Record. 8 January 2009. Retrieved 30 May 2013.
- "Estrela Amadora vs. Académica 1–0". Soccerway. 24 August 2008. Retrieved 24 May 2013.
- "Académica vs. Naval 1º de Maio 3–1". Soccerway. 16 May 2009. Retrieved 24 May 2013.
- "Académica vs. Nacional 3–3". Soccerway. 2 May 2010. Retrieved 24 May 2013.
- "Academica de Coimbra 4–0 CD Nacional de Madeira". ESPN FC. 12 September 2011. Retrieved 24 May 2013.
- "Académica shock Sporting to lift Portuguese Cup". PortuGOAL. 19 May 2012. Retrieved 30 May 2013.
- "Éder (Académica) tem acordo com o FC Porto" [Éder (Académica) has agreement with FC Porto] (in Portuguese). Relvado. 8 December 2011. Retrieved 30 May 2013.
- "Éder: "Não gostei da forma como as coisas foram conduzidas"" [Éder: "I did not like the way things were handled"] (in Portuguese). Record. 29 January 2012. Retrieved 30 May 2013.
- "Académica participa à PJ desaparecimento de Éder" [Académica reports Éder disappearance to police] (in Portuguese). Diário de Notícias. 29 January 2012. Retrieved 30 May 2013.
- "Paços de Ferreira vs. Sporting Braga 2–0". Soccerway. 2 September 2012. Retrieved 24 May 2013.
- "Braga 4–1 Rio Ave". ESPN FC. 23 September 2012. Retrieved 24 May 2013.
- "Braga 4–4 Olhanense". ESPN FC. 7 October 2012. Retrieved 24 May 2013.
- "Sporting Braga vs. Porto 2–1". Soccerway. 30 November 2012. Retrieved 24 May 2013.
- "Sporting Braga vs. Moreirense 1–0". Soccerway. 6 January 2013. Retrieved 24 May 2013.
- "Sporting Braga vs. Vitória Guimarães 3–2". Soccerway. 23 February 2013. Retrieved 24 May 2013.
- "Éder out until summer with torn knee ligaments". PortuGOAL. 2 March 2013. Retrieved 30 May 2013.
- "Portugal survive scare to see off Luxembourg". UEFA. 7 September 2012. Retrieved 24 May 2013.
- "Portugal post Azerbaijan victory". UEFA. 11 September 2012. Retrieved 30 May 2013.
- Official Académica profile (Portuguese)
- Stats and profile at Zerozero
- Stats at ForaDeJogo
- Éder – UEFA competition record
- Transfermarkt profile
- Soccerway profile