Nenê (footballer, born 1981)

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Nenê in action for Paris Saint-Germain
Personal information
Full name Anderson Luiz de Carvalho
Date of birth (1981-07-19) 19 July 1981 (age 33)
Place of birth Jundiaí, Brazil
Height 1.81 m (5 ft 11 12 in)
Playing position Winger
Club information
Current team
Number 10
Youth career
1996–1997 Bahía
1997–1998 Sporting CP
1998–1999 Corinthians
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1999–2001 Paulista 32 (26)
2001–2002 Palmeiras 24 (5)
2002–2003 Santos 22 (8)
2003–2004 Mallorca 29 (2)
2004–2006 Alavés 78 (21)
2006–2007 Celta 38 (8)
2007–2010 Monaco 63 (19)
2008–2009 Espanyol (loan) 35 (4)
2010–2013 Paris Saint-Germain 79 (36)
2013– Al-Gharafa 40 (20)
National team
2003 Brazil U23 4 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 30 November 2014.
† Appearances (Goals).

Anderson Luiz de Carvalho, commonly known as Nenê (born 19 July 1981), is a Brazilian professional footballer who plays for Qatari club Al-Gharafa Sports Club. A left winger, he is most known for his crossing ability, as well as being a free kick specialist.

He played most of his professional career in Spain, representing four clubs and amassing La Liga totals of 140 games and 23 goals over the course of four seasons, and France, where he appeared with Monaco and Paris Saint-Germain for 142 Ligue 1 matches in four-and-a-half campaigns (55 goals).

Football career[edit]

Beginnings / Spain[edit]

Nenê playing for Espanyol

Born in Jundiaí, São Paulo, Nenê started playing professionally with local Paulista Futebol Clube, at the age of 19. After that, he represented Sociedade Esportiva Palmeiras and Santos Futebol Clube.

In 2003–04 Nenê moved to Spain, first with RCD Mallorca – making his La Liga debut on 14 September 2003 in a 0–4 away loss against Athletic Bilbao – and then Deportivo Alavés. With the Basque side he put up two extraordinary individual seasons, with 21 goals in the league alone, playing his first year in the second division and achieving promotion.[1]

After being relegated from the top level with Alavés in 2006, Nenê met the same fate with Celta de Vigo, again appearing in all 38 league games and totalling nearly 3,000 minutes of action for the Galicians.

AS Monaco[edit]

On 24 August 2007, Nenê was transferred to AS Monaco FC for an undisclosed fee. A year later, having already started with the French, he joined RCD Espanyol at the very last day of the summer transfer window on a one-year loan, with a buying option for the Catalonians at the season's end, which was finally not activated.

Back with Monaco, Nenê began the new campaign in impressive scoring fashion, scoring nine goals in his first ten matches – this included a brace against US Boulogne in a 3–1 away success, both from long-range free kicks,[2] as he led the scoring charts for a lengthy period of time.

Paris Saint-Germain[edit]

On 11 July 2010, Nenê joined Paris Saint-Germain F.C. in a deal believed to be around 5.5 million. "I'm very happy to have signed for Paris," the player told PSG's official website, adding: "Like PSG, I'm hoping to have a big league season and to pull something off in the Europa League".[3] He scored in his first official appearance, a 3–1 home win against AS Saint-Étienne,[4] adding two on 11 September against newly promoted AC Arles-Avignon (4–0, home).[5] Halfway through the season he had already registered 13 goals, making him the third-highest scorer only behind Moussa Sow and Kévin Gameiro; his displays, free-kick ability and attacking flair earned him comparisons with Ronaldinho, a compatriot who played at the Parc des Princes earlier in the decade,[6] but he only scored one more goal until the end of the campaign, with PSG finally finishing fourth.

In the summer of 2011 Paris Saint-Germain were purchased by Qatari investors, and purchased several new players, including Jérémy Menez with whom Nenê had played at Monaco.[7] The Brazilian began the season hesitantly, struggling to accept that he had lost his star status in the team with the arrival of Javier Pastore. On 29 October, however, he scored two goals (both penalties) in a 4–2 home win against Stade Malherbe Caen, putting his team three points clear at the top of the table.[8]

Nenê scored his first hat-trick with PSG on 13 May 2012, netting all of the game's goals in the home fixture against Stade Rennais FC, in only 18 minutes of play.[9] He finished the campaign as the league's second top scorer, helping his side to the second place and direct qualification to the UEFA Champions League.


On 15 January 2013, after having appeared in 112 official contests with PSG (but only nine in the league in the first half of the season), Nenê moved to Al-Gharafa Sports Club in the Qatar Stars League.[10] In March, he was suspended for nine games and fined €67,000 for fighting with Houssine Kharja.[11][12]





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