André Dias

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André Dias
André Gonçalves Dias (2010).JPG
Personal information
Full name André Gonçalves Dias
Date of birth (1979-05-15) May 15, 1979 (age 35)
Place of birth São Bernardo do Campo, Brazil
Height 1.84 m (6 ft 12 in)
Playing position Centre back
Club information
Current team
Free Agent
Number -
Youth career
Palestra de São Bernardo
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1999–2000 Paraná 24 (1)
2001–2002 Flamengo 10 (0)
2003 Paysandu 26 (1)
2004–2006 Goiás 74 (3)
2006–2010 São Paulo 109 (7)
2010–2014 Lazio 109 (5)
National team
2009 Brazil 0 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 15 April 2012.
† Appearances (Goals).

For Al Ain's Brazilian striker André Dias, see André Felippe Seixas Dias.

André Gonçalves Dias, or simply André Dias (born May 15, 1979 in São Bernardo do Campo), is a Brazilian football central defender. He is currently a free agent.

Career[edit]

Club[edit]

André Dias first entered senior football in the 1999 Copa São Paulo de Juniores, when he played for Palestra de São Bernardo. In the same year, Dias was signed by Paraná, where he played for a year before moving to a bigger side, Flamengo. Dias stayed with Flamengo only for a short time, making ten appearances before moving again, this time to Paysandu Sport Club. Following a year at Paysandu, the defender moved to Goiás, where he established himself as a strong and talented defender.

In 2005, after two seasons at Goiás, Dias moved to play for São Paulo. He remained there until the end of the 2009 season.[1]

Lazio[edit]

Dias secured his a move to Europe on 1 February 2010, when he signed for Italian club Lazio for 2.63 million euro.[2] He made 12 Serie A appearances with them in his first season and scored two quality goals.[1]

2011-12 was the season that consolidated Dias as a pivotal part of the Lazio defence. The Brazilian Centre Back coupled with Biava and Diakite and guided Lazio's defence to good success and also scored 2 goals in this season.

2012-13 Season has seen Dias once again as one of the protagonists of Lazio's surge to the top positions of the table. Under new Lazio coach Vladimir Petkovic, Dias has become a backbone of the squad and together with Biava and Ciani, has formed a formiddable defence, being one of the best in Serie A.

In December 2013, after almost four years playing in Italy, Dias, under permission of Lazio, can accept proposes from Brazil. Thus, the defender, in some months - Besides of this, his contract with Italians also finishes in July, 2014 - can come back to his country. Dias desires to play again in Brazil to staying close to his family, and said that he does not have a preferred club to continue his career, even having a great identification with his former team São Paulo FC.[3]

Appearances and goals for clubs[edit]

Statistics accurate as of 31 January 2013.

Season Club League Domestic cup Continental Other cups Total
Comp Apps Goals Comp Apps Goals Comp Apps Goals Comp Apps Goals Apps Goals
2006 São Paulo A 30 1 CB - - CCS 0 0 30 1
2007 A 32 3 CB - - CL 6 0 38 3
2008 A 29 1 CB - - CL 5 0 34 1
Total São Paulo 91 5 - - 11 0 102 5
2009–10 Lazio A 12 2 CI - - 12 2
2010–11 A 33 2 CI 1 0 UEL 0 0 34 2
2011–12 A 23 0 CI 2 1 UEL 7 0 32 1
2012–13 A 16 0 CI 1 0 UEL 5 0 22 0
Total Lazio 84 4 4 1 12 0 100 5
Total career 190 9 4 1 23 0 202 10

International[edit]

In 2009, Dias was called up to the Brazilian national side by the manager Dunga, to face Chile in a 2010 World Cup qualifier.[4] He did not make his debut, however.

Honours[edit]

São Paulo
Lazio
Individual
2008, 2009
2009

References[edit]