André Ricardo Soares

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Personal information
Full name André Ricardo Soares
Date of birth (1981-10-09) 9 October 1981 (age 32)
Place of birth Mineiros, Brazil
Height 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)
Playing position Full back
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2001–2002 Mineiros
2003 São Raimundo (AM)
2004 Vila Nova
2005 Goiás
2006 Coritiba 19 (0)
2007 Vila Nova
2007–2010 Vitória Guimarães 75 (6)
2010–2012 1. FC Köln 15 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 5 May 2012.
† Appearances (Goals).

André Ricardo Soares (born 9 October 1981 in Mineiros, Goiás), aka Andrezinho, is a Brazilian professional footballer. Mainly a right defender, he is equally at ease on the left flank.

Football career[edit]

After playing for five teams in his country in six years, Andrezinho moved in July 2007 to Portugal, with Vitória Sport Clube, as the Guimarães club had just returned from the second division.

An undisputed starter from the get-go, he only missed one game en route to a final third place in the top flight, with the subsequent UEFA Champions League qualification honours.

In the 2009–10 season Andrezinho enjoyed his best year as a professional, scoring five goals in 25 matches – often from free kicks – as Vitória finished in sixth position, narrowly missing out on a UEFA Europa League spot. In late July 2010 he joined 1. FC Köln in Germany, penning a two-year contract and reuniting with former Guimarães teammate Pedro Geromel;[1][2] however, the Bundesliga outfit was not impressed by his performance and advised him to leave the club in the following transfer window.[3]


  1. ^ "Cologne capture Brazilian". Sky Sports. 2 August 2010. Archived from the original on 4 September 2010. Retrieved 5 September 2010. 
  2. ^ "Andrezinho gelandet! Verleiht er Soldos Elf Flügel?" [Andrezinho has landed! Will he impose himself in Soldo's wings?] (in German). kicker. 29 July 2010. Archived from the original on 27 August 2010. Retrieved 5 September 2010. 
  3. ^ "Trio des 1. FC Köln kann in der Winterpause gehen" [1. FC Köln trio can leave in the winter break] (in German). Die Zeit. 16 December 2010. Retrieved 16 December 2010. 

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