Arnaldo Edi Lopes da Silva
|Full name||Arnaldo Edi Lopes da Silva|
|Date of birth||7 July 1982|
|Place of birth||Aveiro, Portugal|
|Height||1.82 m (6 ft 0 in)|
|2005–2006||→ Paços Ferreira (loan)||21||(2)|
|2006–2007||→ Gil Vicente (loan)||25||(6)|
|2008||→ AEK Athens (loan)||11||(6)|
|2010||→ PAOK (loan)||14||(1)|
|2011||→ Marítimo (loan)||9||(0)|
|2012–2013||→ Académica (loan)||40||(18)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 15 September 2013.
† Appearances (Goals).
Edinho was born in Aveiro, of Guinea-Bissauan descent. After making his professional debuts with Sporting Clube de Braga, and playing there without much impact, he served two loans from 2005 to 2007; in the second he scored six goals for Gil Vicente FC, in the second division.
In 2007–08 Edinho was released by Braga, joining Vitória de Setúbal in the top level. In January 2008 he was loaned to AEK Athens F.C. in Greece: not an undisputed starter at Setúbal, he put up impressive performances for his new club in his first months, managing to net in five straight games: against Skoda Xanthi F.C. at home (3–0), at OFI Crete (1–4), at home against Aris FC (1–1) and away against Apollon Kalamarias FC (0–1), topping it with another in the 4–0 smashing of arch-rivals Olympiacos FC.
On 6 May 2008 the move to AEK was made permanent, in a €500,000 deal, and Edinho started 2008–09 in heroic fashion, scoring once and winning a penalty kick against rivals Panathinaikos F.C. in a 2–1 home win, in the first derby of the year.
On 17 July 2009 Edinho signed for Málaga CF for €900,000. After being irregularly used in the first half of the season, he was loaned for five months to PAOK F.C. in a return to Greece, with an option to make the move permanent for €1.2 million at the end of the campaign; he scored his first goal for the club in a 1–0 victory at Olympiacos, but returned to Andalusia in June 2010.
In December 2010, shortly after the arrival of manager Manuel Pellegrini, Edinho was deemed surplus to requirements at the La Liga outfit, alongside five other players, but finally stayed at the club. However, on 29 January of the following year, he was loaned to C.S. Marítimo in his country, until the end of the season.
On 29 January 2012, without having made one single official appearance for Málaga during 2011–12, Edinho returned to his country in the same predicament, with Académica de Coimbra having an option to make the move permanent at the end of the campaign. He made his league debut on 13 February, playing 54 minutes – as a substitute – in a 0–2 home loss against Gil Vicente.
In late March 2009 Edinho was called up by Portugal coach Carlos Queiroz, for an important 2010 FIFA World Cup qualifier against Sweden, and the subsequent friendly with South Africa. He made his debut in the latter in a 2–0 win in Lausanne, Switzerland: after a missed chance early in the second half, he made up in the ensuing corner kick by Deco, in the 55th minute, charging into the area to close the scoresheet.
|1||31 March 2009||Stade Olympique de la Pontaise, Lausanne, Switzerland||South Africa||2–0||2–0||Friendly|
|2||14 October 2009||Estádio D. Afonso Henriques, Guimarães, Portugal||Malta||4–0||4–0||2010 World Cup qualification|
- Vitória Setúbal
- AEK success ensures thrilling finale; UEFA.com, 30 March 2008
- Edinho completes AEK move (Greek)
- Στη Μάλαγα ο Εντίνιο (Edinho signs for Málaga); AEK 365, 17 July 2009 (Greek)
- Oficial: Málaga empresta Edinho à Académica (Official: Málaga loans Edinho to Académica); Mais Futebol, 29 January 2012 (Portuguese)
- Edinho gets first Portugal call-up
- Portugal outclass South Africa by two goals
- Málaga official profile
- Stats and profile at Zerozero
- Stats at ForaDeJogo
- BDFutbol profile
- Edinho at National-Football-Teams.com
- Transfermarkt profile