Gonçalo Brandão

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Gonçalo Brandão
Personal information
Full name Gonçalo Jardim Brandão
Date of birth (1986-10-09) 9 October 1986 (age 27)
Place of birth Lisbon, Portugal
Height 1.82 m (5 ft 11 12 in)
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current team
Number 28
Youth career
2002–2004 Belenenses
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2003–2008 Belenenses 19 (1)
2005–2006 Charlton Athletic (loan) 0 (0)
2008–2011 Siena 43 (0)
2011– Parma 2 (0)
2012–2013 Cesena (loan) 23 (0)
2013–2014 CFR Cluj (loan) 1 (0)
2014– Belenenses (loan) 9 (0)
National team
2007–2009 Portugal U21 9 (0)
2009– Portugal 2 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 6 July 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 31 July 2011

Gonçalo Jardim Brandão (born 9 October 1986 in Lisbon) is a Portuguese footballer who plays for C.F. Os Belenenses. Mainly a central defender, he can also appear as a left back.

Club career[edit]


A product of hometown C.F. Os Belenenses' youth system, Brandão made his debut in the first division aged 17, against F.C. Porto, scoring in a 1–4 home loss on 18 October 2003 when he still had not finished his youth career. Ironically, he only managed another seven first-team appearances in the next three seasons combined, with a loan to Charlton Athletic in the 2005–06 campaign in between (no Premier League matches played).

On 4 February 2007 Brandão played his first league match after his Belenenses return, against Vitória de Setúbal.[1]


In June 2008, it was announced Brandão had signed with Serie A's A.C. Siena: after a shaky start – he made his league debut only on 20 December in a 1–2 home defeat against Inter Milan – he finished his first season as an undisputed starter.

After the end of 2009–10 Brandão was loaned to Juventus F.C. for the United States tour, along with Albin Ekdal (owned by Juve and loaned to Siena) and three other players.[2]


On 22 June 2011, after contributing with only two games to Siena's top flight return, Brandão signed for Parma F.C. on loan.[3] In the following summer the clubs were involved in a player-only transaction, which saw Parma sign Brandão, Alessandro Iacobucci, Giuseppe Pacini and Andrea Rossi, while Siena acquired Manuel Coppola, Paolo Hernán Dellafiore, Abdou Doumbia and Alberto Galuppo – both clubs also retained 50% registration rights on their players.

On 7 July 2012 Brandão left for A.C. Cesena, and Marco Parolo moved to Parma in a temporary deal.[4] In the following summer, still owned by the latter, he signed for Romanian club CFR Cluj along with Denilson Gabionetta.

International career[edit]

After having represented Portugal at all the youth levels, including the under-21s,[5] Brandão made his full side debut on 31 March 2009, appearing as a left back in a 2–0 friendly win over South Africa, in Lausanne, Switzerland.[6]


  1. ^ "Tactical formation". Football-Lineups. 4 February 2007. Retrieved 8 February 2007. 
  2. ^ "Juventus land in New York". Juventus FC. 20 May 2010. Retrieved 21 May 2010. 
  3. ^ "Ufficiale: Siena: riscattato Reginaldo. Arriva Angelo, Brandao al Parma" [Official: Siena: Reginaldo returns. Angelo arrives, Brandao to Parma] (in Italian). Tutto Mercato. 23 June 2011. Retrieved 19 September 2011. 
  4. ^ "Scambio prestiti col Cesena Parolo Brandao" [Swap with Cesena Parolo Brandao] (in Italian). Parma FC. 7 July 2012. Retrieved 6 August 2013. 
  5. ^ Caçador welcomes new dawn; UEFA.com, 14 August 2007
  6. ^ Portugal rediscover winning feeling; UEFA.com, 31 March 2009

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