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Hernanes playing for São Paulo in 2010
Personal information
Full name Anderson Hernanes de
Carvalho Viana Lima[1]
Date of birth (1985-05-29) 29 May 1985 (age 29)
Place of birth Recife, Brazil[2]
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)[3]
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Number 88
Youth career
1996–1998 Santa Cruz (Futsal)
1999–2000 Unibol
2001–2005 São Paulo
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2005–2010 São Paulo 117 (18)
2006 Santo André (loan) 23 (6)
2010–2014 Lazio 118 (33)
2014– Internazionale 14 (2)
National team
2008 Brazil U23 7 (1)
2008– Brazil 27 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 5 May 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 22:24, 12 July 2014 (UTC)

Anderson Hernanes de Carvalho Viana Lima (born 29 May 1985), known as Hernanes (Brazilian Portuguese: [eʁˈnɐ̃niʃ]), is a Brazilian professional footballer who plays in Italy for Serie A club Internazionale as a central midfielder.

Hernanes can cover all midfielding positions. He is well known for his amazing technique as well as being neat and tidy in possession, with the ability to accurately pass the ball out wide in order to stretch play.[4] His double step is one of the most popular in the world and he also is an accurate and powerful striker of the ball.[5][6] He is a complete two-footed player: at São Paulo was able to score two free kicks in a single match, one by kicking the ball with his right foot and the other with a left foot shot.

He has been compared to Andrea Pirlo and Kakà [7] with whom he also has a close friendship. Former F.C. Barcelona midfielder Edmílson instead defined Hernanes as the new Deco.[8]

He is widely considered one of the best midfielders in the world. In 2009 he was elected best Under-23 player in the world by The Times.[9] That same year he won Bola de Prata being included in the Brazilian team of the year. During his first season in Italy he was awarded by ESPN as best emerging Brazilian player in Europe. He won a FIFA Confederations Cup with Brazil in 2013.

São Paulo fans dedicated a mural to Hernanes inside Estádio do Morumbi.[10]

Club career[edit]

São Paulo[edit]

Hernanes playing for São Paulo
Hernanes and Oscar in training with São Paulo in 2009

Born in Recife, Hernanes is a product of the São Paulo academy and played for them for 9 years (2001–2010). He was loaned out to Santo André for the 2006 season. In 2008, as a São Paulo player, Hernanes won the Prêmio Craque do Brasileirão's best player award. In January 2009, Hernanes was listed as the most promising football player in the world by the British newspaper, The Times.[11]


On 6 August 2010, São Paulo agreed to sell Hernanes to Lazio.[12] Hernanes signed a five-year contract.[13] Lazio also paid €11.1 million[14] to São Paulo and third-party owner Traffic Group.[15] He scored on his debut, putting away a penalty in a practice match against Deportivo La Coruña, having previously been brought down in the box. He also assisted Sergio Floccari for Lazio's third goal. His first Serie A goal was also on a penalty, against Bologna in another 3–1 victory. On 3 December 2010 he scored the third goal in a 3–1 win over Internazionale with a free kick. He concluded the season with 11 goals equal to Lazio's best midfielder's goal scorer in one season, superstar Czech international Pavel Nedved. In 2012-13 Hernanes lived arguably his best season in Europe also thanks to a very good season for SS Lazio who would win the Coppa Italia in a showdown final against lifelong rivals A.S. Roma.

On October 7, 2012 Hernanes scored a sensational goal with a dipping 30-metre free kick against Pescara, on April 8, he scored one of best Serie A history goals on his left foot but later missed a crucial penalty as ten man Lazio drew with derby rivals A.S. Roma. During the 2013-2014 season Hernanes scored an unbelievable last-gasp goal against Udinese in his last match wearing the S.S. Lazio jersey.

During the winter transfer window indeed Hernanes left S.S. Lazio and joined Internazionale. Few minutes after what resulted to be his last training at S.S. Lazio, while heading home in his car the midfielder was stopped just right outside the training center by some unaware S.S. Lazio autograph hunters. Hernanes pulled up to them and after taking some pictures with the supporters bursted out crying and gave away his football boots to the fans without providing further explanations. The moment, which would eventually go viral on social networks and sport news, was caught and recorded by the fans who then realized that Hernanes would be leaving S.S. Lazio within hours and thanked the player for what he had achieved with the team and for his human values assuring him his name would go down in S.S. Lazio history.[16] That same night Hernanes admitted to receiving more than 10.000 texts from S.S. Lazio fans who were expressing their solidarity to him and tributing him for his strong attachment to the team. According to Lazio supporters indeed Hernanes never wanted to leave S.S. Lazio but the president Claudio Lotito put him in the condition to leave so that the club could cash out his transfer.


On 31 January 2014, Hernanes signed a new four and a half year contract that runs until 30 June 2018 with Internazionale, completing a permanent switch from Lazio.[17] His move was subject of money motivation, something that was denied by Hernanes.[18] The club's president Claudio Lotito claims he sold Hernanes after Inter Milan had inserted his buy-out clause and would sell him now rather on free transfer.[19] As a result, the fans were very unhappy over Hernanes sale and protested over Lotito's action.[20]

He made his debut on 9 February in a 1–0 win over Sassuolo, he gave the assist for the goal scored by Walter Samuel.[21] On May 10th he scored a stunning long distance strike against his former team Lazio to seal a 4–1 victory which also meant that Inter would play in the Europa League next season.

International career[edit]

Hernanes received his first International red card in a game against France after challenging for the ball against Karim Benzema mid-air but accidentally missing the ball and getting Benzema in the right area of his chest. Hernanes was once again called up by the new Brazilian coach Luiz Felipe Scolari to the game against Italy at Geneva a game that ended 2–2. Hernanes was substituted at the end of the game.

Personal life[edit]

He's married and he's a father of three children.[22][23] He's a Christian.[24][25]

Career statistics[edit]


Statistics accurate as of 31 March 2014.

Season Club League Domestic cup Continental Other cups Total
Comp Apps Goals Comp Apps Goals Comp Apps Goals Comp Apps Goals Apps Goals
2005 São Paulo A 18 3 CB 8 1 CCS 5 1 31 5
2006 Santo André B 23 6 CB 8 1 31 7
2007 São Paulo A 31 3 CB 12 2 CCS 4 0 47 5
2008 A 24 4 CB 11 2 CL 11 0 46 6
2009 A 33 6 CB 13 3 CL 10 1 56 10
2010 A 12 2 CB 11 1 CL 12 4 35 7
Total São Paulo 100 15 47 8 37 5 184 28
2010–11 Lazio A 36 11 CI 1 1 37 12
2011–12 A 31 8 CI 2 1 UEL 9 2 42 11
2012–13 A 34 11 CI 5 2 UEL 14 1 53 14
2013–14 A 15 2 CI 1 0 UEL 6 1 22 3
Total Lazio 118 33 9 4 29 4 156 41
2013–14 Inter A 8 1 CI 0 0 - - - 8 1
Total Inter 8 1 0 0 0 0 8 1
Total career 249 55 69 14 65 9 408 81


As of 1 July 2013.

International goals[edit]

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 10 November 2011 Libreville, Gabon  Gabon 2–0 Won Friendly
2 9 June 2013 Porto Alegre, Brazil  France 3–0 Won Friendly


São Paulo
2007, 2008


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  3. ^ "Hernanes - Profile". Confederations Cup Brazil 2013. FIFA.com. Retrieved 21 January 2014. 
  4. ^ "Hernanes Scout Report". Sky Sports. 
  5. ^ "Arsenal Transfer Rumours: Arsene Wenger Considering January Bid for Hernanes". Bleacher Report. 
  6. ^ "Chelsea Transfer Rumours: Why Hernanes Is the Potential Successor to Lampard". Bleacher Report. 
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  8. ^ http://www.sport.es/default.asp?.
  9. ^ "Football's top 50 rising stars". Times. Retrieved 3 June 2009. 
  10. ^ https://www.facebook.com/profetahernanes/photos/pb.203509529663313.-2207520000.1395930811./217731418241124/?type=3&theater
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  12. ^ Por Carolina Elustondo e Marcelo Prado São Paulo. "Fora da Libertadores, São Paulo oficializa venda de Hernanes | globoesporte.com". Globoesporte.globo.com. Retrieved 4 February 2014. 
  13. ^ Kaue Freitas (6 August 2010). "Hernanes vai para a Lazio". São Paulo F.C. Retrieved 4 August 2010. 
  14. ^ "SS Lazio 2010–11 Half-year report". SS Lazio (in Italian). 1 March 2011. Retrieved 13 August 2011. 
  15. ^ http://esporte.uol.com.br/futebol/ultimas/2008/04/17/ult59u153602.jhtm
  16. ^ Video on YouTube
  17. ^ Inter (31 January 2014). "WELCOME TO INTER, HERNANES!". Retrieved 31 January 2014. 
  18. ^ "I didn't join Inter for money, insists Hernanes". Goal.com. 4 February 2014. Retrieved 21 March 2014. 
  19. ^ "Lazio were forced to sell Hernanes, says Lotito". Goal.com. 2 February 2014. Retrieved 21 March 2014. 
  20. ^ "Lazio president Lotito: I received death threats over Hernanes deal". Goal.com. 4 February 2014. Retrieved 21 March 2014. 
  21. ^ Goal.com (9 February 2014). "Inter 1-0 Sassuolo: Samuel header seals first win in 2014!". Retrieved 11 February 2014. 
  22. ^ "hernanesoj". 
  23. ^ "Hernanes faz passeio de Navi na ilha". 
  24. ^ "Anderson Hernanes". 
  25. ^ "Neymar’s Religion Helps Ease Burden Amid Concern of Divisiveness". 

External links[edit]

  • Hernanes at National-Football-Teams.com