Jardel Nivaldo Vieira

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Jardel playing for Benfica in 2014
Personal information
Full name Jardel Nivaldo Vieira
Date of birth (1986-03-29) 29 March 1986 (age 28)
Place of birth Florianópolis, Brazil
Height 1.92 m (6 ft 3 12 in)
Playing position Centre-back
Club information
Current team
Number 33
Youth career
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2004 Avaí
2005 Vitória
2006 Santos
2006–2008 Iraty
2007 Avaí (loan) 0 (0)
2008 Joinville (loan)
2008–2010 Desportivo Brasil
2009 Ituano (loan) 1 (0)
2009–2010 Estoril (loan) 28 (2)
2010–2011 Olhanense 16 (1)
2011– Benfica 48 (0)
2012– Benfica B 7 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 21 December 2014.
† Appearances (Goals).

Jardel Nivaldo Vieira (born 29 March 1986), known simply as Jardel, is a Brazilian professional footballer who plays as a central defender for Portuguese club Benfica.

Club career[edit]

Born in Florianópolis, Santa Catarina, Jardel only played in modest teams in his country. His biggest achievement was being part of Avaí Futebol Clube's roster in the Série B, without appearing in any official games during the 2007 season however.

In 2009 Jardel moved to Portugal, where he would remain in the following years. He played one season with G.D. Estoril Praia in the second division where he only missed two league games, then signed with S.C. Olhanense in the top level.

In January 2011 Jardel joined national giants S.L. Benfica for 500.000, replacing Chelsea-bound David Luiz.[1] On 28 April he scored his first goal for the Lisbon side, in a 2–1 home win against S.C Braga for the campaign's UEFA Europa League semifinals (2–2 aggregate loss),[2] and appeared in 18 official matches in his first full season.

Jardel started 2012–13 with Benfica's reserves in division two. However, after Luisão's two-month suspension, he was propelled directly into the first team's starting XI.[3][4]




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