Luís Eduardo Schmidt
Edu as a Betis player in 2008
|Full name||Luís Eduardo Schmidt|
|Date of birth||10 January 1979|
|Place of birth||Jaú, Brazil|
|Height||1.82 m (6 ft 0 in)|
|Playing position||Forward / Midfielder|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 31 October 2012.
† Appearances (Goals).
Luís Eduardo Schmidt, commonly known as Edu (born 10 January 1979), is a Brazilian footballer who is currently free agent.
A versatile midfielder and forward, he played most of his professional career in Spain – helping both Celta and Betis to their first-ever UEFA Champions League participation – amassing La Liga totals of 253 matches and 63 goals in nine years.
He started his career with São Paulo.
Born in Jaú, São Paulo, Edu made only 11 Série A appearances for São Paulo Futebol Clube from 1997 to 2000, then transferred to Spain's Real Club Celta de Vigo for the 2000–01 campaign. Even though he only scored three goals during his first year, he went on to become one of the Galician side's most important elements in the subsequent La Liga seasons.
Hindered by injuries throughout 2003–04, Edu also played a small part in Celta's campaign in the UEFA Champions League, netting once against Arsenal in a round-of-16 home defeat (2–3). Upon the club's relegation he moved to Real Betis, spending the first two seasons on loan.
Edu made a huge impression during his first year with Betis, as his partnership with countryman Ricardo Oliveira featured strongly in the success of the Andalusia club, who qualified to its first Champions League. He finished the campaign with 11 goals in 32 league appearances, with the team also winning the season's Copa del Rey.
In his second year Edu only netted in three league matches, but started it by scoring a last-minute goal against AS Monaco FC in the Champions League third qualifying round, as the Verdiblancos went on to win 3–2 on aggregate.
After two seasons, Edu was officially signed for €2,000,000 in 2006. On the final day of the 2006–07 campaign he scored two goals in the final ten minutes in a 2–0 win at Racing de Santander, which proved instrumental in avoiding relegation to the second division. In the following, as Betis again battled relegation, he finished as the club's top scorer, at 12; two of those came on 29 March 2008 as he netted the first and the last for his team in a 3–2 home win against FC Barcelona, who led 2–0 at half-time.
In 2008–09 Edu appeared very rarely due to injuries, and Betis was relegated, with the played being released subsequently. Shortly after he returned to Brazil after a nine-year absence, and signed a two-year contract with Sport Club Internacional.
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- "El Betis jugará la Champions" [Betis will play Champions] (in Spanish). UEFA.com. 24 August 2005. Retrieved 5 March 2014.
- "Racing Santander 0–2 Real Betis". ESPN FC. 17 June 2007. Retrieved 21 December 2013.
- Rincón, Jaime (29 March 2008). "Siesta azulgrana" [Azulgrana nap] (in Spanish). Marca. Retrieved 21 December 2013.
- "Inter ganha importantes reforços" [Inter with important signings] (in Portuguese). Sport Club Internacional. 11 August 2009. Retrieved 12 August 2009.
- Sferra, German (26 April 2012). "Edu would become 4th Brazilian to play for Colorado". Colorado Rapids. Retrieved 21 December 2013.
- Rosano, Nicholas (16 November 2012). "Colorado part ways with Denver native Casey, 7 others". Major League Soccer. Retrieved 21 December 2013.
- Edu – FIFA competition record
- Betis official profile (Spanish)
- Stats at Liga de Fútbol Profesional (Spanish)
- BDFutbol profile
- Edu at National-Football-Teams.com