Luisão before a match with Brazil in 2006
|Full name||Ânderson Luís da Silva|
|Date of birth||13 February 1981|
|Place of birth||Amparo, Brazil|
|Height||1.92 m (6 ft 3 1⁄2 in)|
|Playing position||Centre back|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 1 June 2014.
† Appearances (Goals).
Most of his professional career was spent with Benfica, for which he appeared in more than 400 official games winning seven major titles, also being a longtime club captain.
In the 2003 summer Luisão moved to Europe, signing with Benfica of Portugal for £890,000. He faced a tough period of adaptation, during which he performed somewhat below his capabilities and even considered traveling back to his home country; he did manage, however, to score in his league debut, a thrilling 3–3 home draw against C.F. Os Belenenses on 14 September, and ended his first season with the Portuguese Cup conquest, helping defeat F.C. Porto 2–1.
In 2004–05 Luisão featured regularly in Benfica's central defense, alongside Ricardo Rocha, appearing in 29 games and contributing heavily for the Reds' first league title in 11 years: on 24 April 2005, in a 2–1 away victory over G.D. Estoril-Praia, he netted his first goal of the season, the game's equaliser. On 14 May he found the net with his head against city rivals Sporting Clube de Portugal, scoring the game's only goal and ousting the opponents from the title race.
The 2005–06 season finished without silverware for Benfica, with Luisão again as an automatic first-choice. The team, however, reached the season's UEFA Champions League quarterfinals, with the defender playing all the matches and minutes in the competition: on 21 February 2006 he scored in his side's 1–0 home win against holders Liverpool, which had lost just one of 13 European games the previous year, and five of 41 away from home; he also started in the second leg, a 2–0 win at Anfield.
In 2006–07, Luisão was named club captain in some matches, due to injuries to Nuno Gomes and Petit, but the club again failed to secure any major honours. At the end of the season, his agent said "Luisão wants to leave", but he eventually stayed.
During the following season, in January 2008, Luisão was involved in an on-field argument with Greek teammate Kostas Katsouranis, during a league match against Vitória de Setúbal. The argument arose after Katsouranis' misplaced pass, which forced the Brazilian to commit a foul in order to stop play, after receiving a yellow card, Luisão criticized Katsouranis, who responded in a similar manner. The two players were on the point of breaking into violence before teammates separated them. Both players were then quickly substituted and given suspensions by the club, and later apologised to each other; again, he dealt with some injuries and inconsistent play, also addressing rumours of another possible move.
Luisão's start to the 2008–09 season got off in scoring fashion, netting a goal in the 59th minute of the UEFA Cup first round match at S.S.C. Napoli, in a 2–3 loss. It was his first game of the season in European competitions, and his first goal of the season in all competitions. In the following season he would enjoy his best season as a professional, appearing in a total of 45 official games (4,050 minutes, with six goals) as Benfica won the league and renewed its Portuguese League Cup supremacy, also reaching the last eight in the Europa League.
On 28 August 2010 Luisão scored – through a header – against Setúbal at home, as 10-men Benfica eventually won it 3–0. On 14 September, he entered the Champions League's history books, after opening the scoresheet against Israeli side Hapoel Tel Aviv F.C. in the competition's group stage.
On 11 August 2012, in the last minutes of the first half of a friendly with Fortuna Düsseldorf, Luisão pushed referee Christian Fischer to the ground as he was about to send off teammate Javi García for two reckless challenges on Oliver Fink; the referee refused to resume the game and suspended it, proceeding to announce he would take legal action against the player.
On 14 September 2012 Luisão was initially suspended for two months for his actions, also being fined €2,550. The ruling of the Portuguese Football Federation was still subject to the approval of FIFA, which was confirmed shortly after, causing the player to miss 11 games, including the Champions League contests against Celtic and FC Barcelona.
On 13 March 2014, whilst appearing in his 117th match in European competition, Luisão grabbed a brace to help Benfica to a 3–1 away win against Tottenham Hotspur for the Europa League round-of-16's first leg.
Luisão made his debut for Brazil in July 2001. He represented the nation in its 2004 Copa América win, playing in all six matches, including a 1–2 loss against Paraguay – where he was team captain – and the final against Argentina where the scored his first international goal.
In the next year, Luisão was named in the Brazilian squad for the 2005 FIFA Confederations Cup, but did not play a single second, meeting the same fate in the 2006 FIFA World Cup. After the latter tournament, when Dunga was hired as the new coach, he began to play more often.
Luisão was summoned for the 2009 Confederations Cup, playing in four of Brazil's five matches, including the 1–0 victory over South Africa in the semifinals, and the 3–2 win against the United States in the final, partnering with FC Bayern Munich's Lúcio.
Again as a reserve player, Luisão was selected for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, after a solid club season, being an unused squad member as Brazil exited in the quarter-finals.
|1.||25 July 2004||Estadio Nacional, Lima, Peru||Argentina||2–2||Draw||2004 Copa América|
|2.||15 November 2006||St. Jakob-Park, Basel, Switzerland||Switzerland||2–1||Win||Friendly|
|3.||5 September 2009||Gigante de Arroyito, Rosario, Argentina||Argentina||3–1||Win||2010 World Cup Qualification|
- Primeira Liga: 2004–05, 2009–10, 2013–14
- Taça de Portugal: 2003–04, 2013–14; Runner-up 2004–05, 2012–13
- Taça da Liga: 2008–09, 2009–10, 2010–11, 2011–12, 2013–14
- Supertaça Cândido de Oliveira: 2005; Runner-up 2004, 2010
- UEFA Europa League: Runner-up 2012–13, 2013–14
- Copa América: 2004
- FIFA Confederations Cup: 2005, 2009
- CONCACAF Gold Cup: Silver medal 2003
- Lunar New Year Cup: 2005
- As of 7 May 2014
*Includes one match in the Portuguese Supercup
- As of 10 November 2013
- "Benfica 1–0 Liverpool". ESPN Soccernet. 21 February 2006. Retrieved 6 April 2010.
- "Liverpool 0–2 Benfica: Holders crash". ESPN Soccernet. 8 March 2006. Retrieved 6 April 2010.
- "Bertolucci: "Luisão tem vontade de sair"" [Bertolucci: "Luisão wants to leave"] (in Portuguese). Record. 23 May 2007. Retrieved 6 April 2010.
- "Luisão e Katsouranis suspensos" [Luisão and Katsouranis suspended] (in Portuguese). Record. 6 January 2008. Retrieved 6 April 2010.
- "Luisão diz estar ultrapassado caso com Katsouranis" [Luisão says affair with Katsouranis is forgotten] (in Portuguese). TSF. 8 January 2008. Retrieved 6 April 2010.
- "Luisão: "Se tiver de sair, saio sem problemas"" [Luisão: "If i have to leave, i'll leave without problems"] (in Portuguese). Mais Futebol. 28 July 2008. Retrieved 6 April 2010.
- "Ten-man Benfica bounce back – Roberto redeemed?". PortuGOAL. 28 August 2010. Retrieved 15 April 2011.
- "Benfica break Hapoel resistance in Lisbon". UEFA.com. 14 September 2010. Retrieved 15 April 2011.
- "Luisao pushes over ref in friendly". ESPN Soccernet. 11 August 2012. Retrieved 14 August 2012.
- "Fortuna – Benfica interrompido por o árbitro ter abandonado o relvado" [Fortuna – Benfica suspended as referee left pitch] (in Portuguese). Jornal de Notícias. 11 August 2012. Retrieved 11 August 2012.
- "Ref to take legal action against Luisao". ESPN Soccernet. 13 August 2012. Retrieved 14 August 2012.
- Benfica's Luisao suspended for pushing over referee; Reuters, 14 September 2012
- Decisão da secção não profissional do Conselho de Disciplina da FPF (Non-professional section of the FPF Discipline Committee's decision); Portuguese Football Federation, 14 September 2012 (Portuguese)
- FIFA extends Luisão ban worldwide; UEFA.com, 18 September 2012
- "Benfica seize control against Tottenham". UEFA.com. 13 March 2014. Retrieved 14 March 2014.
- "Brazil – Record International Players". RSSSF. Retrieved 6 April 2010.
- "Copa América 2004". RSSSF. Retrieved 14 March 2014.
- Gala do 106.º aniversário do Benfica: Premiados (Benfica's 106th anniversary gala: Awards); RedPass Blog, 26 February 2010 (Portuguese)
- "Luisão". Soccerway. Retrieved 14 March 2014.
- Hier kann ich meine Samba-Liebe genießen (Here i can enjoy my love for Samba); Bild, 12 February 2009 (German)
- Andrei Silva vai assinar pelo Benfica (Andrei Silva will join Benfica); Arte do Futebol, 23 September 2009 (Portuguese)
- Stats and profile at Zerozero
- Stats at ForaDeJogo
- PortuGOAL profile
- Luisão at National-Football-Teams.com