Paulo André Cren Benini

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Paulo André
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Personal information
Full name Paulo André Cren Benini
Date of birth (1983-08-20) August 20, 1983 (age 31)
Place of birth Campinas, Brazil
Height 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)
Playing position Defender
Youth career
1999–2001 São Paulo
2001–2002 CSA
2002 Águas de Lindóia
2003 Guarani
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2004–2005 Guarani 55 (6)
2005–2006 Atlético Paranaense 37 (2)
2006–2010 Le Mans 36 (2)
2009–2010 Corinthians (loan) 12 (0)
2010–2014 Corinthians 88 (5)
2014 Shanghai Shenhua 23 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 6 April 2014.
† Appearances (Goals).

Paulo André Cren Benini (born August 20, 1983 in Campinas, São Paulo) is a Brazilian football (soccer) defender.

Club career[edit]

Paulo André Cren Benini began his football career playing for the São Paulo youth team, however he was unable to impress the coaching staff and was dismissed by the club. He would go to the youth teams of Centro Sportivo Alagoano, Águas de Lindóia as well as having a trial with Scottish club Rangers FC in 2002, under manager Alex McLeish before he joined Série A club Guarani who promoted him to their senior side.[1] While Paulo André would go on to establish himself within the club he was unfortunately part of the squad that was relegated at the end of the 2004 league campaign.[2] Despite this disappointment Paulo André had impressed Atlético Paranaense who gave him another chance at the top tier when they signed him before the start of the 2005 league campaign.

In his debut season for Atlético Paranaense Paulo André would soon establish himself a vital member of the teams defense and helped guide the club to qualify for the 2006 Copa Sudamericana. After having a personally successful debut season he would spark foreign interests and French Ligue 1 club Le Mans signed Paulo André in June 2006 on a four and half years deal.[3] This would see Paulo André make his league debut for Le Mans on August 19, 2006 against Valenciennes FC in a 3-2 victory, however after only three further games Paulo André was struck with a patellar tendon injury in his right knee.[4] The injury would require three surgeries and Paulo André missing the whole of the 2007–08 Ligue 1 campaign. On his return within the 2008–09 Ligue 1 campaign he was able to play in 31 games throughout the season until on August 4, 2009 Brazilian club Sport Club Corinthians Paulista signed Paulo André from Le Mans on a single season loan.[5]

The following season Corinthians would make Paulo André a permanent member of the squad and while he was initially used as a squad player by the 2011 league campaign he would start to establish himself within the starting eleven and went on to win the Campeonato Brasileiro Série A championship with the club.[6] This would then be followed by the club winning the 2012 Copa Libertadores and 2012 FIFA Club World Cup.

On 12 February 2014, Corinthians officially confirmed Paulo André's departure to Chinese Super League side Shanghai Greenland Shenhua.[7]

Honours[edit]

Corinthians
Individual
2011

Statistics[edit]

Statistics accurate as of 3 March 2014[8]

Club performance
Club Season Brasileirão Série A Brasileirão Série B Copa do Brasil Libertadores Copa Sudamericana State League Recopa Sudamericana Friendly Total
App Goals App Goals App Goals App Goals App Goals App Goals App Goals App Goals App Goals
Guarani 2004 13 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 2 0 0 0 0 18 2
Atlético Paranaense 2005 28 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 28 2
2006 9 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 9 0
Club Season Ligue 1 Ligue 2 Coupe de France UEFA Champions League Europa League Others Leagues UEFA Super Cup Friendly Total
App Goals App Goals App Goals App Goals App Goals App Goals App Goals App Goals App Goals
Le Mans 2008-2009 31 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 31 1
Club Season Brasileirão Série A Brasileirão Série B Copa do Brasil Libertadores Copa Sudamericana State League Recopa Sudamericana Friendly Total
App Goals App Goals App Goals App Goals App Goals App Goals App Goals App Goals App Goals
Corinthians 2009 12 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 12 0
2010 15 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 9 0 0 0 2 0 27 2
2011 16 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 17 1
2012 29 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 2 0 30 2
2013 28 1 0 0 3 0 8 0 0 0 15 1 2 0 0 0 56 2
2014 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 0 0 0 0 0 6 0
Total in France 31 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 31 1
Total in Brazil 150 8 0 0 3 0 9 0 0 0 36 4 2 0 5 0 205 12
Total 181 9 0 0 3 0 9 0 0 0 36 4 2 0 5 0 236 13

FIFA Club World Cup

Season Club League Apps Goals
2012 Corinthians FIFA Club World Cup 2 0
Total - - 2 0

References[edit]

  1. ^ Paulo André - ex-jogador do Corinthians at meutimao.com.br Retrieved 03 March 2014
  2. ^ Campeonato Brasileiro Série A 2004 at footballzz.co.uk Retrieved 03 March 2014
  3. ^ Paulo André Cren Benini at globoesporte.com Retrieved 03 March 2014
  4. ^ Le Mans vs. Valenciennes 3-2 at uk.soccerway.com 19 August 2006 Retrieved 03 March 2014
  5. ^ Paulo André muito além dos gramados at revistaemdia.com.br October 24, 2012 Retrieved 03 March 2014
  6. ^ 2011 Campeonato Brasileiro Série A at soccerway.com Retrieved 03 March 2014
  7. ^ Paulo André se despede do Corinthians: "Foram 5 anos que mudaram a minha vida" at corinthians.com.br 12/02/2014 Retrieved 03 March 2014
  8. ^ Paulo André at uk.soccerway.com Retrieved 03 March 2014

External links[edit]

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