Sidnei (footballer born 1989)
|Full name||Sidnei Rechel Silva Junior|
|Date of birth||23 August 1989|
|Place of birth||Alegrete, Brazil|
|Height||1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)|
|Playing position||Centre back|
|Current club||Espanyol (on loan from Benfica)|
|2011–2012||→ Beşiktaş (loan)||10||(2)|
|2013–||→ Espanyol (loan)||4||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 29 October 2013.
† Appearances (Goals).
Sidnei Rechel da Silva Junior, simply known as Sidnei (born 23 August 1989), is a Brazilian professional footballer who plays for RCD Espanyol on loan from S.L. Benfica in Portugal, as a central defender.
Born in Alegrete, Rio Grande do Sul, Sidnei started playing professionally with Sport Club Internacional, being part of the side that conquered the 2007 South American Supercup. On 24 July 2008 he signed a five-year contract with S.L. Benfica, who paid €5 million for 50% of his sports rights.
During his first season in Portugal, Sidnei was used intermittently, but still managed to appear in 24 league games and score three goals in as many wins (two but only one goal), including the 2–0 derby home win against Sporting Clube de Portugal on 27 September 2008.
In November Benfica bought another 50% of Sidnei's sports rights, for €2 million, and GestiFute acquired the rights to receive 30% from any future transfer. He played in only five league matches during the following season – ten overall appearances – as the Reds won the national championship after a five-year wait.
After spending the first half of 2010–11 on the bench, Sidnei was propelled to Benfica's starting XI after David Luiz moved to Chelsea in the winter transfer window. On 21 February 2011 he was sent off in a league game at Sporting, but the Reds still managed to win it 2–0.
In early June 2011, Süper Lig outfit Beşiktaş J.K. agreed with Benfica on a one-year loan. Upon his return to Portugal Sidnei found himself demoted to the B-team and, on 29 July 2013, he, together with Pizzi, was loaned to La Liga club RCD Espanyol on a one-year deal.
- Last updated on 29 October
- "Comunicado" [Announcement] (in Portuguese). CMVM. 24 July 2008. Retrieved 4 October 2010.
- "Comunicado" [Announcement] (in Portuguese). CMVM. 25 November 2008. Retrieved 22 March 2012.
- Benfica make it perfect ten with derby win; UEFA.com, 21 February 2011
- Sidnei emprestado ao Besiktas (Sidnei loaned to Besiktas); Benfica's official website, 2 June 2011 (Portuguese)
- "Pizzi i Sidnei, nous reforços" [Pizzi and Sidnei, new signings] (in Catalan). Espanyol's official website. 29 July 2013. Retrieved 29 July 2013.
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