Sidnei (footballer, born 1989)
Sidnei playing for Beşiktaş
|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|
|2011–2012||→ Beşiktaş (loan)||10||(2)|
|2013–2014||→ Espanyol (loan)||9||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 31 March 2014.
† Appearances (Goals).
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 sporting 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, 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 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 campaign – 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. On 28 March, 2011, he renewed his contract for a further three seasons, till 2016. However, due to poor performances, he lost his starting place to Jardel, spending the rest of the season in the bench.
In early June 2011, Süper Lig club Beşiktaş J.K. agreed with Benfica on a one-year loan, with the option to make the move permanent. In 19 September 2011, Sidnei scored a double for the first in his career. As Besiktas opted no to exercise their option, Sidnei return to Portugal and found himself demoted to the B-team and, on 29 July 2013, he, together with Pizzi, was loaned to La Liga's RCD Espanyol on a one-year deal.
- As of 29 October 2013
- "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 renova até 2016". Record.pt. 28 March 2011. Retrieved 8 July 2014.
- "Maxi regressa ao onze; Jardel no lugar de Sidnei". ESPNBR. 7 April 2011. Retrieved 8 July 2014.
- Sidnei emprestado ao Besiktas (Sidnei loaned to Besiktas); Benfica's official website, 2 June 2011 (Portuguese)
- "Sidnei bisa na vitória do Besiktas". desporto.sapo.mz. 19 September 2011. Retrieved 8 July 2014.
- "Besiktas não quer Sidnei no plantel". O Jogo. 19 June 2012. Retrieved 8 July 2014.
- "Pizzi i Sidnei, nous reforços" [Pizzi and Sidnei, new signings] (in Catalan). Espanyol's official website. 29 July 2013. Retrieved 29 July 2013.
- "Sidnei". Soccerway. Retrieved 1 April 2014.
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