Vanderson Válter de Almeida
|Full name||Vanderson Válter de Almeida|
|Date of birth||January 15, 1978|
|Place of birth||Cuiabá, Brazil|
|Height||1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 31 March 2014.
† Appearances (Goals).
After an unsuccessful spell at Sport Club Internacional, Vandinho played mainly with modest outfits in his country: Grêmio Esportivo Brasil, Guarani Futebol Clube, Santa Cruz Futebol Clube, Criciúma Esporte Clube and Grêmio Esportivo Inhumense, moving in 2002–03 to Portugal with Rio Ave F.C. and helping the Vila do Conde team return to the first division in his first season.
In 2004–05 Vandinho joined Sporting de Braga, being an everpresent midfield fixture as the Minho side achieved two consecutive fourth-league places from 2005–07. During his second season he contributed with 31 games and three goals, including in both matches against former side Rio Ave (2–1 away, 5–0 at home).
In February 2010, as he continued to be an automatic first-choice and Braga led the league, Vandinho received a three-month ban for his actions in a scuffle during his side's 2–0 home win against S.L. Benfica late in the previous year, effectively ending his season as his club was eventually surpassed in the table by the opponents in that game.
Vandinho helped Braga reach the UEFA Europa League final in 2010–11, scoring through a header in the semifinals' first leg, a 1–2 away loss against Benfica (2–2 aggregate win). In late August 2011, after nearly one full decade in the same country, the 33-year old joined Al Sharjah SC in the United Arab Emirates, for an undisclosed fee.
- Vandinho só pode jogar na última jornada (Vandinho can only play in last round); Record, 2 February 2010 (Portuguese)
- Oscar Cardozo gives Benfica slim Europa League advantage over Braga; The Guardian, 29 April 2011
- Vandinho assina pelo Al Sharjah de Carlos Azenha (Vandinho signs for Carlos Azenha's Al Sharjah); Record, 21 August 2011 (Portuguese)