Vanderson Válter de Almeida

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Vandinho
Personal information
Full name Vanderson Válter de Almeida
Date of birth (1978-01-15) January 15, 1978 (age 36)
Place of birth Cuiabá, Brazil
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Grêmio Anápolis
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1998 Internacional
1999 Pelotas
2000 Guarani
2000 Santa Cruz 14 (1)
2001 Criciúma
2002 Grêmio Inhumense
2002–2004 Rio Ave 52 (4)
2004–2011 Braga 158 (8)
2011 Al Sharjah 6 (0)
2012 Paraná 11 (0)
2013 Santo Ângelo
2013 Cuiabá 15 (0)
2014– Grêmio Anápolis 9 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 31 March 2014.
† Appearances (Goals).

Vanderson Válter de Almeida, aka Vandinho (born 15 January 1978 in Cuiabá, Mato Grosso), is a Brazilian footballer who plays for Grêmio Anápolis as a central midfielder.

Football career[edit]

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[1] 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).[2] 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.[3]

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