Wenderson Arruda Said

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Full name Wenderson de Arruda Said
Date of birth (1975-04-17) 17 April 1975 (age 39)
Place of birth Guiratinga, Brazil
Height 1.79 m (5 ft 10 12 in)
Playing position Forward
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1995–1999 Democrata
1999–2002 Naval 92 (31)
2002–2005 Braga 90 (26)
2005 Sporting CP 9 (0)
2006–2009 Braga 67 (13)
2008–2009 Belenenses (loan) 22 (5)
2009–2011 Ermis 59 (10)
2011–2012 Ethnikos Achna 27 (7)
2012–2013 Aris Limassol 21 (10)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Wenderson de Arruda Said, commonly known as Wender (born 17 April 1975), is a Brazilian retired footballer who played as a forward.

He spent the vast majority of his professional career in Portugal, amassing Primeira Liga totals of 190 games and 41 goals over the course of seven seasons and representing in the competition Braga, Sporting and Belenenses.

Wender retired in 2013 at the age of 38, after spending four years in Cyprus with three teams.

Football career[edit]

Born in Guiratinga, Mato Grosso of Lebanese descent, Wender started playing professionally in Portugal with Associação Naval 1º de Maio, having signed in 1999 from modest Esporte Clube Democrata. He spent three additional seasons at Sporting Clube de Braga, being an instrumental offensive figure in the Minho club's domestic and continental consolidation.

Wender moved to Portugal giants Sporting Clube de Portugal for the 2005–06 campaign.[1] Although he appeared scarcely for the Lisbon side, he scored in both legs of a UEFA Cup tie against Halmstads BK (2–1 away win, 2–3 home loss, subsequent elimination).

However, in January 2006, Wender was involved in a two-way loan deal as right-back Abel moved to Sporting and he returned for a second Braga spell. The loan was made permanent in 2006–07, and he went on to net eight league goals in an eventual fourth-place finish.

In July 2008 Wender joined C.F. Os Belenenses' Brazilian contingent, on a season-long loan. In the following year, after the capital-based club initially dropped down a level – later reinstated – Braga sold the 34-year-old to Ermis Aradippou in the Cypriot First Division, and he remained in that country several years.


  1. ^ "Final touches for cup contenders". UEFA.com. 31 August 2005. Retrieved 10 May 2008. 

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