William Amaral de Andrade
|Full name||William Amaral de Andrade|
|Date of birth||27 December 1967|
|Place of birth||Rio de Janeiro, Brazil|
|Height||1.79 m (5 ft 10 1⁄2 in)|
|Playing position||Centre back|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).
William was born in Rio de Janeiro. During his extensive career he played most notably for S.L. Benfica, from where he arrived in 1990 after playing one season apiece with two other Portuguese clubs, C.D. Nacional and Vitória de Guimarães.
During his five-year spell William helped the Reds to two national championships, forming an efficient partnership with countryman Ricardo Gomes after arriving as a replacement for another Brazilian, Carlos Mozer: in the 1993–94 campaign he did not miss one single game, and still scored four goals.
After one season in France at SC Bastia, William moved to Spain with SD Compostela, being fairly used during four years (although he was never an automatic first-choice), two in La Liga and two in the second division. He then returned to Portugal and Vitória Guimarães, already the bearer of a passport from the country, and retired after two slow seasons in June 2002, aged nearly 35.