Ânderson Polga

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Ânderson Polga
Personal information
Full name Ânderson Corrêa Polga
Date of birth (1979-02-09) 9 February 1979 (age 39)
Place of birth Santiago, Brazil
Height 1.82 m (5 ft 11 12 in)
Playing position Centre-back
Youth career
Grêmio
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1999–2003 Grêmio 64 (5)
2003–2012 Sporting 221 (0)
2012 Corinthians 3 (0)
Total 288 (5)
National team
2002–2003 Brazil 11 (3)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Ânderson Corrêa Polga (born 9 February 1979) is a Brazilian retired footballer who played as a central defender.

He spent most of his professional career with Sporting in Portugal, appearing in 327 official games (four goals) and winning four major titles. He started playing for Grêmio.

Polga represented the Brazil national team at the 2002 World Cup, winning the competition.

Club career[edit]

Groomed at Grêmio Foot-Ball Porto Alegrense, Polga was born in Santiago, Rio Grande do Sul, being an important defensive unit from early on and helping the club to two trophies in 2001: the Rio Grande do Sul State Championship and the Brazilian Cup. He moved to Sporting Clube de Portugal in 2003, becoming the first World Cup champion ever to play in the country.

Polga quickly became a defensive stalwart for the Lisbon-based side, helping them to the UEFA Cup final in his third year – after a run-in with coach José Peseiro,[1] he was an unused substitute in the decisive game, a 1–3 defeat against PFC CSKA Moscow[2]– as well as to four consecutive Primeira Liga runner-up finishes.

Not prone to score, Polga netted his first two goals for the Lions in the 2007–08 UEFA Champions League, in both group stage matches against FC Dynamo Kyiv.[3][4] He played in 43 games in all competitions during the season and, in 2009–10, as Sporting could only finish fourth, he lost his starting position to Tonel – who previously had lost his to youth graduate Daniel Carriço – but still managed to appear in 25 official matches (1,983 minutes).[5] He left in June 2012 at the age of 33, and returned to Brazil.

On 5 September 2012, Polga signed for Sport Club Corinthians Paulista who had just sold Leandro Castán and loaned Marquinhos, both to A.S. Roma.[6] At the end of the campaign, the club decided against renewing his contract.[7]

International career[edit]

Polga made his debut for Brazil in 2002 against Bolivia, being subsequently summoned for that year's FIFA World Cup. He made two complete group stage appearances for the eventual champions.[8]

After 2003, although he displayed good club form in several seasons, Polga was not recalled again.[9]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

[10][11]

Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season Série A Série B Série C Copa do Brasil Copa Libertadores Copa Sudamericana State League Friendly Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Grêmio 1999 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
2000 18 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 18 3
2001 17 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 17 0
2002 19 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 19 1
2003 9 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 9 1
Total 64 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 64 5
Club Season Primeira Liga Segunda Liga Taça de Portugal Supertaça UEFA Champions League UEFA Europa League State League Others Total
App Goals App Goals App Goals App Goals App Goals App Goals App Goals App Goals App Goals
Sporting 2003–04 29 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 4 0 0 0 0 0 34 0
2004–05 26 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 10 0 0 0 1 0 40 0
2005–06 30 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 2 0 1 0 0 0 3 0 37 0
2006–07 28 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 6 0 0 0 0 0 5 0 41 0
2007–08 25 0 0 0 2 0 1 0 5 2 5 0 0 0 7 0 45 2
2008–09 28 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 8 0 0 0 0 0 4 0 42 0
2009–10 15 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0 5 1 0 0 2 0 26 1
2010–11 20 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 8 1 0 0 8 0 39 1
2011–12 20 0 0 0 6 0 0 0 0 0 13 0 0 0 8 0 47 0
Total 221 0 0 0 19 0 2 0 25 2 46 2 0 0 38 0 351 4
Club Season Série A Série B Série C Copa do Brasil Copa Libertadores Copa Sudamericana State League Friendly Total
App Goals App Goals App Goals App Goals App Goals App Goals App Goals App Goals App Goals
Corinthians 2012 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
Total 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
Career total 288 5 0 0 19 0 2 0 25 2 46 2 0 0 38 0 409 8

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Grêmio
Sporting
Corinthians

Country[edit]

Individual[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Sporting: Anderson Polga pediu a Peseiro para não jogar frente ao Nacional" [Sporting: Anderson Polga asked Peseiro to not play against Nacional] (in Portuguese). Mais Futebol. 22 May 2005. Retrieved 1 January 2018. 
  2. ^ "Resilient CSKA sink Sporting". UEFA.com. 19 May 2005. Retrieved 1 January 2018. 
  3. ^ Polga strike downs Dynamo; UEFA.com, 3 October 2007
  4. ^ Sporting bow out with a win; UEFA.com, 13 December 2007
  5. ^ "Regresso à dupla do passado" [Return to old duo] (in Portuguese). O Jogo. 6 March 2010. Retrieved 1 January 2018. 
  6. ^ Corinthians acerta contratação do zagueiro Anderson Polga (Corinthians agree signing of stopper Anderson Polga); Lance!, 5 September 2012 (in Portuguese)
  7. ^ À espera de reforços para zaga, Corinthians não renovará com Polga (Waiting to strengthen back sector, Corinthians will not renew Polga); Surgiu, 9 December 2012 (in Portuguese)
  8. ^ Ânderson PolgaFIFA competition record
  9. ^ "Polga lamenta ausência da seleção" [Polga rues absence from national team] (in Portuguese). SAPO. 14 September 2012. Retrieved 1 January 2018. 
  10. ^ "Ânderson Polga". Soccerway. Retrieved 25 December 2014. 
  11. ^ "Anderson Polga". Footballdatabase. Retrieved 17 June 2015. 

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