André Leão

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André Leão
André Leão (julio de 2014).jpg
Leão being presented by Valladolid
Personal information
Full name André Filipe Ribeiro Leão
Date of birth (1985-05-20) 20 May 1985 (age 32)
Place of birth Freamunde, Portugal
Height 1.82 m (5 ft 11 12 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Number 8
Youth career
1993–2003 Freamunde
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2003–2005 Freamunde 30 (1)
2005–2006 Porto B 23 (0)
2006–2007 Beira-Mar 20 (2)
2007–2010 CFR Cluj 25 (0)
2010–2014 Paços Ferreira 108 (3)
2014– Valladolid 103 (0)
National team
2005–2006 Portugal U20 9 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 11 June 2017.

André Filipe Ribeiro Leão (born 20 May 1985) is a Portuguese professional footballer who plays for Spanish club Real Valladolid as a defensive midfielder.

Football career[edit]

Early years[edit]

Leão was born in Freamunde. After a brief spell with FC Porto's reserves, he made his professional debuts at Aveiro's S.C. Beira-Mar, his Primeira Liga debut coming on 17 September 2006 in a 2–0 home win against C.F. Estrela da Amadora.

Leão was used regularly during that season, but only won one of the matches in which he appeared and his club was relegated.

Cluj / Paços Ferreira[edit]

Leão then moved to Romania with CFR Cluj, joining a host of compatriots and winning the national championship in his debut campaign, appearing in 15 games. However, he would be rarely used during his two 1/2-year spell, and returned to his country in the late hours of the January 2010 transfer window, joining F.C. Paços de Ferreira.

In the 2010 off-season, Swansea City of the Football League Championship made an offer to sign Leão,[1] but nothing came of it. He started in all his 29 league appearances in 2012–13 (two goals), as Paços finished a best-ever third and qualified to the UEFA Champions League for the first time ever.


On 12 June 2014, aged 29, Leão signed a three-year contract with Spanish club Real Valladolid.[2]




  1. ^ "Swansea set to sign Leao". Planet Swans. 22 June 2010. Retrieved 22 June 2010. [permanent dead link]
  2. ^ "André Leao, primer fichaje del Pucela 14/15" [André Leao, first Pucela 14/15 signing] (in Spanish). Real Valladolid. 12 June 2014. Retrieved 12 June 2014. 
  3. ^ "Cupa României ramâne la Cluj-Napoca!" [Cluj-Napoca renews Cup title] (in Romanian). CFR Cluj. 13 June 2009. Archived from the original on 16 June 2009. Retrieved 14 June 2009. 
  4. ^ "CFR Cluj câştigat Supercupa României" [CFR Cluj wins Romanian Supercup]. Gândul (in Romanian). 27 July 2009. Retrieved 27 July 2009. 

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