André Silva (footballer)
Silva at the 2017 Confederations Cup
|Full name||André Miguel Valente da Silva|
|Date of birth||6 November 1995|
|Place of birth||Baguim do Monte, Portugal|
|Height||1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 20 August 2017.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 2 July 2017
André Miguel Valente da Silva (Portuguese pronunciation: [ɐ̃ˈdɾɛ ˈsiɫvɐ]; born 6 November 1995) is a Portuguese footballer who plays as a striker for Italian club A.C. Milan and the Portugal national team.
Silva was born in Baguim do Monte, a local parish in Gondomar, and started playing football with Porto-based S.C. Salgueiros. He had a brief spell with neighbouring Boavista FC, but quickly returned to his previous club, now renamed Salgueiros 08.
Silva finished his formation with FC Porto, having signed with the juniors in 2011 at the age of 15. On 12 August 2013, he made his professional debut, coming on as a 77th-minute substitute for Tozé as the B-team won 3–2 away against S.C. Beira-Mar for the Segunda Liga championship.
Silva finished his second season with 34 games and seven goals, helping Porto B to the 13th position in the second level. Highlights included a brace on 4 January 2015, for a 3–0 home success over Vitória de Guimarães B.
Silva made his competitive debut for the first team on 29 December 2015, playing the full 90 minutes in a 1–3 home loss against C.S. Marítimo for the Taça da Liga. His maiden appearance in the Primeira Liga occurred four days later, as he replaced Vincent Aboubakar for the last 20 minutes in a 0–2 defeat at Sporting Clube de Portugal.
Silva started the 2015–16 campaign as fourth-choice striker behind Aboubakar and Dani Osvaldo, and his plight worsened in January 2016 with the acquisition of Suk Hyun-jun and Moussa Marega. However, after José Peseiro replaced Julen Lopetegui as manager, he received more opportunities, and scored his first league goal in a 4–0 home win over Boavista, in the last match. He also started in the final of the Taça de Portugal on 22 May, helping his team recover from a 0–2 deficit against S.C. Braga with a brace, which included a bicycle kick in the last-minute (eventual 2–4 loss on penalties).
Silva began 2016–17 in good form, with goals in his first two league games against Rio Ave F.C. and G.D. Estoril Praia, while also scoring in Porto's 1–1 draw at home to A.S. Roma for the UEFA Champions League's play-off round. On 21 August 2016 he signed a new five-year contract, which included a release clause of €60 million.
On 12 June 2017, Silva moved to Italian Serie A side A.C. Milan for a fee of €38 million. He signed a five-year contract. In his third competitive appearance, on 17 August, he contributed with two goals and one assist to a 6–0 home routing of KF Shkëndija for the play-off round of the UEFA Europa League.
Silva represented Portugal at every youth level. He participated with the under-20 team at the 2015 FIFA World Cup, scoring four goals in the group stage, as the nation reached the quarter-finals; previously, at the 2014 UEFA European Under-19 Championship, he became the first player ever to net four times in a single match (6–1 group stage defeat of Hungary), in an eventual runner-up finish for the under-19s.
On 8 September 2015, in his first appearance with the under-21 side, Silva scored a hat-trick in 19 minutes (both halves combined), contributing to a 6–1 win against Albania for the 2017 European Under-21 Championship qualifiers. He was called up for the first time to the senior team by head coach Fernando Santos the following 26 August, playing the second half of a 5–0 friendly win over Gibraltar in Porto on 1 September.
Silva scored his first goal with Portugal's main squad on 7 October 2016, featuring the entire 6–0 defeat of Andorra for the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers. Three days later, for the same competition, he netted three times in the first half of an eventual 6–0 triumph in the Faroe Islands.
Silva was selected for the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup, making his tournament debut when he replaced Ricardo Quaresma for the last eight minutes of the 2–2 group stage draw against Mexico. He scored his first goal in the competition on 24 June, playing the full 90 minutes in the 4–0 defeat of New Zealand.
- As of 20 August 2017
- a.^ Appearances in Taça de Portugal and Taça da Liga
- b.^ Appearances in Taça de Portugal
- c.^ Appearances in UEFA Champions League
- d.^ Appearances in UEFA Europa League
- As of 2 July 2017
- As of 2 July 2017 (score column indicates score after each Silva goal, Portugal score listed second)
|1||7 October 2016||Estádio Municipal, Aveiro, Portugal||Andorra||6–0||6–0||2018 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|2||10 October 2016||Tórsvøllur, Tórshavn, Faroe Islands||Faroe Islands||1–0||6–0||2018 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|5||25 March 2017||Estádio da Luz, Lisbon, Portugal||Hungary||1–0||3–0||2018 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|6||3 June 2017||António Coimbra da Mota, Estoril, Portugal||Cyprus||4–0||4–0||Friendly|
|7||9 June 2017||Skonto Stadium, Riga, Latvia||Latvia||3–0||3–0||2018 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|8||24 June 2017||Krestovsky Stadium, Saint Petersburg, Russia||New Zealand||3–0||4–0||2017 FIFA Confederations Cup|
- Porto B
- Segunda Liga Player of the Year/Breakthrough Player of the Year: 2015–16
- SJPF Segunda Liga Player of the Month: August/September 2015, December 2015
- UEFA Champions League Breakthrough XI: 2016
- "André Silva: o Deco que custou 1000 euros ao FC Porto" [André Silva: the Deco that cost FC Porto 1000 euros] (in Portuguese). Mais Futebol. 26 July 2014. Retrieved 5 August 2015.
- "Beira-Mar-FC Porto B, 2–3: Dragões operam reviravolta" [Beira-Mar-FC Porto B, 2–3: Dragons come from behind]. Record (in Portuguese). 12 August 2013. Retrieved 11 September 2015.
- "FC Porto B-V. Guimarães B, 3–0: Segunda parte decidiu" [FC Porto B-V. Guimarães B, 3–0: Second half the decider]. Record (in Portuguese). 4 January 2015. Retrieved 11 September 2015.
- "Marítimo vence no Dragão e Lopetegui vê lenços brancos" [Marítimo wins at the Dragão and Lopetegui sees white cloth] (in Portuguese). Rádio Renascença. 29 December 2015. Retrieved 3 January 2016.
- "Sporting 2–0 FC Porto" (in Portuguese). Rádio e Televisão de Portugal. 2 January 2016. Retrieved 17 August 2017.
- "André Silva no ataque sim mas sem pressa" [André Silva for the offense but taking it easy]. O Jogo (in Portuguese). 5 December 2015. Retrieved 22 May 2016.
- "André Silva sobe na hierarquia e aponta ao clássico" [André Silva rises up the ranks and is poised for clássico] (in Portuguese). SAPO. 26 April 2016. Retrieved 22 May 2016.
- "André Silva: "Marcar no Dragão é um sonho"" [André Silva: "To score at the Dragão is a dream"] (in Portuguese). Rádio Renascença. 14 May 2016. Retrieved 22 May 2016.
- "Sp. Braga vence Taça de Portugal" [Sp. Braga wins Portuguese Cup] (in Portuguese). Rádio Renascença. 22 May 2016. Retrieved 22 May 2016.
- "Andre Silva signs new FC Porto contract with €60m release clause". ESPN FC. 21 August 2016. Retrieved 22 August 2016.
- "Comunicado" [Announcement] (PDF) (Press release) (in Portuguese). Portuguese Securities Market Commission. 12 June 2017. Retrieved 12 June 2017.
- "AC Milan sign Andre Silva from Porto in reported €38m deal". ESPN FC. 12 June 2017. Retrieved 12 June 2017.
- "Official: André Silva is a new AC Milan's player". A.C. Milan. 12 June 2017. Retrieved 12 June 2017.
- "Europa League, il Milan schianta lo Shkendija 6–0: doppiette di André Silva e Montolivo" [Europa League, Milan steamroll Shkendija 6–0: braces from André Silva and Montolivo]. Corriere dello Sport (in Italian). 17 August 2017. Retrieved 17 August 2017.
- "Portugal stay perfect, Colombia sneak through". FIFA.com. 6 June 2015. Retrieved 11 September 2015.
- "Porto pair propelling Portugal's title tilt". FIFA.com. 10 June 2015. Retrieved 11 September 2015.
- "Brazil through as profligate Portugal pay the penalty". FIFA.com. 14 June 2015. Retrieved 11 September 2015.
- "Germany secure second title in Hungary". UEFA.com. 2014. Retrieved 16 May 2016.
- "Caminhada rumo à Polónia começa com goleada" [Road to Poland starts with routing] (in Portuguese). Rádio Renascença. 8 September 2015. Retrieved 11 September 2015.
- "André Silva and João Cancelo called into Portugal squad". PortuGOAL. 28 August 2016. Retrieved 29 August 2016.
- "Portugal 5–0 Gibraltar: European champions hammer minnows as Nani scores brace". Daily Mail. 1 September 2016. Retrieved 5 September 2016.
- "Portugal 6–0 Andorra: Cristiano Ronaldo nets FOUR in rout as minnows have two men sent off for kicking Real Madrid star during World Cup qualifier". Daily Mail. 7 October 2016. Retrieved 9 October 2016.
- "Chapa seis às Ilhas Faroé com "hat-trick" de André Silva" [Six past the Faroe Islands with André Silva hat-trick] (in Portuguese). Rádio e Televisão de Portugal. 11 October 2016. Retrieved 18 June 2017.
- "Éder fica fora dos convocados, Beto e José Sá nas escolhas" [Éder out of squad, Beto and José Sá picked]. O Jogo (in Portuguese). 25 May 2017. Retrieved 17 June 2017.
- "Héctor Moreno’s stoppage-time header earns Mexico draw against Portugal". The Guardian. 18 June 2017. Retrieved 18 June 2017.
- "Portugal cruise into semi-finals". FIFA.com. 24 June 2017. Retrieved 24 June 2017.
- "André Silva". Soccerway. Retrieved 22 May 2016.
- "André Silva". European Football. Retrieved 19 June 2017.
- ""Portugal fez uma prova excelente", diz Fernando Santos" ["Portugal had an excellent tournament", Fernando Santos says] (in Portuguese). TSF. 2 July 2017. Retrieved 4 July 2017.
- "André André eleito o melhor jogador da Liga" [André André voted best League player] (in Portuguese). SAPO. 15 October 2015. Retrieved 28 May 2016.
- "Slimani eleito melhor jogador de dezembro" [Slimani voted best player of December] (in Portuguese). SAPO. 19 January 2016. Retrieved 28 May 2016.
- "Our Champions League breakthrough team of 2016". UEFA.com. 24 December 2016. Retrieved 25 December 2016.