André Ricardo Soares
|Full name||André Ricardo Soares|
|Date of birth||9 October 1981|
|Place of birth||Mineiros, Brazil|
|Height||1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)|
|Playing position||Full back|
|2010–2012||1. FC Köln||15||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
Andrezinho was born in Mineiros, Goiás. After playing for five teams in his country in six years, he moved in July 2007 to Portugal with Vitória SC, as the Guimarães-based club had just returned from the second division.
An undisputed starter from the very beginning, Andrezinho only missed one game en route to a final third place in the Primeira Liga, with the subsequent qualification to the UEFA Champions League. In the 2009–10 season he enjoyed his best year as a professional, scoring five goals in 25 matches – often from free kicks – as Vitória finished in sixth position, narrowly missing out on a UEFA Europa League spot.
In late July 2010, Andrezinho joined 1. FC Köln in Germany, penning a two-year contract and reuniting with former Guimarães teammate Pedro Geromel. However, coach Frank Schaefer saw no perspective for him in a reorganized team, and advised him to leave in the following transfer window.
- "Cologne capture Brazilian". Sky Sports. 2 August 2010. Archived from the original on 4 September 2010. Retrieved 5 September 2010.
- "Andrezinho gelandet! Verleiht er Soldos Elf Flügel?" [Andrezinho has landed! Will he impose himself in Soldo's wings?] (in German). kicker. 29 July 2010. Archived from the original on 27 August 2010. Retrieved 5 September 2010.
- "Trio des 1. FC Köln kann in der Winterpause gehen" [1. FC Köln trio can leave in the winter break]. Die Zeit (in German). 16 December 2010. Retrieved 16 December 2010.