Ednilson

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Ednilson
Personal information
Full name Ednilson Pedro Rocha Andrade Mendes
Date of birth (1982-09-25) 25 September 1982 (age 36)
Place of birth Bissau, Guinea-Bissau
Height 1.71 m (5 ft 7 in)
Playing position Defensive midfielder
Youth career
1993–1999 Boavista
1999–2000 Roma
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2000–2001 Roma 1 (0)
2001–2005 Benfica 43 (0)
2003–2004Vitória Guimarães (loan) 8 (0)
2004–2005Gil Vicente (loan) 20 (0)
2006–2007 OFI Crete 17 (0)
2008 Partizan 14 (0)
2008–2009 AEK Larnaca 5 (0)
2009–2012 Dinamo Tbilisi 34 (0)
2012 Vasas 0 (0)
Total 142 (0)
National team
2000–2003 Portugal U21 26 (2)
2010–2011 Guinea-Bissau 3 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Ednilson Pedro Rocha Andrade Mendes (born 25 September 1982), known simply as Ednilson, is a Bissau-Guinean former footballer who played as a defensive midfielder.

Club career[edit]

Ednilson was born in Bissau, Guinea-Bissau, moving to Portugal at an early age. Not yet 17, he was bought by Italy's A.S. Roma, but in January 2001 moved to F.C. Alverca for 618 million lire,[1] after he refused to extend his initial contract.[2] Without no official appearances, he was sold to S.L. Benfica.

With the Lisbon club, Ednilson was relatively used during two seasons, after which he was loaned to fellow Primeira Liga sides Vitória S.C. and Gil Vicente FC, playing with the latter precisely as Benfica won the national league after 11 years. After almost two years at OFI Crete (only 17 matches combined) he spent some months without a club, after which he rejoined countryman Almami Moreira at FK Partizan – both were youth graduates at Boavista FC – helping the Belgrade team to the double in his short spell.

Ednilson then played one year in Cyprus with AEK Larnaca FC. On 27 November 2009, he signed a 1½ year contract with FC Dinamo Tbilisi.[3]

On 21 February 2012, Ednilson changed clubs and countries once again, signing for Vasas SC in Budapest for five months. He was released at the end of the campaign (which ended in relegation), with no official appearances to his credit.

Club statistics[edit]

[4]

Season Team Country Division Apps Goals
1999–00 Roma  Italy 1 1 0
2000–01 Benfica  Portugal 1 13 0
2001–02 Benfica  Portugal 1 22 0
2002–03 Benfica  Portugal 1 8 0
2003–04 Vitória Guimarães  Portugal 1 8 0
2004–05 Gil Vicente  Portugal 1 20 0
2005–06 OFI Crete  Greece 1 4 0
2006–07 OFI Crete  Greece 1 13 0
2007–08 Partizan  Serbia 1 14 0
2008–09 AEK Larnaca  Cyprus 1 5 0
2009–10 Dinamo Tbilisi  Georgia 1 29 0

International career[edit]

After having represented Portugal at U21 level between 2000 and 2003, Ednilson accepted the calls of his country of birth, Guinea-Bissau, when their national team was ressurected in 2010, after three years of inactivity. Ednilson made 3 appearances between 2010 and 2011 for Guinea-Bissau.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ AS Roma SpA Report and Accounts on 30 June 2001 (in Italian)
  2. ^ "Ednilson ceduto all'Alverca" [Ednilson sold to Alverca] (in Italian). A.S. Roma. 13 January 2001. Archived from the original on 29 March 2002. Retrieved 1 April 2010.
  3. ^ ედნილსონი დინამოელია; Dinamo Tbilisi, 27 November 2009 (in Georgian)
  4. ^ "Ednilson". Soccerway. Retrieved 1 October 2014.
  5. ^ Ednilson at National-Football-Teams.com

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