Evandro Brandão

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Evandro Brandão
Personal information
Full name Evandro Elmer de Carvalho Brandão
Date of birth (1991-05-07) 7 May 1991 (age 26)
Place of birth Luanda, Angola
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
Number 47
Youth career
?–2003 Blackburn Rovers
2003–2006 Walsall
2006–2009 Manchester United
2009 Braga
2009–2010 Benfica
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2010–2011 Benfica 0 (0)
2010 Fátima (loan) 3 (0)
2011 Gondomar (loan) 12 (10)
2011–2013 Videoton 14 (1)
2012–2013 Olhanense (loan) 18 (1)
2013–2014 Tondela 17 (4)
2014–2015 Libolo 20 (2)
2015 Kabuscorp 8 (1)
2016 Benfica Castelo Branco 11 (1)
2016–2017 Fafe 36 (11)
2017– Leixões 10 (4)
National team
2006–2008 Portugal U17 8 (0)
2009 Portugal U18 2 (0)
2010 Portugal U19 6 (0)
2014– Angola 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 22 October 2017.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 13 August 2014

Evandro Elmer de Carvalho Brandão (born 7 May 1991) is an Angolan professional footballer who plays as a striker for Portuguese club Leixões SC.

Club career[edit]


Brandão was born in Luanda, Angola, but spent the first years of his life in Portugal before moving to England at the age of 9. He began his football career at Blackburn Rovers,[1] before joining Walsall in 2003.[2]

After three years with Walsall, Brandão signed for Manchester United on 21 October 2006, after impressing assistant manager Carlos Queiroz while on trial with United at the 2006 Under-17 Nike Cup.[3][4] He had to wait five months to make his debut for the under-18s, but played in four of their last five games as the side finished fourth in the 2006–07 Premier Academy League, before being offered a trainee contract in July 2007.

The following season, Brandão scored four goals in 18 appearances for the under-18 team, adding four in 15 appearances the year after – he also made his debut for the reserves in 2008–09, coming on as a 69th-minute substitute for Magnus Wolff Eikrem in a Manchester Senior Cup game away to Bury; however, he was unable to make any more of an impression at the club, and was released on the expiry of his contract in June 2009.


Brandão signed with Braga in the summer of 2009[5] but, just five months later, the deal was usurped by Benfica, who signed him on a two-and-a-half-year contract.[6]

After spending a year in the Benfica academy, Brandão went out on loan twice in 2010–11, first to Segunda Liga club Fátima and then to Gondomar in the third division, for whom he netted 10 goals in 12 games.


After failing to break into the Benfica first team, Brandão moved to Hungarian club Videoton in July 2011, coached by his former Portugal under-16 manager Paulo Sousa.[7] He scored his first and only goal for the side on 20 August, contributing to a 4–1 home win against Pécs.

Later years[edit]

In the summer of 2012, Brandão signed with Olhanense in the Portuguese top flight, on loan.[8] He scored his first goal in the competition on 15 December to help to a 2–2 home draw to Gil Vicente,[9] as his team went on to finish as the first above the relegation zone.

Subsequently, Brandão represented in quick succession Tondela,[10] Libolo, Kabuscorp (both from the Angolan Girabola)[11] and Sport Benfica e Castelo Branco,[12] netting only eight times combined. On 12 July 2016, he agreed to a deal at Fafe from the Portuguese second tier.[13]

Brandão scored his first hat-trick at the professional level on 15 January 2017, contributing to a 4–1 win over Braga B at the Parque Municipal dos Desportos de Fafe.[14] In June, following his team's relegation, he signed for Leixões also in the second division.[15]

International career[edit]

At youth level, Brandão earned 24 caps for Portugal. He switched allegiance to Angola as a senior, making his debut on 13 August 2014 by playing the last four minutes of a 0–0 friendly draw to Angola.[16]





  1. ^ nickogs20 (14 June 2009). "Brandão bound for Braga". United Youth. Retrieved 26 June 2012. 
  2. ^ "Brandao signs for big boys". Express & Star. Wolverhampton. 1 November 2006. Retrieved 26 June 2012. 
  3. ^ McLaughlan, Lee (5 November 2006). "Walsall glad to cash in on ace Brando". Sunday Mercury. Birmingham. Retrieved 26 June 2012. 
  4. ^ "Wednesday's football gossip". BBC Sport. 25 October 2006. Retrieved 18 August 2012. 
  5. ^ "Man Utd kid Brandao on way to Sporting Braga". Tribal Football. 4 June 2009. Retrieved 26 June 2012. 
  6. ^ "Benfica snap up ex-Man Utd striker Brandao". Tribal Football. 21 November 2009. Retrieved 26 June 2012. 
  7. ^ "A MU-t és a Benfica-t megjárt portugál csatártehetséget igazoltunk" [Former MU and Benfica talented striker confirmed] (in Hungarian). Videoton FC. 17 July 2011. Retrieved 26 June 2012. 
  8. ^ "Evandro Brandão chega por empréstimo" [Evandro Brandão arrives on loan]. Record (in Portuguese). 30 August 2012. Retrieved 23 March 2017. 
  9. ^ "Olhanense esteve a perder mas recuperou empate com Gil Vicente" [Olhanense were losing but came back for the draw with Gil Vicente] (in Portuguese). Sul Informação. 16 December 2012. Retrieved 23 March 2017. 
  10. ^ "Evandro Brandão reforça Tondela" [Evandro Brandão bolsters Tondela]. O Jogo (in Portuguese). 13 August 2013. Retrieved 23 March 2017. 
  11. ^ "Kabuscorp com novos reforços" [Kabuscorp with new additions] (in Portuguese). SAPO. 8 June 2015. Retrieved 23 March 2017. 
  12. ^ "BC Branco: Evandro Brandão fecha plantel" [BC Branco: Evandro Brandão closes roster]. Reconquista (in Portuguese). 4 February 2016. Retrieved 23 March 2017. 
  13. ^ "Evandro é reforço da Associação Desportiva de Fafe" [Evandro is a Associação Desportiva de Fafe addition]. Expresso de Fafe (in Portuguese). 12 July 2016. Retrieved 23 March 2017. 
  14. ^ "Hat-trick de Evandro Brandão na goleada do Fafe sobre o Braga B" [Evandro Brandão hat-trick in Fafe routing of Braga B]. O Jogo (in Portuguese). 15 January 2017. Retrieved 23 March 2017. 
  15. ^ "Leixões anuncia a chegada de sete reforços" [Leixões announce arrival of seven additions]. Diário de Notícias (in Portuguese). 8 June 2017. Retrieved 7 August 2017. 
  16. ^ "Futebol: Angola/Botswana (ficha técnica)" [Football: Angola/Botswana (technical report)] (in Portuguese). ANGOP. 13 August 2014. Retrieved 23 March 2017. 

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