Gonçalo Brandão

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Gonçalo Brandão
Personal information
Full name Gonçalo Jardim Brandão
Date of birth (1986-10-09) 9 October 1986 (age 28)
Place of birth Lisbon, Portugal
Height 1.82 m (5 ft 11 12 in)
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current team
Number 28
Youth career
1994–2004 Belenenses
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2003–2008 Belenenses 19 (1)
2005–2006 Charlton Athletic (loan) 0 (0)
2008–2011 Siena 43 (0)
2011–2014 Parma 2 (0)
2012–2013 Cesena (loan) 23 (0)
2013–2014 CFR Cluj (loan) 1 (0)
2014 Belenenses (loan) 9 (0)
2014– Belenenses 29 (0)
National team
2007–2009 Portugal U21 9 (0)
2009– Portugal 2 (0)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 23 May 2015.
† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 31 July 2011

Gonçalo Jardim Brandão (born 9 October 1986 in Lisbon) is a Portuguese footballer who plays for C.F. Os Belenenses. Mainly a central defender, he can also appear as a left back.

Club career[edit]


A product of hometown C.F. Os Belenenses' youth system, Brandão made his debut in the first division aged 17, against F.C. Porto, scoring in a 1–4 home loss on 18 October 2003 when he still had not finished his youth career. He only managed another seven first-team appearances in the next three seasons combined, with a loan to Charlton Athletic in 2005–06 in between (no Premier League matches played).

On 4 February 2007 Brandão played his first league match after his Belenenses return, against Vitória de Setúbal.[1]


In June 2008, it was announced Brandão had signed with Serie A's A.C. Siena: after a shaky start – he made his league debut only on 20 December in a 1–2 home defeat against Inter Milan – he finished his first season as an undisputed starter.

After the end of the 2009–10 campaign Brandão was loaned to Juventus F.C. for the United States tour, along with Albin Ekdal (owned by Juve and loaned to Siena) and three other players.[2]


On 22 June 2011, after contributing with only two games to Siena's top flight return, Brandão signed for Parma F.C. on loan.[3] In the following summer the clubs were involved in a player-only transaction, which saw Parma sign Brandão, Alessandro Iacobucci, Giuseppe Pacini and Andrea Rossi, while Siena acquired Manuel Coppola, Paolo Hernán Dellafiore, Abdou Doumbia and Alberto Galuppo – both organizations also retained 50% registration rights on their players.

On 7 July 2012 Brandão left for Serie B club A.C. Cesena, and Marco Parolo moved to Parma in a temporary deal for 1 million,[4] with the latter side also being responsible of €1.8 million in wages.[5] In the following summer, still owned by both Parma and Siena, he signed for Romanian club CFR Cluj along with Denilson Gabionetta.

Belenenses return[edit]

On 6 January 2014, Brandão returned to Portugal and Belenenses in a temporary deal.[6] On 20 June he was sold back to Siena, with Galuppo returning to Parma.[7] However, the Italians declared their liquidation on 15 July as the club did not meet the financial requirements for the upcoming season,[8] and the player re-joined Belenenses as a free agent.[9]

International career[edit]

After having represented Portugal at all the youth levels, including the under-21s,[10] Brandão made his full side debut on 31 March 2009, appearing as a left back in a 2–0 friendly win over South Africa in Lausanne, Switzerland.[11]


  1. ^ "Tactical formation". Football-Lineups. 4 February 2007. Retrieved 8 February 2007. 
  2. ^ "Juventus land in New York". Juventus F.C. 20 May 2010. Retrieved 6 November 2014. 
  3. ^ "Ufficiale: Siena: riscattato Reginaldo. Arriva Angelo, Brandao al Parma" [Official: Siena: Reginaldo returns. Angelo arrives, Brandao to Parma] (in Italian). Tutto Mercato. 23 June 2011. Retrieved 19 September 2011. 
  4. ^ "Scambio prestiti col Cesena Parolo Brandao" [Swap with Cesena Parolo Brandao] (in Italian). Parma F.C. 7 July 2012. Retrieved 6 August 2013. 
  5. ^ Parma F.C. SpA bilancio (financial report and accounts) on 30 June 2013, PDF purchased from Italian CCIAA (Italian)
  6. ^ "Gonçalo Brandão já treinou" [Gonçalo Brandão has already trained] (in Portuguese). C.F. Os Belenenses. 6 January 2014. Retrieved 6 November 2014. 
  7. ^ "Accordi di Compartecipazione: elenco final" [Co-ownership agreements: the final cast] (in Italian). Parma F.C. 20 June 2014. Retrieved 6 November 2014. 
  8. ^ "Comunicato Ac Siena" [AC Siena press release] (in Italian). A.C. Siena. 15 July 2014. Archived from the original on 15 July 2014. Retrieved 15 July 2014. 
  9. ^ "Gonçalo Brandão em definitivo no Belenenses" [Gonçalo Brandão to Belenenses permanently] (in Portuguese). O Jogo. 22 July 2014. Retrieved 6 November 2014. 
  10. ^ Caçador welcomes new dawn; UEFA.com, 14 August 2007
  11. ^ Portugal rediscover winning feeling; UEFA.com, 31 March 2009

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