Luisão before a match with Brazil in 2006
|Full name||Ânderson Luís da Silva|
|Date of birth||13 February 1981|
|Place of birth||Amparo, Brazil|
|Height||1.95 m (6 ft 5 in)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 20 December 2015.
Most of his professional career has been spent with Benfica, for which he has appeared in more than 400 official matches, having won sixteen major titles. Luisão is the longest-serving captain in Benfica history.
In the 2003 summer Luisão moved to Europe, signing with Benfica of Portugal for £890,000. He faced a tough period of adaptation, during which he performed somewhat below his capabilities and even considered traveling back to his home country; he did manage, however, to score in his league debut, a thrilling 3–3 home draw against C.F. Os Belenenses on 14 September, and ended his first season with the Portuguese Cup conquest, helping defeat FC Porto 2–1.
In 2004–05 Luisão featured regularly in Benfica's central defense, alongside Ricardo Rocha, appearing in 29 games and contributing heavily for the Eagles' first league title in 11 years: on 24 April 2005, in a 2–1 away victory over G.D. Estoril-Praia, he netted his first goal of the season, the game's equaliser. On 14 May he found the net with his head against city rivals Sporting Clube de Portugal, scoring the game's only goal and ousting the opponents from the title race.
The 2005–06 season finished without silverware for Benfica, with Luisão again as an automatic first-choice. The team, however, reached the season's UEFA Champions League quarterfinals, with the defender playing all the matches and minutes in the competition: on 21 February 2006 he scored in his side's 1–0 home win against holders Liverpool, which had lost just one of 13 European games the previous year, and five of 41 away from home; he also started in the second leg, a 2–0 win at Anfield.
In 2006–07, Luisão was named club captain in some matches, due to injuries to Nuno Gomes and Petit, but the club again failed to secure any major honours. At the end of the season, his agent said "Luisão wants to leave", but he eventually stayed.
During the following season, in January 2008, Luisão was involved in an on-field argument with Greek teammate Kostas Katsouranis, during a league match against Vitória de Setúbal. The argument arose after Katsouranis' misplaced pass, which forced the Brazilian to commit a foul in order to stop play, after receiving a yellow card, Luisão criticized Katsouranis, who responded in a similar manner. The two players were on the point of breaking into violence before teammates separated them. Both players were then quickly substituted and given suspensions by the club, and later apologised to each other; again, he dealt with some injuries and inconsistent play, also addressing rumours of another possible move.
Luisão's start to the 2008–09 season got off in scoring fashion, netting a goal in the 59th minute of the UEFA Cup first round match at S.S.C. Napoli, in a 2–3 loss. It was his first game of the season in European competitions, and his first goal of the season in all competitions. In the following season he would enjoy his best season as a professional, appearing in a total of 45 official games (4,050 minutes, with six goals) as Benfica won the league and renewed its Portuguese League Cup supremacy, also reaching the last eight in the Europa League.
On 28 August 2010 Luisão scored – through a header – against Setúbal at home, as 10-men Benfica eventually won it 3–0. On 14 September, he entered the Champions League's history books, after opening the scoresheet against Israeli side Hapoel Tel Aviv F.C. in the competition's group stage.
On 11 August 2012, in the last minutes of the first half of a friendly with Fortuna Düsseldorf, Luisão pushed referee Christian Fischer to the ground as he was about to send off teammate Javi García for two reckless challenges on Oliver Fink; the referee refused to resume the game and suspended it, proceeding to announce he would take legal action against the player.
On 14 September 2012 Luisão was initially suspended for two months for his actions, also being fined €2,550. The ruling of the Portuguese Football Federation was still subject to the approval of FIFA, which was confirmed shortly after, causing the player to miss 11 games, including the Champions League matches against Celtic and FC Barcelona.
On 13 March 2014, whilst appearing in his 117th match in European competitions, Luisão grabbed a brace to help Benfica to a 3–1 away win against Tottenham Hotspur for the Europa League round-of-16's first leg.
On 18 January 2015, Luisão equalized Eusébio with a total of 440 official appearances at Benfica, in a 0–4 win at Marítimo in Primeira Liga. On 21 February, he scored the tying goal in a victory at Moreirense (1–3) counting for the league. On 28 February, he equalized António Simões as the seventh player with the most appearances (447).
Luisão made his debut for Brazil in July 2001. He represented the nation in its 2004 Copa América win, playing in all six matches, including a 1–2 loss against Paraguay – where he was team captain – and the final against Argentina where he scored his first international goal.
In the next year, Luisão was named in the Brazilian squad for the 2005 FIFA Confederations Cup, but did not play a single second, meeting the same fate in the 2006 FIFA World Cup. After the latter tournament, when Dunga was hired as the new coach, he began to play more often.
Luisão was summoned for the 2009 Confederations Cup, playing in four of Brazil's five matches, including the 1–0 victory over South Africa in the semifinals, and the 3–2 win against the United States in the final, partnering with FC Bayern Munich's Lúcio.
Again as a reserve player, Luisão was selected for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, after a solid club season, being an unused squad member as Brazil exited in the quarter-finals.
- As of match played 5 March 2016
1Other tournaments include the Supertaça Cândido de Oliveira.
|1||25 July 2004||Estadio Nacional, Lima, Peru||Argentina||2–2||Draw||2004 Copa América|
|2||15 November 2006||St. Jakob-Park, Basel, Switzerland||Switzerland||2–1||Win||Friendly|
|3||5 September 2009||Gigante de Arroyito, Rosario, Argentina||Argentina||3–1||Win||2010 World Cup Qualification|
- Copa do Brasil: 2003
- Campeonato Mineiro: 2003
- Campeonato Brasileiro: 2003
- Copa Sul-Minas: 2002
- Primeira Liga (5): 2004–05, 2009–10, 2013–14, 2014–15, 2015–16
- Taça de Portugal: 2003–04, 2013–14
- Taça da Liga (7): 2008–09, 2009–10, 2010–11, 2011–12, 2013–14, 2014–15, 2015–16
- Supertaça Cândido de Oliveira: 2005, 2014
- UEFA Europa League: Runner-up 2012–13, 2013–14
- Copa América: 2004
- FIFA Confederations Cup: 2005, 2009
- Lunar New Year Cup: 2005
- CONCACAF Gold Cup: Silver medal 2003
- "Benfica 1–0 Liverpool". ESPN Soccernet. 21 February 2006. Retrieved 6 April 2010.
- "Liverpool 0–2 Benfica: Holders crash". ESPN Soccernet. 8 March 2006. Retrieved 6 April 2010.
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- "Ref to take legal action against Luisao". ESPN Soccernet. 13 August 2012. Retrieved 14 August 2012.
- Benfica's Luisao suspended for pushing over referee; Reuters, 14 September 2012
- Decisão da secção não profissional do Conselho de Disciplina da FPF (Non-professional section of the FPF Discipline Committee's decision); Portuguese Football Federation, 14 September 2012 (Portuguese)
- FIFA extends Luisão ban worldwide; UEFA.com, 18 September 2012
- "Benfica seize control against Tottenham". UEFA.com. 13 March 2014. Retrieved 14 March 2014.
- "Luisão: "Orgulho-me deste Clube, o torcedor joga e o jogador torce!"" [Luisão: I am proud of this club, the supporter supports and the player supports!]. S.L. Benfica (in Portuguese). 18 January 2015. Retrieved 19 January 2015.
- "Moreirense - Benfica (Jornada 22 Liga NOS 2014-2015) - Liga Portugal" (in Portuguese). LPFP. 21 February 2015. Retrieved 22 February 2015.
- Guerra, Mara (5 March 2015). "Luisão: Depois de ultrapassar Eusébio, atinge Simões" [Luisão: After surpassing Eusébio, reaches Simões] (in Portuguese). VAVEL. Retrieved 15 March 2015.
- Bragança, José (28 April 2015). "Luisão, um capitão para a história" [Luisão, a captain for the ages] (in Portuguese). zerozero. Retrieved 28 April 2015.
- "Brazil – Record International Players". RSSSF. Retrieved 6 April 2010.
- "Copa América 2004". RSSSF. Retrieved 14 March 2014.
- Luisão profile at Soccerway. Retrieved 6 March 2016.
- Hier kann ich meine Samba-Liebe genießen (Here i can enjoy my love for Samba); Bild, 12 February 2009 (German)
- Andrei Silva vai assinar pelo Benfica (Andrei Silva will join Benfica); Arte do Futebol, 23 September 2009 (Portuguese)
- Cunha, Pedro Jorge (17 May 2015). "Benfica bicampeão: 28 com as faixas e dois à espera" [Benfica back-to-back champion: 28 with the sashes and two await] (in Portuguese). Maisfutebol. Retrieved 19 May 2015.
- "Luisão é o Futebolista do Ano e Fábio Coentrão a Revelação" [Luisão is the Footballer of the Year and Fábio Coentrão is the Revelation]. i (in Portuguese). 26 February 2010. Archived from the original on 4 March 2010. Retrieved 1 March 2016.
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