Nenê (footballer, born 1981)

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Nenê
NeneSPFC2018B (cropped).jpg
Nenê warming-up for São Paulo in 2018
Personal information
Full name Anderson Luiz de Carvalho
Date of birth (1981-07-19) 19 July 1981 (age 37)
Place of birth Jundiaí, Brazil
Height 1.81 m (5 ft 11 12 in)
Playing position Winger
Club information
Current team
São Paulo
Number 7
Youth career
1996–1997 Bahia
1997–1998 Sporting CP
1998–1999 Corinthians
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1999–2002 Paulista 32 (26)
2002Palmeiras (loan) 25 (5)
2003 Santos 22 (8)
2003–2004 Mallorca 29 (2)
2004–2006 Alavés 38 (10)
2006–2007 Celta 38 (8)
2007–2010 Monaco 63 (19)
2008–2009Espanyol (loan) 35 (4)
2010–2013 Paris Saint-Germain 79 (36)
2013–2015 Al-Gharafa 29 (13)
2015 West Ham United 8 (0)
2015–2018 Vasco da Gama 82 (27)
2018– São Paulo 28 (8)
National team
2003 Brazil U23 4 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 12 June 2018

Anderson Luiz de Carvalho (born 19 July 1981), known as Nenê, is a Brazilian professional footballer who plays for São Paulo FC. A left winger, he is most known for his crossing and dribbling ability, as well as being a free kick specialist.

He played most of his professional career in Spain, representing four clubs and amassing La Liga totals of 140 games and 23 goals over the course of four seasons, and France, where he appeared with Monaco and Paris Saint-Germain for 142 Ligue 1 matches in four-and-a-half campaigns (55 goals).

Nenê won the 2013 national championship with PSG, also being chosen the league's best foreign player in 2010 while with Monaco.[1] He also spent three months in England, with West Ham United.

Football career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Born in Jundiaí, São Paulo, Nenê started playing professionally with local Paulista FC, at the age of 19. On 16 May 2002 he moved to SE Palmeiras, on loan until December.[2]

Nenê made his Série A debut on 11 August 2002, starting and scoring the first in a 1–1 home draw against Grêmio FBPA. He finished the year with five league goals, but his side suffered relegation for the first time in their history.

On 27 January 2003, Nenê signed for Santos FC still in the top tier.[3] Mainly a backup option to Robinho and Ricardo Oliveira, he still scored three goals during the club's Copa Libertadores run, and also appeared in both legs of the finals as a substitute.

Spain[edit]

Nenê playing for Espanyol

In 2003–04, Nenê moved to Spain, first with RCD Mallorca[4] – making his La Liga debut on 14 September 2003 in a 0–4 away loss against Athletic Bilbao – and then Deportivo Alavés.[5] With the Basque side he put up two extraordinary individual seasons, with 21 goals in the league alone, playing his first year in the second division and achieving promotion.[6]

After being relegated from the top level with Alavés in 2006, Nenê met the same fate with Celta de Vigo,[7] again appearing in all 38 league games and totalling nearly 3,000 minutes of action for the Galicians.

AS Monaco[edit]

On 22 August 2007, Nenê was transferred to AS Monaco FC for an undisclosed fee.[8] A year later, having already started with the French, he joined RCD Espanyol in the last days of the summer transfer window on a one-year loan,[9] with a buying option for the Catalans at the season's end, which was finally not activated.

Back with Monaco, Nenê began the new campaign in impressive scoring fashion, scoring nine goals in his first ten matches – this included a brace against US Boulogne in a 3–1 away success, both from long-range free kicks,[10] as he led the scoring charts for a lengthy period of time.

Paris Saint-Germain[edit]

Nenê with Paris Saint-Germain in 2012

On 11 July 2010, Nenê joined Paris Saint-Germain F.C. in a deal believed to be around 5.5 million. "I'm very happy to have signed for Paris," the player told PSG's official website, adding: "Like PSG, I'm hoping to have a big league season and to pull something off in the Europa League".[11] He scored in his first official appearance, a 3–1 home win against AS Saint-Étienne,[12] adding two on 11 September against newly promoted AC Arles-Avignon (4–0, home).[13] Halfway through the season he had already registered 13 goals, making him the third-highest scorer only behind Moussa Sow and Kevin Gameiro; his displays, free-kick ability and attacking flair earned him comparisons with Ronaldinho, a compatriot who played at the Parc des Princes earlier in the decade,[14] but he only scored one more goal until the end of the campaign, with PSG finally finishing fourth.

In the summer of 2011, Paris Saint-Germain were purchased by Qatari investors and bought several new players, including Jérémy Menez with whom Nenê had played at Monaco.[15] The Brazilian began the season hesitantly, struggling to accept that he had lost his star status in the team with the arrival of Javier Pastore. On 29 October, however, he scored two goals (both penalties) in a 4–2 home win against Stade Malherbe Caen, putting his team three points clear at the top of the table.[16]

Nenê makes his West Ham debut

Nenê scored his first hat-trick with PSG on 13 May 2012, netting all of the game's goals in the home fixture against Stade Rennais FC, in only 18 minutes of play.[17] He finished the campaign as the league's second top scorer, helping his side to the second place and direct qualification to the UEFA Champions League.

Al-Gharafa[edit]

On 15 January 2013, after having appeared in 112 official contests with PSG (but only nine in the league in the first half of the season), Nenê moved to Al-Gharafa Sports Club in the Qatar Stars League.[18] In March, he was suspended for nine games and fined €67,000 for fighting with Houssine Kharja,[19][20] being eventually released in late January of the following year.[21]

West Ham United[edit]

On 18 February 2015, free agent Nenê signed for West Ham United until the end of the campaign.[22] He made his debut ten days later in a 1–3 home defeat by Crystal Palace by coming on as a 61st minute substitute for Alex Song,[23] and was released at the end of the season.[24]


São Paulo[edit]

On January 26th, 2018, Nenê signed a two-years contract with São Paulo.[25] In an interview, Nenê revealed he was a fan of club, during his childhood.[26] On February 07, 2018, he scored his first goal with his new team, in a victory for 1–0 against Bragantino, a match valid for 2018 Campeonato Paulista.[27]

Personal life / Sponsorship[edit]

In October 2012 Nenê was named an ambassador for the game FIFA 13, alongside Karim Benzema and Lionel Messi.[28] In 2010, he signed a deal with Adidas.[29]

Each year, Nenê organizes with fellow footballer Neymar a charity match in his hometown of Jundiaí, with the purpose of raising money for food for needy families.[30]

Career statistics[edit]

As of 3 December 2017[31][32][33]
Club Season League National Cup Continental Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Paulista 2002 Série B 0 0 15[a] 6 15 6
Palmeiras 2002[34] Série A 25 5 0 0 5[b] 3 30 8
Santos 2003 Série A 22 8 13[c] 3 3[d] 0 38 11
Mallorca 2003–04 La Liga 29 2 2 0 6[e] 0 37 2
Alavés 2004–05 Segunda División 40 12 0 0 40 12
2005–06 La Liga 38 9 0 0 38 9
Total 78 21 0 0 78 21
Celta 2006–07 La Liga 38 8 1 0 9[e] 1 48 9
Monaco 2007–08 Ligue 1 28 5 0 0 2[f] 2 30 7
2008–09 1 0 0 0 1 0
2009–10 34 14 6 1 1[f] 0 41 15
Total 63 19 6 1 3 2 72 22
Espanyol (loan) 2008–09 La Liga 35 4 4 0 39 4
Paris Saint-Germain 2010–11 Ligue 1 35 14 7 2 9[g] 4 51 20
2011–12 35 21 5 4 7[g] 2 47 27
2012–13 9 1 1 0 4[h] 0 14 1
Total 79 36 13 6 20 6 112 48
Al-Gharafa 2012–13 Qatar Stars League 6 3 0 0 7[i] 2 13 5
2013–14 23 10 0 0 23 10
Total 29 13 0 0 7 2 36 15
West Ham United 2014–15 Premier League 8 0 0 0 8 0
Vasco da Gama 2015 Série A 20 9 3 0 23 9
2016 Série B 31 13 7 1 17[j] 7 55 21
2017 Série A 31 5 3 3 15[j] 3 27 8
2018 0 0 0 0 2[j] 1 2 1
Total 82 27 13 4 34 11 129 42
São Paulo 2018 Série A 10 4 4 2 2 0 12[d] 2 28 8
Career total 498 147 43 13 57 12 72 24 642 188
  1. ^ All appearances in Torneio Rio – São Paulo
  2. ^ Four appearances and two goals in Copa dos Campeões, one appearance and one goal in Supercampeonato Paulista
  3. ^ Twelve appearances and one goal in Copa Libertadores, one appearance in Copa Sudamericana
  4. ^ a b All appearances in Campeonato Paulista
  5. ^ a b All appearances in UEFA Cup
  6. ^ a b All appearances in Coupe de la Ligue
  7. ^ a b All appearances in UEFA Europa League
  8. ^ All appearances in UEFA Champions League
  9. ^ All appearances in AFC Champions League
  10. ^ a b c All appearances in Campeonato Carioca

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Paulista
Paris Saint-Germain
Vasco da Gama

Individual[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "PSG: Nene, élu meilleur joueur étranger de Ligue 1 par France Football" [PSG: Nene, elected Ligue 1's best foreign player by France Football] (in French). Info PSG. 13 December 2010. Retrieved 14 February 2015. 
  2. ^ "Palmeiras contrata atacante Nenê, do Etti Jundiaí" [Palmeiras sign forward Nenê, of Etti Jundiaí] (in Portuguese). Diário do Grande ABC. 16 May 2002. Retrieved 14 January 2018. 
  3. ^ "Depois de Ricardo Oliveira, Santos contrata atacante Nenê, ex-Palmeiras" [After Ricardo Oliveira, Santos sign forward Nenê, formerly of Palmeiras] (in Portuguese). Folha de S. Paulo. 27 January 2003. Retrieved 12 January 2018. 
  4. ^ "Pacheco tendrá un medio brasileño: Nené" [Pacheco will have a Brazilian midfielder: Nené [sic]] (in Spanish). Diario AS. 19 August 2003. Retrieved 14 January 2018. 
  5. ^ "Nené, ex del Mallorca, ficha por el Alavés" [Nené [sic], formerly of Mallorca, signs for Alavés] (in Spanish). Diario AS. 24 August 2004. Retrieved 14 January 2018. 
  6. ^ "El Getafe de Schuster derrota al Alavés y es el nuevo líder" [Schuster's Getafe defeats Alavés and is the new leader] (in Spanish). El Mundo. 19 September 2005. Retrieved 9 July 2014. 
  7. ^ "El Celta fichó al brasileño Nené del Alavés" [Celta signed the Brazilian Nené [sic] from Alavés] (in Spanish). Diario AS. 25 July 2006. Retrieved 14 January 2018. 
  8. ^ "Brasileiro Nenê deixa o Celta e acerta com o Monaco" [Brazilian Nenê leaves Celta and joins Monaco] (in Portuguese). UOL Esporte. 22 August 2007. Retrieved 14 January 2018. 
  9. ^ "El Espanyol llega a un principio de acuerdo para la cesión de Nené" [Espanyol reach an agreement in principle for the loan of Nené [sic]] (in Spanish). Diario AS. 30 August 2008. Retrieved 14 January 2018. 
  10. ^ Boulogne 1–3 AS Monaco; ESPN Soccernet, 24 October 2009
  11. ^ Nene seals PSG switch; ESPN Soccernet, 13 July 2010
  12. ^ Sessegnon on target in PSG win; ESPN Soccernet, 7 August 2010
  13. ^ Paris Saint-Germain 4–0 Arles; ESPN Soccernet, 11 September 2010
  14. ^ PSG-OM: Nene, le nouveau Ronaldinho, sauve le "Clasico" du "Soporifico" (PSG-OM: Nene, the new Ronaldinho, saves the "Clasico" from "Soporifico"); Sport 24, 7 November 2010 (in French)
  15. ^ Official: Paris Saint-Germain signs Jeremy Menez and Blaise Matuidi; Goal.com, 25 July 2011
  16. ^ Paris Saint-Germain 4–2 Caen; ESPN Soccernet, 29 October 2011
  17. ^ Paris Saint-Germain 3–0 Stade Rennes; ESPN Soccernet, 13 May 2012
  18. ^ Nenê officiellement au Qatar (Nenê officially in Qatar); Planète PSG, 15 January 2013 (in French)
  19. ^ Fight with Nene: the Moroccan Kharja severely punished!; Modern Ghana, 26 March 2013
  20. ^ Nene, Kharja and others hit with suspensions, hefty fines following football scuffle; Doha News, 27 March 2013
  21. ^ "Nene a résilié" [Nene has been released] (in French). L'Équipe. 28 January 2015. Retrieved 14 February 2015. 
  22. ^ "Hammers snap up Nene". West Ham United. 18 February 2015. Archived from the original on 18 February 2015. Retrieved 18 February 2015. 
  23. ^ "West Ham 1–3 Crystal Palace". BBC Sport. 28 February 2015. Retrieved 1 March 2015. 
  24. ^ "Nene thanks Hammers". West Ham United. 28 May 2015. Retrieved 28 May 2015. 
  25. ^ Negócio fechado: Nenê reforça o São Paulo por duas temporadas
  26. ^ Nenê revela time de infância, diz ter se tornado torcedor do Vasco e quer títulos históricos para 2018
  27. ^ São Paulo marca com Nenê aos 5 min, mas sua para bater Bragantino
  28. ^ "FIFA 13: Nene rejoint Messi et Benzema en tant qu'ambassadeur" [FIFA 13: Nene joins Messi and Benzema as ambassador] (in French). Melty. 2012. Retrieved 14 February 2015. 
  29. ^ "Nene présente le 80, nouveau ballon Adidas de L1" [Nene presents 80, new Adidas ball by L1] (in French). Sport and Biz. 19 November 2012. Archived from the original on 14 February 2015. Retrieved 14 February 2015. 
  30. ^ "Anciens: Nenê défie Neymar!" [Past player: Nenê challenges Neymar!] (in French). Le Meilleur du PSG. 5 December 2014. Retrieved 14 February 2015. 
  31. ^ "Ex-Santos e Palmeiras, Nenê estará de olho na decisão do Paulista" [Formerly of Santos and Palmeiras, Nenê will be watching Paulista decider] (in Portuguese). Nene Officiel. April 2015. Retrieved 1 September 2017. 
  32. ^ "Nené: Anderson Luís Carvalho". BDFutbol. Retrieved 31 August 2017. 
  33. ^ Nenê at Soccerway
  34. ^ "2002" (in Portuguese). Futebol80. Retrieved 12 January 2018. 
  35. ^ "Olivier Giroud couronné" [Olivier Giroud crowned] (in French). Ligue de Football Professionnel. 20 May 2012. Retrieved 23 February 2015. 

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