Sandro Grande

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Sandro Grande
Personal information
Full name Alessandro Grande
Date of birth (1977-09-29) September 29, 1977 (age 39)
Place of birth Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Height 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)
Playing position Midfielder
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1997–1998 Frenter Larino 6 (1)
1998–1999 Isernia 26 (12)
1999–2000 Potenza 22 (2)
2000–2001 Frosinone 27 (1)
2001–2003 Brescia 0 (0)
2001–2002 Catanzaro (loan) 8 (1)
2002 Frosinone (loan) 7 (0)
2002–2003 Potenza (loan) 18 (0)
2003–2004 Albalonga 21 (0)
2004–2005 Montreal Impact 31 (6)
2005 Viking 6 (0)
2006–2007 Molde 14 (0)
2008–2009 Montreal Impact 17 (1)
2010–2011 FK Sūduva
2012 FC St-Léonard 13 (3)
2013 Les Étoiles de l'Est 2 (0)
National team
2004–2006 Canada 12 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 21 October 2009.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 23 December 2009

Alessandro "Sandro" Grande (born September 29, 1977) is a former Canadian soccer player.

Club career[edit]


Born in Montreal, Quebec, Grande began his career in Italy, He played four years with U.S.Frenter Larino and Potenza and Frosinone in the late 1990s and early 2000s.[citation needed]

Grande became the first Quebec-born footballer to sign with an Serie A club, signing a three-year deal with Brescia in 2001.[citation needed] After appearing in just one match for the first team, in the Intertoto Cup in July 2001, Grande was loaned back to Serie C side Frosinone, and then later played in Serie D with U.S.Frenter Larino and Potenza and Albalonga.[1]


Grande returned to Canada in 2004 to play for the Montreal Impact of the USL First Division, where he played 30 games and was selected to the First All-Star Team for 2004.

In July 2005, he moved to Norway to play for Viking in the Norwegian Premier League, before moving on to Molde in March 2006. After his contract with Molde expired in 2007, the club chose not to renew it. After fully recovering from surgery on both knees, he returned to Montreal Impact. Upon his return Grande scored one goal in six regular season games, which he scored on September 5 against the Minnesota Thunder. He helped the Impact qualify for the CONCACAF Champions League quarter finals, playing six games in the tournament.[2]

On December 2, 2008 the Montreal Impact announced the re-signing of Grande. He was released July 20, 2009 following an in-game chocking incident with team captain Mauro Biello.


On March 16, 2010 Sandro Grande signed a contract with Lithuanian club FK Suduva.[3]

Return to Canada[edit]

In 2012, Sandro Grande signed a contract with the Saint-Léonard FC of the Première Ligue de Soccer du Québec. He was capped for 13 games, scoring 3 goals.

Currently, Sandro Grande is the Technical Director of Les Étoiles de L'Est. He works alongside Fausto Di Giovanni who has taken Vitor Frade's tactical periodization and has revolutionized it. Di Giovanni actually is the innovator of the Tiki Taka, having introduced it one year before FC Barcelona did.

International career[edit]

Grande made his debut for the Canadian national football team in a September 2004 World Cup qualification match against Costa Rica and has earned a total of 12 caps, scoring 1 goal. He has represented Canada in 4 FIFA World Cup qualification matches[4] and was a member of Canada's squad at the 2005 CONCACAF Gold Cup.

International goals[edit]

Scores and results list Canada's goal tally first.
# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 3 September 2005 Estadio El Sardinero, Santander, Spain  Spain 1–2 1–2 Friendly match


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