Sandro (footballer, born 1989)
Sandro warming up for Tottenham Hotspur in 2010
|Full name||Sandro Raniere
|Date of birth||15 March 1989|
|Place of birth||Riachinho, Minas Gerais, Brazil|
|Height||1.87 m (6 ft 2 in)|
|Playing position||Defensive midfielder|
|Benevento (on loan from Antalyaspor)|
|2014–2017||Queens Park Rangers||34||(1)|
|2016||→ West Bromwich Albion (loan)||12||(0)|
|2018–||→ Benevento (loan)||0||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 2 January 2018.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 5 September 2015
Sandro was one of the main players of Inter's winning 2010 Copa Libertadores campaign. Sandro was already signed to Tottenham through most of the competition, but that did not affect his performance negatively: on the contrary, he said he "live[d] with great intensity, as each game could be the last". With this in mind, he worked hard to stay at Internacional as long as possible in order to help the team reach the finals. After winning South America's top trophy, he flew to England the following week.
In August 2009 Tottenham Hotspur were reported to have had a £14 million bid rejected for the player. However, on 20 October 2009, Spurs and Internacional agreed an affiliation of the two clubs, ensuring that Tottenham have first option on all academy players from the Brazilian outfit. Following this agreement, there were rumours of a near-concluded deal pending for the 2009–10 Premier League January transfer window. Six days later Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp confirmed he was interested in Sandro for a fee rumoured to be around £8 million.
On 10 March 2010, Internacional President Vitorio Piffero confirmed the transfer of the midfielder to Tottenham, after the Copa Libertadores. The transfer amount was speculated to be around €10 million, with only the contract yet to be signed.
Both Internacional and Tottenham reported on their respective websites that a deal had been agreed for Sandro for an undisclosed fee. Sandro joined Tottenham following the end of the Copa Libertadores, which finished on 18 August. Internacional's financial report stated that the fee was R$ 20,633,850, with about 25% re-distributed by Inter to third party owners.
Tottenham Hotspur confirmed that a deal for Sandro had been completed and that he would join up at the end of Internacional's Copa Libertadores campaign. Sandro said of the move to England that he thought Spurs were "a great fit for me" and that "a club that is growing every year makes it the ideal club for me". He made his Tottenham debut in a 4–1 home defeat against Arsenal in the third round of the League Cup on 21 September 2010.
On 9 January 2011, Sandro made a start against League One side Charlton Athletic, assisting Andros Townsend and playing the full match. He made his UEFA Champions League debut for Tottenham on 15 February 2011 at the San Siro against seven times winners A.C. Milan, receiving special praise from manager Harry Redknapp in his side's 1–0 win. Playing a pivotal role just in front of the back four, he was man of the match in the return leg at White Hart Lane. He scored his first goal for the club against Chelsea with a 35-yard volley in a 2–1 defeat.
Sandro signed a new five-year contract with Tottenham on 8 September 2011, a deal which would have run till 2016.
In January 2013, Sandro picked up a knee injury during the game against Queens Park Rangers. After the game it was announced that Sandro would be out for the remainder of the 2012–13 season. Prior to the game, after a run of impressive performances Sandro has been affectionately nicknamed 'Beast' by the Tottenham fans.
He scored his third goal in Tottenham colours in December 2013 against Manchester United, with a powerful shot from 25 yards (23 m) into the top corner described by opponent Wayne Rooney as "a great strike".
Queens Park Rangers
On 1 September 2014, Sandro signed for Queens Park Rangers for an undisclosed fee. He made his debut against Manchester United, coming off injured and replaced by Karl Henry. He scored his first goal for QPR against former club Tottenham on 7 March 2015.
West Bromwich Albion
On loan to Benevento
Having represented Brazil at Under-20 level, and captaining them at the 2009 South American Youth Championship, Sandro made his full debut for the Brazilian national team as a substitute in a World Cup qualifier against Chile on 9 September 2009. He was named as 1 of 7 back-up players to the 2010 FIFA World Cup squad.
|Club||Season||League||FA Cup||League Cup||Other||Total|
|Internacional||2008||Brasileiro Série A||7||2||0||0||0||0||0||0||7||2|
|Tottenham Hotspur||2010–11||Premier League||19||1||1||0||2||0||4||0||26||1|
|Queens Park Rangers||2014–15||Premier League||17||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||17||1|
|West Bromwich Albion (loan)||2015–16||Premier League||4||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||4||0|
|Benevento (loan)||2017–18||Serie A||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
- As of 5 September 2015 
|National team||Year||Major competition||Friendlies||Total|
|Brazil U-23||2012||2012 Men's Olympic Football||6||1||0||0||6||1|
|Brazil||2009||2010 WC Qualifier||1||0||0||0||1||0|
|2011||2011 Copa América [a]||0||0||5||1||5||1|
- Player was part of the squad but has not played on any matches
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- "Transfer news: QPR sign midfielder Sandro from Tottenham". 2 September 2014. Retrieved 9 December 2014.
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- "Sandro: Brazil midfielder leaves QPR for Antalyaspor in Turkey". BBC Sport. Retrieved 2017-01-13.
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