Sidnei (footballer, born 1989)
Sidnei playing for Beşiktaş in 2012
|Full name||Sidnei Rechel da Silva Júnior|
|Date of birth||23 August 1989|
|Place of birth||Alegrete, Brazil|
|Height||1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)|
|Playing position||Centre back|
|Deportivo La Coruña|
|2011–2012||→ Beşiktaş (loan)||10||(2)|
|2013–2014||→ Espanyol (loan)||12||(0)|
|2014–2016||→ Deportivo La Coruña (loan)||65||(0)|
|2016–||Deportivo La Coruña||12||(1)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 10 December 2016.
Born in Alegrete, Rio Grande do Sul, Sidnei started playing professionally with Sport Club Internacional, being part of the side that conquered the 2007 edition of the Recopa Sudamericana. On 24 July 2008 he signed a five-year contract with S.L. Benfica, who paid €5 million for 50% of his sporting rights.
During his first season in Portugal, Sidnei was used intermittently, but still managed to appear in 24 Primeira Liga games and score three goals in as many wins, including the 2–0 derby home win against Sporting Clube de Portugal on 27 September 2008. In November, Benfica bought another 50% of his rights for €2 million, and GestiFute acquired the rights to receive 30% from any future transfer. He played in only five league matches during the following campaign – ten overall appearances – as the Eagles won the national championship after a five-year wait.
After spending the first half of 2010–11 on the bench, Sidnei was propelled to Benfica's starting XI after David Luiz moved to Chelsea in the winter transfer window. On 21 February 2011 he was sent off in a league game at Sporting, but his team still managed to win it 2–0. On 28 March 2011 he renewed his contract for a further three seasons, until 2016; however, due to poor performances, he lost his starting place to Jardel.
In early June 2011, Beşiktaş J.K. agreed with Benfica on a one-year loan, with the option to make the move permanent. On 19 September he scored a brace for the first in his career, helping to a 3–1 Süper Lig home win over MKE Ankaragücü.
As the Turkish club opted against exercising its option, Sidnei returned to Portugal and found himself demoted to the B-team. On 29 July 2013, he and Pizzi were loaned to La Liga's RCD Espanyol on a one-year deal.
On 1 September 2014, Sidnei moved to fellow league side Deportivo de La Coruña also on loan. After appearing in 32 matches to help his team avoid relegation, his loan was extended for a further year.
- As of 10 December 2016
- "Comunicado" [Announcement] (PDF) (in Portuguese). CMVM. 24 July 2008. Retrieved 4 October 2010.
- "Comunicado" [Announcement] (PDF) (in Portuguese). CMVM. 25 November 2008. Retrieved 22 March 2012.
- Benfica make it perfect ten with derby win; UEFA.com, 21 February 2011
- "Sidnei renova até 2016" [Sidnei renews until 2016] (in Portuguese). Record. 28 March 2011. Retrieved 8 July 2014.
- "Maxi regressa ao onze; Jardel no lugar de Sidnei" [Maxi returns to starting XI; Jardel for Sidnei] (in Portuguese). ESPN Brasil. 7 April 2011. Retrieved 8 July 2014.
- Sidnei emprestado ao Besiktas (Sidnei loaned to Besiktas); S.L. Benfica, 2 June 2011 (Portuguese)
- "Sidnei bisa na vitória do Besiktas" [Sidnei scores brace in Besiktas win] (in Portuguese). SAPO Mozambique. 19 September 2011. Retrieved 8 July 2014.
- "Besiktas não quer Sidnei no plantel" [Besiktas does not want Sidnei in squad] (in Portuguese). O Jogo. 19 June 2012. Retrieved 8 July 2014.
- "Pizzi i Sidnei, nous reforços" [Pizzi and Sidnei, new additions] (in Catalan). RCD Espanyol. 29 July 2013. Retrieved 29 July 2013.
- "Sidnei nuevo jugador del Dépor" [Sidnei new player of Dépor] (in Spanish). Deportivo La Coruña. 1 September 2014. Retrieved 1 September 2014.
- "Sidnei continua no Deportivo" [Sidnei remains at Deportivo] (in Portuguese). S.L. Benfica. 22 July 2015. Retrieved 22 July 2015.
- "Mendes y el Benfica deciden sobre el fichaje de Sidnei" [Mendes and Benfica decide about Sidnei's transfer] (in Spanish). Valencia: Super Deporte. 31 July 2016. Retrieved 31 July 2016.
- "Sidnei". Soccerway. Retrieved 7 November 2014.
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