Weldon (footballer)

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Personal information
Full name Weldon Santos de Andrade
Date of birth (1980-08-06) 6 August 1980 (age 36)
Place of birth Santo André, Brazil
Height 1.84 m (6 ft 12 in)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
Youth career
1999 América-SP
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2000–2002 Santos 11 (1)
2002 Brasiliense
2003 Sport Recife 26 (7)
2004 Ponte Preta 26 (8)
2004–2005 Al Nassr 36 (9)
2005–2009 Cruzeiro 15 (3)
2006 Sochaux (loan) 7 (1)
2006 Troyes (loan) 3 (0)
2007 Sport Recife (loan) 19 (3)
2007–2008 Belenenses (loan) 27 (13)
2009 Sport Recife 8 (4)
2009–2011 Benfica 16 (5)
2011–2013 CFR Cluj 24 (9)
2012 Changchun Yatai (loan) 21 (6)
2013–2014 Criciúma 2 (0)
2014 Anápolis 8 (0)
2014–2015 Olhanense 22 (2)
2016– Brasiliense
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 24 May 2015.

Weldon Santos de Andrade (born 6 August 1980), known simply as Weldon, is a Brazilian professional footballer who plays for Brasiliense Futebol Clube as a striker.

Club career[edit]

Weldon was born in Santo André, São Paulo. In his early career, he represented four clubs in quick succession: Santos Futebol Clube, Brasiliense Futebol Clube, Sport Club do Recife and Associação Atlética Ponte Preta, before moving abroad in 2004 with Al-Nassr FC of Saudi Arabia.

In the following year Weldon signed for Cruzeiro Esporte Clube: he went on to be loaned several times for the duration of his link, including twice in the French Ligue 1, with FC Sochaux-Montbéliard and Troyes AC, where the player was rarely used – only ten games and one goal in two season halves combined.

After an aborted three-year move to Botafogo de Futebol e Regatas,[1] Weldon completed a two-year move to S.L. Benfica of Portugal (he had already played in the country the previous year, with C.F. Os Belenenses) on 21 July 2009.[2] On 16 August he made his official debuts for Benfica, rescuing a point at home against C.S. Marítimo for the season's opener (1–1); during the club's victorious campaign he served almost exclusively as backup to Óscar Cardozo and Javier Saviola, but made the most of his minutes, namely scoring twice in a 4–2 win at Associação Naval 1º de Maio on 5 April 2010, and another brace in another away triumph (3–2 against Académica de Coimbra).

Weldon only appeared in eight official matches in 2010–11, four in the league, totalling less than 100 minutes overall. In the following years he played in Romania and China.


CFR Cluj


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