Wendel Geraldo

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Personal information
Full name Wendel Geraldo Maurício e Silva
Date of birth (1982-04-08) 8 April 1982 (age 34)
Place of birth Mariana, Minas Gerais, Brazil
Height 1.84 m (6 ft 12 in)[1]
Playing position Midfield
Club information
Current team
Sport Recife
Number 17
Youth career
1998–1999 Cruzeiro
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2000–2006 Cruzeiro 87 (4)
2005 Nacional da Madeira (loan) 15 (4)
2005–2006 Santos (loan) 45 (3)
2006–2011 Bordeaux 156 (35)
2011–2012 Al-Ittihad 15 (6)
2012 Al-Shabab 9 (3)
2012–2013 Vasco da Gama 52 (1)
2014– Sport Recife 50 (1)
National team
2004 Brazil U23 6 (0)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 13:31, 29 September 2015 (UTC).

Wendel Geraldo Maurício e Silva, commonly known as Wendel, (born 8 April 1982) is a Brazilian left winger or left wingback. He currently plays for Sport Recife.

Club career[edit]

Wendel started his career with Cruzeiro Esporte Clube in 1998 with the youth team. By 2000 he began featuring in some matches for the senior side. In 2005 he was loaned out to Santos on an 18-month deal. After a successful spell there, Wendel secured a move to Bordeaux from Cruzeiro in August 2006.[2]


Soon after he signed for Bordeaux, he broke into the first team and by the end of his first season he had played a total of 29 league games with 5 goals. He was much more active in his second season scoring 12 league goals to go along with 7 assists in 36 league games. The 2008–09 started brightly for Wendel as he started every game. In the season opener against Caen he had a free-kick on target in the early minutes, had an open shot on target and then set up Yoann Gourcuff to score from outside the area. Then again against Nantes he set up a goal. After four games he finally opened his account by scoring against Nice, following this up by scoring again three days later, against Le Havre AC in a 2–2 draw.[3] Bordeaux went on to win the Ligue 1, the club's first title triumph since 1999,[4] and Coupe de la Ligue trophies in 2009 under the management of Laurent Blanc. In the Coupe de la Ligue Final, Wendel opened the scoring in the third minute against Ligue 2 side Vannes OC. This proved the winning goal in a 4–0 triumph for his side.[5] Wendel appeared in 29 games that season, starting 25 of them, and added 4 goals and 9 assists.[6] The 2009–10 campaign for Bordeaux was less successful for the club, as they could not retain their league or league cup trophies. However Wendel was very productive in the league from his wide position, scoring 11 goals and adding 6 assists. The following season proved even more difficult after the departures of Marouane Chamakh and Gourcuff. Wendel's last appearance for the club came on 29 May 2011, in the final match of the 2010-11 Ligue 1 season. He capped his final performance with a goal in a 2–0 victory over Montpellier HSC that ensured Bordeaux finished the season in 7th.[7]


After five seasons in the southwest of France, Wendel moved on in August 2011. During his time with Les Girondins he scored 35 goals in 156 Ligue 1 appearances, scoring hat tricks against Toulouse FC and PSG. After his departure he signed for Saudi Arabian side Al-Ittihad.[8]


Wendel capped for Brazil at 2004 CONMEBOL Men Pre-Olympic Tournament. Wendel received French nationality in 2011 and it was reported that he desired to play for France,[9] however in fact he is ineligible to play for a national team other than his native Brazil because he only held Brazilian nationality when he represented Brazil.[10]


Sport Recife


Correct as of 7 March 2010[11]

Season Team League Cup Europe Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
2006/07 Bordeaux 29 5 0 0 6 0 35 5
2007/08 36 11 0 0 5 1 41 12
2008/09 29 4 4 2 8 1 41 7
2009/10 22 7 7 4 8 0 37 11
Total 114 27 10 6 26 2 150 35


  1. ^ Geraldo Wendel. Bordeaux official website. Retrieved on 18 March 2009.
  2. ^ "TRANSFERÊNCIAS INTERNACIONAIS EM 2006". CBF (in Portuguese). 22 January 2007. 
  3. ^ Bordeaux draw 2–2 with Le Havre AC Retrieved on 29 October 2008
  4. ^ "Gamecast: Caen v Bordeaux – French Ligue 1 – ESPN FC". Soccernet.espn.go.com. 2009-05-30. Retrieved 2013-11-11. 
  5. ^ "Match: Bordeaux v Vannes OC – French Coupe de la Ligue – ESPN FC". Soccernet.espn.go.com. 2009-04-25. Retrieved 2013-11-11. 
  6. ^ "Wendel Bio, Stats, News – Football / Soccer – - ESPN FC". Soccernet.espn.go.com. 1982-04-08. Retrieved 2013-11-11. 
  7. ^ "Gamecast: Bordeaux v Montpellier – French Ligue 1 – ESPN FC". Soccernet.espn.go.com. 2011-05-29. Retrieved 2013-11-11. 
  8. ^ "Al Ittihad sign Bordeaux midfielder Wendel – ESPN FC". Soccernet.espn.go.com. 2011-08-12. Retrieved 2013-11-11. 
  9. ^ "Wendel : "Jouer pour la France"". France Football (in French). 8 June 2010. Retrieved 30 November 2010. 
  10. ^ "FIFA Statutes August 2009 Edition: REGULATIONS GOVERNING THE APPLICATION OF THE STATUTES Article 18: Change of Association" (PDF). FIFA. Retrieved 22 April 2010. Change of Association......subject to the following conditions:
    (a) He has not played a match (either in full or in part) in an official competition at “A” international level for his current Association [Brazil for Wendel], and at the time of his first full or partial appearance in an international match in an official competition for his current Association [Brazil for Wendel], he already had the nationality [France for Wendel] of the representative team for which he wishes to play.
  11. ^ "Wendel Bio, Stats, News – Football / Soccer – - ESPN FC". Soccernet.espn.go.com. 1982-04-08. Retrieved 2013-11-11. 

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