Wenderson Arruda Said

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Full name Wenderson de Arruda Said
Date of birth (1975-04-17) 17 April 1975 (age 41)
Place of birth Guiratinga, Brazil
Height 1.79 m (5 ft 10 12 in)
Playing position Forward
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1994 Sport 11 (0)
1995 Botafogo 0 (0)
1996 Sport 0 (0)
1997 Ceará
1998–1999 Democrata
1999–2002 Naval 93 (33)
2002–2005 Braga 92 (23)
2005 Sporting CP 9 (0)
2006–2009 Braga 67 (13)
2008–2009 Belenenses (loan) 22 (5)
2009–2011 Ermis 59 (10)
2011–2012 Ethnikos Achna 27 (7)
2012–2013 Aris Limassol 21 (10)
Total 401 (101)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Wenderson de Arruda Said (born 17 April 1975), commonly known as Wender, is a Brazilian retired footballer who played as a forward.

He spent the vast majority of his professional career in Portugal, amassing Primeira Liga totals of 190 games and 41 goals over the course of seven seasons and representing in the competition Braga, Sporting and Belenenses.

Wender retired in 2013 at the age of 38, after spending four years in Cyprus with three teams.

Football career[edit]

Born in Guiratinga, Mato Grosso of Lebanese descent, Wender started playing professionally with Sport Club do Recife, then moved to Portugal with Associação Naval 1º de Maio after signing in 1999 from modest Esporte Clube Democrata. He spent three additional seasons at S.C. Braga, being an instrumental attacking figure in the Minho team's Primeira Liga and UEFA Cup consolidation.

Wender joined Portuguese giants Sporting Clube de Portugal for the 2005–06 campaign.[1] Although he appeared scarcely for the Lisbon side, he scored in both legs of a UEFA Cup tie against Halmstads BK (2–1 away win, 2–3 home loss, subsequent elimination).

However, in January 2006, Wender was involved in a two-way loan deal as right-back Abel moved to Sporting and he returned for a second Braga spell. The loan was made permanent in 2006–07, and he went on to net eight league goals in an eventual fourth-place finish.

In July 2008, Wender signed with C.F. Os Belenenses' Brazilian contingent on a season-long loan. In the following year, after the capital-based club initially dropped down a level – later reinstated – Braga sold the 34-year-old to Ermis Aradippou in the Cypriot First Division, and he remained in that country several years.


  1. ^ "Final touches for cup contenders". UEFA.com. 31 August 2005. Retrieved 10 May 2008. 

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