William Amaral de Andrade

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Full name William Amaral de Andrade
Date of birth (1967-12-27) 27 December 1967 (age 49)
Place of birth Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Height 1.79 m (5 ft 10 12 in)
Playing position Centre back
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1985–1987 Botafogo
1988–1989 Nacional 35 (2)
1989–1990 Vitória Guimarães 30 (2)
1990–1995 Benfica 97 (11)
1995–1996 Bastia 22 (1)
1996–2000 Compostela 61 (3)
2000–2002 Vitória Guimarães 20 (2)
Total 265 (21)
Teams managed
2004–2005 Valenciano
2006–2007 Compostela
2010 Compostela
2012 Vilaverdense
2016–2017 Mons Calpe
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

William Amaral de Andrade (born 27 December 1967), known simply as William, is a Brazilian retired footballer who played as a central defender, and a current manager.

Playing career[edit]

William was born in Rio de Janeiro. During his extensive career he played most notably for S.L. Benfica, from where he arrived in 1990 after playing one season apiece with two other Portuguese clubs, C.D. Nacional and Vitória de Guimarães.

During his five-year spell, William helped Benfica to two Primeira Liga championships, forming an efficient partnership with countryman Ricardo Gomes after arriving as a replacement for another Brazilian, Carlos Mozer. In the 1993–94 campaign he did not miss one single game, and still scored four goals.

After one season in France at SC Bastia, William moved to Spain with SD Compostela,[1] being fairly used during four years (although he was never an automatic first-choice), two in La Liga and two in the second division.[2] He then returned to Portugal and Vitória Guimarães, already the bearer of a passport from the country, and retired after two slow years in June 2002, aged nearly 35.

Managerial career[edit]

From December 2004 to May 2005 with SC Valenciano, and during one month in 2012 with Vilaverdense FC, William worked in the Portuguese third level. He subsequently had two spells with former club Compostela, who now competed in the regional championships.[3][4]

In 2016, William was named head coach of newly promoted Gibraltar Premier Division side Mons Calpe, appointing Gibraltar under-19 manager Terrence Jolley as his assistant and overseeing the arrivals of former professionals including Hugo Colace and Michele Di Piedi. On 17 January 2017, following a defeat against Glacis United, he was fired.[5]




  1. ^ "William ficha por el Compostela" [William signs for Compostela]. El País (in Spanish). 31 August 1996. Retrieved 17 February 2017. 
  2. ^ "El gol de Ronaldo al Compostela cumple 20 años" [Ronaldo's goal to Compostela celebrates 20th birthday]. Mundo Deportivo (in Spanish). 11 October 2016. Retrieved 17 February 2017. 
  3. ^ ""Es primordial reorganizar el club para tener futuro"" ["It is of the essence to reorganise the club in order to have future"]. El Correo Gallego (in Spanish). 23 September 2010. Retrieved 17 February 2017. 
  4. ^ "La renuncia de William no tiene marcha atrás y Choco toma el mando" [William is steadfast on resigning and Choco takes charge]. El Correo Gallego (in Spanish). 17 November 2010. Retrieved 17 February 2017. 
  5. ^ "Premier Division: Team of the Week". Football Gibraltar. 17 January 2017. Retrieved 17 February 2017. 

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