William da Silva Barbosa

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Personal information
Full name William da Silva Barbosa
Date of birth (1978-06-02) 2 June 1978 (age 40)
Place of birth São Paulo, Brazil
Height 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
St. Lawrence Spurs F.C. (player)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2001 Santa Catarina
2001–2002 Como 0 (0)
2001–2002Bellinzona (loan) 13 (7)
2002 Carrarese 13 (5)
2002–2003L'Aquila (loan) 24 (3)
2003–2006 Martina 95 (42)
2006–2008 Verona 53 (8)
2008–2009 Portogruaro 16 (1)
2009 Taranto 14 (4)
2009–2010 Brindisi 29 (14)
2010–2011 Casarano 29 (6)
2011–2013 Valletta 54 (16)
2013–2014 St. Andrews 0 (0)
2013-15 Luxol (futsal) ? (?)
2014– St. Lawrence Spurs F.C. ? (?)
Teams managed
2013–2014 St. Andrews (player-manager)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 22 June 2013

William da Silva Barbosa[1] known as William (born 2 June 1978) is a Brazilian footballer currently plays for Gozitan side St. Lawrence Spurs F.C.. He plays as a midfielder or striker.


Born in São Paulo, Brazil, William started his professional career in Brazil.


William moved to Europe for Italian Serie B side Como. That season non-EU quota of Italy was abolished and Como signed William, Douglas Pinto de Castro and Marcelo Luis Alcantara from Santa Catarina state. They followed the footsteps of Amauri, leaving for Swiss Nationalliga B club Bellinzona in a one-year loan. The team was located in Ticino, the Italian speaking region, bordering Lombardy where Como is located.[2] In the mid-season William returned to Italy. He immediately joined Serie C1 club Carrarese in co-ownership deal.[3] In June 2002 Como bought back William.[4] In July 2002 he left for another third division club L'Aquila on loan.[5]


After Enrico Preziosi bought Genoa and transferred numbers of players from Como to Genoa in un-economical price (which Preziosi was banned from football for Daniele Gregori, Carlo Gervasoni and Saša Bjelanović's transfer in 2007[6][7]), the team was lack of financial source (no more re-capitalization) and was in the market, William, who had a low goal scoring record in Italy at that time, was offloaded to Apulia club Martina, his third club in Italian third division. He scored 42 goals in 3 seasons, about 0.44 goals per game.


William signed a pre-contract with Serie B side Hellas Verona F.C. in January 2006. In June he formally signed by the Veneto club as a free agent.[8] The team relegated at the end of season. The club also sold forward Julien Rantier to raise fund and cut cost. That season William made 22 starts in the second division, scored four times.[9] He followed the team to play third division football, however he again only scored four times. In June 2008 he mutually agreed to terminate the contract with club.[10]

Lega Pro and Serie D[edit]

In July he left for another Veneto club Calcio Portogruaro Summaga, his fifth club in the third division.[11] He only scored once in the group A. In January 2009 he moved back to Apulia, southern Italy for the third division group B side Taranto, in 3year contract (2½ year?).[12]

On 31 August 2009 he left for Lega Pro Seconda Divisione club Brindisi, also in Apulia region.[13] He scored a double figure again with nearly 0.48 goals per game.

In August 2010 he left for another Apulia team, but for fifth division club Casarano, aged 32.[14] However he only scored 6 times. The team losing the first round of promotion playoffs, failed to promote back to professional league.


In June 2011 he left for Maltese Premier League club Valletta.[15] He scored 2 goals in 4 appearances in 2011–12 UEFA Champions League qualifying rounds, losing to FK Ekranas.He signed a contract extension to the local champions Valletta FC, And William ending winning best midfielder, best foreigner, Best overall and was named in the BOV premier league Best XI.


Da Silva played two seasons for Luxol, winning the title in 2015. That season he was the Maltese Futsal League top scorer and at the same time he played for a Gozitan association football team St Lawrence Spurs in Gozo Football League.[16]


  1. ^ http://www2.cbf.com.br/bid/book.pdf
  2. ^ "CALCIO: Tre brasiliani per l'AC Bellinzona". Ticinonline (in Italian). 19 July 2001. Retrieved 17 November 2011.
  3. ^ "Il Catania si regala Amoruso, l' Avellino fa la rivoluzione" (require login). La Gazzetta dello Sport (in Italian). 20 January 2002. Retrieved 17 November 2011.
  4. ^ https://web.archive.org/web/20071118213039/http://www.lega-calcio.it/ita/partecipazioni2002.pdf
  5. ^ "L' Aquila chiede ai vecchi la riduzione degli stipendi" (require login). La Gazzetta dello Sport (in Italian). 25 July 2002. Retrieved 17 November 2011.
  6. ^ "Comunicato ufficiale no. 379" (pdf). Lega Calcio (in Italian). 11 June 2007. Retrieved 25 May 2011.
  7. ^ "Comunicato ufficiale no. 54/CDN (2007–08)" (pdf). Commissione Disciplinare Nazionale (CDN) of FIGC (in Italian). 15 May 2008. Retrieved 25 May 2011.
  8. ^ "SI AVVICINA L'APERTURA DELLA CAMPAGNA TRASFERIMENTI 2006/2007". Hellas Verona FC (in Italian). 27 June 2006. Retrieved 17 November 2011.
  9. ^ http://www.gazzetta.it/Speciali/serie_b_2007/giocatori/william_bar.shtml
  10. ^ "Tre risoluzioni consensuali in casa Hellas". Hellas Verona FC (in Italian). 24 June 2008. Retrieved 17 November 2011.
  11. ^ "UFFICIALE: Portogruaro, ecco Fasciani e Da Silva". Tutto Mercato Web (in Italian). 11 July 2008. Retrieved 17 November 2011.
  12. ^ "UFFICIALE: il Taranto acquista Da Silva". Tutto Mercato Web (in Italian). 11 January 2009. Retrieved 17 November 2011.
  13. ^ "Brindisi-Da Silva: accordo molto vicino". Tutto Mercato Web (in Italian). 31 August 2009. Retrieved 17 November 2011.
  14. ^ "UFFICIALE: Da Silva dal Brindisi al Casarano". Tutto Mercato Web (in Italian). 23 August 2010. Retrieved 17 November 2011.
  15. ^ "Valletta stadium dream moves closer to reality". Times of Malta. 13 June 2011. Retrieved 17 November 2011.
  16. ^ "Barbosa: A winning mentality helps you succeed". fma.com.mt. Retrieved 2018-03-31.

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