Xande Silva

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Xande Silva
Personal information
Full name Alexandre Nascimento Costa Silva
Date of birth (1997-03-16) 16 March 1997 (age 21)
Place of birth Porto, Portugal
Height 1.77 m (5 ft 9 12 in)
Playing position Forward
Club information
Current team
West Ham United
Number 32
Youth career
2007–2008 Alverca
2008–2009 Belenenses
2009–2014 Sporting CP
2014–2015 Vitória Guimarães
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2014–2018 Vitória Guimarães B 52 (4)
2015–2018 Vitória Guimarães 26 (1)
2018– West Ham United 1 (0)
National team
2012 Portugal U15 2 (1)
2012–2013 Portugal U16 11 (3)
2013–2014 Portugal U17 15 (4)
2014 Portugal U18 2 (1)
2015–2016 Portugal U19 21 (5)
2016–2017 Portugal U20 14 (5)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 16:08, 30 December 2018 (UTC)

Alexandre 'Xande' Nascimento Costa Silva (born 16 March 1997) is a Portuguese footballer who plays for English club West Ham United as a forward.

Club career[edit]

Vitória Guimarães[edit]

Born in Porto, Silva joined Vitória de Guimarães' academy at the age of 17 after a five-year spell at Sporting CP.[1] He started his senior career with the former's reserves, making his Segunda Liga debut on 17 August 2014 by coming on as a late substitute in a 0–1 away loss against Oliveirense;[2] he scored his first goal in the competition the following 18 January, helping the hosts beat Benfica B 4–1.[3]

Silva's first appearance in the Primeira Liga took place in the penultimate match of the season, and he played 11 minutes in a 0–0 home draw to Benfica after replacing Otávio.[4] His maiden league goal occurred on 7 December 2015, in a 3–1 home defeat of Rio Ave.[5]

West Ham United[edit]

Silva joined West Ham United for an undisclosed fee on 2 August 2018,[6] signing a three-year contract and being recruited initially for the under-23 team. He scored a four-minute hat-trick on his Premier League 2 debut 11 days later, against Tottenham Hotspur.[7][8]

Silva made his Premier League debut on 30 December 2018 in a 0–2 away defeat to Burnley, coming on as a second-half substitute for Marko Arnautović.[9]

International career[edit]

Silva was capped by Portugal at every youth level between under-15 and under-20. He was part of the under-17 squad that reached the semi-finals of the 2014 UEFA European Championship, and was named in the Team of the Tournament.[10]

Two years later, Silva helped the under-19 team to the semi-finals of the 2016 European Championship in Germany.[11] He was then selected by under-20 manager Emílio Peixe for the 2017 FIFA U-20 World Cup,[12] where he scored in the quarter-final against Uruguay, which they lost after a penalty shootout.[13][8]

Personal life[edit]

Silva's father, Joaquim, was also a footballer. Also a forward, he spent most of his career in China and Portugal.[14][15]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of match played 5 January 2019[16]
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League National Cup[a] League Cup[b] Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Vitória Guimarães 2014–15 Primeira Liga 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
2015–16 Primeira Liga 20 1 0 0 0 0 20 1
2016–17 Primeira Liga 4 0 1 0 1 0 6 0
2017–18 Primeira Liga 1 0 0 0 0 0 1[c] 0 2 0
Total 26 1 1 0 1 0 1 0 29 1
Vitória Guimarães B 2014–15 Segunda Liga 23 2 23 2
2015–16 LigaPro 8 1 8 1
2016–17 LigaPro 10 1 10 1
2017–18 LigaPro 11 0 11 0
Total 52 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 52 4
West Ham United 2018–19 Premier League 1 0 1 0 0 0 2 0
West Ham United U23 2018–19 Premier League 2 1[d] 0 1 0
Career total 79 5 2 0 1 0 2 0 84 5
  1. ^ Appearances in Taça de Portugal and FA Cup
  2. ^ Appearances in Taça da Liga and EFL Cup
  3. ^ Appearance in Supertaça Cândido de Oliveira
  4. ^ Appearance in EFL Trophy

References[edit]

  1. ^ Augusto, Fernando (6 March 2013). "Golos de Xande ganham projecção" [Xande goals making a name] (in Portuguese). Super Sporting. Retrieved 2 November 2018.
  2. ^ "Oliveirense-V. Guimarães B, 1–0: Golo de Sérgio dá o triunfo" [Oliveirense-V. Guimarães B, 1–0: Sérgio goal gives win]. Record (in Portuguese). 17 August 2014. Retrieved 2 November 2018.
  3. ^ "V.Guimarães B goleou Benfica B" [V.Guimarães B routed Benfica B]. O Jogo (in Portuguese). 18 January 2015. Retrieved 2 November 2018.
  4. ^ "Reportagem V. Guimarães 0–0 Benfica" [V. Guimarães 0–0 Benfica match report] (in Portuguese). Rádio e Televisão de Portugal. 17 May 2015. Retrieved 2 November 2018.
  5. ^ "Vitória de Guimarães vence Rio Ave" [Vitória de Guimarães beat Rio Ave] (in Portuguese). TSF. 7 December 2015. Retrieved 2 November 2018.
  6. ^ "West Ham United sign promising Portuguese forward Xande Silva". West Ham United F.C. 2 August 2018. Retrieved 2 August 2018.
  7. ^ "Under-23s sunk by quickfire treble". Tottenham Hotspur. 13 August 2018. Retrieved 2 November 2018.
  8. ^ a b Inkersole, Sam (14 August 2018). "Who is Xande Silva? West Ham's newest goalscoring sensation who put Tottenham to the sword". Football London. Retrieved 15 August 2018.
  9. ^ Sutcliffe, Steve (30 December 2018). "Burnley 2–0 West Ham United". BBC Sport. Retrieved 30 December 2018.
  10. ^ "Technical report" (PDF). UEFA: 21. Archived from the original (PDF) on 14 September 2017. Retrieved 15 August 2018.
  11. ^ "Under-19 – Portugal-France". UEFA. Retrieved 15 August 2018.
  12. ^ Gomes de Andrade, Maria (2 May 2017). "Os convocados da Seleção Nacional para o Mundial Sub-20" [The national team picks for the Under-20 World Cup] (in Portuguese). TVI 24. Retrieved 2 November 2018.
  13. ^ "Uruguay progress, Portugal pay the penalty". FIFA. 4 June 2017. Retrieved 2 November 2018.
  14. ^ Calhau, Pedro (3 April 2014). "Filho de Quinzinho é internacional português e inspira-se em Balotelli" [Son of Quinzinho is a Portuguese international and draws inspiration from Balotelli] (in Portuguese). Mais Futebol. Retrieved 2 November 2018.
  15. ^ "Quinzinho, treinador-adjunto do Vilafranquense, disse no fim de semana ao filho, Xande Silva, jogador de Vitória de Guimarães, que se iam encontrar nos "oitavos" e que lhe ia ganhar" [Quinzinho, Vilafranquense assistant coach, told this weekend his son, Alexandre Silva, Vitória de Guimarães player, that they would meet in "last-16" and he would beat him]. O Jogo (in Portuguese). 24 November 2016. Retrieved 2 November 2018.
  16. ^ Xande Silva at Soccerway. Retrieved 5 January 2019.

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