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Luisão before a match with Brazil in 2006
Personal information
Full name Ânderson Luís da Silva
Date of birth (1981-02-13) 13 February 1981
Place of birth Amparo, Brazil
Height 1.92 m (6 ft 3 12 in)
Playing position Centre-back
Club information
Current team
Number 4
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1999 Juventus-SP 18 (1)
2000–2003 Cruzeiro 62 (7)
2003– Benfica 290 (25)
National team
2001– Brazil 44 (3)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 29 September 2015.
† Appearances (goals)

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 10 November 2011

Ânderson Luís da Silva (born 13 February 1981), known as Luisão, is a Brazilian professional footballer who plays as a central defender for Portuguese club Benfica.

Most of his professional career has been spent with Benfica, for which he has appeared in more than 400 official matches, having won fourteen major titles. Luisão is the longest-serving captain in Benfica history.

A Brazilian international on 44 occasions, Luisão appeared for the country in two World Cups and three Copa América tournaments.


  • Club career 1
    • Brazil 1.1
    • Benfica 1.2
  • International career 2
  • Career statistics 3
    • Club 3.1
    • International 3.2
      • International appearances 3.2.1
      • International goals 3.2.2
  • Personal life 4
  • Honours 5
    • Club 5.1
    • International 5.2
    • Individual 5.3
  • References 6
  • External links 7

Club career


Born in Amparo, São Paulo, Luisão represented Clube Atlético Juventus and Cruzeiro Esporte Clube in his country, scoring a career-best six goals in 24 matches in his third season with the latter.


In the 2003 summer Luisão moved to Europe, signing with Benfica of Portugal for £890,000. He faced a tough period of adaptation, during which he performed somewhat below his capabilities and even considered traveling back to his home country; he did manage, however, to score in his league debut, a thrilling 3–3 home draw against C.F. Os Belenenses on 14 September, and ended his first season with the Portuguese Cup conquest, helping defeat FC Porto 2–1.

In 2004–05 Luisão featured regularly in Benfica's central defense, alongside Ricardo Rocha, appearing in 29 games and contributing heavily for the Eagles' first league title in 11 years: on 24 April 2005, in a 2–1 away victory over G.D. Estoril-Praia, he netted his first goal of the season, the game's equaliser. On 14 May he found the net with his head against city rivals Sporting Clube de Portugal, scoring the game's only goal and ousting the opponents from the title race.

Luisão and Tarik Sektioui in a Benfica vs Porto match in 2007

The 2005–06 season finished without silverware for Benfica, with Luisão again as an automatic first-choice. The team, however, reached the season's UEFA Champions League quarterfinals, with the defender playing all the matches and minutes in the competition: on 21 February 2006 he scored in his side's 1–0 home win against holders Liverpool, which had lost just one of 13 European games the previous year, and five of 41 away from home;[1] he also started in the second leg, a 2–0 win at Anfield.[2]

Luisão playing in the UEFA Champions League in 2014

In 2006–07, Luisão was named club captain in some matches, due to injuries to Nuno Gomes and Petit, but the club again failed to secure any major honours. At the end of the season, his agent said "Luisão wants to leave", but he eventually stayed.[3]

During the following season, in January 2008, Luisão was involved in an on-field argument with Greek teammate Kostas Katsouranis, during a league match against Vitória de Setúbal. The argument arose after Katsouranis' misplaced pass, which forced the Brazilian to commit a foul in order to stop play, after receiving a yellow card, Luisão criticized Katsouranis, who responded in a similar manner. The two players were on the point of breaking into violence before teammates separated them. Both players were then quickly substituted and given suspensions by the club, and later apologised to each other;[4][5] again, he dealt with some injuries and inconsistent play, also addressing rumours of another possible move.[6]

Luisão's start to the 2008–09 season got off in scoring fashion, netting a goal in the 59th minute of the UEFA Cup first round match at S.S.C. Napoli, in a 2–3 loss. It was his first game of the season in European competitions, and his first goal of the season in all competitions. In the following season he would enjoy his best season as a professional, appearing in a total of 45 official games (4,050 minutes, with six goals) as Benfica won the league and renewed its Portuguese League Cup supremacy, also reaching the last eight in the Europa League.

On 28 August 2010 Luisão scored – through a header – against Setúbal at home, as 10-men Benfica eventually won it 3–0.[7] On 14 September, he entered the Champions League's history books, after opening the scoresheet against Israeli side Hapoel Tel Aviv F.C. in the competition's group stage.[8]

On 11 August 2012, in the last minutes of the first half of a friendly with Fortuna Düsseldorf, Luisão pushed referee Christian Fischer to the ground as he was about to send off teammate Javi García for two reckless challenges on Oliver Fink; the referee refused to resume the game and suspended it,[9][10] proceeding to announce he would take legal action against the player.[11]

On 14 September 2012 Luisão was initially suspended for two months for his actions, also being fined €2,550. The ruling of the Portuguese Football Federation was still subject to the approval of FIFA,[12][13] which was confirmed shortly after, causing the player to miss 11 games, including the Champions League matches against Celtic and FC Barcelona.[14]

On 13 March 2014, whilst appearing in his 117th match in European competitions, Luisão grabbed a brace to help Benfica to a 3–1 away win against Tottenham Hotspur for the Europa League round-of-16's first leg.[15]

On 18 January 2015, Luisão equalized Eusébio with a total of 440 official appearances at Benfica, in a 0–4 win at Marítimo in Primeira Liga.[16] On 21 February, he scored the tying goal in a victory at Moreirense (1–3) counting for the league.[17] On 28 February, he equalized António Simões as the seventh player with the most appearances (447).[18]

On 26 April 2015, Luisão surpassed Mário Coluna as the longest-serving captain at Benfica with a total of 229 matches.[19]

International career

Luisão in a game against Switzerland in 2006

Luisão made his debut for Brazil in July 2001.[20] He represented the nation in its 2004 Copa América win, playing in all six matches, including a 1–2 loss against Paraguay – where he was team captain – and the final against Argentina where he scored his first international goal.[21]

In the next year, Luisão was named in the Brazilian squad for the 2005 FIFA Confederations Cup, but did not play a single second, meeting the same fate in the 2006 FIFA World Cup. After the latter tournament, when Dunga was hired as the new coach, he began to play more often.

Luisão was summoned for the 2009 Confederations Cup, playing in four of Brazil's five matches, including the 1–0 victory over South Africa in the semifinals, and the 3–2 win against the United States in the final, partnering with FC Bayern Munich's Lúcio.

Again as a reserve player, Luisão was selected for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, after a solid club season, being an unused squad member as Brazil exited in the quarter-finals.

Career statistics


As of match played 30 September 2015[22]
Club Season League Cup1 League Cup Europe Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Benfica 2003–04 15 3 3 1 4 0 22 4
2004–05 29 2 3 0 9 0 41 2
2005–06 31 1 4 0 10 1 45 2
2006–07 17 2 2 0 10 0 29 2
2007–08 19 3 4 1 3 0 9 0 35 4
2008–09 21 2 3 1 5 0 4 1 33 4
2009–10 28 4 0 0 5 1 12 1 45 6
2010–11 23 1 7 2 2 0 14 3 46 6
2011–12 25 1 2 0 2 0 12 1 41 2
2012–13 18 1 5 0 1 0 9 0 33 1
2013–14 28 1 5 1 1 1 15 3 49 6
2014–15 30 4 2 0 2 0 5 0 39 4
2015–16 6 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 8 0
Total 290 25 40 6 21 2 115 10 466 43

1Other tournaments include the Supertaça Cândido de Oliveira.


International appearances

National team Year Apps Goals
Brazil 2001 1 0
2003 8 0
2004 7 1
2005 3 0
2006 2 1
2007 1 0
2008 6 0
2009 11 1
2010 3 0
2011 2 0
Total 44 3

International goals

Goal Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 25 July 2004 Estadio Nacional, Lima, Peru  Argentina 2–2 Draw 2004 Copa América
2 15 November 2006 St. Jakob-Park, Basel, Switzerland   Switzerland 2–1 Win Friendly
3 5 September 2009 Gigante de Arroyito, Rosario, Argentina  Argentina 3–1 Win 2010 World Cup Qualification

Personal life

Luisão's younger brothers, Alex Silva[23] and Andrei Silva,[24] are also footballers, and defenders.








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  12. ^ Benfica's Luisao suspended for pushing over referee; Reuters, 14 September 2012
  13. ^ Decisão da secção não profissional do Conselho de Disciplina da FPF (Non-professional section of the FPF Discipline Committee's decision); Portuguese Football Federation, 14 September 2012 (Portuguese)
  14. ^ FIFA extends Luisão ban worldwide;, 18 September 2012
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  23. ^ Hier kann ich meine Samba-Liebe genießen (Here i can enjoy my love for Samba); Bild, 12 February 2009 (German)
  24. ^ Andrei Silva vai assinar pelo Benfica (Andrei Silva will join Benfica); Arte do Futebol, 23 September 2009 (Portuguese)
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  26. ^ Gala do 106.º aniversário do Benfica: Premiados (Benfica's 106th anniversary gala: Awards); RedPass Blog, 26 February 2010 (Portuguese)

External links

  • Benfica official profile (Portuguese)
  • Luisão profile at ForaDeJogo
  • Luisão profile at Soccerway
  • Luisão at
  • Luisão – FIFA competition record
  • Luisão – UEFA competition record
Sporting positions
Preceded by
Nuno Gomes
Benfica captain
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