André Alves da Cruz (born 20 September 1968) is a Brazilian retired footballer who played as a central defender. He played for several clubs in Brazil and Europe, and also represented the Brazil national team, taking part in the 1989 and 1995 Copa América tournaments, and the 1998 FIFA World Cup, as well as the 1987 Pan American Games and the 1988 Summer Olympics.[1][2]

André Cruz
Personal information
Full name André Alves da Cruz
Date of birth (1968-09-20) 20 September 1968 (age 54)
Place of birth Piracicaba, Brazil
Height 1.82 m (5 ft 11+12 in)
Position(s) Defender
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1986–1989 Ponte Preta 14 (0)
1989–1990 Flamengo 26 (5)
1990–1994 Standard Liège 107 (18)
1994–1997 Napoli 83 (13)
1997–1999 Milan 13 (1)
1999 Standard Liège 10 (1)
1999 Torino 13 (1)
1999–2002 Sporting CP 78 (9)
2002–2003 Goiás 16 (1)
2003–2004 Internacional 10 (1)
2004 Goiás 2 (0)
International career
1985 Brazil U17 6 (1)
1987 Brazil U20 4 (2)
1988–1998 Brazil 31 (1)
*Club domestic league appearances and goals

Club careerEdit

Cruz began his playing career with Brazilian clubs Ponte Preta and Flamengo, before moving to play football in Europe. He initially joined Belgian club Standard Liège, but later also played in Italy, where he represented Napoli, A.C. Milan, and Torino. He subsequently joined Portuguese side Sporting Clube de Portugal, before moving back to Brazil, where he played with Goiás and Internacional before ending his career.[1][2]

International careerEdit

André Cruz made 47 appearances (12 in non-official matches) with the Brazil national team between 1988 and 1998. With the Brazil under-20 side, he won a gold medal at the 1987 Pan American Games in Indianapolis, and a silver medal at the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul; he was a member of the Brazil senior team that won the 1989 Copa América the following year. He was included in the Brazilian team that won the 1995 Umbro Cup and which finished runners-up in the 1995 Copa América; he was later also a member of the Brazilian squad that finished runners-up in the 1998 FIFA World Cup.[1][2]



Standard Liège




  1. ^ a b c "Andre Cruz". ZeroZero. Retrieved 5 August 2016.
  2. ^ a b c "Andre Alves da Cruz – Profile and Statistics –". Soccer Punter. Retrieved 5 August 2016.

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