André Luís Garcia

André Luís Garcia (born July 31, 1979), known simply as André Luís, is a Brazilian footballer who plays for Brasiliense as a centre back.

André Luís
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Luís with Botafogo in 2008
Personal information
Full name André Luís Garcia
Date of birth (1979-07-31) 31 July 1979 (age 40)
Place of birth Porto Alegre, Brazil
Height 1.92 m (6 ft 3 12 in)
Playing position(s) Centre back
Club information
Current team
Youth career
–1998 Guarany
1998–1999 Santos
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2000–2004 Santos 99 (6)
2001Fluminense (loan) 21 (4)
2005–2006 Benfica 1 (0)
2005–2006Marseille (loan) 15 (0)
2006–2007 Cruzeiro 13 (1)
2008 Botafogo 28 (2)
2009 Barueri 27 (2)
2010 São Paulo 0 (0)
2010–2011 Fluminense 20 (0)
2012 Portuguesa 1 (0)
2012 Grêmio Barueri 7 (1)
2013 Boa Esporte 2 (1)
2014 Brasiliense 0 (0)
2015 Mogi Mirim 7 (0)
2016– Brasiliense 0 (0)
National team
2000 Brazil U23 2 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of May 20, 2013

Starting at Santos, he made over 200 appearances for them, winning two league titles, in 2002 and 2004. He moved to Benfica in 2005, but the spell in Europe was largely unsuccessful and he returned to Brazil in 2006, to join Cruzeiro.

He represented them until December 2007, when he moved to Botafogo, having a controversial stint there. He remained a top tier until 2010, when he helped Fluminense win the Brasileirão. After Fluminense, Luís became a journeyman and passed through several clubs.



Born in Porto Alegre, but raised in Bagé, Luís spent the majority of his youth career in his home-town club, Guarany.[1] At age 19, he moved to Santos, where he made his professional debut on 22 March 2000, in 7–2 win against Araçatuba, for the Campeonato Paulista.[2][3] He quickly gained a place in the starting eleven, leading to a call-up to represent Brazil in the 2000 Summer Olympics.[2] However a year later, a compromising performance in the semifinal of the Campeonato Paulista with Corinthians, cost him his place at Santos and he was loaned out to Fluminense for the remainder of the season.[2][4] At Fluminense, Luís regained his best form and helped them finish third in the Brasileirão, as Santos recalled him back.[4] The following year, he partnered with Alex to help Santos win their first league title since 1968.[4] His partnership with Alex was dubbed by the media as Twin Towers, due to their high stature.[4] In 2003, Luís was part of the first Santos team to reach the Copa Libertadores Finals since 1963; losing it to Boca Juniors.[5] Domestically, he won his second league title in 2004, starting in 39 games and partnering with either Domingos or Ávalos.[6]


In September 2004, the media started speculating about a potential move to Europe in the next transfer window.[4] Atlético Madrid enquired about his situation,[7] but was Benfica who pressed harder.[8][9] After three months of negotiations, Luís signed a three-year contract with Benfica, leaving Santos with over 200 appearances.[10] Arriving at Benfica with the season in progress, he found it difficult to get some playing time, with Luisão and Ricardo Rocha being the preferred centre-backs of Giovanni Trapattoni.[11][12] Despite a positive debut in the Portuguese Cup semi-final against Estrela da Amadora, Luís only played once in the Primeira Liga, when he replaced a suspended Luisão in a visit to Penafiel on 7 May.[11][12] According to Record, his league debut was disappointing, because he allowed N'Doye to score the winning goal for Penafiel.[13] After the season ended, he complained about his low playing time and said: "I will look for a club where I can play. To stay like this I rather not return".[14] In July, Luís moved to Olympique de Marseille in season-long loan, with a buyout clause set at €6 million.[15][16][17] At the end of season, Marseille opted not to exercise their buyout clause and he returned to Benfica.[17]


Out of the plans for the new season, on 31 August 2006, Benfica sold him to Cruzeiro for a fee rumoured to be €1.5 million.[18][19] He made his debut for Cruzeiro on 17 September, in a one-nil win against Palmeiras, and quickly established himself in the first team.[20] However, in March 2007, Luís attracted some controversy, when he first attacked André from América Mineiro,[21] and a few days later, head-butted a referee in a match with Ipatinga.[22] Despite facing a penalty of 240 days of suspension, Cruzeiro managed to reduce the sentence to just four games.[23] This controversy affected his chances at Cruzeiro, and he missed the entire Brasileirão.[20] In December, he rescinded his contract with Cruzeiro,[24] and signed a one-year deal with Botafogo.[25]


His first game for Botafogo was on 9 March 2008 with Volta Redonda,[26] and his first goal was in the next match with Duque de Caxias.[27] However, he soon got into more controversy. In a match with Náutico on 1 June 2008, Luís, already booked, made a tackle on Ruy and was sent-off. As he left the pitch towards his bench, he insulted Náutico's fans and kicked a bottle of Gatorade towards them. He was reprimanded by a police officer, which he responded by insulting her. The officer tried to put him under arrest and major brawl started, with Luís escaping for the locker-room, where barricaded himself.[28][29] He was eventually arrested and brought to the police station, where he negotiated his release after paying 25 minimum wages to a cancer hospital.[30] Five months later, he was again involved in another controversy; on a Copa Sudamericana match with Estudiantes de La Plata and after making a tackle, referee Carlos Chandía was about to show him his second yellow card, when Luís took it out of his hands and showed it to Chandia instead.[31][32] He received a 6 match suspension from the CONMEBOL.[33]

Barueri and FluminenseEdit

Luís left Botafogo in December 2008 and spent four months without club, until he joined Grêmio Barueri on 28 April 2009, as the club made their top tier debut.[34] After helping Barueri finish 11th, the 30-year old traded clubs, signing a one-year deal with São Paulo.[35] His spell at São Paulo was short lived, as he moved to Fluminense in May 2010, signing a three-year contract.[36] At the end of 2011, Luís saw his contract unilaterally terminated, for "unacceptable behaviour" after he missed more than 20 training sessions without explanation.[37][38] He then became a journeyman and moved clubs every year, passing through Portuguesa, a second spell at Barueri, Boa Esporte, Brasiliense and Mogi Mirim.[39][40][41]




  1. ^ "Presidente da FCF recebe a visita do zagueiro André Luis" [President of Catarinense Football Federation receives centre-back André Luís]. Federação Catarinense de Futebol (in Portuguese). 3 July 2013. Archived from the original on 10 April 2016. Retrieved 29 March 2016.
  2. ^ a b c "André Luis". Esporte UOL (in Portuguese). Retrieved 29 March 2016.
  3. ^ "Santos 7 x 2 Araçatuba". (in Portuguese). 22 March 2000. Retrieved 29 March 2016.
  4. ^ a b c d e "Santos conformado com saída de André Luís" [Santos accepts loss of André Luís]. Record (in Portuguese). 1 September 2004. Retrieved 29 March 2016.
  5. ^ "Boca Juniors bate Santos e garante a sua quinta Libertadores" [Boca Juniors beats Santos and conquers fifth Libertadores]. UOL Esporte (in Portuguese). 2 July 2003. Retrieved 29 March 2016.
  6. ^ ""Peixe" chamado Santos em filme preto e branco" ["Peixe" called Santos in black and white movie]. Record (in Portuguese). 20 December 2004. Retrieved 29 March 2016.
  7. ^ "At. Madrid interessado" [Atlético Madrid interested]. Record (in Portuguese). 7 September 2004. Retrieved 29 March 2016.
  8. ^ "André Luís: "Já houve contactos"" [André Luís "There were contacts"]. Record (in Portuguese). 3 September 2004. Retrieved 29 March 2016.
  9. ^ "André Luís: "Negociações continuam"" [André Luís "Negotiations continue"]. Record (in Portuguese). 18 September 2004. Retrieved 29 March 2016.
  10. ^ "André Luís já não volta a alinhar pelo Santos" [André Luís will not play for Santos again]. Record (in Portuguese). 15 December 2004. Retrieved 29 March 2016.
  11. ^ a b "A vez de André" [The time of André]. Record (in Portuguese). 4 May 2005. Retrieved 29 March 2016.
  12. ^ a b "A outra torre" [The other tower]. Record (in Portuguese). 7 May 2005. Retrieved 29 March 2016.
  13. ^ "Benfica frente ao Penafiel: Equipa de anjinhos só com um "Santos"" [Benfica against Penafiel: team full of angels with only one "saint"]. Record (in Portuguese). 8 May 2005. Retrieved 29 March 2016.
  14. ^ "André Luís: "Assim é melhor nem voltar"" [André Luís: "This way I rather not come back"]. Record (in Portuguese). 2 June 2005. Retrieved 29 March 2016.
  15. ^ "Marselha quer André Luís" [Marselha wants André Luís]. Record (in Portuguese). 11 July 2005. Retrieved 29 March 2016.
  16. ^ "Yannick no Marselha" [Yannick at Marseille]. Record (in Portuguese). 21 July 2005. Retrieved 29 March 2016.
  17. ^ a b "Marselha não fica com André Luís" [Marseille passes on André Luís]. Record (in Portuguese). 29 April 2006. Retrieved 29 March 2016.
  18. ^ "André Luís no Cruzeiro por 1,5 milhões" [André Luís at Cruzeiro for 1,5 million]. Record (in Portuguese). 1 September 2006. Retrieved 29 March 2016.
  19. ^ "André Luís apresentado" [André Luís presented]. Record (in Portuguese). 3 September 2006. Retrieved 29 March 2016.
  20. ^ a b "Zagueiro André Luis rescinde contrato com o Cruzeiro" [André Luís rescinds contract with Cruzeiro]. Clicrbs (in Portuguese). 28 December 2007. Retrieved 29 March 2016.
  21. ^ "André Luís do Cruzeiro, é novamente suspenso por 120 dias" [André Luís of Cruzeiro is suspended again for 120 days]. Estadão Esportes (in Portuguese). 4 April 2007. Retrieved 29 March 2016.
  22. ^ "Após cabeçada em juiz, André Luís é suspenso por 4 meses" [After head-butt in referee, André Luís is suspended for 4 months]. Estadão Esportes (in Portuguese). 21 March 2007. Retrieved 29 March 2016.
  23. ^ "Cruzeiro faz boa defesa e André Luís escapa de suspensão de 240 dias" [Cruzeiro defends André Luís and he only gets four games]. Extra Globo (in Portuguese). 18 April 2007. Retrieved 29 March 2016.
  24. ^ "Cruzeiro rescinde com o zagueiro André Luís" [Cruzeiro rescinds with André Luís]. Extra Globo (in Portuguese). 28 December 2007. Retrieved 29 March 2016.
  25. ^ "Botafogo deve apresentar André Luís nesta quinta" [Botafogo will present André Luís in Thursday]. ZH Esportes (in Portuguese). 24 December 2007. Retrieved 29 March 2016.
  26. ^ "Botafogo 3 x 0 Volta Redonda pela 2ª rodada da Taça Rio 2008" [Botafogo 3 x 0 Volta Redonda in the second match-day of the Taça Rio 2008]. Globo TV (in Portuguese). 9 March 2008. Archived from the original on 13 April 2016. Retrieved 29 March 2016.
  27. ^ "Botafogo 4-1 Duque de Caxias". Futpédia (in Portuguese). Retrieved 29 March 2016.
  28. ^ "VÍDEOS: A confusão nos Aflitos" [Videos: The brawl of the "Aflitos"]. Globoesporte (in Portuguese). 2 June 2008. Retrieved 29 March 2016.
  29. ^ "Torcedores do Náutico prestam queixa contra Andre Luis, do Botafogo" [Naútico fans present charges against Botafogo defender, André Luís]. Globoesporte (in Portuguese). 1 June 2008. Retrieved 29 March 2016.
  30. ^ "Andre Luis condenado a pagar 25 salários mínimos. Bebeto não aceita punição" [André Luís sentenced to pay 25 minimum wages. Bebeto disagrees with punishment]. Globoesporte (in Portuguese). 1 June 2008. Retrieved 29 March 2016.
  31. ^ "Jogador mostra cartão amarelo para juiz ao ser expulso" [Player shows referee a yellow card and is sent off]. Globoesporte (in Portuguese). 6 November 2008. Retrieved 29 March 2016.
  32. ^ "André Luís (ex-Benfica) mostrou cartão amarelo ao árbitro (vídeo)" [André Luís (former Benfica) shows referee a yellow card and his sent off]. Mais Futebol (in Portuguese). 6 November 2008. Retrieved 29 March 2016.
  33. ^ "André Luís é suspenso pela Conmebol por seis jogos" [André Luís is suspended by the CONMEBOL for six matches]. Paraná Online (in Portuguese). 17 November 2008. Retrieved 29 March 2016.
  34. ^ "Barueri contrata André Luís, ex-zagueiro do Botafogo" [Barueri hires André Luís, former Botafogo player]. Estadão Esporte (in Portuguese). 28 April 2009. Retrieved 29 March 2016.
  35. ^ "Andre Luis chega com estilo Libertadores" [André Luís arrives for the battle of Libertadores]. São Paulo FC (in Portuguese). 26 December 2009. Retrieved 29 March 2016.
  36. ^ "André Luís chega ao Fluminense na segunda para fazer exames" [André Luís arrives at Fluminense on Monday for medical exams]. Esportes (in Portuguese). 21 May 2010. Retrieved 29 March 2016.
  37. ^ "André Luís (ex-Benfica) despedido no Fluminense" [André Luís (former Benfica) sacked at Fluminense]. Mais Futebol (in Portuguese). 6 December 2011. Retrieved 29 March 2016.
  38. ^ "André Luis é demitido do Fluminense por justa causa" [André Luís is sacked from Fluminense]. Extra Globo (in Portuguese). 6 December 2011. Retrieved 29 March 2016.
  39. ^ "André Luís (ex-Benfica) no Boa Esporte" [André Luís (former Benfica) signs with Boa Esporte]. Mais Futebol (in Portuguese). 1 March 2013. Retrieved 29 March 2016.
  40. ^ "Mogi Mirim contrata zagueiro André Luís, ex-Santos e Fluminense" [Mogi Mirim hires André Luís, former Santos and Fluminense]. Estadão Esporte (in Portuguese). 16 January 2015. Retrieved 29 March 2016.
  41. ^ "Brasiliense inicia preparação para o Candangão com 20 jogadores" [Brasiliense starts preparations for Candangão with 20 players]. Brasiliense (in Portuguese). 4 January 2016. Archived from the original on 21 March 2016. Retrieved 29 March 2016.

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