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Jardel Nivaldo Vieira (born 29 March 1986), simply known as Jardel, is a Brazilian professional footballer who plays for and captains Portuguese club Benfica as a central defender.

Jardel
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Jardel playing for Benfica in 2014
Personal information
Full name Jardel Nivaldo Vieira
Date of birth (1986-03-29) 29 March 1986 (age 33)
Place of birth Florianópolis, Brazil
Height 1.92 m (6 ft 4 in)
Playing position Centre back
Club information
Current team
Benfica
Number 33
Youth career
2002–2004 Avaí
2005 Vitória
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2004 Avaí 0 (0)
2005 Vitória 12 (0)
2006 Santos 0 (0)
2007 Iraty
2007Avaí (loan) (1)
2008–2010 Desportivo Brasil 0 (0)
2008Joinville (loan)
2009Ituano (loan) 0 (0)
2009–2010Estoril (loan) 28 (2)
2010–2011 Olhanense 16 (1)
2011– Benfica 147 (11)
2012– Benfica B 7 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 4 May 2019

He spent most of his career at Benfica, having joined from Olhanense for €500,000 in January 2011, and became captain in September 2018. He made over 200 appearances for the club and won 15 honours, including five Primeira Liga titles.

CareerEdit

Early careerEdit

Born in Florianópolis, Santa Catarina, Jardel was an Avaí FC youth graduate. Signing his first professional contract at the age of only 16, being promoted to the first team.

In March 2005, Jardel joined Esporte Clube Vitória, winning the year's Campeonato Baiano while at the club. After suffering relegation from Campeonato Brasileiro Série B, he signed for Santos FC on 15 January 2006.[1]

Jardel left Peixe in December 2006 after making no appearances and struggling severely with injuries. He subsequently represented Iraty Sport Club, Avaí, Joinville Esporte Clube, Ituano FC and Desportivo Brasil before moving abroad.

In 2009, Jardel moved to Portugal, where he would remain in the following years. He played one season with G.D. Estoril Praia in the second division where he only missed two league games, then signed with S.C. Olhanense in the top level on a one-year deal.[2] He made 19 total appearances in his half-season on the Algarve, scoring in a 3–1 win over Vitória de Setúbal on 2 October 2010 to put the team into second place.[3]

BenficaEdit

In January 2011, Jardel joined Portuguese club S.L. Benfica for a €500,000 transfer fee, replacing Chelsea-bound David Luiz.[4] After two months of sporadic appearances, then manager Jorge Jesus dropped Sidnei and immediately inserted Jardel into the first team's starting lineup. On 28 April, he scored his first goal for the Lisbon side, in a 2–1 home win against S.C Braga for the campaign's UEFA Europa League semi-finals (2–2 aggregate loss),[5] He finished his first season with 16 appearances and won his first piece of silverware; on 1 May on his return to the Estádio José Arcanjo in Olhão, he was sent off in a 1–1 draw.[6]

The following season, Jardel made 18 appearances, serving mostly as backup to Luisão and Ezequiel Garay. He started the 2012–13 season with Benfica's reserves in division two. After Luisão's two-month suspension, however, he was propelled directly into the first team's starting XI.[7][8] During the 2013–14 season, like his 2011–12 season, he made 18 appearances, serving backup to Luisão and Garay. However, he enjoyed success as the club won the domestic treble.[9]

After the departure of Ezequiel Garay to Zenit Saint Petersburg,[10] Jardel became a mainstay in Benfica's starting lineup. On 4 January 2015, Jardel scored his first goal for Benfica in the Primeira Liga, away at F.C. Penafiel (0–3).[11] On 8 February 2015, Jardel scored a crucial last-minute goal to tie the Derby de Lisboa (1–1) in the Primeira Liga.[12] He helped the club win their second straight Primeira Liga[13] and Taça da Liga[14]

In the 2015–16 season, Jardel enjoyed his best ever season, appearing in 44 games and scoring 5 goals.[15] He played alongside three different centre backs, Luisão, Lisandro López and Victor Lindelöf, during the variation of the season.[16] He scored the winner against Vitória de Setúbal (2–1) at the Estádio da Luz in the first half, securing Benfica's lead in the Primeira Liga.[17] For the third straight season, he won the Primeira Liga[18] and Taça da Liga.[19]

Jardel's 2016–17 season was injury plagued, picking up a series of nagging injuries throughout the campaign. In the following season, he regained his starting position after the departure of Lindelöf to Manchester United.[20] On 3 February 2018, he made his 200th appearance for the club and was elected man of the match after a goal and assist in a 5–1 home win against Rio Ave.[21]

In September 2018, Jardel became club captain upon the retirement of long-serving compatriot Luisão, and extended his contract by a further year to 2021.[22] He played 19 games as the Eagles regained the title from FC Porto on the last day, including one with a straight red card for elbowing Arsénio in a 3–1 home loss to Moreirense F.C. on 2 November.[23]

Personal lifeEdit

Jardel acquired Portuguese citizenship in 2016.[24]

Career statisticsEdit

As of match played 6 February 2019[25]
Club Season League Cup League Cup Continental Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Vitória 2005[1] Série B 12 0 0 0 0 0 12 0
Santos 2006[26] Série A 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Desportivo Brasil 2009 Paulista 2ª Divisão 6[a] 1 6 1
Ituano (loan) 2009[27] Série D 0 0 1[b] 0 1 0
Estoril (loan) 2009–10[27] Segunda Liga 28 2 0 0 6 0 34 2
Olhanense 2010–11[27] Primeira Liga 16 1 1 0 2 0 19 1
Total 44 3 1 0 8 0 1 0 54 3
Benfica 2010–11[27] Primeira Liga 8 0 2 0 1 0 5[c] 1 16 1
2011–12[27] 10 0 1 0 4 0 3[d] 0 18 0
2012–13[27] 16 0 4 0 4 0 10[e] 1 34 1
2013–14[27] 6 0 2 0 4 0 1[c] 0 13 0
2014–15[27] 31 4 3 0 5 0 4[d] 0 1[f] 0 43 4
2015–16[27] 30 3 2 1 2 1 9[d] 0 1[f] 0 44 5
2016–17[27] 1 0 3 0 4 0 0 0 0 0 8 0
2017–18[27] 26 2 2 0 1 0 4[d] 0 1[f] 0 34 2
2018–19[27] 18 2 3 0 4 0 8[d] 1 0 0 33 3
Total 146 11 22 1 29 1 44 3 3 0 244 16
Career total 202 14 23 1 37 1 44 3 10 1 316 20
  1. ^ Appearances in Campeonato Paulista Segunda Divisão
  2. ^ Appearance in Campeonato Paulista
  3. ^ a b Appearances in UEFA Europa League
  4. ^ a b c d e Appearances in UEFA Champions League
  5. ^ Appearances in UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League
  6. ^ a b c Appearance in Portuguese Super Cup

HonoursEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Luxemburgo aposta em jogador inativo na "decisão" pelo Santos" [Luxemburgo bets on inative player in the "decision" for Santos] (in Portuguese). UOL Esporte. 5 April 2016. Retrieved 30 April 2016.
  2. ^ "Olhanense launch new kit and leisureware". Portugal Resident. 29 July 2010. Retrieved 23 July 2019.
  3. ^ "Olhanense bate Vitória de Setúbal em casa e dorme vice-líder" [Olhanense beats Vitória de Setúbal at home and goes to sleep in second place] (in Portuguese). ESPN FC. 2 October 2010. Retrieved 23 July 2019.
  4. ^ Garay is better than David Luiz, and now is the time to prove that Real Madrid were wrong to let him go; Goal.com, 15 February 2012
  5. ^ Oscar Cardozo gives Benfica slim Europa League advantage over Braga; The Guardian, 29 April 2011
  6. ^ "Olhanense consegue permanência ante o Benfica com empate à beira do fim" [Olhanense achieves survival against Benfica with last-gasp draw] (in Portuguese). Sol. 1 May 2011. Retrieved 23 July 2019.
  7. ^ Benfica: Jardel estava à espera de castigo a Luisão (Benfica: Jardel expected ban on Luisão); Relvado, 21 September 2012 (Portuguese)
  8. ^ Suspensão de Luisão levou Jardel a querer ficar (Luisão suspension made Jardel want to stay); Record, 21 September 2012 (Portuguese)
  9. ^ Benfica lift cup to seal historic treble; UEFA.com, 18 May 2014
  10. ^ Benfica defender Ezequiel Garay signs for Zenit Saint Petersburg; ESPN, 25 June 2014
  11. ^ "Penafiel - Benfica (Jornada 15 Primeira Liga 2014-2015) - Liga Portugal" (in Portuguese). 4 January 2015. Retrieved 4 January 2015.
  12. ^ "Sporting - Benfica (Jornada 20 Liga NOS 2014-2015) - Liga Portugal" (in Portuguese). LPFP. 8 February 2015. Retrieved 8 February 2015.
  13. ^ Benfica crowned 2014/15 Champions of Portugal; Portugoal, 17 May 2015
  14. ^ BENFICA 2-1 MARÍTIMO; Liga Portugal, 29 May 2015
  15. ^ [1];ZeroZero.pt
  16. ^ End term report centre-backs; PlanetBenfica.co.uk, 28 May 2016
  17. ^ "Jardel elogia recuperação, Paulo Tavares queria pontuar". SAPO Desporto (in Portuguese). 18 April 2016. Retrieved 19 April 2016.
  18. ^ Benfica se consagró tricampeón de Portugal; ESPN.com, (in Spanish) 15 May 2016
  19. ^ Mais uma para a coleção; ZeroZero.pt, (in Portuguese) 20 May 2016
  20. ^ Victor Lindelof: Manchester United sign £31m Benfica defender; BBC Sport, 14 June 2017
  21. ^ Jardel: “Historic Moment in My Life”; SLBenfica.pt, 4 February 2017
  22. ^ "Jardel renova contrato com o Benfica até 2021" [Jardel renews contract with Benfica until 2021]. Record (in Portuguese). 21 September 2018. Retrieved 23 July 2019.
  23. ^ "Do golo 100 de Jonas na I Liga a um descalabro como há muito não se via na Luz" [From Jonas' 100th goal in the Primeira Liga to an unravelling the likes of which had not been seen in the Luz for a long time]. Diário de Notícias (in Portuguese). Retrieved 23 July 2019.
  24. ^ Rodrigues, Vítor (24 September 2016). "Ederson e Jardel já são portugueses" [Ederson and Jardel are already Portuguese]. O Jogo (in Portuguese). Retrieved 16 March 2018.
  25. ^ Jardel at ForaDeJogo. Retrieved 19 January 2017.  
  26. ^ "Zagueiros manifestam intenção de renovar contrato com o Santos" [Stoppers express their intent of renewing contract with Santos] (in Portuguese). UOL Esporte. 14 November 2016. Retrieved 30 April 2016.
  27. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m Jardel at Soccerway. Retrieved 22 January 2015.  
  28. ^ Garcia, Filipa Fernandes; Antunes, Sónia (21 September 2018). "Jardel renews contract until 2021". S.L. Benfica. Retrieved 22 September 2018.
  29. ^ "Especial 'Tetra'" ['Tetra' special edition]. Mística (in Portuguese). No. 33. Portugal: Impresa Publishing. April–June 2017. p. 96. ISSN 3846-0823.
  30. ^ "Spot-on Sevilla leave Benfica dreams in tatters". UEFA.com. 14 May 2014. Retrieved 15 May 2014.
  31. ^ "Jardel agraciado em Florianópolis" [Jardel awarded in Florianópolis]. A Bola. 20 June 2016. Retrieved 21 June 2016.

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