Anderson Luiz de Carvalho (born 19 July 1981), known as Nenê, is a Brazilian professional footballer who plays for Vasco da Gama. An attacking midfielder, he is mostly known for his crossing and dribbling ability, also being a free kick specialist.
|Full name||Anderson Luiz de Carvalho|
|Date of birth||19 July 1981|
|Place of birth||Jundiaí, Brazil|
|Height||1.81 m (5 ft 11 in)|
|Vasco da Gama|
|2002||→ Palmeiras (loan)||30||(8)|
|2003||→ Santos (loan)||40||(11)|
|2008–2009||→ Espanyol (loan)||36||(4)|
|2015||West Ham United||8||(0)|
|2015–2018||Vasco da Gama||129||(42)|
|2021–||Vasco da Gama||40||(13)|
|*Club domestic league appearances and goals, correct as of 28 September 2021|
He played most of his professional career in Spain, representing four clubs and amassing La Liga totals of 140 games and 23 goals over the course of four seasons, and France, where he appeared with Monaco and Paris Saint-Germain for 142 Ligue 1 matches in four and a half campaigns (55 goals).
Born in Jundiaí, São Paulo, Nenê started playing professionally with local Paulista Futebol Clube at the age of 19. On 16 May 2002 he moved to Sociedade Esportiva Palmeiras, on loan until December.
Nenê made his Série A debut on 11 August 2002, starting and scoring the first in a 1–1 home draw against Grêmio Foot-Ball Porto Alegrense. He finished the year with five league goals, but his club suffered relegation for the first time in its history.
On 27 January 2003, Nenê signed for Santos FC still in the top division. Mainly a backup option to Robinho and Ricardo Oliveira, he still scored three goals during the team's Copa Libertadores run, and also appeared in both legs of the finals as a substitute.
In 2003–04, Nenê moved to Spain, first with RCD Mallorca – making his La Liga debut on 14 September 2003 in a 0–4 away loss against Athletic Bilbao– and then Deportivo Alavés. With the Basque side he put up two extraordinary individual seasons, with 21 goals in the league alone, playing his first year in the second division and achieving promotion.
After being relegated from the top level with Alavés in 2006, Nenê met the same fate with RC Celta de Vigo, again appearing in all 38 league games and totalling nearly 3,000 minutes of action for the Galicians.
On 22 August 2007, Nenê was transferred to AS Monaco FC for an undisclosed fee. A year later, having already started with the French, he joined RCD Espanyol in the last days of the summer transfer window on a one-year loan, with a buying option for the Catalans at the season's end, which was finally not activated.
Back with Monaco, Nenê began the new campaign in impressive scoring fashion, scoring nine goals in his first ten matches – this included a brace against US Boulogne in a 3–1 away victory, both from long-range free kicks, as he led the scoring charts for a lengthy period of time.
On 11 July 2010, Nenê joined Paris Saint-Germain F.C. in a deal believed to be around €5.5 million. "I'm very happy to have signed for Paris," the player told PSG's official website, adding: "Like PSG, I'm hoping to have a big league season and to pull something off in the Europa League". He scored in his first official appearance, a 3–1 home win against AS Saint-Étienne, adding two on 11 September against newly promoted AC Arles-Avignon (4–0, home). Halfway through the season he had already registered 13 goals, making him the third-highest scorer only behind Moussa Sow and Kevin Gameiro; his displays, free-kick ability and attacking flair earned him comparisons with Ronaldinho, a compatriot who played at the Parc des Princes earlier in the decade, but he only scored one more goal until the end of the campaign, with PSG finally finishing fourth.
In the summer of 2011, Paris Saint-Germain were purchased by Qatari investors and bought several new players, including Jérémy Menez with whom Nenê had played at Monaco. The Brazilian began the season hesitantly, struggling to accept that he had lost his star status in the team with the arrival of Javier Pastore. On 29 October, however, he scored two goals (both penalties) in a 4–2 home win against Stade Malherbe Caen, putting his team three points clear at the top of the table.
Nenê scored his first hat-trick with PSG on 13 May 2012, netting all of the game's goals in the home fixture against Stade Rennais F.C. in only 18 minutes of play. He finished the campaign as the league's second top scorer, helping his side to the second place and direct qualification to the UEFA Champions League.
On 15 January 2013, after having appeared in 112 official matches with PSG (but only nine in the league in the first half of the season), Nenê moved to Al-Gharafa SC in the Qatar Stars League. In March, he was suspended for nine games and fined €67,000 for fighting with Houssine Kharja, being eventually released in late January of the following year.
West Ham UnitedEdit
On 18 February 2015, free agent Nenê signed for West Ham United until the end of the campaign. He made his debut ten days later in a 1–3 home defeat by Crystal Palace by coming on as a 61st minute substitute for Alex Song, and was released at the end of the season following an unsuccessful stint at the Hammers.
On 26 January 2018, the 36-year-old Nenê agreed to a two-year contract with São Paulo FC. In an interview held the previous December, he claimed to have been a supporter of the club as a child. He scored his first goal for his new team on 7 February, in a 1–0 win over Clube Atlético Bragantino for the Campeonato Paulista.
Personal life / SponsorshipEdit
|Club||Season||League||State League||National Cup||Continental||Other||Total|
|Espanyol (loan)||2008–09||La Liga||35||4||—||4||0||—||—||39||4|
|Paris Saint-Germain||2010–11||Ligue 1||35||14||—||7||2||9[g]||4||—||51||20|
|Al-Gharafa||2012–13||Qatar Stars League||6||3||—||0||0||7[i]||2||—||13||5|
|West Ham United||2014–15||Premier League||8||0||—||0||0||—||—||8||0|
|Vasco da Gama||2015||Série A||20||9||—||3||0||—||—||23||9|
|São Paulo||2018||Série A||10||4||12[c]||2||4||2||2||0||—||28||8|
- All appearances in Torneio Rio – São Paulo
- Four appearances and two goals in Copa dos Campeões, one appearance and one goal in Supercampeonato Paulista
- All appearances in Campeonato Paulista
- Twelve appearances and one goal in Copa Libertadores, one appearance in Copa Sudamericana
- All appearances in UEFA Cup
- All appearances in Coupe de la Ligue
- All appearances in UEFA Europa League
- All appearances in UEFA Champions League
- All appearances in AFC Champions League
- All appearances in Campeonato Carioca
Vasco da Gama
- "PSG: Nene, élu meilleur joueur étranger de Ligue 1 par France Football" [PSG: Nene, elected Ligue 1's best foreign player by France Football] (in French). Info PSG. 13 December 2010. Retrieved 14 February 2015.
- "Palmeiras contrata atacante Nenê, do Etti Jundiaí" [Palmeiras sign forward Nenê, of Etti Jundiaí]. Diário do Grande ABC (in Portuguese). 16 May 2002. Retrieved 14 January 2018.
- "Depois de Ricardo Oliveira, Santos contrata atacante Nenê, ex-Palmeiras" [After Ricardo Oliveira, Santos sign forward Nenê, formerly of Palmeiras]. Folha de S.Paulo (in Portuguese). 27 January 2003. Retrieved 12 January 2018.
- "Pacheco tendrá un medio brasileño: Nené" [Pacheco will have a Brazilian midfielder: Nené [sic]]. Diario AS (in Spanish). 19 August 2003. Retrieved 14 January 2018.
- "Urzaiz y Etxeberria firman una goleada para el Athletic Club" [Urzaiz and Etxeberria sign rout for Athletic Club]. Diario Córdoba (in Spanish). 15 September 2003. Retrieved 20 August 2018.
- "Nené, ex del Mallorca, ficha por el Alavés" [Nené [sic], formerly of Mallorca, signs for Alavés]. Diario AS (in Spanish). 24 August 2004. Retrieved 14 January 2018.
- "El Getafe de Schuster derrota al Alavés y es el nuevo líder" [Schuster's Getafe defeat Alavés and are the new leaders]. El Mundo (in Spanish). 19 September 2005. Retrieved 9 July 2014.
- "El Celta fichó al brasileño Nené del Alavés" [Celta signed Brazilian Nené [sic] from Alavés]. Diario AS (in Spanish). 25 July 2006. Retrieved 14 January 2018.
- "Victoria y descenso para el Celta" [Win and relegation for Celta]. El País (in Spanish). 17 June 2007. Retrieved 20 August 2018.
- "Brasileiro Nenê deixa o Celta e acerta com o Monaco" [Brazilian Nenê leaves Celta and joins Monaco] (in Portuguese). Universo Online. 22 August 2007. Retrieved 14 January 2018.
- "El Espanyol llega a un principio de acuerdo para la cesión de Nené" [Espanyol reach an agreement in principle for the loan of Nené [sic]]. Diario AS (in Spanish). 30 August 2008. Retrieved 14 January 2018.
- Boulogne 1–3 AS Monaco; ESPN Soccernet, 24 October 2009
- "Nenê (Monaco) en tête du classement des buteurs" [Nenê (Monaco) tops scoring chart]. Le Parisien (in French). 22 November 2009. Retrieved 20 August 2018.
- Nene seals PSG switch; ESPN Soccernet, 13 July 2010
- Sessegnon on target in PSG win; ESPN Soccernet, 7 August 2010
- Paris Saint-Germain 4–0 Arles; ESPN Soccernet, 11 September 2010
- PSG-OM: Nene, le nouveau Ronaldinho, sauve le "Clasico" du "Soporifico" (PSG-OM: Nene, the new Ronaldinho, saves the "Clasico" from "Soporifico") Archived 26 April 2012 at the Wayback Machine; Sport 24, 7 November 2010 (in French)
- Official: Paris Saint-Germain signs Jeremy Menez and Blaise Matuidi; Goal, 25 July 2011
- "L1: Nene et Pastore, les mal-aimés du PSG" [L1: Nene and Pastore, PSG's ugly ducklings]. 20 minutes (in French). 6 December 2012. Retrieved 20 August 2018.
- "Ancelotti se irrita com Nenê" [Ancelotti gets mad at Nenê] (in Portuguese). Goal. 7 December 2012. Retrieved 20 August 2018.
- Paris Saint-Germain 4–2 Caen; ESPN Soccernet, 29 October 2011
- Paris Saint-Germain 3–0 Stade Rennes; ESPN Soccernet, 13 May 2012
- "L1: Olivier Giroud termine meilleur buteur" [L1: Olivier Giroud finishes top scorer]. Le Parisien (in French). 20 May 2012. Retrieved 20 August 2018.
- Nenê officiellement au Qatar (Nenê officially in Qatar); Planète PSG, 15 January 2013 (in French)
- Fight with Nene: the Moroccan Kharja severely punished!; Modern Ghana, 26 March 2013
- Nene, Kharja and others hit with suspensions, hefty fines following football scuffle Archived 4 February 2015 at the Wayback Machine; Doha News, 27 March 2013
- "Nene a résilié" [Nene has been released]. L'Équipe (in French). 28 January 2015. Retrieved 14 February 2015.
- "Hammers snap up Nene". West Ham United F.C. 18 February 2015. Archived from the original on 18 February 2015. Retrieved 18 February 2015.
- Simon Stone (28 February 2015). "West Ham United 1–3 Crystal Palace". BBC Sport. Retrieved 1 March 2015.
- "Nene thanks Hammers". West Ham United F.C. 28 May 2015. Retrieved 28 May 2015.
- Grossi, Bruno; Braz, Bruno (26 January 2018). "Negócio fechado: Nenê reforça o São Paulo por duas temporadas" [Done deal: Nenê bolsters São Paulo for two seasons] (in Portuguese). Universo Online. Retrieved 29 January 2018.
- "Nenê revela time de infância, diz ter se tornado torcedor do Vasco e quer títulos históricos para 2018" [Nenê discloses childhood team, says he has become a Vasco supporter and wants historical titles for 2018] (in Portuguese). Yahoo!. 18 December 2017. Retrieved 29 January 2018.
- "São Paulo marca com Nenê aos 5 min, mas sua para bater Bragantino" [São Paulo score with Nenê on the 5th min, but sweat it to beat Bragantino] (in Portuguese). Universo Online. 7 February 2018. Retrieved 9 February 2018.
- Gomes, Fred (15 July 2019). "Nenê chega ao RJ sonhando com Sul-Americana pelo Fluminense e minimiza idade: "Carcacinha boa"" [Nenê arrives in RJ dreaming of Sudamericana with Fluminense and minimises age: "Good bones"] (in Portuguese). Globo Esporte. Retrieved 28 February 2020.
- Carvalho, Paula (27 February 2020). "Como vinho! Artilheiro do Fluminense aos 38 anos, Nenê quer mais: "Continuar quebrando barreiras"" [Like wine! Fluminense top scorer at the age of 38, Nenê wants more: "Keep breaking barriers"] (in Portuguese). Globo Esporte. Retrieved 28 February 2020.
- "FIFA 13: Nene rejoint Messi et Benzema en tant qu'ambassadeur" [FIFA 13: Nene joins Messi and Benzema as ambassador] (in French). Melty. 2012. Retrieved 14 February 2015.
- "Nene présente le 80, nouveau ballon Adidas de L1" [Nene presents 80, new Adidas ball by L1] (in French). Sport and Biz. 19 November 2012. Archived from the original on 14 February 2015. Retrieved 14 February 2015.
- P., Quentin (5 December 2014). "Anciens: Nenê défie Neymar!" [Past player: Nenê challenges Neymar!] (in French). Le Meilleur du PSG. Archived from the original on 14 February 2015. Retrieved 14 February 2015.
- "Ex-Santos e Palmeiras, Nenê estará de olho na decisão do Paulista" [Formerly of Santos and Palmeiras, Nenê will be watching Paulista decider] (in Portuguese). Nene Officiel. April 2015. Retrieved 1 September 2017.
- "Nené: Anderson Luís Carvalho". BDFutbol. Retrieved 31 August 2017.
- Nenê at Soccerway
- "2002" (in Portuguese). Futebol 80. Retrieved 12 January 2018.
- "Olivier Giroud couronné" [Olivier Giroud crowned] (in French). Ligue de Football Professionnel. 20 May 2012. Retrieved 23 February 2015.
- "Gabigol, do Flamengo, é eleito craque do Campeonato Carioca; veja seleção" [Gabigol, of Flamengo, is voted Campeonato Carioca star; check out XI] (in Portuguese). Globo Esporte. 20 July 2020. Retrieved 17 August 2020.