Nivaldo Batista Santana

Nivaldo Batista Santana (born 23 June 1980), known simply as Nivaldo, is a Brazilian professional footballer who plays as a central defender for Lagarto Futebol Clube.

Nivaldo
Personal information
Full name Nivaldo Batista Santana
Date of birth (1980-06-23) 23 June 1980 (age 39)
Place of birth Feira de Santana, Brazil
Height 1.87 m (6 ft 1 12 in)
Playing position Centre back
Club information
Current team
Lagarto
Youth career
1999–2000 Fluminense-BA
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2001 Colo-Colo (Brazil)
2002 Náutico
2003 Rio Branco-PR
2003 Coritiba 7 (1)
2004–2005 Fortaleza 1 (0)
2006 Paulista
2006 Coritiba 2 (0)
2006–2007 Belenenses 28 (3)
2007–2009 Saint-Étienne 14 (0)
2008–2009Umm-Salal (loan) 17 (0)
2009–2010 Valladolid 25 (2)
2010–2012 Maccabi Tel Aviv 30 (1)
2012–2014 Rio Ave 20 (0)
2014–2016 Maccabi Yavne 42 (3)
2016 Ashdod 26 (3)
2016–2017 Hapoel Katamon 19 (2)
2018– Lagarto
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 23 July 2017

Football careerEdit

Born in Feira de Santana, Bahia, Nivaldo started playing with modest Brazilian clubs – he did represent Coritiba Foot Ball Club on two different occasions, but appeared rarely – and moved to Portugal with C.F. Os Belenenses in 2007, being an undisputed starter as the Lisbon team finished fifth and qualified for the UEFA Cup, with the defender scoring four goals,[1] partnering future FC Porto and Portugal star Rolando in the heart of the back four;[2] on 28 February 2007, he also helped them come from behind against lowly GD Bragança and reach the semi-finals of the Taça de Portugal following a 2–1 away win.[3]

Nivaldo joined AS Saint-Étienne for a price of 3 million in summer 2007,[4] but featured sparingly in his debut season. The following year he was loaned to Qatari side Umm-Salal Sports Club, allegedly against his will.[5][6]

After being released in June 2009, Nivaldo joined Spanish club Real Valladolid on a one-year contract.[7] He made his La Liga debut on 30 August in a 0–0 draw at UD Almería, being sent off in the 13th minute;[8] he also received his marching orders when he scored his first goal on 4 October, helping the hosts draw 2–2 against Athletic Bilbao.[9]

In June 2010, after Valladolid's relegation, Nivaldo changed teams and countries again, signing a two-year contract with Maccabi Tel Aviv F.C. of Israel on a free transfer.[10] On 1 August he netted his first goal, in a Toto Cup win against Maccabi Netanya FC; thirteen days later, however, he was sidelined for two months due to a knee injury,[11] which forced the club to sign Savo Pavićević as a cover.

HonoursEdit

Náutico

Coritiba

Ashdod

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