Nivaldo Batista Santana
|Full name||Nivaldo Batista Santana|
|Date of birth||23 June 1980|
|Place of birth||Feira de Santana, Brazil|
|Height||1.87 m (6 ft 1 1⁄2 in)|
|Playing position||Centre back|
|2008–2009||→ Umm-Salal (loan)||17||(0)|
|2010–2012||Maccabi Tel Aviv||30||(1)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 23 July 2017|
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, partnering future FC Porto and Portugal star Rolando in the heart of the back four; 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.
Nivaldo joined AS Saint-Étienne for a price of €3 million in summer 2007, but featured sparingly in his debut season. The following year he was loaned to Qatari side Umm-Salal Sports Club, allegedly against his will.
After being released in June 2009, Nivaldo joined Spanish club Real Valladolid on a one-year contract. He made his La Liga debut on 30 August in a 0–0 draw at UD Almería, being sent off in the 13th minute; he also received his marching orders when he scored his first goal on 4 October, helping the hosts draw 2–2 against Athletic Bilbao.
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. 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, which forced the club to sign Savo Pavićević as a cover.
- Campeonato Pernambucano: 2002
- Campeonato Paranaense: 2004
- Nivaldo na mira dos dragões (Nivaldo eyed by dragons); Record, 11 July 2007 (in Portuguese)
- Nivaldo renova até 2009 (Nivaldo renews until 2009); Record, 30 May 2007 (in Portuguese)
- Nivaldo (Belenenses): «Dediquei o golo ao treinador porque me tem ajudado muito» (Nivaldo (Belenenses): «I dedicated the goal to the coach because he has helped me a lot»); Mais Futebol, 28 February 2007 (in Portuguese)
- Nivaldo deixa o Belenenses pelo Saint-Etienne (Nivaldo leaves Belenenses for Saint-Etienne); Terra, 12 July 2007 (in Portuguese)
- Nivaldo en veut à l'ASSE (Nivaldo holds grudge against ASSE); Eurosport, 2 October 2008 (in French)
- Nivaldo, "obligé" d'aller au Qatar? (Nivaldo, "forced" to go to Qatar?); Sport, 2 October 2008 (in French)
- El Pucela refuerza su defensa con Nivaldo (Pucela strengthen defence with Nivaldo); Real Valladolid, 6 July 2009 (in Spanish)
- Almeria 0–0 Valladolid; ESPN Soccernet, 30 August 2009
- 'Principito' Muniain ('Little Prince' Muniain); El País, 4 October 2009 (in Spanish)
- Visit of two foreign players Archived 21 July 2011 at the Wayback Machine; Maccabi Tel Aviv, 14 June 2010
- Tel Aviv tussle costs Lala and Nivaldo; UEFA, 17 August 2010