Wander Luiz Bitencourt Junior

Wander Luiz Bitencourt Junior or simply Wander Luiz (born May 30, 1987 in Lamim), is a Brazilian professional footballer who plays for Malaysian club Perak. Luiz plays mainly as an attacking midfielder and also can be deployed as a forward.

Wander Luiz
Personal information
Full name Wander Luiz Bitencourt Junior[1]
Date of birth (1987-05-30) 30 May 1987 (age 33)
Place of birth Lamim, Brazil
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position(s) Attacking Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Perak FA
Number 8
Youth career
Vila Nova
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2005–2010 Vila Nova 12 (0)
2010–2011 Buriram 43 (8)
2011–2012 Ratchaburi 5 (0)
2012Suphanburi (loan) 27 (7)
2013 América 40 (10)
2014 Atlético Huila 3 (0)
2014 Al-Fujairah 3 (0)
2014 Ulsan Hyundai 4 (0)
2015 XV de Piracicaba 6 (0)
2015 Ratchaburi 24 (3)
2016 Tombense 1 (0)
2016 Kelantan 10 (4)
2017 Al-Raed 24 (3)
2018 Perak FA 9 (7)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Club careerEdit

Vila Nova, Buriram, Ratchaburi, Suphanburi (loan)Edit

Luiz debuted in 2005 with Vila Nova, where he remained there for 5 years before he moved to Thai Division 1 side Buriram (now known as Songkhla United and played for 2 seasons.

In 2012, Luiz later moved to Ratchaburi where he won the title of Thai Division 1 and got the team promoted to Thai Premier League the top tier of Thailand Football League. Luiz was loaned to Suphanburi for the 2012 season.

América, Atletico Huila, Al-FujairahEdit

He was later confirmed to become part of Colombian club América for 2013 season.[2] At the end of Categoría Primera B first half, Wander helped the team to qualify to the semifinal where he played 21 games and scored 8 goals and being the first Brazilian player to quality to the second phase of the tournament and ended the season with 10 goals after 40 games. He later moved to the Categoría Primera A side (the top tier of Colombian Football League), Atletico Huila in 2014 but did not completed the season as he later moved to UAE Arabian Gulf League side, Al-Fujairah.

Ulsan Hyundai, XV de Piracicaba, Ratchaburi, TombenseEdit

In July 2014, Luiz left Al-Fujairah and signed a contract with K League Classic club Ulsan Hyundai.[3] In 2015, Luiz joined XV de Piracicaba before moved to his former club Ratchaburi which playing in the top-tier of Thai Football League, Thailand Premier League. In March 2016, he joined Tombense.

KelantanEdit

On 18 June 2016, Luiz signed a contract with Malaysia Super League side Kelantan.[4][5] On 12 July 2016, Luiz made his debut for Kelantan during Malaysia Cup group stage in a 1–0 win over Pahang at their home Sultan Muhammad IV Stadium. His league debut came on 15 July 2016 which resulted in massive 6–1 win over Terengganu at away team ground with him putting on an excellent performance by scoring 1 goal which is the second goal of the match and provided an assist for Baže Ilijoski for the sixth goal.

Al-RaedEdit

After his contract with Kelantan expired, Luiz signed a contract with Saudi club Al-Raed. On 1 February 2017, Luiz made Saudi Professional League in a 1–3 defeat to Al-Fateh coming off from the bench at second half of the match.[6] His first league goal came in 1–1 draw over Al-Faisaly on 17 February 2017.

PerakEdit

On 10 January 2018, it was announced that Luiz signed a contract with Malaysia Super League club Perak. Luiz were given jersey number 10.[7]

Career statisticsEdit

ClubEdit

As of 28 July 2018.[8]
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League Cup1 League Cup2 Continental Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Vila Nova 2009 Campeonato Mineiro 8 1 8 1
2010 Campeonato Mineiro 6 0 6 0
Total 14 1 14 1
Buriram 2011 Thai Division 1 43 8 43 8
Total 43 8 43 8
Suphanburi 2012 Thai Division 1 27 7 27 7
Total 27 7 27 7
América 2013 Primera B 40 10 5 1 45 11
Total 40 10 5 1 45 11
Ulsan Hyundai 2014 K League 4 0 4 0
Total 4 0 4 0
XV de Piracicaba 2015 Campeonato Paulista 6 0 6 0
Total 6 0 6 0
Ratchaburi 2015 Thai League 1 17 6 17 6
Total 17 6 17 6
Tombense 2016 Campeonato Mineiro 1 0 1 0
Total 1 0 1 0
Kelantan 2016 Malaysia Super League 10 4 6 1 16 5
Total 10 4 6 1 16 5
Al-Raed 2016–17 Saudi Professional League 10 2 1 0 0 0 11 2
2017–18 Saudi Professional League 14 1 0 0 1 0 15 1
Total 24 3 1 0 1 0 26 3
Perak 2018 Malaysia Super League 22 7 4 4 0 0 26 11
Total 22 7 4 4 0 0 26 11
Career Total 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

1 Includes Copa Colombia, Malaysia FA Cup and King Cup matches.
2 Includes Malaysia Cup and Crown Prince Cup matches.

HonoursEdit

ClubEdit

Perak TBG F.C.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Wander Luiz". Aljazeera. Retrieved 10 January 2018.
  2. ^ "Volante brasilero Wander Luiz llega para incorporarse al América de Cali" (in Spanish). El Pais.com.co.
  3. ^ 울산, 브라질 출신 따르따-반데르 영입 (in Korean). OSEN. 2014-07-22.
  4. ^ "Kelantan FA signed Brazilian, Wander Luiz". New Straits Time Online. 2016-06-19.
  5. ^ "Popov pilih Wander Luiz ganti Lucca". BH Online. 18 June 2016. Retrieved 10 January 2018.
  6. ^ "Al Fateh 3–1 Al Raed". Soccerway. 1 February 2017.
  7. ^ "Bahadoran, Wander Luiz sah sertai Perak". BH Online=date=10 January 2018.
  8. ^ "Wander Luiz". Soccerway. Retrieved 8 December 2017.

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