Anderson training with Lyon in 2010
|Full name||Anderson da Silva|
|Date of birth||19 September 1970|
|Place of birth||Goiatuba, Brazil|
|Height||1.81 m (5 ft 11 in)|
|1987||XV de Jaú|
|1988–1991||Vasco da Gama||42||(1)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only|
A prolific goalscorer at the club level, he was best known for his spells with Lyon, Monaco (he played most of his abroad career in France, amassing Ligue 1 totals of 221 matches and 138 goals) and Barcelona.
Born in Goiatuba, Goiás, Anderson started playing professionally with CR Vasco da Gama, but failed to make an early impression. After failing to score in 18 matches in his last year, he moved to Guarani FC.
Anderson's first abroad experience came with Servette FC, and his impact was instant, scoring 18 goals in his first season then helping the club to the national league in the following by netting 11 in just the first half of the campaign, as he left in January 1994 to Olympique de Marseille.
After six months, with L'OM relegated due to a bribery scandal, Anderson moved to fellow Ligue 1 side AS Monaco FC, scoring at an equally impressive pace and winning team (1997 league) and individual accolades alike.
In 1997, Anderson joined FC Barcelona: having to battle for first-choice status with the likes of Luis Enrique and Patrick Kluivert, he fared well, scoring ten times in La Liga alone in his first season, as the Catalans won the double. In his second year, which included some run-ins with manager Louis Van Gaal, he played less, which prompted a return to France with rising Olympique Lyonnais, for approximately €18 million. He would be a very important attacking figure as the team won the first two of seven consecutive national championships.
Aged 33, free agent Anderson returned to Spain with Villarreal CF. In his only full campaign he scored 12 times, including against Real Madrid (1–0, after only two minutes on the pitch), former club Barcelona (2–1, in the 89th minute) and Valencia CF (1–0), while also helping the Yellow Submarine to the semifinals of the UEFA Cup.
In June 2007, Anderson played a farewell match at the Stade de Gerland, in a match facing his friends and the 2002 French champions. Four years later he rescinded his link with Lyon and started a coaching career, joining Neuchâtel Xamax in Switzerland. On 24 July, after only two league games, he was sacked.
Anderson could not translate his club success to the international front. He only won six caps for the Brazil side, the first coming in a friendly against South Korea on 11 August 1997, in which he scored his only international goal. He was also a member of the team that took part at the 2001 FIFA Confederations Cup, and obtained his final international cap that same year.
Vasco da Gama
- Swiss Super League: 1993–94
- Ligue 1: 1996–97
- UEFA Intertoto Cup: 2004
- "La Copa de Hesp y del doblete de Van Gaal" [The Cup of Hesp and Van Gaal's double]. Sport (in Spanish). 4 April 2014. Retrieved 20 October 2015.
- "Látigo para Stoichkov y Anderson" [Stoichkov and Anderson get the whip]. El Mundo (in Spanish). 1 February 1998. Retrieved 20 October 2015.
- "The Van Gaal dossier". The Daily Telegraph. 15 August 2014. Retrieved 20 October 2015.
- "Sonny delight for Villarreal". UEFA. 9 July 2003. Retrieved 20 October 2015.
- Villarreal end Celtic challenge; UEFA, 14 April 2004
- "Anderson fit for Intertoto mission". UEFA. 10 August 2004. Retrieved 20 October 2015.
- "Sonny Anderson: "A Lyon, c'est l'ère Benzema"" [Sonny Anderson: "At Lyon, it's the age of Benzema"] (in French). FIFA. 1 October 2007. Retrieved 20 October 2015.
- "Football – Ligue 1. OL: Sonny Anderson prend la direction de Neuchâtel Xamax" [Football – Ligue 1. OL: Sonny Anderson takes over at Neuchâtel Xamax]. Le Progrès (in French). 2 June 2011. Retrieved 20 October 2015.
- Neuchatel Xamax sack entire staff; ESPN Soccernet, 25 July 2011
- "SOUTH KOREA: BRAZIL SOCCER FRIENDLY". Reuters. 11 August 1997. Retrieved 23 October 2019.