Wilson Eduardo

Wilson Bruno Naval da Costa Eduardo (born 8 July 1990) is a footballer who plays for S.C. Braga as a forward.

Wilson Eduardo
Eduardo with Braga in 2016
Personal information
Full name Wilson Bruno Naval da Costa Eduardo
Date of birth (1990-07-08) 8 July 1990
Place of birth Pedras Rubras, Portugal
Height 1.76 m (5 ft 9 12 in)
Playing position Forward
Club information
Current team
Number 7
Youth career
1999–2000 GD Vilar
2000–2004 Porto
2004–2009 Sporting CP
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2009–2015 Sporting CP 20 (3)
2009Real Massamá (loan) 13 (1)
2010Portimonense (loan) 10 (3)
2010–2011Beira-Mar (loan) 27 (5)
2011–2012Olhanense (loan) 27 (7)
2012–2013Académica (loan) 25 (6)
2014 Sporting B 1 (1)
2014–2015Dinamo Zagreb (loan) 10 (1)
2015Den Haag (loan) 14 (2)
2015– Braga 86 (30)
National team
2005–2006 Portugal U16 12 (7)
2006–2007 Portugal U17 12 (7)
2008–2009 Portugal U19 20 (6)
2009 Portugal U20 3 (0)
2010–2012 Portugal U21 14 (6)
2019– Angola 6 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 10 November 2019
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 13 November 2019

He was formed at Sporting, but spent most of his time out on loan. In 2015, he joined Braga.

Eduardo played for Portugal at youth level, but switched to Angola in 2019.

Club career


Eduardo was born in Pedras Rubras, Maia. After starting his football grooming with local FC Porto he finished it at Sporting CP, joining the latter's youth system at the age of 14. In 2009–10 he made his senior debut, splitting the season between Real SC (third division) and Portimonense SC (second)[1] and being a relatively important part as the Algarve side returned to the Primeira Liga after a 20-year absence.

In the 2010–11 campaign, still on loan, Eduardo joined S.C. Beira-Mar, also freshly promoted from the second level.[2] He made his competition debut on 15 August 2010, coming from the bench in a 0–0 home draw against U.D. Leiria;[3] two weeks later, as the Aveiro team defeated Académica de Coimbra 2–1 (also at home), he scored his first goal in the top flight.[4]

Eduardo was again loaned by Sporting for 2012–13, to Académica.[5] On 8 November 2012 he netted twice – one of his goals coming through a second-half penalty – in a 2–0 home win against Atlético Madrid in the group stage of the UEFA Europa League.[6]

Eduardo finally made his Sporting debut on 18 August 2013 in the first game of the new season, starting and scoring in a 5–1 home win over F.C. Arouca.[7] On 6 April 2014 he dropped into the reserves who competed in division two, netting the decider in a 2–1 success at C.D. Feirense.[8]

Eduardo moved abroad for the first time on 20 July, being loaned to Croatian First Football League champions GNK Dinamo Zagreb,[9] and made 17 overall appearances for the capital team, scoring in a 2–0 win over NK Istra 1961 on 13 September.[10] On 30 January 2015, he switched to assist ADO Den Haag for the remainder of the Eredivisie campaign.[11]


Eduardo ended his 11-year association with Sporting on 31 August 2015, moving to Paulo Fonseca's S.C. Braga.[12] He made his debut 17 days later in a Europa League group match away to FC Slovan Liberec, replacing Crislan for the final 28 minutes of a 1–0 win,[13] and contributed two goals in ten games as they reached the quarter-finals as well as one in three in a victorious run in the Taça de Portugal; his only league goal of the season for the Minhotos came on 10 January 2016 to open a 2–3 loss on his return to the Estádio José Alvalade.[14]

In 2018–19, Eduardo reached double figures for the first time in a league campaign, scoring 12 times while partnered with Dyego Sousa up front.[15] On 6 October 2018, he was one of five people – including three non-playing members of staff – sent off in the closing stages of a 1–1 home draw against Rio Ave FC, being issued a straight red card after the final whistle and on his way to the changing room.[16]

International career

All youth levels comprised, Eduardo earned 61 caps for Portugal and scored 26 goals. In 2013, he rejected to play for the Angola senior team.[17]

Eduardo went back on his decision in 2019, scoring on his debut against Botswana in a 1–0 away victory for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers on 22 March.[18] He was called up by manager Srđan Vasiljević for the tournament in Egypt,[19] and played all three games of a group stage exit.

Personal life

Eduardo's younger brother, João Mário, is also a footballer. A midfielder, he too graduated from Sporting's youth academy.[20]

Career statistics


As of 16 April 2018[21][22]
Club Season League Cup League Cup Europe Other[lower-alpha 1] Total
Sporting 2008–09 0000000000
2013–14 2032121245
Total 203212100245
Real (loan) 2009–10 13121152
Portimonense (loan) 2009–10 103103
Beira-Mar (loan) 2010–11 2752030325
Olhanense (loan) 2011–12 2773000307
Académica (loan) 2012–13 2563131633711
Sporting B 2013–14 1111
Dinamo Zagreb (loan) 2014–15 1011060171
Den Haag (loan) 2014–15 142142
Braga 2015–16 1414231102316
2016–17 18631206110308
2017–18 137001140188
Total 45147362203107922
Career Total 185382061423261025152

International goals

As of 13 November 2019 (Angola score listed first, score column indicates score after each Eduardo goal)[23]
1.22 March 2019Francistown Stadium, Francistown, Botswana Botswana1–01–02019 Africa Cup of Nations qualification
2.13 November 2019Estádio 11 de Novembro, Luanda, Angola Gambia1–01–32021 Africa Cup of Nations qualification


Dinamo Zagreb



  1. "Sporting: Wilson Eduardo emprestado ao Portimonense" [Sporting: Wilson Eduardo loaned to Portimonense] (in Portuguese). Mais Futebol. 28 December 2009. Retrieved 6 December 2017.
  2. Frederico, Francisco (25 June 2010). "Beira Mar: Sporting cede André Marques e Wilson Eduardo" [Beira Mar: Sporting loan André Marques and Wilson Eduardo] (in Portuguese). Mais Futebol. Retrieved 6 December 2017.
  3. "Beira-Mar e Leiria no 1.º empate da Liga" [Beira-Mar and Leiria in the League's 1st draw] (in Portuguese). Rádio e Televisão de Portugal. 15 August 2010. Retrieved 6 December 2017.
  4. "Beira-Mar estreia-se a vencer no campeonato" [Beira-Mar win in championship for the first time] (in Portuguese). TSF. 29 August 2010. Retrieved 6 December 2017.
  5. Frederico, Francisco (29 August 2012). "Sporting empresta Wilson Eduardo à Académica" [Sporting loan Wilson Eduardo to Académica] (in Portuguese). Mais Futebol. Retrieved 9 November 2012.
  6. "Académica end Atlético's record winning run". UEFA. 8 November 2012. Retrieved 9 November 2012.
  7. Santiago, Eduardo (18 August 2013). "Montero faz hat-trick na goleado [sic] do leão" [Montero scores a hat-trick in lion goalfest] (in Portuguese). SAPO. Retrieved 12 October 2016.
  8. "Feirense-Sporting B, 1–2: Wilson Eduardo no triunfo leonino" [Feirense-Sporting B, 1–2: Wilson Eduardo in lion win]. Record (in Portuguese). 6 April 2014. Retrieved 6 December 2017.
  9. "Veliko pojačanje modrih: Wilson Eduardo u Dinamu! (video)" [Great blue addition: Wilson Eduardo in Dinamo! (video)] (in Croatian). Dinamo Zagreb. 20 July 2014. Retrieved 12 October 2016.
  10. "Wilson Eduardo já marca pelo Dinamo Zagreb" [Wilson Eduardo already scoring for Dinamo Zagreb]. Record (in Portuguese). 13 September 2014. Retrieved 12 October 2016.
  11. "ADO Den Haag huurt Wilson Eduardo voor 2e seizoenshelft" [ADO Den Haag loan in Wilson Eduardo for 2nd half of season] (in Dutch). ADO Den Haag. 30 January 2015. Retrieved 12 October 2016.
  12. "Wilson Eduardo ruma ao Sp. Braga" [Wilson Eduardo heads to SP. Braga]. Record (in Portuguese). 31 August 2015. Retrieved 12 October 2016.
  13. "Braga edge out in-form Liberec". UEFA. 17 September 2016. Retrieved 4 November 2016.
  14. "Liga (17ª J): Resumo Sporting 3–2 Sp. Braga" [Liga (17ª R): Sporting 3–2 Sp. Braga summary] (in Portuguese). SAPO. 10 January 2016. Retrieved 12 October 2016.
  15. "Wolves, Lille, Atalanta.. Veja sete clubes que surpreendem na Europa" [Wolves, Lille, Atalanta.. See seven clubs causing surprises in Europe]. Lance! (in Portuguese). 4 April 2019. Retrieved 3 July 2019.
  16. "Tiago Martins expulsou cinco nos descontos do Braga-Rio Ave" [Tiago Martins sent off five in added time of Braga-Rio Ave]. O Jogo (in Portuguese). 6 October 2018. Retrieved 3 July 2019.
  17. "Wilson Eduardo deu "não" a Angola" [Wilson Eduardo said "no" to Angola]. Record (in Portuguese). 17 October 2013. Retrieved 7 April 2017.
  18. Said, Nick (22 March 2019). "Wilson nets debut goal as Angola seal Cup of Nations return". Euronews. Retrieved 22 March 2019.
  19. Samuel, Babatunde (13 June 2019). "Afcon: Lazio defender Bastos Quissanga tops Angola's 23-man squad". Goal. Retrieved 14 September 2019.
  20. "Wilson Eduardo considera João Mário promissor" [Wilson Eduardo sees promise in João Mário]. Record (in Portuguese). 16 February 2013. Retrieved 6 December 2017.
  21. "Wilson Eduardo". ForaDeJogo. Retrieved 22 February 2018.
  22. "Wilson Eduardo". Soccerway. Retrieved 7 July 2014.
  23. "Wilson Eduardo – Matches". Soccerway. Retrieved 26 March 2019.
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