Anderson Luis de Abreu Oliveira, commonly known simply as Anderson, is a Brazil international footballer who currently features for the Premier League and European giants Manchester United. He plays as an attacking midfielder and can also feature as a winger or as a second striker.
Anderson commenced his footballing career at Brazilian giants Gremio and made his first-team debut in 2005, playing five Brazilian Serie B matches in the second half of the year as well as playing in the 2005 Gaucho State Championship in the first half. It was his goal that sealed Gremio’s promotion to the Serie A.
FC Porto then came calling for the then teenage star and signed the player in December 2005. Anderson made his league debut for Porto in March 2006 and after 18 league appearances (only 18 because of the broken leg that he suffered which ruled him out for five months of the 2006-2007 season), he was signed by Manchester United in the summer of 2007 for £18 million.
Anderson made his competitive debut for Man United against Sunderland on September 1, 2007 and went onto to feature in 24 Premier League matches in the 2007-2008 season and was hailed as a great acquisition for the club. He has since established himself as an important player at Old Trafford and has won the league four times and the UEFA Champions League once.
Anderson made his debut for the Brazilian national team in June 2007 in their 2-0 defeat to Mexico in Copa America and made his first start for his nation against Chile in a 3-0 win in July 2007. However, he has failed to play regularly for his country and has made just eight appearances for the South American giants.