sandro - fact file

2010 - 2014         midfielder


Born on 15th March 1989 in Riachinho, Brazil.

Height : -   1.87m  (6' 2")

Weight : -  - kgs    (st lbs)


Rangy and skilful midfielder, who came to Spurs after a long chase, Sandro struggled initially to fit into the English game.  His rise in Brazil had been highly starred and he was elevated to the full international side very early, as his style was not typically Brazilian, but was heavily European influenced.

Spurs had tracked him for some time and while a first approach failed to come to fruition, a sporting liaison with his club Internacional helped to ease through a transfer for the tall midfield man.  A final fee of around £8.4 million was agreed and he stayed with his club until the end of their Copa Libertadores campaign, which saw Internacional win the trophy for the first time in the summer of 2010.

Sandro moved to Europe after the tournament and was immediately off with the national side, but he had been learning English and had been watching Tottenham's progress to the Champions League on TV back home in Brazil.  He was introduced into English football in the North London derby in a League Cup tie, where Arsenal had  traditionally fielded weakened teams, but on this occasion out out a near full-strength side.  Sandro did well and when Spurs were taken to extra time, he kept going in a personally solid display of defensive and counter-attacking play, but the visitors won in extra-time.

Omitted from the club's Champions League squad because of his late arrival, his opportunities were limited and he often was more noted for receiving the attention of referee's as he was not afraid of the physical side of the game, but looked a real prospect, as he is athletic, strong and can pass well.  His play in the games against Internazionale and AC Milan in the Champions league proved this and gave Spurs a platform to build from.

When Harry Redknapp was dismissed as Tottenham boss in the summer of 2012, rumours circulated that the Brazilian was being lined up for moves to the continent, with Real Madrid and AC Milan supposedly interested in signing him.  However, a successful Olympic Games campaign with his country in reaching the final saw his stock rise and new Head Coach Andre Villas-Boas had plans for him, pairing him with new signing Mousa Dembele as a defensive shield in front of the back four, but with a brief to go forward.  This was working very well until Sandro twisted a knee falling in a game at QPR in January 2013, putting him out for the rest of the season with a knee ligament injury that needed surgery.

When he came back, he found a raft of players coming into the midfield on the back of the money raised from Gareth Bale's sale, including Etienne Capoue and fellow Brazilian Paulinho, but he got a few games under his belt before Andre Villas-Boas was sacked and Tim Sherwood was installed a Head Coach.  The new incumbent preferred the players he knew from the Development squad and Nabil Bentaleb came in to replace Sandro in the defensive two.

After a summer when another new Head Coach came in - Mauricio Pochettino - injuries had perhaps taken their toll on Sandro and in the 2014 summer transfer window at the start of that season he was sold to QPR linking up with former manager Harry Redknapp.


NICKNAME :  The Beast;

Career Record
Club Signed Fee Debut Apps Goals
Internacional (Brazil) - - ??  99 5
TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR March 2010 £8,400,000 21st September 2010  v  Arsenal (League Cup) (home)  lost 1-4 (a.e.t)  ?? ??
QPR 1st September 2014 £10,000,000 14th September 2014  v  Manchester United (Premier League) (away)  lost 0-4 ?? ??
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Career Record
Internacional (Brazil)
- League appearances; goals
- Cup appearances; goals
- League appearances; goals
- FA Cup appearances; goals
- League Cup appearances; goals
European appearances; goals
- League appearances; goals
- FA Cup appearances; goals
- League Cup appearances; goals
- Other appearances; goals
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- League appearances; goals
- FA Cup appearances; goals
- League Cup appearances; goals
European appearances; goals

Brazil international
3 full caps;  0 goals  (as of 18.01.2011)
8 Under-20 caps; 1 goal
Copa Libertadores winners medal 2010  (Internacional)
- Cup winners medal 19---

100th Spurs appearance ;  Chelsea (away)  08.03.2014
- appearance



What they said about Sandro Ranieri
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What Sandro Ranieri said about ...
... his brother's heart condition and how he sought to be a professional footballer ...  02.04.2011 (The Guardian)

"In Brazil, a father's first present to his son is always a football. "(My brother) Saymon and I would play in the streets in Riachinho, but the family concentrated on him, the eldest, and there were clubs chasing him. Then the doctors diagnosed a heart problem. They didn't know whether it was life-threatening, but it would be too dangerous for him to carry on playing. It was so hard on him, to give it all up… he was devastated and it affected the whole family. But seeing how he suffered was extra motivation for me. I told him: 'Don't worry, my brother. I'm going to do this for both of us. I will become the footballer we should both have been.

We moved nearer Brasilia so my brother could receive treatment and, even though we never had much money, my family never let me give up on my dream. My brother would work to buy me boots. My father would scrape together money for me to take the buses to Gama, a club in the city, but there were no prospects of making it there. They did not even pay expenses. I had to take a chance by leaving alone for the trialists' academy in Curitiba. The pocket money I got there paid for my transport to and from the centre. They supplied the kit, the manager gave me food and lodgings, and I had a phonecard to call my family. I suffered, miles from home, while everyone else was signed by clubs. But I knew it would happen.

A small team called Astral eventually gave me an opportunity, but it wasn't until we played Grêmio in the São Paulo Cup that Internacional saw me. They invited me to Porto Alegre for a trial, but I had a groin injury when I got there and it took over six weeks to heal. Every day, the pressure grew. I knew the coaches were thinking: 'This kid's just wasting our time.' They'd not even seen me play, but my agent saved me, telling them to be patient. They didn't regret waiting. I was playing in their first team within two years."
... finishing his time at his Brazilian club Internacional ...  02.04.2011 (The Guardian)

"Halfway through the (Copa Libertadores) campaign I knew I was joining Spurs, so every game I played was potentially my last. But the dream went on and on. The final against Guadalajara was a chance to say goodbye in [the Estádio] Beira-Rio in front of 56,000, holding aloft that trophy. After that I could leave with my head held high."

... on the quarter-final Champions League match against Real Madrid ...  02.04.2011 (The Guardian)

"I'm still pinching myself that this is all real, but I gave everything. Looking back, all the sacrifices my family and I made, they were all worth it. I always believed, even if I didn't think things would happen so quickly. My brother is proud, too. He told me to be patient when I was not in the team at Tottenham, that my time would come. He's happy for me."

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