The son trying to impersonate the master
A family name can carry a lot of weight, especially if it brings memories of a successful past. And few footballers had more success than António André, European champion in 1987 and then winner of the Intercontinental Cup and the European Supercup, apart from becoming national champion seven times. The youngest André resembles his father: in the commitment, in the way he demands more of himself, and in the intensity and passion he brings to the game.
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The former Vitória de Guimarães arrived at Estádio do Dragão in July 2015, aged 25, just one year younger than his dad was when he joined FC Porto, in 1984, coming from Varzim, the very same club André André represented for almost his entire youth training, until 2007/08, when he was loaned for one year to the junior team of FC Porto. It was there that the midfielder had the chance to win the now extinct Liga Intercalar for the white and blues.
In 2011/12, he was the captain of Varzim, in the Second Division, and then moved on to Vitória de Guimarães. Despite the big jump, André André continued to evolve, playing many matches and was even in the starting team that won the final of the Portuguese Cup, against Benfica (2-1). He became the captain of the team from Guimarães, a must in starting teams and made it to the national team, also revealing his ability to score goals: 11 goals in Liga NOS, eight of them from penalties.
Just like his father, André André can also play anywhere in the midfield, and has as much technique attacking as dedication defending. The impact he made playing for the Dragons was immediate: on September 2015, the midfielder scored in the victories over Benfica (1-0) and Chelsea (2-1), at Estádio do Dragão. 2017/18 means his third season in the main team and he has already been appointed captain.