Ednilson linked with Vardar

Ednilson playing for OFI Crete (in white); photo: vedetaoumarreta.blogspot.comThe defensive midfielder from Guinea-Bissau is one of the many transfer targets for the table leaders Vardar during the winter transfer window.

According to the newspaper Dnevnik, the 29-year-old Ednilson Pedro Rocha Andrade Mendes has been offered to Vardar.  He left his prior club, Dinamo Tbilisi, earlier this year in July and has been without a club since that time.  His playing shape is unknown since he has been without a club for several months but the Macedonian league is known for its slow tempo so he shouldn’t need much time to adjust.

Ednilson has made three caps for the Guinea-Bissau national team, one being in a qualifier during the 2012 African Cup of Nations which his side lost 1:0 against Angola, while the other two appearances came in friendlies.  Although he was born in Guinea-Bissau, Ednilson first played for the Portugal U21 national team and it’s interesting that he faced Macedonia U21 twice and even scored a goal in a 2004 qualifier when Macedonia and Portugal were in the same group.  Ednilson featured in both games as Portugal won 1:0 at home and then defeated Macedonia 4:1 in Skopje with Ednilson scoring the second goal for his team.  In addition, he was also the captain of Portugal during that game since the side was missing the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Hugo Viana, Bruno Alves, Ricardo Costa, Ricardo Quaresma and Thiago.  Despite playing in the qualifiers, he didn’t make the squad for the EURO U21 championships but he did play in the prior tournament which occurred in 2002.

In his career, Ednilson has played for nine clubs.  He started his club career with the youth teams of Boavista before joining Roma’s Primavera team.  Then, he moved back to Portugal where he played for Benfica, Vitória Guimarães and Gil Vicente.  His other clubs include OFI Crete of Greece, Serbian club Partizan, AEK Larnaca in Cyprus, and Dinamo Tbilisi from Georgia was his last destination.

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