Anderson Hernanes de Carvalho Andrade Lima, commonly known as Hernanes was born in Recife (Brazil) on 29 May 1985. He is nicknamed Il Profeta (The Prophet) mainly for his positive influences on the team, his ability to run with the ball, and make something out of nothing.
Starting out as a youth player with Unibol Pernambuco, young Hernanes was quickly able to make quite a name for him, and ultimately joined the São Paulo youth system in 2001. Playing for several years within the clubs youth system, Hernanes was able to grow and develop strongly, and this ultimately led him for being given an opportunity in the first team.
Hernanes made his debut in 2005 as a winger for São Paulo and was instantly recognised as a talented youngster. As part of his development São Paulo sent Hernanes out on loan to Santo Andre where he played 22 games and scored 6 goals. He was returning to São Paulo for the 2007/08 season, he was asked to play as a creative midfielder, a position that he likes. With the ability to defend and create chances for his strike force Hernanes became a star performer. Hernanes has continued to grow and develop as a player, and has won twice the Brazilian League.
Hernanes was wearing the number 10 shirt for São Paulo as it was previously worn by São Paulo legends Rai, Leonardo, Juninho and most recently Kaka, a player he has been likened to recently.
Hernanes was voted to be the “Brazilian Footballer of the Year” in 2008. On this occasion Hernanes brought his son up to the stage to receive his award:
In January 2009, Hernanes was listed as the most promising football player in the world by the British newspaper, The Times.
Hernanes with SS Lazio
Lazio signed Hernanes for € 11.1 million transfer fee with a five-year contract, on 6 August 2010. He scored on his debut in a friendly match against Deportivo La Coruña with a penalty goal, having previously been brought down in the box. He also assisted Sergio Floccari for Lazio's third goal.
His first Serie A goal was also on a penalty, against Bologna in another 3-1 victory. On 3 December 2010 he scored the third goal in a 3-1 win over Internazionale with a beautiful free kick.
Hernanes is one of the most promising players in world football right now, and there are many people expecting big things to come from him in the future. Versatility is the key with Hernanes, strong with both feet, he often find the back of the net from outside of the box. Hernanes is also very good from set pieces and has scored and assisted many.
During his first season with Lazio Hernanes has scored 11 goals in Serie A, almost reaching Pavel Nedved’s record of 12 goals delivered by a midfielder in a season.
On the last derby when Cristian Brocchi won a penalty from Simon Kjaer, with the Roma defender seeing a red card for his offence, Hernanes stepped up and finished from the spot, followed by Matuzalem's pass to Klose determined goal in the final seconds that made Olimpico stadium exploded with joy.
Hernanes with National Team
Hernanes has played in all age groups of the national side. He was part of the Brazil U-23 Olympic squad in 2008. He won the bronze medal at the Olympic Games in Beijing, scoring the decisive goal in the opening game of the tournament against Belgium. However, Argentina U-23 National Team has eliminated his team in the semifinals.
In March 2008 he was called by the Brazil National Team, debuting against Sweden. Return to play with the National Team two years later, on 10 August 2010 against the United States.
On 10 November 2011, at D'Angondje stadium in Libreville, despite the field was in poor condition and the power failure accident before the friendly match against Gabon, Hernanes has scored his first goal for Brazil National Team.