Sonny Anderson

Sonny Anderson in August 2010

Anderson da Silva, known as Sonny Anderson, ( born September 19, 1970 in Goiatura ) is a former Brazilian football player and current coach.



Sonny Anderson began his career in 1987 with CR Vasco da Gama from Brazil and moved to Switzerland in 1992 to Servette FC. With the club, he won the championship and right there by his good performances he aroused the interest of some French teams, so that the striker moved to Olympique Marseille after only one year. But even here, they took him only a year and so he went to league rivals AS Monaco. In 1997, he won the French championship with the club. After this season, many top teams worked to the Brazilians, which meant that he signed for just under € 18 million at the top Spanish club FC Barcelona. The expectations that have been placed in him, he could not meet in Spain and so he came in 1999 for € 19 million back to France, this time to Olympique Lyon. Here he finally found his sporting home and witnessed very successful years there. Among other things, he won three times ( 1996, 2000 and 2001), the top scorer of the French league. After 2003, his contract expired, he tried his luck again in Spain, FC Villarreal. At the end of his career he played between 2004 and 2006 again in Qatar with Al - Rayyan Sports Club and Al - Gharafa. On June 11, 2007, he teamed up with a composite of friends team with a not entirely serious game against his former club, Olympique Lyon to his career from.


He was allowed to roam about seven times the shirt of the Seleção, thereby succeeded in 1997 his only hit.

Coaching career

After his playing career, he worked as a special trainer for striker at Olympique Lyon. In June 2011, he was appointed as sports director at Neuchatel Xamax, but was released after only less than a month.



  • UEFA Super Cup: 1997
  • Brazilian Cup: 1989
  • Swiss Championship: 1994
  • French Football Championship: 1997, 2002, 2003
  • French League Cup: 2001
  • French Super Cup: 2002
  • Spanish Cup: 1998, 1999
  • Spanish Cup: 1998

Personal Awards

  • Best Player of Ligue 1: 1996 ( elected by France Football )
  • Best Player of Ligue 1: 1997 ( elected by the Ligue 1 and Ligue 2 players )
  • Scorer in the Swiss Super League: 1993
  • Scorer in Ligue 1: 1996, 2000, 2001
  • Scorer in the UEFA Cup: 2004
  • Scorer in the Qatar Stars League: 2005


Sonny Anderson was known on the field for a fashionable peculiarity: He often wore the neck of his dress pulled up over her knees. Later, Thierry Henry took over this habit with reference to Sonny Anderson.

He also was known for his goal celebration in which he used both hands as Colts a shot fired and again in the "pockets" stuck, which is why it is also called El Pistolero.