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    Official name: Le Mans Union Club 72

    City: Le Mans, France

    Best League Performance: 8th place 
    (2007/08)
    
    Best Cup Performance:     

    Website: http://www.muc72.fr/
   

 
 

Le Mans' Portuguese players

 

Joao Paulo Andrade (born June 6, 1981)

Joao Paulo Andrade came through the ranks at Uniao Leiria, where he played briefly under the guidance of Jose Mourinho. The defender's talent was apparent early on, and Andrade was allowed to move on-loan to Sporting in 2003, but he saw little action with the Lions.

However, after firmly establishing himself on his return to Leiria, the then 24-year-old earned himself a dream move to FC Porto in 2006. An early injury at the Dragao slowed Andrade's progress in Jesualdo Ferreira's squad, and he was eventually farmed out to Romanian side Rapid Bucharest for the 2008/09 campaign.

Andrade impressed on his first venture abroad, and when the call came from former Leiria team-mate Paulo Duarte, now manager of Le Mans, the defender opted to continue his career in Ligue 1 with a €1.5m switch to the French outfit.

 

 

Stadium

Name: Stadium Municipal

Capacity: 17, 801

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