Alan Kardec de Souza Pereira Junior, usually known as Alan Kardec (born January 12, 1989 in Barra Mansa, Rio de Janeiro state, Brazil, is a Brazilian football striker currently playing for Benfica of the Portuguese Liga.
He is named after the systematizer of Spiritism, Allan Kardec.
On February 14, 2007, in Manaus, Alan played his first match for Vasco, when his club beat Fast Clube 2–1 for the Copa do Brasil.
On April 11, 2007, he scored his first goal for Vasco, when his club and Botafogo drew 4–4 in a Campeonato Carioca match.
On July 21, 2007, Alan scored his first Série A goal, when Vasco beat Atlético Mineiro 4–0.
He played 26 Série A matches and scored eight goals in 2007, while in 2008, he played 19 matches and scored two goals in that competition.
He was loaned to Internacional on September 1, 2009, and played his first game as an Internacional player on October 28, 2009, a Série A game against São Paulo at Estádio do Morumbi, in which he came as a substitute for Fabiano Eller.
Alan announced on December 13, 2009 that he would play for Portuguese club Benfica in the 2010 season, after Vasco da Gama accepted a €2.5 million deal with the European team.
The following week, he signed a contract with the Lisbon-based club.
On March 18, 2010, Alan Kardec scored the winning goal in their Europa League game against Olympique Marseille with a ferocious strike from a hard angle.
Alan has played eight South American Youth Championship matches for the Brazilian under-20 team between January 20, 2009 and February 8th scoring two goals, respectively against Uruguay and Argentina.
He scored two goals in Brazil’s first 2009 FIFA U-20 World Cup game, played on September 27, 2009, against Costa Rica.
He also scored a goal in the round of 16, against Uruguay, played on October 7, 2009, and the only goal of the semifinal, against Costa Rica, played on October 13, 2009.