Danilo Luiz da Silva

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Danilo playing for Santos in 2011
Personal information
Full name Danilo Luiz da Silva
Date of birth (1991-07-15) 15 July 1991 (age 22)
Place of birth Bicas, Brazil
Height 1.84 m (6 ft 12 in)
Playing position Right back
Club information
Current club Porto
Number 2
Youth career
2003–2009 América
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2009–2010 América 37 (4)
2010–2011 Santos 49 (5)
2012– Porto 59 (4)
National team
2011 Brazil U20 15 (2)
2012 Brazil U23 4 (1)
2011– Brazil 6 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 17 March 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 9 June 2012

Danilo Luiz da Silva, simply known as Danilo (born 15 July 1991), is a Brazilian footballer who plays for F.C. Porto in Portugal, mainly as a right defender.

Club career[edit]

Early years / Santos[edit]

Danilo was born in Bicas, Minas Gerais. He joined América Futebol Clube (MG)'s youth system at the age of 12, and competed at senior level with the club in the Campeonato Mineiro and the Série C, winning the latter in 2009 and gaining promotion.

In May 2010, Danilo was transferred to Santos FC. Investor DIS Esporte acquired 37.5% of his economic rights, Santos another 37.5% for free and the remaining 25% were retained by América.[1] He won the Campeonato Paulista in 2011, and competed in two Série A seasons with the club.


In early January 2012, following the 2011 FIFA Club World Cup, Danilo signed for F.C. Porto in Portugal until June 2016, for 13 million and with a €50 million release clause.[2][3][4] He played understudy to Cristian Săpunaru in his beginnings, but soon became first-choice for the Vítor Pereira-led side, with countryman Alex Sandro – who signed at the same time – featuring in the other defensive wing.

International career[edit]

Courtesy of his Santos performances, Danilo made his debut for Brazil on 14 September 2011 at the age of just 20, featuring in the first leg of that year's Superclásico de las Américas, a 0–0 away draw against Argentina (2–0 aggregate win).[5] In the same year he started for the under-20s at the FIFA U-20 World Cup, with the tournament in Colombia ending in conquest.

Danilo represented the under-23 team at the 2012 Summer Olympics, playing four games and scoring against New Zealand in the group stage (3–0)[6] in an eventual silver medal conquest.







  1. ^ "Santos FC apresenta lateral direito Danilo, maior revelação do futebol mineiro em 2010" [Santos FC presents right-back Danilo, biggest revelation in mineiro football in 2010] (in Portuguese). Santos' official website. 30 June 2010. Retrieved 27 August 2011. 
  2. ^ "Comunicado" [Announcement] (in Portuguese). Porto's official website. 19 July 2011. Retrieved 18 August 2011. 
  3. ^ "Comunicado" [Announcement] (in Portuguese). Porto's official website. 28 July 2011. Retrieved 18 August 2011. 
  4. ^ "Danilo arrives at Porto from Santos". FIFA.com. 4 January 2012. Retrieved 14 November 2013. 
  5. ^ "Argentina y Brasil igualaron 0–0 en Córdoba" [Argentina and Brasil went for 0–0 in Córdoba] (in Spanish). Argentine Football Association. 14 September 2011. Retrieved 14 November 2013. 
  6. ^ "Three and easy for Brazil". FIFA.com. 1 August 2012. Retrieved 14 November 2013. 

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