Diego de Souza Andrade

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Diego Souza
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Personal information
Full name Diego de Souza Andrade
Date of birth (1985-06-17) 17 June 1985 (age 29)
Place of birth Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Height 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Attacking Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Metalist Kharkiv
Number 7
Youth career
2002–2003 Fluminense
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2003–2005 Fluminense 40 (3)
2005–2007 Benfica 0 (0)
2005–2006 Flamengo (loan) 22 (5)
2007 Grêmio (loan) 33 (8)
2008–2010 Palmeiras 67 (14)
2010–2011 Atlético Mineiro 28 (5)
2011–2012 Vasco da Gama 41 (14)
2012 Al Itthad 5 (2)
2013 Cruzeiro 6 (1)
2013– Metalist Kharkiv 16 (1)
National team
Brazil U-17 ? (?)
2005 Brazil U-20 2 (0)
2008 Brazil U-23 ? (?)
2009– Brazil 2 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 30 November 2013.
† Appearances (Goals).

Diego de Souza Andrade, or simply Diego Souza (born 17 June 1985), is a Brazilian footballer who plays as an attacking midfielder. He currently plays for Metalist Kharkiv at the Ukrainian Premier League.

Career[edit]

Fluminense[edit]

Diego Souza began playing club football for Fluminense in the Brazilian League where he quickly impressed and earned a move to Europe.

Benfica and loans[edit]

Benfica signed him from Fluminense and loaned to Flamengo. He returned to Benfica in 2006–07 Primeira Liga but only appeared on 19 September 2006 as unused bench. In 2007, he went on loan to Grêmio. He was influential at Grêmio scoring a handful of goals most notably a set-piece against Santos FC as they made the Copa Libertadores final losing out to Boca Juniors.

Palmeiras[edit]

In 2008, he moved to Palmeiras (and partner) for €3.75M total fee.[1] He signed a contract until December 2011.[2] Co-currently, along with Lenny, Fluminense transferred its shares on both players' economic rights to Desportivo Brasil (owned by Traffic Group) as part of the deal, made Fluminense gained a profit of R$ 1,320 thousand and R$1,500 thousand respectively.[3] Both players were signed by Palmeiras as part of R$40 million partnership with Traffic, which Palmeiras only owned 10~20% of the rights of Diego.[4]

On 18 April 2009, he received a red card after an argument with Domingos during the state semi finals match against Santos. He later took Domingos down after coming back to the field.

On 29 November 2009, he scored a magnificent goal against Atlético Mineiro from the mid-field area. At the same year in the Série A, Diego Souza helped Palmeiras lead until the end, but lost the title in the last rounds of the tournament.

Atlético Mineiro[edit]

On 30 June 2010, Clube Atlético Mineiro's president Alexandre Kalil announced that Diego Souza had signed a contract.[5] After the transaction, Mineiro owned 70% and 30% owned by Traffic, and costed Atlético Mineiro a reported R$6.6 million.[6]

Vasco[edit]

The Atlético Mineiro number 10 was sold to Vasco for about $1.2 million. On 20 March, Diego Souza made his debut for the team in the match against a local rival Botafogo. He is remembered scoring the first goal in the 2x0 victory. On 8 June 2011 Diego Souza became a winner of the Brazilian Cup with Vasco da Gama, having his best performance in the Brazil Cup in the game Avai Vasco 0x2 in the semi-final of this competition. Soon after winning the Cup of Brazil, Diego Souza was placed on the bench due to poor performances. Nevertheless, he returned to the starting line-up and did a great performance against Atlético Mineiro, scoring two goals in the away 2x1 victory. In the 24th round of the Brasileirão 2011 has an excellent performance against Gremio (4x0) scoring onr of the goals. He finished with Vasco as a runner-up of the Brasileirão.

Al Ittihad[edit]

On 10 July 2012, he was signed by Saudi Professional League powerhouse Al-Ittihad Jeddah on a 3-year contract.[7] On 6 August, He start an impressive game, He's first shot ever was in the crossbar, he assists 3 goals and one of them was an own goal. he helped to a 3–0 victory against Al-Ettifaq.

Metalist Kharkiv[edit]

In the summer of 2013 Diego Souza moved to Metalist Kharkiv. During his transfer Metalist paid four million euros.

National team[edit]

Diego was part of the Brazil U-23 side.[citation needed] Diego was in the winning squad of Brazil U-17 at the 2001 South American Under 17 Football Championship in Peru. He played twice in 2005 FIFA World Youth Championship.

Diego Souza was called to play for Brazil national football team, in a game against Chile. He made his debut against the Bolivia national football team on 11 October 2009.

Career statistics[edit]

As of 3 April 2011.[8]
Club Season League Cup Continental Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Fluminense 2003 7 0 1 0 0 0 8 0
2004 29 3 3 1 0 0 32 4
2005 4 0 1 0 0 0 5 0
Total 40 3 4 1 0 0 45 4
Flamengo 2005 22 5 3 1 0 0 25 6
2006 1 0 7 0 0 0 8 0
Total 23 5 10 1 0 0 33 6
Benfica 2006–07 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Grêmio 2007 33 8 - - 11 2 44 10
Total 33 8 - - 11 2 44 10
Palmeiras 2008 33 6 4 1 3 1 40 8
2009 34 8 - - 9 4 43 12
2010 0 0 7 1 0 0 7 1
Total 67 14 11 2 12 5 90 21
Atlético Mineiro 2010 28 5 0 0 4 0 32 5
Total 28 5 0 0 0 0 32 5
Vasco da Gama 2011 22 9 9 3 1 1 32 13
Total 22 9 9 3 1 1 32 13
Al Ittihad 2012–13 4 1 0 0 1 1 5 2
Total 4 1 0 0 1 1 5 2
Career total 219 45 34 7 25 9 273 56

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Fluminense
Flamengo
Grêmio
Palmeiras
Vasco da Gama

National team[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Palmeiras anuncia Diego Souza. (in Portuguese). Globo Esporte. 12 January 2008. Retrieved 10 February 2010.
  2. ^ "Diego Souza acerta com o Palmeiras". Palmeiras (in Portuguese). 11 January 2008. Archived from the original on 15 January 2008. Retrieved 23 April 2011. 
  3. ^ "Balanço Patrimonial de 2008". Fluminense FC (in Portuguese). Retrieved 23 April 2011. 
  4. ^ Costa, Juliano (7 January 2008). "Palmeiras acerta a contratação do meia Diego Souza". Jornal da Tarde. Retrieved 23 April 2011. 
  5. ^ Alexandre Kalil anuncia a contratação de Diego Souza pelo Atlético-MG. (in Portuguese). Globo Esporte. 30 June 2010. Retrieved 30 June 2010.
  6. ^ "Vasco quer Diego Souza, mas Atlético-MG pede muito alto". Terra Brasil (in Portuguese). 20 February 2011. Retrieved 23 April 2011. 
  7. ^ "Diego Souza é o novo reforço do Vasco". CR Vasco da Gama (in Portuguese). 2 March 2011. 
  8. ^ Futpédia (in Portuguese). Globoesporte.com. Retrieved April 2011.

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