Dirceu José Guimarães, known as Dirceu ( Portuguese pronunciation: ; 15 June 1952 – 15 September 1995), was a [dʒiʁˈsew] football player from Brazil. He played as an attacking midfielder with many teams, in particular Botafogo and the Brazilian national team, as well as numerous Italian teams in the 1980s-early 1990s.
Biography [ edit ]
Dirceu was born at
Curitiba, in southern Brazil. In his early career he played for Coritiba, Botagofo (1971–1975), Fluminense (1975–1977) and Vasco da Gama in his country, before spending one year in Mexico at América. In 1979 he signed for Atlético Madrid, where he remained until 1982, playing 84 games and scoring 18 goals. In 1982, he signed for Italian team Hellas Verona, the first of five Italian Serie A teams which he changed yearly (the last being Avellino in 1986–1987), before returning to Vasco da Gama. In 1988 Dirceu played in the USA for Fort Lauderdale Strikers, and in 1989–1991 he played again in southern Italy, this time for Ebolitana (1989–1992) and Benevento (1991–1992). His last two teams were MKE Ankaragücü in Turkey and Atlético Yucatán in Mexico, where he ended his career in 1995.
He died at only 43 years old in a road accident. The Ebolitana entitled its arena at
Eboli, the Stadio José Guimarães Dirceu, to him.
National team [ edit ]
Dirceu won 44 caps (14 non-official), between June 1973 and May 1986, with the
Brazilian national team, scoring seven goals.
He played the
Football World Cup 1974, Football World Cup 1978 and Football World Cup 1982. He was due to go to the 1986 tournament, but was ruled out by injury. He played 11 games and scored three goals in his World Cup appearances.
Honours [ edit ]
Individual honours [ edit ]
External links [ edit ]
Dirceu at National-Football-Teams.com