Edu Dracena

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Edu Dracena
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Personal information
Full name Eduardo Luis Abonízio de Souza
Date of birth (1981-05-18) 18 May 1981 (age 33)
Place of birth Dracena, Brazil
Height 1.87 m (6 ft 1 12 in)
Playing position Centre back
Club information
Current team
Santos
Number 2
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1995–2003 Guarani 53 (1)
2002–2003 Olympiacos (loan) 5 (0)
2003–2006 Cruzeiro 89 (6)
2006–2009 Fenerbahçe 72 (5)
2009– Santos 93 (7)
National team
2004 Brazil U-23 8 (0)
2003–2007 Brazil 2 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 16 December 2013.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 27 May 2009

Eduardo Luis Abonízio de Souza, better known as Edu Dracena (born 18 May 1981 in Dracena) is a Brazilian footballer who plays as a central defender for Campeonato Brasileiro Série A club Santos.

Club career[edit]

Dracena made his debut with Guarani against Matonense, in 1999.

Olympiacos[edit]

Dracena was loaned to Olympiacos in the 2002–03 season. There he won the Greek Championship.but he played only 5 games there

Cruzeiro[edit]

After a couple of months turned back to Guarani, Dracena was transferred to Cruzeiro in 2003. There he won the Brazilian League and Brazilian Cup. Dracena continued to win. In 2004, the club won the Mineiro Championship. However, Dracena's playing time was reduced in 2005, as Dracena had a surgery due to an injury, which led to Dracena being out for 7 months. In 2006, Dracena was awarded the captain armband and won the Mineiro Championship.

Fenerbahçe[edit]

In August 2006, Dracena transferred to Fenerbahçe for an undisclosed fee. On 19 May 2007, he scored Fenerbahçe's 500th goal against rivals Galatasaray. His contract with Fenerbahçe was frozen for 6 months due to his injury since April 2009.[1]

Santos[edit]

On 16 September 2009 the former defender of Fenerbahçe, the Brazilian has signed a three-year-deal with Santos FC,[2] reaching three Paulistas (State Championship) in 2010 2011 and 2012, Copa do Brasil 2010 (Dracena scored in the final game) and Copa Libertadores da América 2011.

International career[edit]

Dracena played for the Brazil U-20 team in 2001, participated in the 2001 U-20 World Cup. He was also a member of Brazil U-23 team that failed to win the 2004 Pre-Olympic Tournament and hence failed to qualify for the 2004 Summer Olympics.

In June 2003, Dracena received his first call up to the Brazilian senior team for the 2003 Confederations Cup. However, he did not make his international debut during the competition.

Four years later, Dracena was called up to play a friendly match against United States and Mexico on 9 and 12 September 2007. He played 45 minutes as a substitute against United States, which marked his first international cap, followed by a place in the starting line-up against Mexico.[3][4]

Career statistics[edit]

(Correct as of November 16, 2013)
Club Season State League National League National Cup Continental1 Other2 Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Fenerbahçe 2006–07 27 1 4 0 8 0 39 1
2007–08 29 3 4 0 12 0 1 0 46 3
2008–09 16 1 5 1 8 0 29 2
Subtotal 72 5 13 1 28 0 1 0 114 6
Santos 2009 2 0 2 0
2010 16 0 28 2 9 2 2 0 53 4
2011 19 1 27 1 13 1 2 0 61 3
2012 13 4 6 2 12 1 31 7
2013 15 1 30 2 5 0 0 0 0 0 50 3
Subtotal 63 6 93 7 14 2 25 1 4 0 189 16

1 Including matches for Copa Libertadores, UEFA Cup and UEFA Champions League.

2 Including matches for Turkish Super Cup, Copa Sudamericana and FIFA Club World Cup.

Honours[edit]

Guarani
Olympiacos
Cruzeiro
Fenerbahçe
Santos

References[edit]

  1. ^ "İyileşemeyen Edu'nun sözleşmesi feshedilebilir". Habertek.net. Retrieved 7 June 2011. 
  2. ^ "Santos contrata zagueiro Edu Dracena". Esportes.terra.com.br. Retrieved 7 June 2011. 
  3. ^ USA 2 – Brazil 4 Official USSoccer Site
  4. ^ Edu é titular e Brasil ganha de 3 a 1 Fenerbahçe Official Web Site

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