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Hélia Souza
Fofão Cropped.jpg
Fofão in 2010
Personal information
Full name Hélia Rogério de Souza Pinto
Nickname Fofão
Nationality  Brazil
Born (1970-03-10) 10 March 1970 (age 44)
São Paulo, Brazil
Hometown São Paulo
Height 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)
Weight 63 kg (139 lb)
Spike 283 cm (111 in)
Block 264 cm (104 in)
Volleyball information
Position Setter
Current club Unilever Vôlei
Number 7
National team

Hélia Rogério de Souza (born 10 March 1970 in São Paulo), nicknamed Fofão, is a Brazilian female volleyball player who competed for the her country's national team in five consecutive Summer Olympics, starting in 1992. She won a gold medal in 2008 and twice won a bronze medal in 1996 and 2000. She also claimed the gold medal at the 1999 Pan American Games.

She's nicknamed Fofão because of her huge cheecks similar to a famous character of an 80's children's tv program in Brazil named "Fofão".[1]


She won the 2006–07 CEV Cup with the Italian club Sirio Perugia and was awarded Best Setter.[2] The next season with Grupo 2002 Murcia she was awarded "Best Setter" at the 2007–08 CEV Indesit Champions League.[3]

Souza retired from the Brazil national team on 7 September 2008, after helping her country beat Dominican Republic 3-0 and won the Final Four competition.[4] From 1991, when she played her first game for Brazil, to 2008, she played 340 games for the national team.[4]

She signed with the Turkish club Fenerbahçe Acıbadem since 4 July 2010.[5]

Hélia won the bronze medal at the 2010–11 CEV Champions League with Fenerbahçe Acıbadem.[6][7]

Fofão won the silver medal at the 2013 Club World Championship playing with Unilever Vôlei.[8]






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