Renato Dirnei Florêncio

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Renato in training with Sevilla
Personal information
Full name Renato Dirnei Florêncio Santos
Date of birth (1979-05-15) 15 May 1979 (age 35)
Place of birth Santa Mercedes, Brazil
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Number 8
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1996–2000 Guarani 34 (5)
2000–2004 Santos 122 (12)
2004–2011 Sevilla 204 (26)
2011–2014 Botafogo 79 (2)
2014– Santos 4 (0)
National team
2003–2005 Brazil 28 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 13 July 2014.
† Appearances (Goals).

Renato Dirnei Florêncio Santos (born 15 May 1979), known as simply Renato, is a Brazilian footballer who plays for Santos FC.

Mainly an attacking midfielder with good heading ability in spite of a small frame, he played most of his professional career in Spain with Sevilla, appearing in 286 official games with the club (39 goals scored).

A Brazilian international during two years, Renato was part of the squads that won one Copa América and one Confederations Cup.

Club career[edit]

Early years / Sevilla[edit]

Renato was born in Santa Mercedes, São Paulo. In 2004, after playing in his country with Guarani Futebol Clube and Santos FC, he signed for Sevilla FC in Spain, aged 25. Alongside compatriots Adriano Correia and Daniel Alves, as well as several club youth graduates, he would play an essential part in the Andalusians' La Liga consolidation, making his competition debut on 29 August: after just one minute on the pitch, in the start of the second half of the home fixture against Albacete Balompié, he scored the game's only goal.

From 2005 to 2007 Renato played 16 UEFA Cup games in both seasons combined, as Sevilla won the tournament twice in a row. His only goal was a decisive one, as he scored in the 2–0 home win against CA Osasuna in the second leg of the semifinals of the 2006–07 edition (2–1 on aggregate); he was also utilized in both finals.

In the 2008–09 season Renato netted eight goals in 32 matches, as Sevilla finished in third position. Four of those came from December 2008 to January 2009, against Real Madrid (4–3 win, away[1]), Villarreal CF (1–0, at home[2]), Deportivo de La Coruña (3–1 triumph, away) and CD Numancia (1–0, at home[3]).

On 4 October 2009, Renato scored through a header in a 2–1 home win against Real Madrid.[4] He contributed with 33 games and four goals to Sevilla's fourth-place finish, with the subsequent qualification to the UEFA Champions League. At the season's closure he extended his link to the club for a further year, until June 2012.[5]


On 26 May 2011 Renato rescinded his deal with Sevilla by mutual agreement, and signed a three-year contract with Botafogo de Futebol e Regatas.[6]

He was a regular starter during his first two years at the club, forming a strong midfield unit alongside internationals Clarence Seedorf and Nicolás Lodeiro, but later served as a backup to Gabriel; he was also marred by injuries during the 2013 season.[7]

Santos return[edit]

On 13 May 2014 Renato left Botafogo and returned to Santos, signing a deal until the end of the campaign.[8] He was named among the substitutes two days later, but remained unused during the 4–2 home win against Princesa do Solimões Esporte Clube.

International career[edit]

Renato made his debut for Brazil in 2003, being picked for the squads at the 2004 Copa América and the 2005 FIFA Confederations Cup: in the former he played all six matches – all minutes – and made five substitute appearances in the latter,[9] with the national side winning both competitions.







  1. ^ Great effort goes unrewarded; Real Madrid's official website, 7 December 2008
  2. ^ Sevilla's Renato plays hero again;, 14 December 2008
  3. ^ "Renato rescata un barco a la deriva" [Renato rescues drifting boat] (in Spanish). Marca. 17 January 2009. Retrieved 15 May 2014. 
  4. ^ Renato uses his head to earn Sevilla victory against Real Madrid; The Guardian, 4 October 2009
  5. ^ Renato signs on at Sevilla;, 28 May 2010
  6. ^ "Official: Renato leaves Sevilla for Botafogo". 26 May 2011. Retrieved 26 May 2011. 
  7. ^ ""Artesão", Renato renasce no Bota em fase decisiva e briga por espaço" ["Craftsman", Renato is reborn at Bota in decisive phase and fights for a place] (in Portuguese). UOL Esporte. 18 November 2013. Retrieved 17 May 2014. 
  8. ^ "Santos FC acerta retorno do volante Renato" [Santos FC agrees return of defensive midfielder Renato] (in Portuguese). Santos' official website. 13 May 2014. Retrieved 17 May 2014. 
  9. ^ RenatoFIFA competition record

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