Zé Elias

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Zé Elias
Zé Elias - SC Rheindorf Altach.jpg
Personal information
Full name José Elias Moedim Júnior
Date of birth (1976-09-25) 25 September 1976 (age 37)
Place of birth São Paulo, Brazil
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Youth career
Corinthians
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1993–1996 Corinthians 60 (2)
1996–1997 Bayer Leverkusen 23 (0)
1997–1999 Internazionale 33 (2)
1999–2000 Bologna 19 (0)
2000–2003 Olympiakos 49 (2)
2003–2004 Genoa 19 (1)
2004–2006 Santos 25 (0)
2006 Metalurh Donetsk 0 (0)
2006 Guarani 1 (0)
2006–2007 Omonia 12 (1)
2008 Londrina ? (?)
2008–2009 Rheindorf Altach 16 (0)
Total 257 (8)
National team
1995–1999 Brazil 22 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

José Elias Moedim Júnior (born 25 September 1976), commonly known as Zé Elias, is a retired Brazilian footballer. A defensive midfielder, he played for 12 different teams, in seven different countries.

Club career[edit]

Born in São Paulo, Elias was one of the youngest players to ever appear for Sport Club Corinthians Paulista, already gaining strong interest from PSV Eindhoven during 1993–94. Upon his debut for his hometown team, he had not yet reached his seventeenth birthday.

After becoming an undisputed starter at Corinthians and first appearing for the Brazilian national team at 19, Elias went overseas, representing, with moderate individual success, Bayer 04 Leverkusen, F.C. Internazionale Milano, Bologna F.C. 1909, Olympiacos FC (winning three Greek championships in a row but playing sparingly, a maximum of 18 league appearances) and Genoa CFC.

After a return to Brazil with Santos FC, Elias had short-lived stints with FC Metalurh Donetsk, Guarani Futebol Clube, Omonia Nicosia and Londrina Esporte Clube. He retired as a player in March 2008 and assumed a scouting role in Brazil for Inter Milan. However, in June, Elias signed a contract with SC Rheindorf Altach for the 2008–09 season, before announcing his retirement again.

International career[edit]

Elias was capped 22 times for Brazil. He received his first call-up on 29 March 1995, in a friendly with Honduras which ended 1–1.

He represented Brazil at the 1996 Summer Olympics, winning bronze and later at the 1996 CONCACAF Gold Cup, where Brazil were runners-up, losing 0–2 in the final against Mexico.

Honours[edit]

Corinthians
Inter
Olympiacos
Santos

Personal[edit]

Elias' younger brother, Rubinho, is also a professional footballer. A goalkeeper, he played most of his career in Italy.

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