Dedé (footballer, born 1978)

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Dedé playing with Eskişehirspor in 2011
Personal information
Full name Leonardo de Deus Santos
Date of birth (1978-04-18) 18 April 1978 (age 40)
Place of birth Belo Horizonte, Brazil
Height 1.76 m (5 ft 9 in)
Playing position Wingback
Club information
Current team
Eskişehirspor (assistant)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1996–1998 Atlético Mineiro 36 (3)
1998–2011 Borussia Dortmund 322 (12)
2010–2011 Borussia Dortmund II 3 (0)
2011–2014 Eskişehirspor 75 (4)
Total 436 (19)
National team
1999 Brazil U23 1 (0)
2004 Brazil 1 (0)
Teams managed
2015– Eskişehirspor (assistant)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Leonardo de Deus Santos (born 18 April 1978), known as Dedé, is a retired Brazilian professional footballer who played as either a left back or midfielder, and the current assistant coach at Turkish club Eskişehirspor.

He played 13 years of his career with Borussia Dortmund, appearing in more than 400 official games and winning two Bundesliga championships.

Club career[edit]

Atlético Mineiro[edit]

Born in Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais as the second of six brothers, Dedé was introduced to football at an early age, playing three-a-side matches with his brothers in his parents' apartment. "Our living room was the biggest room and also our playing field, with the doors to the kitchen and the bedroom as our goals. Well, you can imagine, we always broke things in the living room." On club level he first played for local Clube Atlético Mineiro, appearing in 30 Série A games in the 1997 season as the team finished in fourth position (two goals).

Also in that year, Dedé was awarded with the Bola de Prata award by magazine Placar, being chosen the best player in his position in the national league.

Borussia Dortmund[edit]

Dedé signed for Germany's Borussia Dortmund for the 1998–99 campaign, aged only 20. He made his Bundesliga debut on 14 August 1998, being stretchered off in the early minutes of an eventual 1–2 away loss against VfB Stuttgart, but finished his first year with 29 appearances as the Black Yellow finished fourth.

In the following season, Dedé was joined at Borussia by compatriot Evanílson, and the two proceeded to form an efficient wingback partnership in the following four years, being essential as the club won the 2002 league and reached that year's UEFA Cup final (with the player appearing in a total of 45 official games during the campaign, scoring once); he never appeared in less than 30 games from 2004 to 2008.

Afterwards, as his countryman before him, Dedé also begun suffering with injury problems,[1] also facing stiff left-back competition from younger Marcel Schmelzer. He only appeared in 33 league matches in his last three seasons combined, including just four in 2010–11 for his second national championship.

Later years[edit]

On 27 July 2011, 33-year-old Dedé signed for Turkish club Eskişehirspor.[2] He retired after three seasons in the Süper Lig, being subsequently appointed assistant coach under former Borussia boss Michael Skibbe.[3]

International career[edit]

Dedé earned his first and only cap for Brazil in April 2004, in a 4–1 friendly win over Hungary. Earlier that year, he had expressed a desire to represent the German national team.[4]

Personal life[edit]

Dedé's brothers, Cacá and Leandro, were also footballers. They too had (short) spells in Germany, with the latter coinciding with him at Borussia Dortmund.[4]


Atlético Mineiro
Borussia Dortmund


  1. ^ "Dede: Dortmund against Schalke – that's odium but with respect". Schwatz Gelb. 26 April 2009. Retrieved 9 December 2011.
  2. ^ "Dedê Eskişehirspor'da" [Dedê to Eskişehirspor] (in Turkish). Eskişehirspor. 27 July 2011. Retrieved 27 July 2011.
  3. ^ "Türkei: Dede lernt beim "Ziehvater"" [Turkey: Dede learns from his "mentor"] (in German). Revier Sport. 24 February 2015. Archived from the original on 5 April 2015. Retrieved 5 April 2015.
  4. ^ a b "Ich hätte gerne für Deutschland gespielt" [I would have liked to play for Germany]. Der Spiegel (in German). 13 February 2004. Retrieved 9 December 2011.

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