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Full name Dener Augusto de Sousa
Date of birth (1971-04-02)April 2, 1971
Place of birth São Paulo, Brazil
Date of death April 18, 1994(1994-04-18) (aged 23)
Place of death Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Height 1.71 m (5 ft 7 12 in)
Playing position Second Forward - Attacking Midfielder
Youth career
1988 São Paulo
1988–1989 Portuguesa
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1989–1993 Portuguesa 47 (7)
1993 Grêmio (loan) 0 (0)
1994 Vasco (loan) 0 (0)
National team
1991 Brazil 2 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Dener Augusto de Sousa, usually known simply as Dener[1] (born April 2, 1971 in São Paulo, São Paulo state, Brazil; died April 18, 1994 in Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil), was a Brazilian football (soccer) center-forward.[2] He played twice for the Brazil national team.


Youth career[edit]

Dener started his career at São Paulo's youth squad, in 1988, but after just two months he moved to Portuguesa's youth squad. In 1991, playing for Portuguesa, he won the Copa São Paulo de Juniores, and was elected the competition's best player.[3]

Professional career[edit]

In 1989, he was promoted to Portuguesa's first team squad, where he stayed until 1993, playing 47 Campeonato Brasileiro Série A matches, and scoring seven goals.[4] In 1993, Corinthians failed to sign him, and then he was loaned to Grêmio of Porto Alegre,[3] where he won the Rio Grande do Sul State Championship,[2] and played four Copa do Brasil matches in that year.[4] In the following year he was loaned to Vasco of Rio de Janeiro, where he played two Copa do Brasil matches and scored a goal,[4] and posthumously won the Rio de Janeiro State Championship.[5]

National team[edit]

Dener played two matches for the Brazil national team, managed by Paulo Roberto Falcão. On March 27, 1991, he played against Argentina, and two months later, on May 28, he played against Bulgaria.[2]


On April 18, 1994 in Rio de Janeiro, he died in a car accident, when his Mitsubishi Eclipse, crashed into a tree at Borges de Medeiros Avenue, in the Lagoa Rodrigo de Freitas district. The car's driver was Dener's friend, Oto Gomes de Miranda, who lost both legs in the accident. Dener was strangled by the car's seat belt.[3]


Dener won three competitions:

Year Club Competition
1991 Portuguesa Copa São Paulo de Juniores
1993 Grêmio Campeonato Gaúcho
1994 Vasco Campeonato Carioca


  1. ^ (in Portuguese) "Dener Augusto de Sousa" (in Portuguese). Brazilian Football Confederation. 2007-11-16. Retrieved 2008-04-02. [dead link]
  2. ^ a b c "Dener". Sambafoot. 2006-03-28. Retrieved 2008-04-02. 
  3. ^ a b c (in Portuguese) "Dener - O gênio dos dribles mágicos" (in Portuguese). Gazeta Esportiva. Archived from the original on 2007-12-03. Retrieved 2008-04-02. 
  4. ^ a b c "Dener - todos os jogos" (in Portuguese). Futpédia. Retrieved 2009-01-01. 
  5. ^ Enciclopédia do Futebol Brasileiro Lance Volume 1. Rio de Janeiro: Aretê Editorial S/A. 2001. p. 55. ISBN 85-88651-01-7. 

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