Diego Souza (footballer, born 1985)
Diego with Metalist Kharkiv in 2013
|Full name||Diego de Souza Andrade|
|Date of birth||17 June 1985|
|Place of birth||Rio de Janeiro, Brazil|
|Height||1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)|
|Playing position||Attacking midfielder / Forward|
(on loan from São Paulo)
|2005–2006||→ Flamengo (loan)||22||(5)|
|2007||→ Grêmio (loan)||56||(16)|
|2011–2012||Vasco da Gama||86||(29)|
|2014–2015||→ Sport Recife (loan)||78||(21)|
|2019–||→ Botafogo (loan)||29||(7)|
|Brazil U17|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 19:40, 27 November 2019 (UTC)|
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 7 January 2018
- 1 Career
- 2 International career
- 3 Career statistics
- 4 Honours
- 5 References
- 6 External links
Benfica and loans
Benfica signed him from Fluminense and loaned to Flamengo. He returned to Benfica in 2006–07 Primeira Liga but only appeared on 19 September 2006 as unused bench. In 2007, he went on loan to Grêmio. He was influential at Grêmio scoring a handful of goals most notably a set-piece against Santos FC as they made the Copa Libertadores final losing out to Boca Juniors.
In 2008, he moved to Palmeiras (and partner) for €3.75M total fee. He signed a contract until December 2011. Co-currently, along with Lenny, Fluminense transferred its shares on both players' economic rights to Desportivo Brasil (owned by Traffic Group) as part of the deal, made Fluminense gained a profit of R$ 1,320 thousand and R$1,500 thousand respectively. Both players were signed by Palmeiras as part of R$40 million partnership with Traffic, which Palmeiras only owned 10~20% of the rights of Diego.
On 18 April 2009, he received a red card after an argument with Domingos during the state semi finals match against Santos. He later took Domingos down after coming back to the field.
On 29 November 2009, he scored a magnificent goal against Atlético Mineiro from the mid-field area. At the same year in the Série A, Diego Souza helped Palmeiras lead until the end, but lost the title in the last rounds of the tournament.
On 30 June 2010, Clube Atlético Mineiro's president Alexandre Kalil announced that Diego Souza had signed a contract. After the transaction, Mineiro owned 70% and 30% owned by Traffic, and costed Atlético Mineiro a reported R$6.6 million (2.2M€).
The Atlético Mineiro number 10 was sold to Vasco for about $1.2 million.(0.9M€) On 20 March, Diego Souza made his debut for the team in the match against a local rival Botafogo. He is remembered scoring the first goal in the 2x0 victory. On 8 June 2011 Diego Souza became a winner of the Brazilian Cup with Vasco da Gama, having his best performance in the Brazil Cup in the game Avai Vasco 0x2 in the semi-final of this competition. Soon after winning the Cup of Brazil, Diego Souza was placed on the bench due to poor performances. Nevertheless, he returned to the starting line-up and did a great performance against Atlético Mineiro, scoring two goals in the away 2x1 victory. In the 24th round of the Brasileirão 2011 has an excellent performance against Gremio (4x0) scoring onr of the goals. He finished with Vasco as a runner-up of the Brasileirão.
On 10 July 2012, he was signed by Saudi Professional League club Al-Ittihad Jeddah on a 3-year contract. On 6 August, he started an impressive game. His first shot ever was in the crossbar, he assisted 3 goals and one of them was an own goal. He helped to a 3–0 victory against Al-Ettifaq.
In July 2013, Diego Souza moved to Metalist Kharkiv in Ukraine. For his transfer Metalist paid four million €. In January 2014, Diego wanted to return to Brazil to escape the 2014 pro-Russian unrest in Ukraine. A loan deal with Sport Club do Recife was set in September 2014.
After a successful spell playing for Sport Recife, Souza signed, on 7 January 2018, with São Paulo, for R$10 million. On 24 January 2018, he netted for the first time wearing Tricolor kit: the goal that opened the victory against Mirassol by 2-0, in a game valid for São Paulo State League.
After a weak start for São Paulo in 2019, Diego Souza lost his initial prestige, along with valuable experienced players like Nenê, making himself negotiable for the club. His recent club Sport Recife made an approach, but it was Botafogo who grabbed the player's interest, being closer to home and competing in the top tier of Brazilian football. Diego Souza arrived at Botafogo for a loan deal until the end of 2019, with a buying option in the contract.
Diego was part of the Brazil U-23 side. Diego was in the winning squad of Brazil U-17 at the 2001 South American Under 17 Football Championship in Peru. He played twice in 2005 FIFA World Youth Championship.
- As of 27 November 2019
|Flamengo (loan)||2005||Série A||21||5||—||—||—||—||21||5|
|Grêmio (loan)||2007||Série A||33||8||16||6||—||12[a]||2||—||61||16|
|Atlético Mineiro||2010||Série A||28||5||—||—||4[b]||0||—||21||5|
|Vasco da Gama||2011||Série A||32||11||6||1||9||3||5[b]||2||—||52||17|
|Al-Ittihad||2012–13||Saudi Professional League||5||2||—||0||0||3[c]||1||—||8||3|
|Metalist Kharkiv||2013–14||Ukrainian Premier League||19||1||—||2||2||2[d]||0||—||23||3|
|Sport Recife||2014||Série A||19||4||—||—||1[b]||0||—||20||4|
|Sport Recife||2016||Série A||34||14||—||1||1||1[b]||0||4[e]||0||40||15|
|São Paulo||2018||Série A||32||12||13||3||4||0||2[b]||1||—||50||16|
|Botafogo (loan)||2019||Série A||29||7||3||1||2||0||4[b]||1||—||38||9|
- As of 10 November 2017
- Scores and results list Brazil's goal tally first.
|1.||13 June 2017||Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne, Australia||Australia||Friendly|
- Campeonato Gaúcho: 2007
- Campeonato Paulista: 2008
Vasco da Gama
- Campeonato Brasileiro Série A Team of the Year: 2008, 2009, 2011
- Campeonato Brasileiro Série A Best Player: 2009
- Campeonato Brasileiro Série A Top Goalscorer: 2016
- Vickery, Tim. "Tite's Seleção entitled to dream of glory in Russia". The World Game. Special Broadcasting Service. Retrieved 14 June 2017.
- Diego Souza Football Statistics, WhoScored.com
- "Diego é para fazer a pré-época no Benfica". MaisFutebol.com. 22 May 2006.
- "Benfica: Grémio anuncia contratação do médio Diego Souza". MaisFutebol.com. 26 December 2006.
- "Grêmio perde para o Santos, mas decide Libertadores". Terra.com.br. 6 June 2007. Retrieved 13 September 2014.
- Palmeiras anuncia Diego Souza. (in Portuguese). Globo Esporte. 12 January 2008. Retrieved 10 February 2010.
- "Diego Souza acerta com o Palmeiras". Palmeiras (in Portuguese). 11 January 2008. Archived from the original on 15 January 2008. Retrieved 23 April 2011.
- "Balanço Patrimonial de 2008". Fluminense FC (in Portuguese). Retrieved 23 April 2011.
- Costa, Juliano (7 January 2008). "Palmeiras acerta a contratação do meia Diego Souza". Jornal da Tarde. Archived from the original on 25 September 2012. Retrieved 23 April 2011.
- Alexandre Kalil anuncia a contratação de Diego Souza pelo Atlético-MG. (in Portuguese). Globo Esporte. 30 June 2010. Retrieved 30 June 2010.
- "Vasco quer Diego Souza, mas Atlético-MG pede muito alto". Terra Brasil (in Portuguese). 20 February 2011. Retrieved 23 April 2011.
- "Diego Souza é o novo reforço do Vasco". CR Vasco da Gama (in Portuguese). 2 March 2011. Archived from the original on 30 September 2011.
- "Cruzeiro's Diego Souza set to join Metalist". Sambafoot. 13 July 2013.
- "Diego Souza revela que vai voltar ao Vasco e não pensa em Seleção". estadiovip.com. 10 January 2014. Archived from the original on 3 January 2018. Retrieved 13 September 2014.
- "Sport deve esvaziar departamento médico nesta segunda e Diego Souza fica perto da volta". superesportes.com.br. 12 September 2014.
- São Paulo oficializa contratação de Diego Souza por duas temporadas
- 'Mesmo quem está fora, tem alegria', diz Diego Souza no São Paulo
- https://www.lance.com.br/brasileirao/diego-souza-encerra-jejum-botafogo-bate-corinthians-respira.html. Missing or empty
- "Diego Souza". National Football Teams. Benjamin Strack-Zimmerman. Retrieved 9 May 2019.
- "Souza, Diego". National Football Teams. Retrieved 12 June 2017.
- "Hexacampeão, São Paulo domina também o Prêmio Craque Brasileirão" (in Portuguese). Globo Esporte. 8 December 2008. Retrieved 21 June 2009.
- "Hexacampeão, Flamengo recebe troféu de campeão nacional" (in Portuguese). Globo Esporte. 8 December 2009. Retrieved 9 December 2009.
- "Os eleitos do Prêmio Craque do Brasileirão!" (in Portuguese). Lance!. 6 December 2011. Archived from the original on 26 April 2012. Retrieved 24 December 2011.
- "Artilharia - Campeonato Brasileiro de Futebol - Série A 2016" (in Portuguese). Confederação Brasileira de Futebol (CBF). 4 April 2017. Retrieved 3 February 2018.