Diego Souza (footballer, born 1985)
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|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
|2005–2006||→ Flamengo (loan)||23||(5)|
|2007||→ Grêmio (loan)||33||(8)|
|2011–2012||Vasco da Gama||41||(14)|
|2014–2015||→ Sport Recife (loan)||45||(11)|
|Brazil U-17|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 13:42, 29 September 2015 (UTC).
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 start an impressive game, He's first shot ever was in the crossbar, he assists 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 on September 2014.
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 3 April 2011.
|Vasco da Gama||2011||22||9||9||3||1||1||32||13|
- Tournaments such as: Campeonato Paulista, Gaúcho, Carioca, Campeonato Mineiro and Recopa Sudamericana are not included.
- São Paulo State League: 2008
- Vasco da Gama
- "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. 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.
- "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.
- "Sport deve esvaziar departamento médico nesta segunda e Diego Souza fica perto da volta". superesportes.com.br. 12 September 2014.
- Futpédia (in Portuguese). Globoesporte.com. Retrieved April 2011.