Dimas in 2011
|Full name||Dimas Manuel Marques Teixeira|
|Date of birth||16 February 1969|
|Place of birth||Johannesburg, South Africa|
|Height||1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)|
|Playing position||Left back|
|2002||→ Marseille (loan)||6||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
The son of Portuguese immigrants in South Africa, Dimas was born in Johannesburg, returning to Europe at an early age. He made his professional debuts in 1987 with Associação Académica de Coimbra, and stayed with the Students for a further two seasons in spite of their relegation to the second division.
Dimas then joined C.F. Estrela da Amadora, which had just won the Portuguese Cup. Thus, he made his European competition debut, helping the Lisbon club reach the second round of the 1990–91 edition of the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup and subsequently signing for Vitória de Guimarães.
After that, solid defensive performances earned him a move to S.L. Benfica for 1994–95, where Dimas continue to develop as a player, which led to a November 1996 transfer to Serie A side Juventus FC. He made 18 appearances in all competitions for the latter in the second half of the season, totalling 21 in the league during his first full campaign while being crowned champion in both years; however, he struggled to break into the first team permanently, and after only one match in 1998–99 he moved to Turkey on 1 October 1998 with Fenerbahçe SK.
In another winter transfer window, Dimas left Fenerbahçe in 2000 and played six months at Standard Liège. After a good run at UEFA Euro 2000 with Portugal (he made his first international appearance in 1995 while at Benfica, and was the nation's first choice at that and the previous continental competition, playing four games in each), he proved he could still be of value for a title contending team, and returned home after signing for Sporting Clube de Portugal.
After quickly losing the battle for first-choice with fellow international Rui Jorge, mainly due to a right knee injury, Dimas was deemed surplus to requirements, moving on loan to Olympique de Marseille although he still helped Sporting in two matches in his second season, as the capital club conquered the double. He retired at the age of 33, with 44 international caps and 202 Primeira Liga games to his credit.
Style of play
Although he was neither the most skilful nor influential player, Dimas was however known for his stamina, work-rate and ability to chase down opponents as a full-back, as well as his commitment and ability to make attacking runs down the left flank.
- Serie A: 1996–97, 1997–98
- Supercoppa Italiana: 1997; Runner-up 1998
- UEFA Champions League: Runner-up 1997–98
- Standard Liège
- Belgian Cup: Runner-up 1999–2000
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