Walter Schachner and Dirceu with Avellino in 1986–87 season
|Full name||Dirceu José Guimarães|
|Date of birth||15 June 1952|
|Place of birth||Curitiba, Brazil|
|Date of death||15 September 1995(aged 43)|
|Place of death||Rio de Janeiro, Brazil|
|Height||1.72 m (5 ft 7 1⁄2 in)|
|Playing position||Attacking midfielder|
|1977–1978||Vasco da Gama||25||(2)|
|1988||Vasco da Gama||-||(-)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only|
Dirceu José Guimarães, known as Dirceu (Portuguese pronunciation: [dʒiʁˈsew]; 15 June 1952 – 15 September 1995), was a football player from Brazil. He played as an attacking midfielder with many teams, in particular Botafogo and the Brazilian national team, as well as numerous Italian teams in the 1980s-early 1990s.
Dirceu was born at Curitiba, in southern Brazil. In his early career he played for Coritiba, Botagofo (1971–1975), Fluminense (1975–1977) and Vasco da Gama in his country, before spending one year in Mexico at América. In 1979, he signed for Atlético Madrid, where he remained until 1982, playing 84 games and scoring 18 goals. In 1982, he signed for Italian team Hellas Verona, the first of five Italian Serie A teams which he changed yearly (the last being Avellino in 1986–1987), before returning to Vasco da Gama. In 1988 Dirceu played in the USA for Fort Lauderdale Strikers, and in 1989–1991 he played again in southern Italy, this time for Ebolitana (1989–1992) and Benevento (1991–1992). His last teams was Atlético Yucatán in Mexico, where he ended his career in 1995.
He died on the night of September 15, 1995, at age 43, when an Opel Ascona driven by a street racer ran a red light and hit his Puma at high speed in Barra da Tijuca, not too far from his apartment. Dirceu and a passenger, who was thrown out of the vehicle following the crash, died immediately. There were two couples in the Ascona; all four of them survived and nobody was prosecuted for Dirceu's death.
The Ebolitana named its arena at Eboli the Stadio José Guimarães Dirceu in his honor.
Dirceu won 44 caps (14 non-official), between June 1973 and May 1986, with the Brazilian national team, scoring seven goals.
- Winner: Campeonato Paranaense (Paraná State championship) in 1971 and 1972 with Coritiba
- Winner: Campeonato Carioca (Rio de Janeiro State championship) in 1976 with Fluminense and in 1977 and 1988 with Vasco da Gama
- 1978 FIFA World Cup: All-Star Team
- 1978 FIFA World Cup: Bronze Ball
- South American Player of the Year: Bronze award 1978
- Dirceu at National-Football-Teams.com