Edu Dracena

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Edu Dracena
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Personal information
Full name Eduardo Luis Abonízio de Souza
Date of birth (1981-05-18) 18 May 1981 (age 34)
Place of birth Dracena, Brazil
Height 1.87 m (6 ft 1 12 in)
Playing position Centre back
Club information
Current team
Corinthians
Number 17
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1995–2003 Guarani 53 (2)
2002–2003 Olympiacos (loan) 5 (0)
2003–2006 Cruzeiro 89 (6)
2006–2009 Fenerbahçe 72 (5)
2009–2015 Santos 115 (7)
2015– Corinthians 2 (0)
National team
2004 Brazil U-23 8 (0)
2003–2007 Brazil 2 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 1 December 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 27 May 2009

Eduardo Luis Abonízio de Souza, better known as Edu Dracena (born 18 May 1981) is a Brazilian footballer who plays for Corinthians as a central defender.

Club career[edit]

Guarani[edit]

Born in Dracena, São Paulo, Dracena graduated with Guarani's youth setup. He made his professional debut in 1999, in a 1–2 loss against Matonense, aged just 17.

Dracena established himself in the club's starting XI in the following years, impressing in 2002.

Olympiacos[edit]

On 2 July 2002 Dracena was loaned to Olympiacos in a season-long deal.[1] He was a part of the squad which won the Alpha Ethniki, but only appearing in five matches.

Cruzeiro[edit]

Shortly after his return to Guarani, Dracena signed for Cruzeiro on 8 February 2003,[2] as a replacement for Lyon-bound Cris. He appeared regularly for the club, winning the year's League and Cup.

Dracena fell through the pecking order in 2005, mainly due to an injury which ruled him out for seven months. In 2006, he was appointed Cruzeiro's captain, winning the state league.

Fenerbahçe[edit]

In August 2006, Dracena transferred to Fenerbahçe for a 5.7 million fee.[3] On 19 May 2007, he scored Fenerbahçe's 500th goal against rivals Galatasaray.

Dracena rescinded his link with the club on 24 August 2009, after being mainly used as a backup during the 2008–09 season.[4]

Santos[edit]

On 16 September 2009 Dracena signed a three-year-deal with Santos FC,[5] being sidelined during his first year due to a knee injury.

Dracena was an important defensive unit for Peixe in the following years, winning three state leagues (2010 2011 and 2012), one Copa do Brasil (2010, scoring in the final) and one Copa Libertadores (2011). However, he struggled with two serious knee injuries which sidelined him for long periods.

On 15 January 2015, after the club's financial trouble, Dracena rescinded his link.[6]

Corinthians[edit]

On 21 January, Dracena signed a two-year deal with Santos' fierce rivals Corinthians.[7]

International career[edit]

Dracena played for the Brazil U-20 team in 2001, participated in the 2001 U-20 World Cup. He was also a member of Brazil U-23 team that failed to win the 2004 Pre-Olympic Tournament and hence failed to qualify for the 2004 Summer Olympics.

In June 2003, Dracena received his first call up to the Brazilian senior team for the 2003 Confederations Cup. However, he did not make his international debut during the competition.

Four years later, Dracena was called up to play a friendly match against United States and Mexico on 9 and 12 September 2007. He played 45 minutes as a substitute against United States, which marked his first international cap, followed by a place in the starting line-up against Mexico.[8][9]

Career statistics[edit]

(Correct as of December 1, 2014)[10]
Club Season State League National League National Cup Continental1 Other2 Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Guarani 1999 16 1 16 1
2000 16 1 16 1
2001 21 0 21 0
Subtotal 53 2 53 2
Olympiacos 2002–03 5 0 5 0 10 0
Subtotal 5 0 5 0 10 0
Cruzeiro 2003 35 3 35 3
2004 32 2 32 2
2005 5 0 5 0
2006 17 1 17 1
Subtotal 89 6 89 6
Fenerbahçe 2006–07 27 1 4 0 8 0 39 1
2007–08 29 3 4 0 12 0 1 0 46 3
2008–09 16 1 5 1 8 0 29 2
Subtotal 72 5 13 1 28 0 1 0 114 6
Santos 2009 2 0 2 0
2010 16 0 28 2 9 2 2 0 53 4
2011 19 1 27 1 13 1 2 0 61 3
2012 13 4 6 2 12 1 31 7
2013 15 1 33 2 5 0 0 0 0 0 50 3
2014 0 0 19 0 5 0 0 0 0 0 24 0
Subtotal 63 6 115 7 19 2 25 2 4 0 226 17
Corinthians 2015 11 0 2 0 0 0 4 0 0 0 17 0
Subtotal 11 0 2 0 0 0 4 0 0 0 17 0
Career total 74 6 336 20 32 3 61 2 5 0 509 31

1 Including matches for Copa Libertadores, UEFA Cup and UEFA Champions League.

2 Including matches for Turkish Super Cup, Copa Sudamericana and FIFA Club World Cup.

Honours[edit]

Guarani
Olympiacos
Cruzeiro
Fenerbahçe
Santos

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Zagueiro Edu Dracena vai jogar no Olympiakos" [Stopper Edu Dracena will play in Olympiakos] (in Portuguese). UOL Esporte. 2 July 2002. Retrieved 2 October 2014. 
  2. ^ "Cruzeiro contrata Edu Dracena para o lugar de Cris" [Cruzeiro signs Edu Dracena as a replacement for Cris] (in Portuguese). Diário do Grande ABC. 8 February 2003. Retrieved 2 October 2014. 
  3. ^ "Edu Dracena troca o Cruzeiro pelo Fenerbahçe" [Edu Dracena changes Cruzeiro for Fenerbahçe] (in Portuguese). Agora Esporte. 26 August 2006. Retrieved 2 October 2014. 
  4. ^ "Edu Dracena rescinde contrato com Fenerbahçe" [Edu Dracena rescinds contract with Fenerbahçe] (in Portuguese). Trivela. 24 August 2009. Retrieved 2 October 2014. 
  5. ^ "Santos contrata zagueiro Edu Dracena" [Santos signs stopper Edu Dracena] (in Portuguese). Terra Esportes. 16 September 2009. Retrieved 7 June 2011. 
  6. ^ "Nota à imprensa" [Announcement to the media] (in Portuguese). Santos' official website. 15 January 2015. Retrieved 15 January 2015. 
  7. ^ "Reforço para a zaga, Edu Dracena assina por dois anos com o Timão" [Addition to the defense, Edu Dracena signs for two years with Timão] (in Portuguese). Globo Esporte. 21 January 2015. Retrieved 22 January 2015. 
  8. ^ "U.S. Falls to World's No. 1 Team as Ronaldinho Scores the Game-Winner to Give Brazil a 4-2 Victory". USA's official website. 9 September 2007. Retrieved 2 October 2014. 
  9. ^ "Edu é titular na Seleção" [Edu is a starter in Seleção] (in Portuguese). Fenerbahçe's official website. 13 September 2007. Retrieved 2 October 2014. 
  10. ^ Edu Dracena profile at Soccerway

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