|Full name||Eduardo Luis Abonízio de Souza|
|Date of birth||18 May 1981|
|Place of birth||Dracena, Brazil|
|Height||1.87 m (6 ft 1 1⁄2 in)|
|Playing position||Centre back|
|2002–2003||→ Olympiacos (loan)||5||(0)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 1 December 2014.
Dracena established himself in the club's starting XI in the following years, impressing in 2002.
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.
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On 15 January 2015, after the club's financial trouble, Dracena rescinded his link.
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.
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.
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- Copa São Paulo de Juniores: 1994
- Copa Zico de Futebol Juvenil: 1998
- Copa Toyota de Futebol Juvenil: 2001, 2002 (disputed in Japan)
- "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.
- "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.
- "Edu Dracena troca o Cruzeiro pelo Fenerbahçe" [Edu Dracena changes Cruzeiro for Fenerbahçe] (in Portuguese). Agora Esporte. 26 August 2006. Retrieved 2 October 2014.
- "Edu Dracena rescinde contrato com Fenerbahçe" [Edu Dracena rescinds contract with Fenerbahçe] (in Portuguese). Trivela. 24 August 2009. Retrieved 2 October 2014.
- "Santos contrata zagueiro Edu Dracena" [Santos signs stopper Edu Dracena] (in Portuguese). Terra Esportes. 16 September 2009. Retrieved 7 June 2011.
- "Nota à imprensa" [Announcement to the media] (in Portuguese). Santos' official website. 15 January 2015. Retrieved 15 January 2015.
- "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.
- "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.
- "Edu é titular na Seleção" [Edu is a starter in Seleção] (in Portuguese). Fenerbahçe's official website. 13 September 2007. Retrieved 2 October 2014.
- Edu Dracena profile at Soccerway
- Official website (Portuguese)
- Biography at fenerbahce.org
- Profil at TFF.org (Turkish)
- Edu Dracena at National-Football-Teams.com