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Hélia Souza
Fofão Cropped.jpg
Fofão in 2010
Personal information
Full name Hélia Rogério de Souza Pinto
Nickname Fofão
Nationality Brazil
Born (1970-03-10) 10 March 1970 (age 47)
São Paulo, Brazil
Hometown São Paulo
Height 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)
Weight 63 kg (139 lb)
Spike 283 cm (111 in)
Block 264 cm (104 in)
Volleyball information
Position Setter
National team
(1991-2008) Brazil

Hélia Rogério de Souza (born 10 March 1970 in São Paulo), nicknamed Fofão, is a retired[1] Brazilian female volleyball player who competed for her country's national team in five consecutive Summer Olympics, starting in 1992. She won a gold medal in 2008 and twice won a bronze medal, in 1996 and 2000. She also claimed the gold medal at the 1999 Pan American Games.

She is nicknamed Fofão because of her huge cheeks similar to a famous character of a 1980s children's TV program in Brazil named "Fofão".[2]


She won the 2006–07 CEV Cup with the Italian club Sirio Perugia and was awarded Best Setter.[3] The next season with Grupo 2002 Murcia she was awarded "Best Setter" at the 2007–08 CEV Indesit Champions League.[4]

Souza retired from the Brazil national team on 7 September 2008, after helping her country beat Dominican Republic 3-0 and won the Final Four competition.[5] From 1991, when she played her first game for Brazil, to 2008, she played 340 games for the national team.[5]

She signed with the Turkish club Fenerbahçe Acıbadem since 4 July 2010.[6]

Hélia won the bronze medal at the 2010–11 CEV Champions League with Fenerbahçe Acıbadem.[7][8]

Fofão won the silver medal at the 2013 Club World Championship playing with Unilever Vôlei.[9]

During the 2015 FIVB Club World Championship, Sousa played with the Brazilian club Rexona Ades Rio and her team lost the bronze medal match to the Swiss Voléro Zürich,[1] At age 45, this was Fofao last match, as she announced her retirement.[1]






  1. ^ a b c "Volero get it right on third try". Zurich, Switzerland: FIVB. 10 May 2015. Retrieved 11 May 2015. 
  2. ^ fofão profile
  3. ^ CEV. "Sirio Perugia wins CEV Cup after Champions League". Retrieved 2010-04-04. 
  4. ^ CEV. "Second Indesit Champions' League trophy for Colussi PERUGIA". Retrieved 2010-06-10. 
  5. ^ a b "Na despedida de Fofão, Brasil vence por 3 sets a 0" (in Portuguese). Gazeta Esportiva. 2008-09-07. Retrieved 2008-09-09. 
  6. ^ Fofao set for Fenerbahçe Acibadem
  7. ^ CEV. "World champion FenerbahceAcibadem saves honor by claiming bronze medal". Retrieved 2011-03-20. 
  8. ^ CEV. "VakifGunesTTelekom completes Turkish fairy tale in Istanbul". Retrieved 2011-03-20. 
  9. ^ "Vakifbank Istanbul fly to first Women's Club World Champs title, China claim bronze". Zurich, Switzerland: FIVB. 2013-10-13. Retrieved 2013-10-13. 

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Preceded by
Brazil Ana Flávia Sanglard
Best Setter of
FIVB World Grand Prix

1999, 2000
Succeeded by
United States Robyn Ah Mow