Zé Eduardo (footballer, born 1991)

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Zé Eduardo
Personal information
Full name José Eduardo de Araújo
Date of birth (1991-08-16) 16 August 1991 (age 26)
Place of birth Uberaba, Brazil
Height 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)[1]
Playing position Defensive midfielder
Youth career
2003–2008 Cruzeiro
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2008–2009 Cruzeiro 1 (0)
2009–2010 Maga 0 (0)
2009–2010 Ajax (loan) 0 (0)
2010–2011 Parma (loan) 2 (0)
2011–2014 Parma 4 (0)
2012 Empoli (loan) 14 (0)
2012–2013 Padova (loan) 33 (4)
2013–2014 OFI Crete (loan) 33 (3)
2014–2016 Cesena 13 (1)
2015–2016 Lanciano (loan) 16 (0)
National team
2008 Brazil U-19
2009–2011 Brazil U-20
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 2 September 2015.

José Eduardo de Araújo or simply Zé Eduardo (born 16 August 1991), is a Brazilian footballer who plays as a defensive midfielder. He can also play at full-back or on either wing, but sees central midfield as his strongest position.[2]


Ze Eduardo began his career in 2003 with Cruzeiro Esporte Clube[3] Zé Eduardo made his debut on the last match of 2008 Campeonato Brasileiro Série A, replaced Henrique in the last minutes.

Zé Eduardo joined in August 2009 to Associação Maga Esporte Clube (which de facto an investing company[4]) for €500,000[4] and signed a 5-year contract.[5] Maga holds 75% of the transfer rights on him and Cruzeiro holds another 25%[4][6] On 31 August 2009 he was loaned to AFC Ajax.[7][8] On 9 June 2010 Ajax pulled not the sold option and he moved back to Associação Maga Esporte Clube.[9]

In July 2010, he joined Italian Serie A side Parma on loan from Maga for €500,000[10] and was called up to pre-season camp.[11] He was a member of its youth team, in although was also awarded the number 22 shirt of the first team. He played in 2011 Torneo di Viareggio.

In July 2012, he joined Serie B side Padova on loan.

In August 2013, he moves to Greek club OFI Crete on loan.

In July 2014 Zé Eduardo joined Cesena for an undisclosed fee.[12]

On 8 August 2015 Zé Eduardo joined S.S. Virtus Lanciano 1924 in a temporary deal.[13]

International career[edit]

Ze Eduardo is also former Brazil U-19 member and played for the Brazil national under-20 football team from 2009 to 2011.[14] Dudu was formerly member of the U-16 of his homeland Brazil.[15]


National Team[edit]


  1. ^ Ze Eduardo _ Ajax Amsterdam – Football Lineups
  2. ^ http://www.fcparma.com/stagione/archivio-primo-piano/9187.html
  3. ^ Tudo Do Cruzeiro: Cruzeiro vende parte de Zé Eduardo
  4. ^ a b c "Cruzeiro negocia direitos econômicos do jovem volante Zé Eduardo". Official Site of Torcida (in Portuguese). www.Cruzeiro.Org. Retrieved 15 July 2010. 
  5. ^ CBF Contract Archive (in Portuguese)[permanent dead link]
  6. ^ "Cruzeiro negocia direitos econômicos do jovem volante Zé Eduardo". Cruzeiro EC (in Portuguese). www.cruzeiro.com.br. Retrieved 15 July 2010. 
  7. ^ Ajax haalt 'zeehond' en Zé Eduardo Archived 4 September 2009 at the Wayback Machine.
  8. ^ "Eduardo loaned out to Ajax". AFC Ajax. 1 September 2009. Retrieved 15 July 2010. 
  9. ^ "Overzicht nieuwe en vertrekkende jeugd". ajaxshowtime.com (in Dutch). 9 June 2010. Retrieved 15 July 2010. 
  10. ^ Parma F.C. S.p.A. bilancio (financial report and accounts) on 30 June 2011, PDF purchased from Italian C.C.I.A.A. (in Italian)
  11. ^ "L'elenco ufficiale dei convocati per il ritiro di Levico Terme" [The official list of players called for the retreat in Levico Terme]. Parma FC (in Italian). 12 July 2010. Retrieved 15 July 2010. 
  12. ^ "Ufficializzato l'acquisto di Ze Eduardo" (in Italian). A.C. Cesena. 23 July 2014. Retrieved 14 November 2016. 
  13. ^ "Speciale Calciomercato: Arriva dal Cesena Ze Eduardo" (in Italian). S.S. Virtus Lanciano 1924. 8 August 2015. Retrieved 15 November 2016. 
  14. ^ Adilson sobe mais dois jogadores da base do Cruzeiro
  15. ^ Gothia Cup – A Breeding Ground for Tomorrow’s Soccer Stars

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