Leandro de Deus Santos

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Full name Leandro de Deus Santos
Date of birth (1977-04-26) 26 April 1977 (age 40)
Place of birth Belo Horizonte, Brazil
Height 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Youth career
Atlético Mineiro
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1999–2005 Atlético Mineiro 4 (0)
1999 Uberlândia (loan)
2001 Guarani-MG (loan)
2002–2004 Borussia Dortmund II (loan) 37 (8)
2002–2004 Borussia Dortmund (loan) 12 (2)
2005 SønderjyskE (loan) 4 (1)
2006–2007 SønderjyskE
2008 Toledo Work
2010 Brasília
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Leandro de Deus Santos (born 26 April 1977 in Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais), known as Leandro or Léo de Deus, is a Brazilian retired footballer who played as a midfielder.

Football career[edit]

In 2002, Leandro moved to Borussia Dortmund in Germany, on loan from Clube Atlético Mineiro. He spent the vast majority of his two-season spell with the B-team, scoring the first of his two Bundesliga goals on 15 March 2003 against Hannover 96 after only three minutes on the pitch (2–0 home win);[1] ten of his 12 league appearances were made as a substitute – in a rare start, on 12 November 2002, he played 80 minutes in a 0–1 away loss against AJ Auxerre for the campaign's UEFA Champions League, his first and only game in the competition.[2]

Leandro then spent two seasons in Denmark with SønderjyskE Fodbold, the first still owned by Atlético. He eventually retired from football in 2010 at the age of 33, after spells with Brazilian amateur clubs.

Personal life[edit]

Leandro's younger brothers, Dedé and Cacá, were also footballers. They too had spells in German football, and he coincided with the former at Borussia during his stint.[3]


Borussia Dortmund


  1. ^ "Dortmund 2:0, weil Hannover und der Schiri mithalfen…" [Dortmund 2:0, because Hannover and the ref helped…]. B.Z. (in German). 16 March 2003. Retrieved 1 August 2016. 
  2. ^ "Change pays off for Auxerre". UEFA.com. 12 November 2002. Retrieved 1 August 2016. 
  3. ^ "Ich hätte gerne für Deutschland gespielt" [I would have liked to play for Germany]. Der Spiegel (in German). 13 February 2004. Retrieved 15 April 2012. 

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