Zé Elias

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Zé Elias
Zé Elias - SC Rheindorf Altach.jpg
Zé Elias in 2009
Personal information
Full name José Elias Moedim Júnior
Date of birth (1976-09-25) 25 September 1976 (age 41)
Place of birth São Paulo, Brazil
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Defensive midfielder
Youth career
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1993–1996 Corinthians 60 (2)
1996–1997 Bayer Leverkusen 23 (0)
1997–1999 Internazionale 33 (0)
1999–2000 Bologna 19 (0)
2000–2003 Olympiakos 49 (2)
2003–2004 Genoa 19 (1)
2004–2005 Santos 25 (1)
2006 Metalurh Donetsk 0 (0)
2006 Guarani 1 (0)
2006–2007 Omonia 12 (1)
2008 Londrina
2008–2009 Rheindorf Altach 16 (0)
Total 257 (7)
National team
1995–1999 Brazil 10 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

José Elias Moedim Júnior (born 25 September 1976), commonly known as Zé Elias, is a Brazilian retired footballer. A defensive midfielder, he played for 12 teams in seven countries. He is a football analyst for ESPN Brasil.

Club career[edit]

Born in São Paulo, Zé Elias was one of the youngest players to ever appear for Sport Club Corinthians Paulista. He had already gained strong interest from PSV Eindhoven during his beginnings as a senior, which happened at the age of 17.

After becoming an undisputed starter at Corinthians, and first appearing for the Brazil national team at 19, Zé Elias went overseas, representing with moderate individual success Bayer 04 Leverkusen, Inter Milan, Bologna F.C. 1909, Olympiacos F.C. and Genoa CFC. He won three consecutive Superleague Greece championships with the fourth club, but appeared sparingly in the process (a maximum of 18 league appearances).

After a return to Brazil with Santos FC, Zé Elias had short-lived stints with FC Metalurh Donetsk, Guarani Futebol Clube, AC Omonia and Londrina Esporte Clube. He retired as a player in March 2008, and assumed a scouting role in Brazil for Inter Milan; however, in June, he signed a contract with SC Rheindorf Altach for the 2008–09 season, before announcing his retirement again.

International career[edit]

Zé Elias was capped ten times for Brazil. He received his first call-up on 29 March 1995, in a friendly with Honduras which ended 1–1.

Zé Elias represented the country at the 1996 Summer Olympics where he won bronze, and later at the 1996 CONCACAF Gold Cup in a runner-up finish, losing 0–2 in the final against Mexico.

Personal life[edit]

Elias' younger brother, Rubinho, is also a professional footballer. A goalkeeper, he played most of his career in Italy.[1]







  1. ^ "Sorpresa: un portiere brasiliano è Rubinho, fratello di Ze Elias" [Surprise: a Brazilian goalkeeper is Rubinho, Ze Elias's brother]. La Repubblica (in Italian). 17 July 2006. Retrieved 11 December 2015. 

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