Zé Elias in 2009
|Full name||José Elias Moedim Júnior|
|Date of birth||25 September 1976|
|Place of birth||São Paulo, Brazil|
|Height||1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)|
|Playing position||Defensive midfielder|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
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.
- "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.