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Diego Souza
Personal information
Full name Diego de Souza Andrade
Date of birth 17 June 1985 (1985-06-17) (age 24)
Place of birth    Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Height 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Attacking midfielder
Club information
Current club Palmeiras
Number 7
Youth career
2002–2003 Fluminense
Senior career1
Years Club App (Gls)*
2003–2005
2005–2008
2005–2006
2007
2008–
Fluminense
Benfica
Flamengo (loan)
Grêmio (loan)
Palmeiras
040 00(3)
002 00(0)
023 00(5)
029 00(8)
067 0(19)   
National team2
2008
2009–
Brazil U-23
Brazil
012 00(4)
001 00(0)

1 Senior club appearances and goals
counted for the domestic league only and
correct as of February 10, 2010.
2 National team caps and goals correct
as of February 10, 2010.
* Appearances (Goals)

Diego de Souza Andrade or simply Diego Souza (born 17 June 1985 in Rio de Janeiro) is a Brazilian midfielder. He currently plays for Palmeiras.

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Career

Diego Souza began playing club football for Fluminense in the Brazilian League where he quickly impressed and earned a move to Europe. Benfica signed him on a loan deal from Flamengo. In 2007, he went on loan to Grêmio. He was influential at Grêmio scoring a handful of goals most notably a set-piece against Santos FC as they made the Copa Libertadores final losing out to Boca Juniors. In 2008, he moved to Palmeiras for €3.75m.[1] He signed a contract until December 2011.

On 18 April 2009, he received a red card after an argument during the state semi finals match against Santos. He later took the player down after coming back to the field.

On 29 November 2009, he scored a magnificent goal against Atlético Mineiro from the mid-field area. At the same year in the Série A, Diego Souza helped Palmeiras lead until the end, but lost the title in the last rounds of the tournment. But at the end of Série A in 2009, Diego Souza was voted by Placar the best player of the tournment, winning the Bola de Ouro.

National team

Diego was part of the winning Brazil U-23 side. Diego was first spotted by Benfica helping Brazil U-17 to victory at the 2001 South American Under 17 Football Championship in Peru. Diego Souza was called to play for Brazil national football team, in a game aganist Chile. He made his debut against [[Bolivia national football team|Bolivia]].

Career statistics

Club Season League Cup Continental Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals!
Fluminense 2003 3 0 1 0 0 0 4 0
2004 26 2 3 1 0 0 29 3
2005 4 1 1 0 0 0 5 1
Total 33 4 4 1 0 0 37 5
Benfica 2004–05 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
Total 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
Flamengo 2006 23 5 3 1 0 0 26 6
Total 23 5 3 1 0 0 26 6
Grêmio 2007 29 8 - - 11 2 40 10
Total 29 8 - - 11 2 40 10
Palmeiras 2008 31 5 4 1 3 1 40 9
2009 33 8 - - 9 4 41 12
2010 0 0 2 1 0 0 2 1
Total 64 13 6 2 12 5 83 22
Career total 151 30 11 4 23 7 185 41

Honours

References

  1. ^ Palmeiras anuncia Diego Souza. (in Portuguese). Globo Esporte. January 12, 2008. Retrieved February 10, 2010.

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