Dudu Cearense

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Dudu Cearense
Personal information
Full nameAlessandro Silva de Sousa
Date of birth (1983-04-15) 15 April 1983 (age 35)
Place of birth Fortaleza, Brazil
Height 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Central Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Free agent
Youth career
1998 Ceará
1998–2000 Vitória
Senior career*
2000–2003 Vitória 49 (6)
2004 Kashiwa Reysol 11 (2)
2004–2005 Rennes 15 (1)
2005–2008 CSKA Moscow 74 (8)
2008–2011 Olympiacos 64 (7)
2011–2012 Atlético Mineiro 17 (3)
2012–2013 Goiás 23 (2)
2014 OFI Crete 11 (3)
2014 Maccabi Netanya 0 (0)
2015–2016 Fortaleza 7 (2)
2016–2018 Botafogo 29 (1)
National team
2002–2003 Brazil U-20 16 (7)
2003–2004 Brazil U-23 9 (3)
2004–2007 Brazil 12 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league onlyand correct as of 11 December 2016
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 4 June 2009

Alexandro Silva de Sousa (born 15 April 1983 in Fortaleza, Ceará), known as Dudu Cearense or simply Dudu, is a Brazilian footballer who last played for Botafogo.

Fortaleza Municipality in Brazil

Fortaleza is the state capital of Ceará, located in Northeastern Brazil. It belongs to the Metropolitan mesoregion of Fortaleza and microregion of Fortaleza. Located 2285 km from Brasilia, the federal capital, the city has developed on the banks of the creek Pajeú, and its name is an allusion to Fort Schoonenborch, which gave rise to the city, built by the Dutch during their second stay in the area between 1649 and 1654. The motto of Fortaleza, present in its coat of arms is the Latin word Fortitudine, which means "with strength/courage".

Ceará State of Brazil

Ceará is one of the 27 states of Brazil, located in the northeastern part of the country, on the Atlantic coast. It is the eighth-largest Brazilian State by population and the 17th by area. It is also one of the main tourist destinations in Brazil. The state capital is the city of Fortaleza, the country's fourth most populous city.

Football in Brazil

Association football is the most popular sport in Brazil and a prominent part of its national identity. The Brazil national football team has won the FIFA World Cup tournament five times, the most of any team, in 1958, 1962, 1970, 1994 and 2002. Brazil and Germany are the only teams to succeed in qualifying for all the World Cups for which they entered the qualifiers; Brazil is the only team to participate in every World Cup competition ever held. It is among the favorites to win the trophy every time the competition is scheduled. After Brazil won its third World Cup in 1970, they were awarded the Jules Rimet Trophy permanently. But 365 days before World Cup 2014 began, Brazil's FIFA World Rank dropped to 22nd, an all-time-low position. Brazil has also won an Olympic Gold Medal, at the 2016 Summer Olympics held in Rio de Janeiro.


He is known for his passing, aerial ability and tackling. He is a central midfielder who usually plays either in a holding midfield role or as a box-to-box midfielder. Despite often being used in a defensive position he is mainly an attacking player. He has been capped for the Brazilian national team.

Midfielder association football position played on both ends of the field

midfielder is an association football position. Midfielders are generally positioned on the field between their team's defenders and forwards. Some midfielders play a disciplined defensive role, breaking up attacks, and are otherwise known as defensive midfielders. Others blur the boundaries, being more mobile and efficient in passing: they are commonly referred to as deep-lying midfielders, play-makers, box-to-box, or holding midfielders. The number of midfielders on a team and their assigned roles depends on the team's formation; the collective group of these players on the field is sometimes referred to as the midfield.

The Brazil national football team represents Brazil in international men's association football. Brazil is administered by the Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF), the governing body for football in Brazil. They have been a member of FIFA since 1923 and member of CONMEBOL since 1916.


In 2007, Dudu expressed his wish to leave CSKA Moscow. Olympiacos tried to sign him, but failed. In 2008, Olympiacos offered the Russian club €6 million. The offer was accepted and the player signed a 3-year contract deal on 6 August 2008. [1] In May 2009, he signed a new contract with the Greek club which would last until June 2013 with a buyout clause of €8.5 million. On 7 April 2011, Olympiacos agreed to sell Dudu Cearense to Atlético Mineiro for a fee of €1,1 million. Dudu signed a 3-year contract with the Brazilian team. In 2012 he moved to Goiás until the end of his contract in January 2014. Goiás wanted to extend with the player but he wanted to return to Europe. On 27 January 2014, he agreed with the Greek Club OFI for 1,5-year contract.

PFC CSKA Moscow Russian association football club in Moscow

PFC Central Sport Club of the Army Moscow is a Russian professional football club. It is based in Moscow, playing its home matches at the 30,000-capacity VEB Arena. The club is the best known part of the CSKA Moscow sports club.

Olympiacos F.C. Greek association football club

Olympiacos Football Club, also known simply as Olympiacos, Olympiacos Piraeus or with its full name as Olympiacos C.F.P., is a Greek professional football club based in Piraeus, Athens. Part of the major multi-sport club Olympiacos CFP, their name was inspired from the ancient Olympic Games and along with the club's emblem, the laurel-crowned Olympic athlete, symbolize the Olympic ideals of ancient Greece. Their home ground is the Karaiskakis Stadium, a 32,115-capacity stadium in Piraeus.

Goiás Esporte Clube Brazilian association football club

Goiás Esporte Clube, also known as Goiás, is a Brazilian sports club, best known for its association football team, located in Goiânia, Goiás state. Biggest club of the Central-Western, Goiás have won the Brazilian's second tier Série B twice, also 28 Campeonato Goiano and 3 Copa Centro-Oeste. Goiás' football team has been a mainstay in premiere Brazilian league Série A, been promoted to Latin America's Copa Libertadores thrice and South America's Copa Sudamericana six times.

On 5 June 2014, he agreed for a one-year contract worth $245,000 with Maccabi Netanya of the Israel Premier League (biggest contract in the history of the club). 3 weeks later it was reported Dudu is injured and was in poor shape. He was released on 22 September. He never played for Netanya in the league and only made two appearances in the Toto Cup. [2] [3] He is considered the biggest flop in the club's history, mainly for the fact he never even played once in the league and the club had to pay $50,000 compensation after his release. [4]

Toto Cup Hebrew soccer tournaments

The Toto Cup is an association football tournament that exists separately in the two highest divisions in Israel: the Premier League and Liga Leumit.

On 10 January 2015, he moved back to Brazil and agreed to a contract with Fortaleza.

Fortaleza Esporte Clube association football club

Fortaleza Esporte Clube, usually known as Fortaleza, is primarily a football club, but is active in other sports such as futsal, handball and basketball. Fortaleza Esporte Clube is based in Fortaleza, capital of the State of Ceará, Brazil. The club was founded on October 18, 1918, emerged from an earlier club called Stella, under the name Fortaleza Sporting Club.

Career statistics


As of match played 22 February 2018 [5] [6]
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
ClubSeasonLeagueNational CupLeague CupContinentalOtherTotal
Vitória 2001 Série A 0000
2002 180180
2003 316316
Kashiwa Reysol 2004 J1 112112
Stade Rennais 2004–05 Ligue 1 151151
CSKA Moscow [7] 2005 Russian Premier League 21310-3010263
2006 28272-8110445
2007 15120-7010251
2008 10120-00-121
Olympiacos 2008–09 Superleague Greece 263-71-334
2009–10 204-101-305
2010–11 190-43-233
Atlético Mineiro 2011 Série A 133133
2012 4040
Goiás 2012 Série B 4141
2013 Série A 19170165426
OFI Crete 2014–15 Superleague Greece 11331144
Maccabi Netanya 2014–15 Israeli Premier League 00002020
Fortaleza 2015 Série C 622070152
2016 1030162202
Botafogo 2016 Série A 1611000161
2017 130104071241
2018 00004040
Career total301342932043653842851


Brazil national team

Performances in major international tournaments

Last update: 28 November 2006

TeamCompetitionCategoryAppsGoalsTeam Record
Flag of Brazil.svg  Brazil 2003 FIFA Confederations Cup Senior00Round 1
Flag of Brazil.svg  Brazil 2003 FIFA World Youth Championship U-2074Champion
Flag of Brazil.svg  Brazil Copa América 2004 Senior10Champion



CSKA Moscow
Atlético Mineiro


Brazil U-20


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