BornAugust 27, 1977


Anderson Luís de Souza, commonly known as Deco, is a Brazilian-born Portuguese professional footballer who currently plays for Fluminense. Deco started off his football profile at Nacional Atlético Clube in the city of São Paulo, where he was signed by Corinthians. Deco was laternacquired by Benfica of Lisbon at the gae of 19. Benfica then decided to loan Deco to the Liga de Honra club Alverca, where he played for a season. Deco was transferred Salgueiros in the 1998–99 season, playing 12 games and scoring two goals. He was then sold to Porto FC during the winter transfer window. Deco was one of the key players in Porto's UEFA Cup final 3–2 win over Celtic that year. In the 2003–04 season, Deco helped Porto recapture the national title and led the team to the 2004 UEFA Champions League Final, in which Porto won 3–0 over AS Monaco. Deco signed a four-year deal with the Catalan side on 6 July 2004. In December 2004, he came second in France Football's Ballon d'Or 2004 award,. On 14 May 2005, Deco played in the draw against Levante UD, which gave Barcelona their 17th La Liga title. He also was named Barcelona's player of the season in the 2005–06 season. Deco won the UEFA Best Midfielder Award yet again for his performance in Barça's Champions League-winning season. He was also awarded the Golden Ball at the FIFA Club World Cup and the Man of the Match award, despite losing the final to Internacional. On 30 June 2008, Chelsea signed Deco from FC Barcelona on a three-year contract for €10 million. On 6 August 2010, Deco signed a two-year contract with Brazilian club Fluminense on a free transfer. In the 2006 World Cup, Deco scored the first goal in Portugal's second Group D match against Iran. On 11 June, Deco scored the opening goal in Portugal's second match of Euro 2008, a Group A clash with the Czech Republic. Deco retired from international football having recorded 75 caps and 5 goals.
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