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Dedé (footballer, born 1988)

Personal information
Full name Anderson Vital da Silva
Date of birth (1988-07-01) July 1, 1988
Place of birth Volta Redonda, Brazil
Height 1.92 m (6 ft 3 12 in)
Playing position Centre back, Sweeper
Club information
Current team
Number 26
Youth career
2002–2004 Sociedade Esportiva Aliança
2005–2009 Volta Redonda
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2008–2009 Volta Redonda 28 (5)
2009–2013 Vasco da Gama 94 (7)
2013– Cruzeiro 51 (4)
National team
2011– Brazil 9 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 17 April 2013.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 15 October 2013

Anderson Vital da Silva (born July 1, 1988 in Volta Redonda), also known as Dedé, is a Brazilian footballer who currently plays as a centre back or sweeper for Cruzeiro and the Brazilian national team.

Club career

Vasco da Gama

After a poor spell Campeonato Carioca for Volta Redonda in 2009, Dedé was loaned with a buy-out clause to the Giant of the Hill. In Vasco da Gama, Dedé won his first title as a professional, the Campeonato Brasileiro Serie B in 2009, despite not having had many chances in the first team.

In 2010, Dedé started the year on the bench and had very few chances to show his skills at Vasco da Gama. However in a game against Vitória, in the quarter-final of the Copa do Brasil, Dedé was selected due to the lack of available defenders and subsequently had his contract (which would end in a month) renewed until the end of 2010. He played very well and after a string of solid and impressive displays, became the defensive backbone of Vasco da Gama, becoming a fan favourite, heavily cheered by Vasco da Gama's supporters.

In October 2010, the buy-out clause was exercised, and subsequently Dedé and Vasco da Gama signed an agreement until the end of 2014. In the same year, Dedé won the award of best right centre back in Brasileirão. In 2011, formed a rock solid duo with Anderson Martins that won the 2011 Copa do Brasil, with both players being elected the best central defenders of the 2011 Campeonato Carioca.

Currently, Dedé is considered one of the best centre backs in Brazilian football, with great acclaim from critics and fans. With great performances and the big identification with the Vasco da Gama's fans, Dedé acquired several nicknames including: ("The Myth"), "Dedéckenbauer" and even "Dedélícia" ("Dedélicious", by female fans). Dedé has become one of the great idols of the Vasco da Gama in the 21st Century, turning up the campaign poster boy "Marco1924" (promotional clock that celebrates the victory of Vasco da Gama against racism in football), along with Fernando Prass.[1][2] On July 11, was elected by SBT and a popular vote as one of the 100 greatest Brazilians of all time.[3] On one of his last games for Vasco da Gama, he kissed the clubs emblem to show his love for the club even with his transfer.


On April 17, 2013, Dedé was confirmed as new player for Cruzeiro, the cruzerio club is chidis monastery Celestes paid a fee of R$14 million plus midfielder Allison. Wellington Paulista, on loan with West Ham was also included in the negotiation. Dedé became the most expensive player ever purchased by Cruzeiro.[4] In an interview just after his transfer he stated he never intended to leave Vasco, but he knew his transfer would put and end to the financial problems the club was having, which led him to the decision to leave. He also stated that he was very sad to leave the club and even though he is leaving Vasco, his heart is staying.[5]

Introduced in a supermarket in Belo Horizonte, home of his new club, Dedé appeared before journalists in an innovative publicity stunt.[6] He later had his transfer blocked by FERJ, main football institution from Rio de Janeiro, the state of his former Vasco da Gama. According FERJ, the reason for the blockade was due to debts owed by cruz-maltinos to the Brazilian Federal Justice. While this debt does not be paid, the defender must not keep playing for any club.[7] Despite these problems, cruzeirenses, are not worried, considering them a matter that must be resolved by Vasco.[8]

International career

In July 25, 2011, after numerous great performances by Vasco da Gama, Dedé was selected for the first time for the Brazilian national football team. This was for the friendly match against Germany, on the first call by the coach Mano Menezes after their elimination in the 2011 Copa America. On August 18, Dedé was selected again, this time for the friendly match against Ghana. Although he did not play in any of the matches. In September 5, Dedé was selected for Superclásico de las Américas, where only players who played in Brazilian football were selected. On September 14, Dedé finally debuted in Superclásico de las Américas.[9][10] On October 15, in a 2-0 friendly win against Zambia played in China, Dedé scored the second goal, heading in a free-kick cross by Neymar.

Career statistics


(Correct as of April 15, 2013)
Club Season League Copa do Brasil Copa Libertadores Copa Sudamericana State League Copa Rio Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Volta Redonda 2008 0 0 2 0 - - - - 8 2 7 0 17 3
2009 0 0 - - - - - - 13 2 - - 13 5
Total - - 2 0 - - - - 21 4 7 0 30 8
Vasco da Gama 2009 5 0 - - - - - - - - - - 5 0
2010 36 1 2 0 - - - - 1 0 - - 39 3
2011 30 6 11 1 - - 4 2 14 3 - - 59 12
2012 23 0 - - 5 1 - - 9 0 - - 37 3
2013 0 0 - - - - - - 14 4 - - 14 4
Total 94 7 13 1 5 1 4 2 38 7 0 0 154 26
Cruzeiro 2013 0 0 0 0 - - - - 0 0 - - 0 0
Total 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Career total 94 7 15 1 5 1 4 2 59 11 7 0 184 34


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