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Personal information
Full name Dirceu José Guimarães
Date of birth (1952-06-15)15 June 1952
Place of birth Curitiba, Brazil
Date of death 15 September 1995(1995-09-15) (aged 43)
Place of death Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Height 1.72 m (5 ft 7 12 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1970–1972 Coritiba 26 (1)
1973–1976 Botafogo 52 (9)
1976 Fluminense 22 (2)
1977–1978 Vasco da Gama 25 (2)
1978–1979 América 45 (2)
1979–1982 Atlético Madrid 84 (18)
1982–1983 Verona 29 (2)
1983–1984 Napoli 30 (5)
1984–1985 Ascoli 27 (5)
1985–1986 Como 25 (2)
1986–1987 Avellino 23 (6)
1988 Vasco da Gama ?? (?)
1988 Miami Sharks 17 (5)
1989–1991 Ebolitana 39 (14)
1991 Harvey Bologna (futsal) 20 (8)
1992 Benevento 11 (4)
1992–1993 Giampaoli Ancona (futsal) ?? (?)
1995 Atlético Yucatán ?? (?)
National team
1973–1986 Brazil 44 (7)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

† Appearances (goals)

Dirceu José Guimarães, known as Dirceu (Portuguese pronunciation: ; 15 June 1952 – 15 September 1995), was a football player from Brazil. He played as an attacking midfielder with many teams, in particular Botafogo and the Brazilian national team, as well as numerous Italian teams in the 1980s-early 1990s.


  • Biography 1
  • National team 2
  • Honours 3
    • Individual honours 3.1
  • References 4
  • External links 5


Dirceu was born at Curitiba, in southern Brazil. In his early career he played for Coritiba, Botagofo (1971–1975), Fluminense (1975–1977) and Vasco da Gama in his country, before spending one year in Mexico at América. In 1979 he signed for Atlético Madrid, where he remained until 1982, playing 84 games and scoring 18 goals. In 1982, he signed for Italian team Hellas Verona, the first of five Italian Serie A teams which he changed yearly (the last being Avellino in 1986–1987), before returning to Vasco da Gama. In 1988 Dirceu played in the USA for Fort Lauderdale Strikers, and in 1989–1991 he played again in southern Italy, this time for Ebolitana (1989–1992) and Benevento (1991–1992). His last two teams were MKE Ankaragücü in Turkey and Atlético Yucatán in Mexico, where he ended his career in 1995.

He died at only 43 years old in a road accident. The Ebolitana entitled its arena at Eboli, the Stadio José Guimarães Dirceu, to him.

National team

Dirceu won 44 caps (14 non-official), between June 1973 and May 1986, with the Brazilian national team, scoring seven goals.

He played the Football World Cup 1974, Football World Cup 1978 and Football World Cup 1982. He was due to go to the 1986 tournament, but was ruled out by injury. He played 11 games and scored three goals in his World Cup appearances.


Individual honours


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External links

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