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Deco, the Football player announced Retirement

Aug 26, 2013 12:08 IST

Anderson Luís de Sousa, commonly known as Deco (35), announced his retirement from professional football on 26 August 2013. Deco, is a retired Brazilian-born Portuguese professional footballer who last played for Fluminense club.

Deco played in two World Cups and two European Championships with Portugal. He won the Champions League with FC Porto in 2004 and with Barcelona in 2006.

Deco played a total of 686 matches with eight clubs and the Portuguese national team. He scored 116 goals and won 23 titles, including 11 with FC Porto, where he played from 1999-2004. He left Portugal to play with Barcelona, where he won the Spanish league twice. Chelsea was his last club in Europe. He left the team in 2010 after winning the Premier League.

Deco left Brazil early in his career after not being able to secure a place on some of the country's top teams. He decided to seek Portuguese citizenship after realizing he was not going to earn a place in Brazil's national team. He quickly became a regular player with Portugal and helped it to reach the final of the 2004 Euros and the quarterfinal four years later.

Deco retired from international football after a second round defeat to Spain in the 2010 World cup.

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