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Dante Bonfim Costa Santos, known by the shortened name of Dante, was born in Salvador, Bahia on 18 October 1983. Primarily a central defender, he has also played at left back and in a defensive midfield role and is known for his power, tackling and aerial ability. He is regarded as something of a late bloomer in the sport, only attracting widespread attention for his performances during his late twenties.

After graduating from Juventude's youth academy, Dante made his debut for the club's senior team in 2002 and became an important member of the squad before making a move to Europe to play for Lille. His time in France was ultimately unsuccessful, as he made just 12 league appearances in three seasons. In 2006, he moved to Belgian side Charleroi, before transferring to Standard Liège in 2007, where he helped the team to win the 2007-08 Belgian Pro League.

Dante's performances for Standard Liège attracted the attention of German club Borussia Mönchengladbach, who signed him in the middle of the 2008-09 campaign. Over the course of the next few seasons, he made over 100 appearances in all competitions and emerged as a cult favourite, with many supporters sporting afro wigs in tribute to his trademark hair. Prior to the 2012-13 season, he joined Bayern Munich for a fee of €4.7 million. His first season was a huge success, as the team won the UEFA Champions League, the Bundesliga and the DFB-Pokal. Dante was singled out for praise by captain Phillip Lahm, who described him as one of the best defenders he had ever played alongside.

As with his club career, Dante came onto the international scene relatively late in his career, making his debut for Brazil's senior team in 2013 in a friendly match against England. Later that year, he was part of the squad that went on to win the FIFA Confederations Cup, notably scoring against Italy during the group stage.

Headlines

Dante highlights Rooney threat

Dante highlights Rooney threat

by Football News

Bayern Munich defender Dante believes Wayne Rooney could pose the biggest threat to their UEFA Champions League hopes this term... Read more

Dante wary of 'world-class' Rooney

Dante wary of 'world-class' Rooney

by Football News

Bayern Munich defender Dante is wary of the threat posed by Wayne Rooney if he is passed fit for Wednesday’s UEFA Champions League showdown... Read more

Career

Season Team Comp
2013/2014
Bundesliga
2163 26 24 2 1 5 2 3 0 0
2012/2013
Bundesliga
2610 29 29 0 0 3 1 4 0 0
2011/2012
Bundesliga
2970 33 33 0 0 0 0 7 0 0
2010/2011
Bundesliga
1450 17 16 1 3 1 2 4 1 1
2009/2010
Bundesliga
2850 32 32 0 0 0 3 5 0 1
2008/2009
Pro League
1284 15 15 0 1 0 1 6 1 1
2008/2009
Bundesliga
825 10 9 1 1 1 3 1 0 0
2007/2008
Pro League
0 32 32 0 0 0 1 0 0 0
2006/2007
Pro League
0 15 15 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2006/2007
Pro League
0 12 12 0 0 0 1 0 0 0
2005/2006
Pro League
0 11 11 0 0 0 1 0 0 0
2005/2006
Ligue 1
0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2004/2005
Ligue 1
0 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2003/2004
Ligue 1
0 6 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2003
Serie A
0 19 19 0 0 0 1 8 0 0
Total 14152 260 256 4 6 10 16 38 2 3

Transfers & Loans

2012
1 Jul
€ 4,700,000
2009
8 Jan
€ 2,500,000
2007
1 Jan
€ 600,000
2005
1 Aug
€ 100,000
2004
1 Jan
Transfer

Games Played

Date Match  
19 Apr 2014 0 2 0 0 0
12 Apr 2014 0 3 0 0 0
5 Apr 2014 1 0 0 0 0
29 Mar 2014 3 3 0 0 0
25 Mar 2014 1 3 0 0 0
22 Mar 2014 0 2 0 0 0
8 Mar 2014 1 6 0 0 0
1 Mar 2014 5 1 0 0 0
23 Feb 2014 0 4 0 0 0
15 Feb 2014 4 0 1 1 0
8 Feb 2014 0 2 0 0 0
2 Feb 2014 5 0 1 0 0
29 Jan 2014 1 2 0 1 0
24 Jan 2014 0 2 0 0 0
14 Dec 2013 3 1 0 0 0
7 Dec 2013 0 7 0 0 0
30 Nov 2013 2 0 0 0 0
23 Nov 2013 0 3 0 0 0
9 Nov 2013 3 0 0 0 0
2 Nov 2013 1 2 0 0 0
19 Oct 2013 4 1 0 0 0
5 Oct 2013 1 1 0 0 0
28 Sep 2013 1 0 0 0 0
21 Sep 2013 0 4 0 0 0
14 Sep 2013 2 0 0 0 0
27 Aug 2013 1 1 0 0 0
24 Aug 2013 2 0 0 0 0
17 Aug 2013 0 1 0 1 0
9 Aug 2013 3 1 -1 0 0