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 2...

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