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Last Updated: Tuesday, 25 May, 2004, 14:20 GMT 15:20 UK
Deco
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Portugal's Deco
Born: 27/08/77
Club: Porto
Position: Midfielder
Debut: 29/03/03 v Brazil
Gifted playmaker Deco has been the star of Porto's brilliant 2004 Champions League campaign.

Deco was born in Brazil but accepted an offer to play for Portugal, where he has played since 1998.

He capped a memorable international debut by scoring Portugal's winning goal against his native Brazil in 2003.

Interest in signing Deco from foreign clubs intensified after his magnificent display in Porto's 2003 Uefa Cup final success over Celtic.

He has been a regular goalscorer for both club and country, but it is his ability to create goals for others that has made him one of Europe's hottest properties.

Deco's style is similar to the great Brazilian playmakers of the past with fantastic skill on the ball and tremendous free-kicks.


Did you know? Deco is called the 'Magical Number 10' by Porto fans.




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