|Full name||Alessandro Silva de Sousa|
|Date of birth||15 April 1983|
|Place of birth||Fortaleza, Brazil|
|Height||1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)|
|Playing position||Central Midfielder|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 11 December 2016|
? National team caps and goals correct as of 4 June 2009
He is known for his passing, aerial ability and tackling. He is a central midfielder who usually plays either in a holding midfield role or as a box-to-box midfielder. Despite often being used in a defensive position he is mainly an attacking player. He has been capped for the Brazilian national team.
In 2007, Dudu expressed his wish to leave CSKA Moscow. Olympiacos tried to sign him, but failed. In 2008, Olympiacos offered the Russian club EUR6 million. The offer was accepted and the player signed a 3-year contract deal on 6 August 2008. In May 2009, he signed a new contract with the Greek club which would last until June 2013 with a buyout clause of EUR8.5 million. On 7 April 2011, Olympiacos agreed to sell Dudu Cearense to Atlético Mineiro for a fee of EUR1,1 million. Dudu signed a 3-year contract with the Brazilian team. In 2012 he moved to Goiás until the end of his contract in January 2014. Goiás wanted to extend with the player but he wanted to return to Europe. On 27 January 2014, he agreed with the Greek Club OFI for 1,5-year contract.
On 5 June 2014, he agreed for a one-year contract worth $245,000 with Maccabi Netanya of the Israel Premier League (biggest contract in the history of the club). 3 weeks later it was reported Dudu is injured and was in poor shape. He was released on 22 September. He never played for Netanya in the league and only made two appearances in the Toto Cup. He is considered the biggest flop in the club's history, mainly for the fact he never even played once in the league and the club had to pay $50,000 compensation after his release.
On 10 January 2015, he moved back to Brazil and agreed to a contract with Fortaleza.
|Club||Season||League||National Cup||League Cup||Continental||Other||Total|
|Kashiwa Reysol||2004||J1 League||11||2||0||0||3||0||-||-||14||2|
|Stade Rennais||2004-05||Ligue 1||15||1||-||-||15||1|
|CSKA Moscow||2005||Russian Premier League||21||3||1||0||-||3||0||1||0||26||3|
|Atlético Mineiro||2011||Série A||13||3||-||-||13||3|
|OFI Crete||2014-15||Superleague Greece||11||3||3||1||-||-||-||14||4|
|Maccabi Netanya||2014-15||Israeli Premier League||0||0||0||0||2||0||-||-||2||0|
|Brazil national team|
Last update: 28 November 2006
|Brazil||2003 FIFA Confederations Cup||Senior||0||0||Round 1|
|Brazil||2003 FIFA World Youth Championship||U-20||7||4||Champion|
|Brazil||Copa América 2004||Senior||1||0||Champion|