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Denílson Pereira

Denílson Pereira Neves (born 16 February 1988) is a Brazil association football who plays for São Paulo FC as a Midfielder, on loan (sports) from Arsenal F.C.. Denílson Pereira is the former captain (association football) of the Brazil national under-17 football team.

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Denílson Pereira biography

Denílson Pereira Neves (born 16 February 1988) is a Brazil association football who plays for São Paulo FC as a Midfielder, on loan (sports) from Arsenal F.C.. Denílson Pereira is the former captain (association football) of the Brazil national under-17 football team.

Early life

Born in São Paulo, Brazil, Denílson is the second of four sons born to José Neves and Luciene Pereira. Denílson Pereira father, José, is a former midfielder at Botafogo_Futebol_Clube_(PB) in Northeast_Region,_Brazil. However, Denílson Pereira was forced to quit football in order to support Denílson Pereira family. Once Denílson Pereira family moved to São Paulo, José worked as a security guard for 15 years in order to support Denílson Pereira wife and sons, but taught Denílson Pereira children the game Denílson Pereira loved. When Denílson turned 10, Denílson Pereira mother died of a heart condition. Before she died she told Denílson that Denílson Pereira would be a great footballer who would "make Denílson Pereira dad and her very happy". Denílson Pereira cried a lot when Denílson Pereira mother died and Denílson Pereira promised Denílson Pereira mother Denílson Pereira will become a footballer when Denílson Pereira is older.

Denílson and Denílson Pereira family survived extreme poverty as Denílson Pereira parents struggled to raise Denílson Pereira and Denílson Pereira brothers in the dangerous favelas in São Paulo. Many times, Denílson Pereira and Denílson Pereira brothers could not leave their home because of an ensuing gun fight. Many of Denílson's childhood friends have since died as they were involved in the drug trade.

Club career

São Paulo

Denílson Pereira started Denílson Pereira career at São Paulo FC, where Denílson Pereira was part of the side that won the 2005 Copa Libertadores de América and the 2005 FIFA Club World Championship. However, Denílson Pereira was "basically a reserve" for São Paulo FC, having only made twelve appearances for the club, eight of those coming off the substitutes' bench.


2006–07 season

On 31 August 2006, Denílson joined English club Arsenal F.C. for a fee of pound sterling3.4 million wearing the number 15. Many were surprised by Denílson Pereira transfer to Arsenal because of Denílson Pereira lack of experience in club football. Denílson Pereira has been described as "a little bit in between Tomáš Rosický and Gilberto Silva" by Arsenal manager Arsène Wenger.
Denílson was included in Arsenal's 19-man squad that travelled to face PFC CSKA Moscow in the UEFA Champions League on 17 October 2006; Denílson Pereira was named on the substitutes bench for the match, but did not play. Denílson Pereira had to wait until 24 October 2006 for Denílson Pereira first-team debut, when Denílson Pereira started a Football League Cup third round match against West Bromwich Albion F.C.. Denílson Pereira was ever-present in Arsenal's 2006-07 in English football Carling Cup campaign.

Denílson Pereira made Denílson Pereira Premier League debut for Arsenal on 30 December 2006, coming on as a substitute in a 1–0 defeat against Sheffield United F.C. at Bramall Lane.

2007–08 season

Denílson Pereira first goal for Arsenal came in the Carling Cup third round fixture against Newcastle United F.C. on 25 September 2007, sealing a 2–0 win. The good performance and goal seemed to have secured Denílson Pereira a long-term place at Arsenal after it was announced that Denílson Pereira had secured a new contract with the club on 18 October 2007. Denílson scored another long-range shot in a Carling Cup match against Sheffield United on 31 October 2007, netting the final goal in Arsenal's 3–0 win. Denílson's first league start came on 24 November 2007 in a match against Wigan Athletic F.C. and the young Brazilian once again impressed, with Arsenal eventually winning the match 2–0 thanks to late goals from William Gallas and Tomáš Rosický. Denílson Pereira received Denílson Pereira first red card at Ewood Park against Blackburn Rovers F.C. in the Carling Cup quarter-finals, where Denílson Pereira was sent off moments before extra time.

2008–09 season

Due to the sale or departure of many experienced players such as Mathieu Flamini, Gilberto Silva and Alexander Hleb, Denílson received more playing time and has since partnered Cesc Fàbregas in central midfield on many occasions. Denílson Pereira was named in the starting line-up for all of Arsenal's five competitive matches in August 2008, scoring Denílson Pereira first Premier League goal on 30 August 2008 in their 3–0 win at home to Newcastle United at the Emirates Stadium. On 13 September 2008, Denílson Pereira started and played the full 90 minutes against Blackburn Rovers at Ewood Park in a 4–0 victory for the Gunners and also got booked. Denílson Pereira continued to play as a regular for Arsenal through December and scored Denílson Pereira second Premier League goal in their 3–1 away win at Bolton Wanderers F.C. on 20 September 2008. With Fàbregas out for the last remaining months of 2008, Denílson Pereira did well to fill in for the captain and was rewarded with more playing time. Denílson added a third Premier League goal of the campaign vs. Aston Villa F.C. at Villa Park in a 2–2 draw on 26 December 2008. On 11 March 2009, Denílson Pereira converted Denílson Pereira penalty to seal a 7–6 shoot-out victory over A.S. Roma in the Champions League Round of 16 second-leg match.

2009–10 season

Denílson started the first match of the 2009–10 season with a powerful strike from 25 yards out to beat Everton F.C. goalkeeper Tim Howard, leading to Arsenal winning the match 6–1 at Goodison Park. A month later Denílson Pereira signed a new five-year deal at the Emirates Stadium.
However, Denílson Pereira was then diagnosed with a seemingly innocuous back injury. This, though, was not the case and Denílson Pereira was sidelined for two months at a crucial stage of the season. Denílson came back to action against Standard Liège on 23 November where Denílson Pereira scored Arsenal's second goal with a long-range effort in their 2–0 home win. This was Denílson's 100th appearance for the club. For the remainder Denílson went on to score goals against Hull City A.F.C., Everton F.C., Stoke City F.C. and West Ham United F.C.. Denílson scored a total of 6 goals (all the goals were scored from outside the penalty box, including a free kick against Hull City A.F.C.. At the end of the campaign, Denilson made 28 appearances with 25 of those starts and scored 5 goals altogether for the Gunners in an eventful season as they finished third in the premier league.

2010–11 season

Due to the emergence of teenage sensation Jack Wilshere and Denílson Pereira own injury concerns, Denilson appeared less often in the 2010–11 season, being used mostly as a substitute starting only six Barclays Premier League matches and featuring in just 16 in total. Overall, Denílson Pereira made 32 appearances in all competitions, 20 starts and 12 from the bench. On 19 May 2011, Denílson announced that Denílson Pereira was set to leave Arsenal in the summer and it was reported that Denílson Pereira wanted to return to Brazil. Arsenal finished in fourth place that season leaving them behind Manchester City in the places for Champions League Qualifying.

São Paulo loan

Denilson returned to former club São Paulo on loan for the 2011–12 season after confirming Denílson Pereira was to leave Arsenal earlier in the summer.
Denílson Pereira No.15 in Arsenal is given to new signing Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

International career

Denílson has played for and captained Brazil at every junior level since Denílson Pereira was a member of the under-15 squad. Denílson Pereira captained the U17s to a runners-up spot at the 2005 FIFA U-17 World Championship. In November 2006, Denílson was called up to the Brazil national football team for a friendly match against Switzerland national football team to replace Denílson Pereira Arsenal team mate Gilberto Silva who pulled out for personal reasons. However, Denílson Pereira did not make Denílson Pereira debut, as Denílson Pereira was an unused substitute in the match.

Personal life

Denílson is described as "very quiet and polite" and is often compared to Gilberto Silva, Denílson Pereira former teammate at Arsenal. Denílson often credits Gilberto with Denílson Pereira current success as Denílson Pereira acted as a "father" to Denílson Pereira when Denílson Pereira first moved from Brazil to London. Denílson Pereira typically celebrates Denílson Pereira goals by going to the corner flag and dancing a samba in front of fans, which Denílson Pereira did when Denílson Pereira scored Denílson Pereira first Premier League goal for Arsenal. Denílson Pereira is nicknamed the Brazilian Prince.


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