5, May 2021


Former Arsenal player DenilsonNeveshad a restricted national team career with Brazil. He played for his country at several youth levels but was unable to make his debut for the senior team. Denilson didn’t play for the five-time world champions even when the midfielder was at the peak of his powers in the Premier League.



Denilsoncaptained the various Brazil youth teams as from the u-15 level. He was the captain of theBrazil team to the 2005 FIFA u-17 World Cup tournament in Peru. The former Arsenal and Sao Paulo man could not save his country from losing the final of the tournament as Brazil had to settle for second place. A Carlos Vela-inspired Mexico team thrashed the Brazilians 3-0 in the final with the Los Angeles FC striker scoring one of the goals.

Silema Wanderers player Denilson was invited to the senior squad but he was unable to make his debut for the team. The 33-year-old called up to the Selecao camp in November 2006 ahead of the international friendly match with Switzerland. He took the place of fellow Arsenal midfielder Gilberto Silva in the Brazil squad after the 2002 FIFA World Cup winner pulled out due to personal reasons. Denilson was an unused substitute for that Swiss game. He didn’t get another chance to represent his country at senior level.

Denilson was a Sao Paulo player on three occasions. He started his youth career with the club before coming through their ranks to make his first team debut as a teenager in 2005. One year later, he was in England signing for Premier League club Arsenal.

The midfielder was a first team squad member at the North London club until he asked for a loan move back to Sao Paulo for his second spell in 2011. He spent two years on loan at Sao Paulo before the Gunners cancelled his contract at the end of his loan deal to allow him sign for the Brazilian club for a third time on a free transfer.

Denilsonalso played for Al Wahdain the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Cruzeiroin Brazil and Botafogo in Brazil before his present club in Malta, Silema Wanderers.