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Dionatan do Nascimento Teixeira (24 July 1992 – 5 November 2017) was a Brazilian-born Slovakian professional footballer who played as a centre-back.

Dionatan Teixeira
SV Mattersburg vs FK Dukla Banská Bystrica 2013-06-21 (20).jpg
Teixeira with Dukla Banská Bystrica in 2013
Personal information
Full name Dionatan do Nascimento Teixeira[1]
Date of birth (1992-07-24)24 July 1992
Place of birth Londrina, Brazil
Date of death 5 November 2017(2017-11-05) (aged 25)[2]
Place of death Londrina, Brazil
Height 1.93 m (6 ft 4 in)[3]
Playing position Centre-back
Youth career
2006–2008 Londrina
2008–2009 Košice
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2009–2012 Košice 2 (0)
2011–2012Slovan Bratislava (loan) 0 (0)
2012 Baník Ružiná 9 (1)
2013–2014 Dukla Banská Bystrica 35 (3)
2014–2017 Stoke City 2 (0)
2015Fleetwood Town (loan) 8 (0)
2017 Sheriff Tiraspol 10 (0)
Total 66 (4)
National team
2013–2014 Slovakia U21 8 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Teixeira began playing football with local side Londrina EC in Brazil before he was given the opportunity to play in Europe with Slovakian side MFK Košice in 2008. He played in the youth teams at Košice and went on trials with a number of clubs in England. A failure to gain a work permit ended any chances of him joining an English club, and after playing on loan for Slovan Bratislava in 2011–12 he was released by Košice.

After briefly playing amateur football he moved on to Baník Ružiná and then to Slovak Super Liga side Dukla Banská Bystrica. In 2013 Teixeira was granted Slovak citizenship and after impressing Stoke City whilst on trial he joined them on a three-year contract in June 2014. However, he failed to make any impact at Stoke and left in January 2017 and later joined Moldovan side Sheriff Tiraspol.

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CareerEdit

Early careerEdit

Teixeira began his career with local team Londrina EC in his native Brazil.[4] At the age of 16 he decided to move into European football and earned a youth contract with Slovak side MFK Košice.[4] In 2009 Teixeria went on trial with a number of English teams including Middlesbrough, Blackburn Rovers, Newcastle United and Manchester City.[5]

He returned to Košice in April 2009 and made his first team debut on 18 April 2009 against MFK Dubnica.[6] After a lack of opportunity at Košice he went on loan to Slovan Bratislava for the 2011–12 season but spent his time in Bratislava playing in the B team.[1] He left Košice in the summer of 2012 and after spending time playing for local amateur side Slovan Čeľadice he joined 2. Liga side Baník Ružiná.[1] In March 2013 he joined Slovak Super Liga side Dukla Banská Bystrica.[6]

In January 2014 Teixeira had a trial at Reading and at Stoke City in March 2014.[7]

Stoke CityEdit

On 11 June 2014, he signed a three-year contract with Stoke City, with Chief Executive Tony Scholes saying — "We have been following Dionatan's progress for some time and we're delighted to have secured his services because there's no doubt he's a talented player with a great deal of potential."[8][9] Stoke manager Mark Hughes stated that whilst on trial Teixeira reminded him of Ryan Nelsen who played for Hughes at Blackburn Rovers. —"Dionatan came in on trial and I've done that before with the likes of Chris Samba and Ryan Nelsen, who we had the opportunity to bring in at Blackburn. When you can look at players close up you get a better impression of what their capabilities are. We did it with Dionatan and he looked really good".[10]

Teixeira's start to his Stoke City career was hampered after he broke his foot in training which ruled him out for most of the 2014–15 season.[11] He made his Premier League debut for Stoke on 21 February 2015, coming on as a substitute in a 2–1 victory against Aston Villa.[12]

On 3 October 2015, he joined League One side Fleetwood Town on loan.[13] He spent three months with the club making ten appearances before returning to Stoke.[14] Teixeira again featured just once as a substitute for Stoke in 2015–16, away at Bournemouth in February 2016.[15] In May 2016 he had a trial at MLS side Orlando City.[16]

Teixeira's contract with Stoke was terminated in January 2017 after making just two appearances as substitute.[17]

Sheriff TiraspolEdit

On 17 February 2017, Teixeira signed for Moldovan club Sheriff Tiraspol.[18]

DeathEdit

On 5 November 2017, Teixeira suffered a fatal heart attack in Londrina, Brazil.[2][19]

International careerEdit

Teixeira gained a Slovak passport in August 2013.[20] After that he was a regular member of the Slovak U-21 team.[1]

Personal lifeEdit

His younger brother Marcão also became a professional footballer.[21]

Career statisticsEdit

 
Teixeira playing for Dukla Banská Bystrica in 2013

Source:[22]

Club Season League Cup League Cup Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
MFK Košice 2009–10 Slovak Super Liga 2 0 0 0 2 0
2010–11 Slovak Super Liga 0 0 0 0 0 0
2011–12 Slovak Super Liga 0 0 0 0 0 0
Baník Ružiná 2012–13 Slovak 2. Liga 9 1 0 0 9 1
Dukla Banská Bystrica 2012–13 Slovak Super Liga 13 0 0 0 13 0
2013–14 Slovak Super Liga 22 3 0 0 22 3
Stoke City 2014–15 Premier League 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
2015–16 Premier League 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Fleetwood Town (loan) 2015–16 League One 8 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 10 0
Sheriff Tiraspol 2016–17 Moldovan National Division 10 0 2 0 0 0 12 0
Career total 66 4 2 0 0 0 2 0 70 4

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d "In Profile: Dionatan Teixeira". Stoke City F.C. Retrieved 13 June 2014.
  2. ^ a b "Stoke City rocked by death of former player Dionatan Teixeira". Stoke Sentinel. Retrieved 5 November 2017.
  3. ^ "Premier League Player Profile Dionatan Teixeira". Premier League. Barclays Premier League. 2015. Retrieved 15 January 2015.
  4. ^ a b "Meet the new promise of the base Avai". infoesporte.com.br. Retrieved 29 April 2014.
  5. ^ DIONATHAN NO MANCHESTER CITY ! 10 July 2009, jorgejr9.blogspot.com
  6. ^ a b "Brazilian Nascimento Teixeira becomes youngest player in Slovak Premier league". MFK Kosice. Retrieved 13 June 2014.
  7. ^ "Stoke City: Boy from Brazil checks in at the Brit". Stoke Sentinel. Retrieved 29 April 2014.
  8. ^ "Double Swoop Makes It Four". Stoke City FC. Retrieved 11 June 2014.
  9. ^ "Stoke complete signings of Mame Biram Diouf and Dionatan Teixeira". BBC Sport. Retrieved 11 June 2014.
  10. ^ "Hughes hopes Dionatan Teixeria will be new Ryan Nelsen". Stoke Sentinel. Retrieved 12 July 2014.
  11. ^ "Injuries leave Potters with just TWO defenders in training in build-up for Burnley match". Stoke Sentinel. Retrieved 24 January 2015.
  12. ^ "Aston Villa 1–2 Stoke". BBC Sport. Retrieved 22 February 2015.
  13. ^ "Trio added to Town's ranks ahead of Scunthopre clash". Fleetwood Town. Retrieved 3 October 2015.
  14. ^ "Dionatan Teixeira". Soccerbase. Retrieved 18 February 2016.
  15. ^ "Bournemouth 1–3 Stoke". BBC Sport. Retrieved 19 May 2016.
  16. ^ "Stoke City defender Dionatan Teixeira on trial with Orlando City". Orlando Sentinel. Retrieved 19 May 2016.
  17. ^ "Teixeira Departs". Stoke City. Retrieved 26 January 2017.
  18. ^ "Добро пожаловать, Джонатан". fc-sheriff.com (in Russian). FC Sheriff Tiraspol. 17 February 2017. Retrieved 17 February 2017.
  19. ^ "Former Stoke defender Dionatan Teixeira dies aged 25". Sky Sports. Retrieved 5 November 2017.
  20. ^ "Prvý Brazílčan za Slovensko!". Sport.sk. Retrieved 13 June 2014.
  21. ^ "Galatasaray star's tribute to tragic Stoke City defender Dionatan Teixeira". Stoke Sentinel. Retrieved 29 May 2019.
  22. ^ Dionatan Teixeira at Soccerway. Retrieved 9 May 2014.

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