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Hélia Rogério de Souza (born 10 March 1970 in São Paulo), nicknamed Fofão, is a retired[1] Brazilian female volleyball player who competed for her country's national team in five consecutive Summer Olympics, starting in 1992. She won a gold medal in 2008 and twice won a bronze medal, in 1996 and 2000. She also claimed the gold medal at the 1999 Pan American Games.

Hélia Souza
Fofão Cropped.jpg
Fofão in 2010
Personal information
Full nameHélia Rogério de Souza Pinto
Born (1970-03-10) 10 March 1970 (age 49)
São Paulo, SP, Brazil
Height1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)
Weight63 kg (139 lb)
Spike283 cm (111 in)
Block264 cm (104 in)
Volleyball information
Current clubRetired
National team

She is nicknamed Fofão because of her huge cheeks similar to a famous character of a 1980s children's TV program in Brazil named "Fofão".[2]


She participated at the 1999 FIVB Volleyball Women's World Cup.[3] She won the 2006–07 CEV Cup with the Italian club Sirio Perugia and was awarded Best Setter.[4] The next season with Grupo 2002 Murcia she was awarded "Best Setter" at the 2007–08 CEV Indesit Champions League.[5]

Souza retired from the Brazil national team on 7 September 2008, after helping her country beat Dominican Republic 3-0 and won the Final Four competition.[6] From 1991, when she played her first game for Brazil, to 2008, she played 340 games for the national team.[6]

She signed with the Turkish club Fenerbahçe Acıbadem since 4 July 2010.[7]

Hélia won the bronze medal at the 2010–11 CEV Champions League with Fenerbahçe Acıbadem.[8][9]

Fofão won the silver medal at the 2013 Club World Championship playing with Unilever Vôlei.[10]

During the 2015 FIVB Club World Championship, Sousa played with the Brazilian club Rexona Ades Rio and her team lost the bronze medal match to the Swiss Voléro Zürich,[1] At age 45, this was Fofao last match, as she announced her retirement.[1]





  1. ^ a b c "Volero get it right on third try". Zurich, Switzerland: FIVB. 10 May 2015. Retrieved 11 May 2015.
  2. ^ fofão profile
  3. ^ Krastev, Todor. "Women Volleyball VIII World Cup 1999 02-16.11 Japan +9GMT - Winner Cuba". Retrieved 2018-10-25.
  4. ^ CEV. "Sirio Perugia wins CEV Cup after Champions League". Archived from the original on 2009-11-24. Retrieved 2010-04-04. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  5. ^ CEV. "Second Indesit Champions' League trophy for Colussi PERUGIA". Archived from the original on 2011-07-22. Retrieved 2010-06-10. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  6. ^ a b "Na despedida de Fofão, Brasil vence por 3 sets a 0" (in Portuguese). Gazeta Esportiva. 2008-09-07. Retrieved 2008-09-09.
  7. ^ Fofao set for Fenerbahçe Acibadem
  8. ^ CEV. "World champion FenerbahceAcibadem saves honor by claiming bronze medal". Archived from the original on 2011-03-23. Retrieved 2011-03-20. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  9. ^ CEV. "VakifGunesTTelekom completes Turkish fairy tale in Istanbul". Archived from the original on 2011-03-24. Retrieved 2011-03-20. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  10. ^ "Vakifbank Istanbul fly to first Women's Club World Champs title, China claim bronze". Zurich, Switzerland: FIVB. 2013-10-13. Retrieved 2013-10-13.

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Preceded by
  Ana Flávia Sanglard
Best Setter of
FIVB World Grand Prix

1999, 2000
Succeeded by
  Robyn Ah Mow