Yuri de Souza Fonseca (born 8 August 1982), known simply as Yuri, is a Brazilian footballer who plays for Spanish club SD Ponferradina as a forward.

Yuri before a game with Ponferradina in 2014
Personal information
Full name Yuri de Souza Fonseca
Date of birth (1982-08-08) 8 August 1982 (age 37)
Place of birth Maceió, Brazil
Height 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Forward
Club information
Current team
Youth career
1990–1991 Marialvas
1994–1995 Gondim
1995–2000 Maia
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2000–2002 Maia 57 (26)
2003–2005 Boavista 14 (3)
2004Gil Vicente (loan) 15 (4)
2004–2005Estoril (loan) 19 (3)
2005–2009 Pontevedra 98 (55)
2007–2008Las Palmas (loan) 12 (0)
2009–2016 Ponferradina 216 (85)
2016 Qingdao Huanghai 30 (10)
2017– Ponferradina 87 (50)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 17 November 2019

He also holds Portuguese citizenship, and spent the majority of his professional career in Portugal and Spain, mainly with Ponferradina.

Football careerEdit

Born in Maceió, Alagoas, Yuri arrived in Portugal still in his teens, joining F.C. Maia in the second division. His performances there attracted the attention of another club in the north, Primeira Liga's Boavista FC, for which he signed in January 2003.

However, Yuri could never impose himself at the Checquereds, going on to serve two loans in the process: he helped Gil Vicente F.C. avoid top flight relegation in his five-month spell, not being able to repeat it with G.D. Estoril Praia in the following season.

In summer 2005, Yuri moved to Iberian neighbours Spain, representing lowly Pontevedra CF. He also had a loan spell at UD Las Palmas in division two,[1] but only appeared in 12 matches out of 42 without scoring.

Yuri signed for SD Ponferradina in 2009, going on to achieve two promotions to the second tier during his spell[2]– to which he contributed with 26 goals combined – and eventually becoming captain.[3][4] In the 2012–13 campaign he ranked third in the second division scorers' list at 21, helping his team to the seventh position.[5]

Personal lifeEdit

Yuri's older brother, Igor, was also a footballer and a forward. They shared teams at Maia (where they arrived at a young age) and Pontevedra.

His cousin, Charles, also played several seasons in Spain and also represented Pontevedra.[6][7]


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