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Bayern's bargain Brazilian

  • Since moving to the Bundesliga from Standard Liege, Dante's tough tackling and aerial prowess have seen him flourish
  • His defensive displays for Gladbach during the 2011/12 season earned the Brazilian a move to FC Bayern in summer 2012
  • Recognised for his afro hairstyle the centre-back has become a household name in German football

Dante Bonfim Costa Santos, better known simply as 'Dante', joined FC Bayern Munich in the summer of 2012 after three years at Borussia Mönchengladbach.

The Brazilian (born 18 October 1983 in Salvador da Bahia) moved to Europe as a 20-year-old and after stints at Lille, Charleroi and Standard Liege (with whom he won the Belgian league in 2007/08), he switched to Germany and Gladbach in January 2009.

Fixture for the Foals

Dante quickly settled into the relegation-threatened side and over and above his stabilising influence in the centre of the defence, chipped in with a couple of goals against Energie Cottbus and Borussia Dortmund in his debut Bundesliga campaign as the Foals eventually steered clear of the drop zone.

A contract extension duly followed in the summer of 2010 and he went on to establish himself as the team's defensive linchpin. He played in 33 of Gladbach's 34 league games in their astonishing 2011/12 season, which ended with the club reaching UEFA Champions League qualification rounds. He made a total of 93 league appearances for the Foals, scoring eight goals

Unmistakeable mop

Dante is well-known for his occasionally outlandish hairdos, the most famous of which is a large afro. Such was his popularity at the Borussia Park, that fans would frequently turn up to games wearing afro-wigs in his honour. And he quickly became a cult hero at Bayern too, rarely missing a game in their record-breaking 2012/13 season.

So impressive was his form in Bavaria that the centre-back was called up to the Brazilian national team for the first time and also earned a place in his country's squad as they lifted the 2013 Confederations Cup on home soil.

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