Former footballer and 2002 World Cup champion
The Brazilian Denilson de Oliveira is a former Real Betis Balompié player. He was international with the Brazilian national soccer team on 61 occasions. In 1997 he was proclaimed champion of the Copa América, and that same year he also conquered the Confederations Cup, winning the Golden Ball which credited him as the best player of the tournament. He participated in the 1998 World Cup in France, playing all the matches of the championship. Brazil finished the tournament as runner-up of the world. Four years later, he participated in the 2002 World Cup in South Korea and Japan. Denílson played two games in the group stage, against Turkey and China. Afterwards, Brazil played three more matches (against Belgium, England and Turkey) before defeating Germany in the final.