Josue's value went largely unnoticed during eight years with Goias, despite helping them win five state titles. The honours have continued to flow his way since a 2004 transfer to Sao Paulo, and so too has the recognition.
A short, resilient defensive midfielder, he was a consistent influence as O Tricolor Paulista won the Campeonato Paulista, Copa Libertadores and FIFA Club World Cup in 2005. Although an infrequent provider of assists or goals, the steel he provided in front of Sao Paulo's back four then helped them claim Campeonato Brasileiro gold in 2006 and 2007.
He left for Wolfsburg midway through the latter campaign and, after an unconvincing start, has adapted well to the rigours of life in the German Bundesliga.
Josue earned a place in Brazil's Copa America 2007 squad and although he began the campaign from the bench, he finished it as part of a three-man defensive-midfield unit alongside Gilberto Silva and Mineiro - one that aided A Seleção's capture of the crown after a poor start.
Thereafter, he has been a lock for Dunga's call-ups during 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa™ qualifying and was a member of the FIFA Confederations Cup-winning squad in 2009.