He may not be enjoying the best phase of his career at club level, but Doni nevertheless earned a spot in Brazil's squad for the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa™. Early in the 30-year-old’s international career he won Dunga over, and has been a regular deputy to Inter Milan goalkeeper Julio Cesar.
The highlight of Doni’s time with A Seleção came in 2007, when he played in the Copa America held in Venezuela. Having been in great form for Roma, he was chosen to play in the tournament ahead of Helton. Doni featured in all six games and was a decisive figure in Brazil’s eighth continental title.
He was particularly outstanding in the semi-final against Uruguay, pulling off two excellent saves in a penalty shootout. Yet since tasting Copa America success, he has started only one more game, when his country went down 2-0 to Venezuela in a friendly. However, he continued to be a regular in Brazilian squads until mid-2009, before an injury caused him to fall behind Heurelho Gomes and then Victor in the pecking order.
Although not part of the FIFA Confederations Cup South Africa 2009-winning side, Doni was called up again towards the end of last year. He was on the bench for the friendly against Republic of Ireland at the Emirates Stadium in March 2010.
His club career took off in 2001 after impressive performances for Botafogo-SP in the Paulista state championship. A move to Corinthians followed, where he won major titles such as the Rio-Sao Paulo Cup and the Copa do Brasil in 2002, as well as the Paulista title a year later. Less notable spells with Santos, Cruzeiro and Juventude came next, before he moved to Italy in 2005.
Doni’s career took another turn for the better when he became Roma’s No1, despite having many doubters back in his homeland. During his second season in the Italian capital he was even regarded as one of Serie A’s best keepers, but come 2009/10 he had lost his place to countryman Julio Sergio and rarely featured in I Giallorossi’s fine Serie A campaign.