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Conceição began his career with Rio Branco Esporte Clube in 1992. He then joined Sociedade Esportiva Palmeiras a year later, and racked up over 100 first-team appearances during his spell. This caught the attention of Spanish club Deportivo de La Coruña, who paid €5.2 million for him after the 1996 Summer Olympics. Playing alongside compatriot Mauro Silva in central midfield, Conceição gradually developed into a key force in the Galicians’ rise in Spanish football, as he scored four goals in 27 games in the team’s 1999–2000 league conquest. This led to a 2000 move to fellow La Liga side Real Madrid, worth €26 million. Although he appeared sparingly, Conceição did win two league titles and the 2001–02 edition of the UEFA Champions League – in that competition, he set up Steve McManaman for the closing 2–0 semi-final win against FC Barcelona at the Camp Nou. He spent the 2003–04 campaign on loan to Borussia Dortmund, where he was also irregularly played. In the summer of 2004, Conceição moved to Turkey’s Galatasaray SK. In his first and only season he won the Turkish Cup but failed to make the Champions League, thus activating a clause in his contract which allowed him to leave, and he signed for Panathinaikos F.C. of Greece.