|Intro||Brazilian footballer and manager|
Association football player
|Birth||6 December 1975, Jaú, Brazil|
Daniel Alexandre Morales Batagello (born 6 December 1975 in Brazil) is a Brazilian former footballer, who typically played as a defensive midfielder. In April 2009, he received a Bulgarian passport.
After spending the first nine years of his career in his home country with XV de Jau, Mogi Mirim, Fernandópolis, Garça FC and Coritiba, Morales relocated to Bulgaria in December 2002, signing a contract with Naftex Burgas. During playing at Brazil Morales earned 200 appearances, scored twenty goals. He made his competitive debut for Naftex on 15 March 2003 against Cherno More Varna in the seventeen round of the Bulgarian top division. In next season (2003–04), Morales earned 27 appearances playing in the A PFG, scored six goals and provided seven assists. On 13 February 2004 he scored two goals and provided one assist in a match against Bulgarian champions CSKA Sofia. The result of the match was a 3-3 draw. In June 2004 Daniel joined the defended A PFG champions Lokomotiv Plovdiv for fee of 100 000 €. He wears shirt number twenty eight for Loko. Morales made his debut for Loko Plovdiv on 15 August 2004 against his previous team Naftex. In season 2004/05 he played in only 9 matches and in summer’2005 signed with Cherno More Varna. Morales fast becomes part of the starting team of Cherno More. The Brazilian player is uncompromising in defence and very dangerous in attack. In December 2006 he was honoured as Footballer of the Year of Varna. One months later he transferred to the most successful Bulgarian football team – CSKA Sofia. For six months in CSKA Morales earned 10 appearances playing in the A PFG, scoring one goal. In season 2007/08 he played in Lokomotiv Plovdiv. On 3 August 2008 Morales signed a one-and-a-half year contract with Spartak Varna. In the season 2008-09 he earned 27 appearances playing in the A PFG, scored seven goals and provided two assists. In June 2009 Morales signed with Lokomotiv Mezdra. From 2010 to 2011 he was scout in Chernomorets Burgas. In October 2010 he founded his own youth academy in Burgas. From 2013 Morales works at Litex as youth coach.