Aílton José Almeida
|Full name||Aílton José Almeida|
|Date of birth||20 August 1984|
|Place of birth||Hematita, Itabira, Brazil|
|Height||1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)|
|Current club||Terek Grozny|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 8 December 2013.
† Appearances (Goals).
Aílton José Almeida (born 20 August 1984 in Hematita, Santa Maria de Itabira, Minas Gerais), simply known as Aílton (Brazilian Portuguese: [a.ˈiwtõⁿ]), is a Brazilian footballer who plays for Terek Grozny in the Russian Premier League.
He moved to F.C. Copenhagen from Swedish Örgryte IS on 1 January 2007 for 22 million Danish kroner, which is the transfer record for a Danish club. Both F.C. Copenhagen and Brøndby IF struggled for Almeida's signature, but after some hesitation from Brøndby IF, he ended up at F.C. Copenhagen.
Scoring in his only second game for F.C. Copenhagen against Brøndby IF in one of the New Firm matches, he was considered a new star and a start of a new era for the club, which for many years had suffered from the lack of goals from the strikers, however, he did not manage to follow up his performance, and was subsequently placed on the bench as a substitute. On 15 April 2007, Ailton scored on a bicycle kick in F.C. Copenhagen's 4–2 win over OB, which led to many people thinking he's breakthrough finally was about to come, but yet again, and had to see himself become a substitute.
After the winter break in the 2007–08 season Aílton got a chance in the Danish Cup quarterfinals, where F.C. Copenhagen was to face Næstved BK. He scored a goal in the beginning of the second half following an assist from his countryman José Júnior.
In the beginning of the 2008–09 season he has been playing regularly, becoming an important member of the starting line-up and the attacking play, however, he still has trouble finding the net. He however started against FC Midtjylland on 16 November 2008 and scored two goals. And he scored again against Manchester City in an UEFA Cup match home at Parken. During the season he scored 11 goals in the league and 4 goals in the cup, being influential in securing the cup and the league titles.
On 28 July 2010, Aílton signed a three-year contract with APOEL. A transfer fee of €700,000 was paid to F.C. Copenhagen, which is the transfer record in the history of APOEL. He made his debut on 5 August 2010 against FK Jablonec for the UEFA Europa League 3rd qualifying round. He scored his first goal with APOEL on 26 August 2010 against Getafe CF for the UEFA Europa League play-off round, in a match which ended 1–1 after extra time. Ailton had a very good first season with APOEL. He played in all championship matches and scored 7 goals, helping his new club to win the 2010–11 Cypriot First Division. So, after the three championship titles which he won with F.C. Copenhagen, he won his fourth consecutive championship title, this time with APOEL. He was voted by Cyprus Football Association as the player of the season (MVP) 2010–11 in the Cypriot First Division.
He started 2011-12 season in fine form, scoring 4 goals in the UEFA Champions League qualifying rounds that helped APOEL to qualify for the group stage of the 2011-12 UEFA Champions League. In the first group stage match against Zenit Saint Petersburg on 13 September 2011, he scored the winner on 75 minutes as his side came from behind to claim a 2–1 victory. On 19 October 2011, he scored the equaliser on 19 minutes as APOEL snatched a 1–1 draw at FC Porto. He followed up that success by scoring from the spot in his side's 2–1 victory over FC Porto in the reverse encounter in Nicosia He also appeared in the round-of-16 triumph over Olympique Lyonnais where he converted his attempt in the penalty shootout. In total, he scored three goals in the group phase and seven overall in the competition, as the club reached the quarter-finals for the first time ever.
His made his last two appearances for APOEL in the 2012–13 season against Aalesunds FK for the second qualifying round of the 2012–13 UEFA Europa League, appearing in both legs and scoring the opening goal in APOEL's 2–0 first leg home win.
On 5 September 2012, Aílton joined the Russian side Terek Grozny on a three-year contract, after he completed his transfer from APOEL for a fee reportedly in the region of €2.2 million, which is the transfer record for a Cypriot club. On 14 September 2012, he made his debut for Terek. He opened the score in a 2–0 away win over the reigning champions Zenit St. Petersburg.
- Danish Cup: 1
- Danish Superliga Spring Profile:
- Cypriot First Division Player of the season:
- "FCK køber brasilianske Ailton Almeida" (in Danish). borsen.dk.
- "Brøndby vil snuppe Ailton for næsen af FCK" (in Danish). bold.dk.
- "BIF kunne have sikret sig Ailton" (in Danish). bold.dk.
- "15.04. F.C. København – OB" (in Danish). fck.dk.
- APOEL recovery leaves Zenit reeling; UEFA.com, 13 September 2011
- Porto draw keeps APOEL on top; UEFA.com, 19 October 2011
- APOEL's Manduca floors Porto late on; UEFA.com, 1 November 2011
- Lyon stunned as APOEL fairy tale continues; UEFA.com, 7 March 2012
- "Ολοκληρώθηκε του Almeida" (in Greek). APOEL FC. 5 September 2012.
- "ΑΠΟΕΛ: Ρώσος και επίσημα ο Αίλτον" (in Greek). sigmalive.com. 5 September 2012.
- "Παίκτης της Terek Grozny o Αΐλτον" (in Greek). kerkida.net. 5 September 2012.
- "Match:Zenit 0 - 2 Terek Grozny". ESPN Soccernet. 14 September 2012. Retrieved 12 January 2013.
- Profile and stats at Soccerway
- Aílton José Almeida at transfermarkt.co.uk
- Aílton José Almeida at footballzz.co.uk
- Profile at APOEL FC