Airton Ribeiro Santos

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This name uses Portuguese naming customs. The first or maternal family name is Ribeiro and the second or paternal family name is Santos.
Airton
Personal information
Full name Airton Ribeiro Santos
Date of birth (1990-02-21) 21 February 1990 (age 24)
Place of birth Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Height 1.81 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Defensive midfielder
Club information
Current team
Botafogo (on loan from Benfica)
Number 38
Youth career
2003–2008 Nova Iguaçu
2007 Mesquita (loan)
2008 Flamengo (loan)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2007–2008 Nova Iguaçu 0 (0)
2007 Mesquita (loan) 0 (0)
2008 Flamengo (loan) 16 (0)
2009 Flamengo 31 (0)
2010– Benfica 19 (0)
2011–2012 Flamengo (loan) 30 (1)
2013 Internacional (loan) 13 (0)
2014– Botafogo (loan) 16 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 30 September 2014.
† Appearances (Goals).

Airton Ribeiro Santos (born 21 February 1990), known simply as Airton, is a Brazilian professional footballer who plays for Botafogo, on loan from Benfica, as a defensive midfielder.

Club career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Airton started his career at Nova Iguaçu at the age of 13. At the end of 2007, Flamengo's youth coach Adílio asked for his loan. Airton also spent four months on loan at Mesquita in 2007, playing on the youth team.

Flamengo[edit]

Airton arrived at Flamengo, on loan, on 7 January 2008 to play for the club's youth team. His rights belonged to, at the time, Nova Iguaçu, which had him under contract until 2010. He would play for Flamengo until the end of 2008, but in 2008, Flamengo officially signed him, acquiring part of his rights — Nova Iguaçu and Traffic, an investors group, shared the other parts of his rights.[1][2]

His first match in the first-team was in a 1–1 draw against Vasco da Gama on 6 April 2008, and his debut in the Brazilian Série A was at Mineirão Stadium, coming off the bench in a 1–1 draw against Atlético Mineiro on 9 July.[3]

Benfica[edit]

In December 2009, after much speculation, Benfica signed Airton to a five-year contract.[4][5] Flamengo received a sum around 1.1 million for 15% of his rights. In Portugal, he acted mainly as a back-up for starter Javi García for the second part of the 2009-10 season. After struggling to perform on the same level in the following season, Airton was loaned to Flamengo.[6]

Return to Brazil[edit]

Airton returned to Flamengo from Benfica almost a year and a half after his original loan deal to Flamengo ended, penning a season-long loan deal on 10 June 2011.[7] On May 2012, it was extended until June 2013,[8] but was eventually cut short as he moved teams. On February 2013, Internacional, signed Airton on loan until December 2013, for a reported €300k fee.[9][10]

On January 2014, Airton moved to Botafogo until June 2014,[11] with the loan deal being later extented until 30 June 2015, effectively meaning Airton will not return to Benfica.[12][13] On 10 September 2014, Airton was sentoff in a match against São Paulo after deliberately stepping on Alexandre Pato head, being suspended for two matches.[14] He also faced a two year suspension for refusing to take a anti-doping test, which he was later acquitted off.[15]

Club statistics[edit]

As of 30 September 2014[16][17]
Club Season League Cup Regional League Continental Other[nb 1] Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Flamengo 2008 16 0 1 0 0 0 17 0
2009 31 0 6 0 14 0 2 0 53 0
Total 47 0 6 0 15 0 2 0 70 0
Benfica 2009–10 4 0 1 0 1 0 6 0
2010–11 15 0 4 0 4 0 4 0 27 0
Total 19 0 4 0 5 0 5 0 33 0
Flamengo 2011 17 0 2 0 19 0
2012 13 1 3 0 2 0 18 1
Total 30 1 3 0 4 0 37 1
Internacional 2013 13 0 5 0 9 1 27 1
Total 13 0 5 0 9 1 27 1
Botafogo 2014 16 0 8 0 1 0 25 0
2015 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 16 0 0 0 8 0 1 0 25 0
Career total 125 1 15 0 35 1 12 0 5 0 193 2

Honours[edit]

Flamengo
Benfica
Internacional

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Includes other competitive competitions, including the Supertaça and Taça da Liga

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Em 11 jogos, Aírton pega o vasco pela terceira vez". http://maumauexterminador.blogspot.pt. 18 October 2008. 
  2. ^ "Clube da Espanha procura Aírton, mas Fla tem prioridade para mantê-lo". Globoesporte. 7 August 2008. Retrieved 24 August 2014. 
  3. ^ "No primeiro 'Clássico dos Milhões' da era Dinamite, Vasco duela com o líder Fla". Globoesporte. 12 July 2008. Retrieved 24 August 2014. 
  4. ^ Volante Airton fecha com o Benfica, afirma jornal português (Portuguese)
  5. ^ Águia assegura negócio de Airton (Portuguese)
  6. ^ "OFICIAL: Flamengo anuncia Airton". Maisfutebol.com. 10 June 2011. 
  7. ^ Mais experiente, Airton quer conquistar novamente o Brasileirão (Portuguese)
  8. ^ "Benfica: Flamengo já pagou e Airton fica mais um ano". Maisfutebol.com. 2 July 2012. Retrieved 24 August 2014. 
  9. ^ "Volante Airton será apresentado neste sábado". Internacional official website. 
  10. ^ "Airton rende ao Benfica 300 mil euros". Desporto.sapo.pt. 24 February 2013. Retrieved 24 August 2014. 
  11. ^ "Airton emprestado ao Botafogo". Record. 8 January 2014. Retrieved 24 August 2014. 
  12. ^ "Airton continua no Botafogo". Record. 4 June 2014. Retrieved 24 August 2014. 
  13. ^ "Botafogo renova com Aírton e está perto de anunciar atacante Rogério". globoesporte. 7 July 2014. 
  14. ^ "Airton julgado por agressão e controlo anti-doping irregular". relvado.sapo.pt. 30 September 2014. Retrieved 30 September 2014. 
  15. ^ "Airton é absolvido por unanimidade no STJD em denúncia ligada a doping". Lancenent.br. 1 October 2014. Retrieved 21 October 2014. 
  16. ^ "Airton". footballdatabase.eu. 
  17. ^ "Airton". http://uk.soccerway.com. 

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