Cleiton Xavier

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Cleiton Xavier
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Personal information
Full name Cleiton Ribeiro Xavier
Date of birth (1983-03-23) 23 March 1983 (age 31)
Place of birth São José da Tapera, Brazil
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Attacking midfielder
Club information
Current team
Metalist Kharkiv
Number 10
Youth career
CSA
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2001–2002 CSA ? (?)
2002–2008 Internacional 68 (5)
2005 Sport Recife (loan) ? (?)
2005 Brasiliense (loan) ? (?)
2006 Gama (loan) ? (?)
2006 Marília (loan) ? (?)
2007–2008 Figueirense (loan) 61 (12)
2009–2010 Palmeiras 88 (17)
2010– Metalist Kharkiv 104 (40)
National team
2003 Brazil U20 5 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 12 September 2014.
† Appearances (Goals).

Cleiton Ribeiro Xavier (born 23 March 1983 in São José da Tapera, Alagoas) is a Brazilian professional footballer who plays as a midfielder for Ukrainian Premier League club FC Metalist Kharkiv. He is known by his powerful and accurate free kicks, dribbling skills and passes.

Club career[edit]

In his early career, Cleiton Xavier played for CSA and Internacional, and was loaned out various times.

Palmeiras[edit]

In early 2009, Palmeiras signed Cleiton from the relegated Figueirense. Cleiton Xavier proved he had good talent in Palmeiras's first matches in the Libertadores Cup and in the São Paulo State Championship. On 29 April 2009 Cleiton Xavier scored an 87th minute away-goal against Colo-Colo in the Libertadores Cup that secured Palmeiras' progression to the knockout stages of the tournament, it was a very long-range shot inside the goalkeeper's left angle.[1]

Later in the Série A alongside teammate Diego Souza, Cleiton Xavier made an outstanding season with Palmeiras, leading the competition for 19 rounds, however Palmeiras finished 5th due to losses in the final matches and did not qualify for the Libertadores Cup. Cleiton Xavier was elected the 3rd best player of the season, even though he had an injury. In 2010, Cleiton Xavier remained with Palmeiras and also started well the year. He participated in Palmeiras's first ten goals in the São Paulo State Championship.

Metalist Kharkiv[edit]

On 14 July 2010, Cleiton Xavier transferred to FC Metalist Kharkiv for €4.5 million.[2] In 2013, he became popular for scoring a fastest equalizing goal from the starting line after the restart of the match against local league rival, Chornomorets. He then inspired them to a 3 – 1 victory which boosted their chances to qualify for next season Champions League campaign in which the victory lift them above another local rival who competing for the same spot, Dynamo Kyiv.[3]

Club Statistics[edit]

As of 13 April 2012
Club Season League Cup Continental State League Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Internacional 2002 20 3 0 0 - - 0 0 20 3
2003 25 1 0 0 - - 0 0 25 1
2004 23 1 0 0 - - 0 0 23 1
Total 68 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 68 5
Brasiliense 2005 1 0 0 0 - - 0 0 1 0
Total 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Figueirense 2007 28 0 0 0 - - 0 0 28 0
2008 33 12 0 0 - - 0 0 33 12
Total 61 12 0 0 0 0 0 0 61 12
Palmeiras 2009 32 3 - - 12 3 17 3 61 9
2010 7 1 4 1 - - 16 5 27 7
Total 39 4 4 1 12 3 33 8 88 16
Metalist Kharkiv 2010–11 26 6 - - 9 3 - - 35 9
2011–12 25 10 - - 12 2 - - 37 12
2012–13 29 15 - - 9 5 - - 38 20
2013–14 8 1 - - 0 0 - - 8 1
Total 88 32 - - 30 10 - - 118 42
Career Total 257 53 4 1 42 13 33 8 336 75

Honours[edit]

Internacional
Figueirense

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