Elkeson

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Elkeson
Personal information
Full name Elkeson de Oliveira Cardoso
Date of birth (1989-07-13) 13 July 1989 (age 25)
Place of birth Coelho Neto, Maranhão, Brazil
Height 1.81 m (5 ft 11 12 in)
Playing position Attacking Midfielder / Winger / Striker
Club information
Current team
Guangzhou Evergrande
Number 9
Youth career
2001–2009 Vitória
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2009–2011 Vitória 47 (7)
2011–2012 Botafogo 66 (19)
2013– Guangzhou Evergrande 56 (52)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 2 November 2014.
† Appearances (Goals).

Elkeson de Oliveira Cardoso, or simply Elkeson, (born July 13, 1989 in Coelho Neto) is a Brazilian professional footballer who plays as an attacking midfielder or as a forward. He currently plays for Guangzhou Evergrande of the Chinese Super League.

Starting out at Vitória, he played mostly as an attacking midfielder and as a winger, but since his final days at Botafogo, he was moved to attack and has played as a striker.

Club career[edit]

Elkeson first played for Vitória's youth academy before signing with the first team in 2009. During the 2010 season, Elkeson proved himself a breakout success and soon earned himself a move to Botafogo in May 2011.

After two years of being one of Botafogo's star players in the Brasileirão, Guangzhou Evergrande of the Chinese Super League secured his services at the end of the 2012 season. On 24 December 2012, Guangzhou Evergrande officially announced that they had signed Elkeson on a four-year deal for a fee of €5.7 million.[1][2] He was not initially included in Guangzhou's 30-player squad for the 2013 AFC Champions League due to the limit on foreign players. On 3 March 2013, he made his debut for Guangzhou in the 2013 Chinese FA Super Cup which Guangzhou Evergrande lost to Jiangsu Sainty 2–1. On 8 March 2013, Elkeson scored his first two goals in China in the opening match of 2013 Chinese Super League against Shanghai Shenxin, which ensured Guangzhou Evergrande's 5-1 victory. He scored thirteen goals in his first seven matches in the league.[3] In July 2013, Elkeson was named in the squad which was submitted for the next stage of the AFC Champions League, replacing Lucas Barrios who had decided to return to Europe.[4] He scored twenty-four goals in twenty-eight appearances in the Super League which made him the top goalscorer of the season, eight more than the second-placed Carmelo Valencia. He scored six goals in six matches in the AFC Champions League, including two goals in the both legs of 2013 AFC Champions League Final against FC Seoul as Guangzhou was crowned champion of the competition for the first time.[5] On 1 December 2013 in the first leg of 2013 Chinese FA Cup final against Guizhou Renhe, he was sent off after striking Yang Hao in the face with his hand.[6] On 5 December, he received a ban of 4 matches and was fined ¥20,000 by Chinese Football Association discipline committee.[7] Guangzhou Evergrande finally lost to Guizhou Renhe 3–2 on aggregate, failing to defend the FA Cup title. Elkeson played all three matches for Guangzhou Evergrande in the 2013 FIFA Club World Cup. On 14 December 2013, he scored Guangzhou's first goal in the FIFA Club World Cup against African champions Al Ahly in the quarter-finals, helping Guangzhou win the match 2–0.[8]

International career[edit]

In September 2011, Elkeson received his first call up for Brazil national football team by Mano Menezes for the second leg of 2011 Superclásico de las Américas against Argentina.[9] However, he didn't play for Brazil in the match.

Career statistics[edit]

As of 2 November 2014
Club Year National
Championship
National
Cup
State
Championship[a]
South American
Competitions[b]
Others
[c]
Total
Games Goals Ass. Games Goals Ass. Games Goals Ass. Games Goals Ass. Games Goals Ass. Games Goals Ass.
Brazil Vitória
2009 12 1 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 1 1 0 15 2 0
2010 34 6 8 10 1 2 13 2 5 2 0 0 4 0 0 63 9 15
2011 1 0 0 2 0 0 18 7 1 0 0 0 21 7 1
Total 47 7 8 12 1 2 33 9 6 3 1 0 4 0 0 99 18 16
Brazil Botafogo
2011 35 8 10 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 1 38 8 11
2012 31 11 1 5 2 0 16 5 5 2 0 0 54 18 6
Total 66 19 11 5 2 0 16 5 5 5 0 1 92 26 17
Club Year Chinese Super League Chinese FA Cup AFC Champions League Others
[d]
Total
Games Goals Ass. Games Goals Ass. Games Goals Ass. Games Goals Ass. Games Goals Ass.
China Guangzhou Evergrande 2013 28 24 10 3 1 2 6 6 1 4 1 0 41 32 13
2014 28 28 5 1 0 0 10 6 0 0 0 0 39 34 5
Total 56 52 15 4 1 2 16 12 1 4 1 0 80 66 18
Career Total 169 78 34 21 4 4 49 14 11 24 13 2 8 1 0 271 110 51

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Vitória
Guangzhou Evergrande

International[edit]

Individual[edit]

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