José Kléberson

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Kléberson
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Kléberson playing for Beşiktaş in 2006
Personal information
Full name José Kléberson Pereira
Date of birth (1979-06-19) 19 June 1979 (age 35)
Place of birth Uraí, Brazil
Height 1.76 m (5 ft 9 12 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Indy Eleven
Number 8
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1999–2003 Atlético Paranaense 100 (12)
2003–2005 Manchester United 20 (2)
2005–2007 Beşiktaş 45 (3)
2007–2012 Flamengo 63 (9)
2011 Atlético Paranaense (loan) 18 (2)
2012–2013 Bahia 19 (2)
2013 Philadelphia Union (loan) 11 (1)
2014– Indy Eleven 20 (8)
National team
2002–2010 Brazil 32 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 30 September 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 23 November 2013

José Kléberson Pereira (born 19 June 1979), commonly known as José Kléberson or simply Kléberson, is a Brazilian footballer who plays as a midfielder for American club Indy Eleven. He has played in 32 internationals and was a member of the Brazil squad that won the 2002 FIFA World Cup.

Club career[edit]

Kléberson was born and raised in the provincial town of Uraí in the southern Brazilian state of Paraná.

Atlético Paranaense[edit]

He began his football career with Atlético Paranaense. While at Atlético Paranaense, Kléberson won the Paraná State League in 2000 and 2001, and the Brazilian Série A title in 2001. His performances for Atlético Paranaense led to Luiz Felipe Scolari bringing him into the Brazilian national team for the 2002 FIFA World Cup in South Korea and Japan.

Manchester United[edit]

His World Cup performances led to Scolari declaring Kléberson the driving force behind Brazil's cup-winning side, and drew interest from several European teams. Barcelona, Newcastle United, Leeds United and Celtic all expressed an interest. Leeds United failed to secure the signing after Kléberson decided against leaving Brazil without his girlfriend, who he was unable to marry until her 16th birthday. Eventually, it was Manchester United who signed Kléberson for a fee of £6.5 million on 12 August 2003.[1] Seen as a replacement for Juan Sebastián Verón, Kléberson was injured in his second appearance for the club and made only 20 appearances in two seasons. He scored two league goals in his time at Manchester United, both coming in home wins against Blackburn Rovers[2] and Everton.[3]

Beşiktaş[edit]

On 6 August 2005, Rıza Çalımbay transferred Kléberson to Beşiktaş, Turkey, for €2.95 million.[4][5] He signed a three-year deal, with the option of a further 12 months, and told reporters at a signing ceremony:

"I have come from one big club to another so I am very happy".

Kléberson unilaterally terminated the contract after claiming the club failed to pay his wages on time.[4]

Flamengo[edit]

Kléberson signed with Flamengo on 27 September 2007 as a free agent,[6] but he was unable to play for the club until February 2008, due to problems related to his resignation from Beşiktaş. On 10 August 2007 (announced on 27 August) FIFA Dispute Resolution Chamber passed a decision that Kléberson had to pay Besiktas €3.18 million as for the compensation of breach of contract[4] and Besiktas had to pay US$461,112 as outstanding wage.[4] Furthermore Kléberson was suspended for 4 months (counting from 27 September 2007)[4] Kléberson and the club later agreed to reduce the compensation from €3.18 million to €1 million.[7]

His first matches for his new club were on the reserves team in several matches of the Rio State League. His climb to the first team started slowly as he began to play consistently in the Copa Libertadores. Kléberson earned an important spot in the midfield after the transfers of Renato Augusto and Marcinho.

After returning to the first team his good spell in 2009 was interrupted on 12 August, in a friendly match against Estonia. He suffered a foul and fell, causing him a dislocated shoulder. Kléberson had surgery and was expected to miss the rest of the year.[8] He managed to recover quickly being able to return on 22 November in a 0–0 draw against Goiás and also playing in the 2–1 win over Grêmio and winning the 2009 Brazilian Série A, the second in his career.

In the pre-season period of 2010 Palmeiras speculated the possibility of involving Kléberson in a trade for Vágner Love,[9] but Flamengo refused to accept the idea.[10]

Bahia[edit]

After a bad year playing on loan for Atlético Paranaense, when the club was relegated to Série B, Kléberson signed for Bahia on a two-year contract in July 2012.[11] He scored his first goal for Bahia on his debut, against his former club Flamengo.[12]

Philadelphia Union[edit]

Kléberson was acquired on loan by the Philadelphia Union of Major League Soccer on March 25, 2013.[13] He scored the game-winning goal in the 95th minute from a free kick against Toronto FC on October 10, 2013.[14]

Indy Eleven[edit]

On March 25, 2014, it was reported that Kléberson had signed a two-year deal with Indy Eleven of the North American Soccer League.[15]

International career[edit]

Kléberson made his first international appearance for Brazil in a friendly match against Bolivia on 31 January 2002. He also marked his debut by scoring Brazil's fourth goal in a 6–0 win. He also scored against Iceland in March 2002. He was subsequently selected by Luiz Felipe Scolari for Brazil's squad for the 2002 FIFA World Cup. He was initially relegated to the bench for the first four matches in the tournament. He was brought into the starting line-up for Brazil's game against England, with Scolari feeling his tenacity would help counter the high work-rate of the English side. His tackle on his future team-mate Paul Scholes led to Brazil's equaliser before Brazil ended up winning 2–1. He then was included in the starting lineup for the rest of the tournament. Brazil defeated Germany in the final, with Kléberson setting up one of the two Brazilian goals, as Brazil won the World Cup for a record fifth time.

After the World Cup, he retained his starting position in Brazil's team under the new coach Carlos Alberto Parreira and was also included in Brazil's squad for 2003 FIFA Confederations Cup, where Brazil were eliminated in the group stage. That summer, Kléberson moved to Europe to join Manchester United. He failed to achieve regular playing time with his club, and as a result he lost his position in the national team. He managed to be included in Brazil's squad for the Copa América 2004. He made five appearances in the tournament, starting in every match he played as Brazil went on to win the tournament.

After more than four years in the international wilderness, Kléberson was recalled to the national team by Dunga on 28 May 2009. He was recalled to replace Anderson in two matches for 2010 FIFA World Cup Qualification and the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup in South Africa.[16] After recovering from his shoulder surgery once again Kléberson was called up for the national team on 9 February 2010 for a friendly match against Ireland on 2 March, in London.[17]

Kléberson was then called up to Brazil's 2010 World Cup squad by Dunga on the 11 May.[18] The 23-man squad was almost exactly the same as the squad against Ireland but included one additional player, Heurelho Gomes. His only appearance in the 2010 World Cup was in the Round of 16 game against Chile.

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of August 3, 2014[19]

Club performance League Cup League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Brazil League Copa do Brasil League Cup South America Total
1999 Atlético Paranaense Série A 14 1 3 2 0 0 0 0 17 3
2000 24 4 2 0 0 0 0 0 26 4
2001 29 3 7 1 0 0 0 0 36 4
2002 21 4 0 0 0 0 6 1 27 5
2003 12 0 2 1 0 0 0 0 14 1
England League FA Cup League Cup Europe Total
2003–04 Manchester United Premier League 12 2 1 0 1 0 2 0 16 2
2004–05 8 0 0 0 3 0 3 0 14 0
Turkey League Türkiye Kupası League Cup Europe Total
2005–06 Beşiktaş Süper Lig 31 3 9 0 0 0 6 0 46 3
2006–07 14 0 2 0 0 0 5 1 21 1
Brazil League Copa do Brasil League Cup South America Total
2008 Flamengo Série A 24 5 0 0 13 1 8 0 45 6
2009 15 1 5 2 16 3 0 0 36 6
2010 21 3 0 0 13 3 8 0 42 6
2011 Atlético Paranaense 18 2 4 0 0 0 0 0 22 2
2012 Flamengo 3 0 0 0 0 0 6 4 9 4
Bahia 19 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 19 2
2013 0 0 0 0 4 5 0 0 4 5
USA League Open Cup League Cup North America Total
2013 Philadelphia Union Major League Soccer 6 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 1
2014 Indy Eleven North American Soccer League 10 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 10 7
Total Brazil 200 25 23 6 46 12 28 5 297 48
England 20 2 1 0 4 0 5 0 30 2
Turkey 45 3 11 0 0 0 11 1 67 4
USA 16 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 16 8
Career total 281 37 35 6 50 12 44 6 410 62

International[edit]

As of 28 June 2010.[20][21][22]
National team Club Season Apps Goals
Brazil Atlético Paranaense 2002 13 2
2003 7 0
Manchester United 2003-2004 6 0
2004-2005 1 0
Beşiktaş 2005-2006 - -
2006-2007 - -
Flamengo 2008 - -
2009 4 0
2010 1 0
Total 32 2

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Atlético Paranaense
Manchester United
Beşiktaş
Flamengo

International[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Kleberson signs for Man Utd". BBC Sport. British Broadcasting Corporation. 12 August 2003. Retrieved 1 July 2009. 
  2. ^ "Man Utd see off Blackburn". BBC Sport. British Broadcasting Corporation. 22 November 2003. Retrieved 15 September 2009. 
  3. ^ "Man Utd 3–2 Everton". BBC Sport. British Broadcasting Corporation. 26 December 2003. Retrieved 15 September 2009. 
  4. ^ a b c d e "Decision of the Dispute Resolution Chamber 87745". FIFA. 27 August 2007. Retrieved 1 June 2012. 
  5. ^ "Kleberson completes Besiktas move". BBC Sport. British Broadcasting Corporation. 8 August 2005. Retrieved 1 July 2009. 
  6. ^ "Flamengo signs World Cup champion Kleberson". Xinhua News Agency. 27 September 2007. Retrieved 1 July 2009. 
  7. ^ Beşiktaş Futbol Yatırımları Sanayi ve Ticaret A.Ş (BİST: BJKAS) Financial Report and Accounts on 31 May 2008 (Turkish)
  8. ^ Kleberson se contunde durante amistoso entre Brasil e Estônia 12 August 2009. Retrieved 7 January 2010. (Portuguese)
  9. ^ Belluzzo admite que Palmeiras quer Kleberson: 'Um jogador muito interessante' 30 December 2009. Retrieved 7 January 2010. (Portuguese)
  10. ^ Flamengo não cede Kleberson ou qualquer outro jogador para ter Love 30 December 2009. Retrieved 7 January 2010. (Portuguese)
  11. ^ http://www.correio24horas.com.br/esportes/detalhes/detalhes-3/artigo/bahia-cede-e-kleberson-vai-assinar-ate-2014-garante-empresario/?id=152&tx_ttnews%5Btt_news%5D=169298&cHash=8ee361a35c4dff39a2b669a05ab5e32a
  12. ^ http://esportes.terra.com.br/futebol/brasileiro-serie-a/noticias/0,,OI5960647-EI20038,00-Com+um+a+menos+Flamengo+vence+Bahia+no+reencontro+com+Kleberson.html
  13. ^ http://www.philadelphiaunion.com/news/2013/03/philadelphia-union-acquire-brazilian-midfielder-jos%C3%A9-kl%C3%A9berson-loan-part-ways-freddy-ad
  14. ^ http://www.mlssoccer.com/news/article/2013/10/05/rarely-used-kleberson-buries-winner-philadelphia-union-i-needed-show-fans-i-
  15. ^ http://www.shanghaidaily.com/article/article_xinhua.aspx?id=208559
  16. ^ "Anderson blow for Brazil". Sky Sports. 29 May 2009. Retrieved 1 July 2009. 
  17. ^ "Dunga convoca seleção e deixa Ronaldinho fora da lista e longe da Copa". Globoesporte.com (in Portuguese). 9 February 2010. Retrieved 9 February 2010. 
  18. ^ Brazil leave out star duo Sky Sports. 11 May 2010.
  19. ^ "Corby Moore". indyeleven.com. Indy Eleven. Retrieved 20 April 2014. 
  20. ^ Seleção Brasileira (Brazilian National Team) 2002–2003
  21. ^ Seleção Brasileira (Brazilian National Team) 2004–2005
  22. ^ Seleção Brasileira (Brazilian National Team) 2008–2009

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