Kléber Freitas

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Kléber
Kléber de Souza Freitas at Cruzeiro Esporte Clube - 20090205 (detail).jpg
Personal information
Full name Kléber Giacomance de Souza Freitas
Date of birth (1983-08-12) 12 August 1983 (age 31)
Place of birth Osasco, Brazil
Height 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)
Playing position Forward / Striker
Club information
Current team
Grêmio
Number 30
Youth career
1994–2002 São Paulo
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2003 São Paulo 45 (10)
2004–2009 Dynamo Kyiv 104 (37)
2008 Palmeiras (loan) 45 (12)
2009–2010 Cruzeiro 19 (9)
2010–2011 Palmeiras 41 (11)
2011– Grêmio 62 (11)
2014 Vasco da Gama (loan) 14 (4)
National team
2003 Brazil U20 7 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 30 September 2014.
† Appearances (Goals).

Kléber Giacomance de Souza Freitas (born 12 August 1983), known simply as Kléber, is a Brazilian professional footballer who plays as a forward and striker for Grêmio.

Club career[edit]

Kléber started his career playing for São Paulo, in 2003. The young forward – he was 20 years old – shined in 2003 Campeonato Brasileiro Série A, when tricolor paulista finished in a 3rd place, and in 2003 Copa Sudamericana, competition that the club was eliminated in semifinals, against Argentinian side River Plate. In December, Kléber also won the 2003 FIFA U-20 World Cup, with along others future Brazilian soccer stars, such as Nilmar, Dagoberto, Daniel Alves and Jefferson.[1]

In 2004, Kléber was sold to Ukrainian side Dynamo Kyiv for US$2 million. On 14 January, the player was presented in his new club.[2]

In 2008, after four years playing in Europe, he came back to Brazil, being loaned out to Sociedade Esportiva Palmeiras from FC Dynamo Kyiv.[3]

He was part of the transfer of Guilherme to Dynamo which sent Kléber in the opposite direction to Cruzeiro in February 2009 arriving from Palmeiras.[4] He signed a contract until February 2014.

In his first match for Cruzeiro, De Souza Freitas scored 2 goals and was dismissed in the first half, playing in the 2009 Copa Libertadores. After the match, he stated that he would stop being so aggressive in games and would only dedicate himself for the club. He helped Cruzeiro reach the Finals of the Libertadores, eventually losing to Estudiantes, from Argentina, in the decisive 2nd leg match. After the shocking defeat in the Mineirão stadium, he injured himself in training and played only 15 league matches in 2009, although he helped Cruzeiro finish in the 4th place of the table and qualify to the 2010 Copa Libertadores, scoring a decisive goal against Santos at Vila Belmiro in the final minutes of the last match of the year.

In July 2010, after a good season start, scoring 2 goals in four matches in the 2010 league for Cruzeiro, he agreed a transfer to his former club, Palmeiras, where he had played in 2008. He was very well received by the club that had a great affection for him. In Palmeiras, the fans nicknamed him "Gladiador" (Gladiator), for his strong determination and high talent on the field.

In October 2011, he strongly criticized Palmeiras coach Luis Felipe Scolari in a television interview, saying that, "80 percent of the squad do not like him." He was removed from the squad right away, following friction with the coach. Although he was under contract with the club until 2015, the board of Palmeiras confirmed that he would never represent the club again.[5]

On November 2011, he signed a five-year contract with Grêmio, after Palmeiras agreed to sell the 50 percent of his playing rights.[6]

On June 2014, Grêmio loaned him to Vasco da Gama until the end of the season.[7]

Career statistics[edit]

As of 9 May 2011
Club Season League Cup Continental State League Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Dynamo Kyiv 2003–04 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
2004–05 0 8 0 0 8 0 0 0 8 8
2005–06 0 11 2 1 0 0 0 0 2 12
2006–07 15 8 3 2 4 0 0 0 22 10
2007–08 9 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 11 0
Total Dinamo 24 27 7 3 14 0 0 0 45 30
Palmeiras 2008 (loan) 30 8 4 1 4 0 9 3 47 12
Cruzeiro 2009 15 7 0 0 11 4 12 13 38 24
2010 4 2 0 0 10 7 9 8 23 17
Total Cruzeiro 19 9 0 0 21 11 21 21 61 41
Palmeiras 2010 22 8 0 0 6 2 0 0 28 10
2011 19 3 7 5 2 1 16 8 44 17
Total Palmeiras 71 19 11 6 12 3 25 11 119 39
Grêmio 2012 26 6 4 1 5 0 14 8 49 15
2013 34 5 5 0 4 0 8 2 51 7
Total Grêmio 60 11 9 1 9 0 22 10 100 22
Career Total 174 66 27 10 56 14 68 42 325 132

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Dynamo Kyiv
Palmeiras
Cruzeiro

National[edit]

Brazil U20

Individual[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Folha Online – Esporte – Brasil é campeão mundial sub-20 e conquista a tríplice coroa. Brasil em Folhas.uol.com.br (19 December 2003).
  2. ^ Dynamo de Kiev apresenta o brasileiro Kléber – Campeonato Europeu – Terra. Esportes.terra.com.br (14 January 2004).
  3. ^ "Kléber moves to Brazil" – Official Website of Dynamo Kyiv, 14 February 2008.
  4. ^ "Guilherme tipped for greatness at Dynamo". UEFA. 2 February 2009. Retrieved 2 February 2009. 
  5. ^ "Palmeiras vice-president Roberto Frizzo confirms that Kleber will never represent the club again". goal.com. 14 October 2011. Retrieved 23 November 2011. 
  6. ^ "GLADIADOR NA ARENA – Kléber é apresentado oficialmente. Kléber assina com o Palmeiras no dia 14/12/2012 e pode ser anunciado até segunda-feira" (in Portuguese). Grêmio FBPA. 23 November 2011. Retrieved 23 November 2011. 
  7. ^ "Vasco da Gama anuncia a contratação do atacante Kléber" (in Portuguese). Vasco da Gama. 16 June 2014. Retrieved 16 June 2014. 

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