Leonardo da Silva Moura
|Full name||Leonardo da Silva Moura|
|Date of birth||October 23, 1978|
|Place of birth||Niterói, Brazil|
|Height||1.76 m (5 ft 9 1⁄2 in)|
|Playing position||right back, midfielder|
|2000–2001||ADO Den Haag||29||(12)|
|2002||Vasco da Gama||0||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of July 9, 2014.
† Appearances (Goals).
Leonardo da Silva Moura (born October 23, 1978 in Niterói) also known as Leonardo Moura is a Brazilian right back. He currently plays for Flamengo, and is also the team's captain. He is famous for being one of the few players who defended all four of the big Rio de Janeiro teams, Botafogo, Vasco, Fluminense, and Flamengo.
Léo Moura begun his footballing career at the youth division of Linhares Esporte Clube, acting as a midfielder. Still at the youth level, he was transferred to the Rio club Botafogo. Making his professional debut for the Botafogo team at 1998, Moura was transferred to Belgian side Germinal Beerschot, where he played for one season. Afterwards, he was transferred to ADO Den Haag, then at the Dutch second division, Eerste Divisie, where he adapted to play as a right back and had a remarkable season.
Return to Brazil
On the second semester of 2001, he returned to Brazil and to Botafogo. Once there, Leo Moura sought a position as a midfielder, but lost it due to being sidelined by an injury. After his recovery, Leonardo switched to the role of right back, which suited him well and solved his club's lack of players for that role since César Prates's departure in 1999. However, Leo Moura surprisingly left Botafogo, moving to Vasco da Gama.
At Vasco, Leo Moura showed good chemistry with Romário and Euller, the attacking duo for the club. In spite of his success, Leo Moura decided to move to Palmeiras in 2002, a move which he regretted, as he was part of the Palmeiras squad that was relegated to the Campeonato Brasileiro Série B.
In 2003, he joined São Paulo FC, and due to the presence of another full back named Leonardo on the squad, Leonardo adopted the name of Leonardo Moura. After poor showings for the club, Leo returned to Rio de Janeiro, this time to defend Fluminense.
At Fluminense, he showed great potential and became a crowd favorite, once again playing with Romário, and playing by the side of his future teammate at Flamengo Júnior César. However, Léo Moura departed the club for Portugal's Sporting Braga in 2005, where he briefly stayed.
Joining Flamengo in 2005, Léo Moura arrived with certain suspicion from the fans, as he was known as a "nomadic player" who played for all of Flamengo's major rivals before. However, Léo soon made its mark for the Gávea club, being an important part of the squad and helping it avoid relegation. A skilled passer and dribbler, Leo Moura cemented his status as a key player for the Rio Club.
In 2006, the well-travelled Léo Moura won his first career title, the 2006 Copa do Brasil. With this victory, Flamengo earned a place at the 2007 Copa Libertadores after a four-year long absence, and Moura cemented his place as a definite starter for the team. Falling at the good graces of the supporters of the club, Leo Moura formed a competent full back duo with Juan, a partnership which would last until Juan's departure from the club in 2010. Alongside the versatile midfielder Renato Abreu and the goalkeeper Bruno, Moura was one of the highlights of the squad.
In spite of a poor showing at the 2007 Copa Libertadores, Leo Moura had a good year in 2007, winning the Campeonato Carioca and being chosen by Placar magazine as the best right back of the season, winning the Bola de Prata award.
In 2008, after extending his contract with Flamengo, Leo Moura was called up to defend the Seleção Brasileira in a friendly against Ireland. Moura was part of the squad which won the Taça Guanabara and the Campeonato Carioca, and was once again the winner of the Bola de Prata.
2009 proved to be a very successful year for the right back and a very memorable year for the rubro-negro team, as Flamengo went on to win its sixth Campeonato Brasileiro title. Leo Moura was an instrumental player for Flamengo's third consecutive Campeonato Carioca win, a feat that Flamengo has repeated six times in its history. 2010, however, proved to be a more tumultuous year for the club. Leonardo Moura earned his place as captain of the team after the club's captain, Bruno, was suspected of murder. Flamengo flirted with relegation throughout the year, staying dangerously close to the relegation zone in the league table, but it eventually reached the Copa Sudamericana qualifying zone by the final round.
Leo Moura's time for the Rio club seemed to be at an end in 2011, as he was hinted to join SC Internacional. The departure of his long-time partner at Flamengo's defense, Juan, reinforced the club's need for Moura to be on its team. Nonetheless, his time as the captain came to an end as the 2002 FIFA World Cup and Ballon d'Or 2005 winner and Brazilian international Ronaldinho joined the club, earning the club captaincy. Winning the 2011 state league title after winning both rounds of the competition, the Taça Guanabara and the Taça Rio, the Flamengo squad had great success at the first semester of the year, being a favorite to win the 2011 season of the Brazilian league. Flamengo mounted an impressive undefeated streak throughout the year, which was broken by Ceará SC in the Copa do Brasil quarter finals, and stayed unbeaten in the league season for 16 rounds, losing against Goiânia club Atlético Goianiense in the 17th round, on a match Moura played as a midfielder. However, Flamengo did not follow up in the second semester, barely earning a place at the next year's Libertadores by the end of the season.
- As of July 9, 2014
|Vasco da Gama||2002||-||-||8||1||-||-||-||-||8||1|
- As of September 20, 2010.
- Copa do Brasil: 2006, 2013
- Taça Guanabara: 2007, 2008, 2011, 2014
- Taça Rio: 2009, 2011
- Campeonato Carioca: 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2014
- Brazilian Série A: 2009
- Bola de Prata best right back of the Brazilian Série A 2007.
- Campeonato Brasileiro Série A Team of the Year: 2007, 2008
- 2011 Campeonato Carioca Best Right Back
- Player profile (in Portuguese). Flamengo.com.br. Retrieved September 20, 2010.
- Futebol Capixaba - Leonardo Moura, lateral do Flamengo, inaugura escolinha e faz a festa das crianças em Linhares - GazetaEsportes.com. Gazetaonline.globo.com. Retrieved on 2012-02-05.
- Léo Moura vai encarar velho conhecido: o Botafogo. Lancenet.com.br (2011-09-17). Retrieved on 2012-02-05.
- Léo Moura abraça Felipão e diz que teve proposta do Palmeiras - Campeonato Brasileiro 2011 - Futebol Terra. Esportes.terra.com.br (2011-07-21). Retrieved on 2012-02-05.
- Folha Online - Esporte - Leonardo Moura já fala como jogador do São Paulo - 24/12/2002. .folha.uol.com.br (2002-12-24). Retrieved on 2012-02-05.
- Léo Moura e Junior Cesar vão reeditar parceria do Fluminense « Blogão do Fluminense. Blogdofluminense.wordpress.com. Retrieved on 2012-02-05.
- Brasileirão: Campeonato começa com muitas estrelas de regresso. ogol.com.br. Retrieved on 2012-02-05.
- terceiro anel: Leonardo Moura: o último reforço do Sp. Braga. Terceiroanel.weblog.com.pt (1978-10-23). Retrieved on 2012-02-05.
- Reforço em 2005, Leonardo Moura vê situação confortável do Flamengo - Portal 6R Futebol. 6r.com.br (2010-11-18). Retrieved on 2012-02-05.
- Folha Online - Esporte - Flamengo vence o Vasco e conquista segundo título da Copa do Brasil - 26/07/2006. .folha.uol.com.br (2006-07-26). Retrieved on 2012-02-05.
- Bola de Prata Winners. Rsssfbrasil.com (2011-12-05). Retrieved on 2012-02-05.
- Leonardo Moura vira capitão do Flamengo no lugar do goleiro Bruno - 13/07/2010 - UOL Esporte - Futebol. Esporte.uol.com.br (2010-07-13). Retrieved on 2012-02-05.
- Inter e Léo Moura estão próximos de um acerto | globoesporte.com. Globoesporte.globo.com. Retrieved on 2012-02-05.
- Léo Moura passa faixa de capitão a Ronaldinho: ‘Está em boas mãos’ | globoesporte.com. Globoesporte.globo.com. Retrieved on 2012-02-05.
- Flamengo official website (Portuguese)
- Flaestatística (in Portuguese)
- Globo Esporte's Futpedia (in Portuguese)
- Seleção Brasileira (Brazilian National Team) 2008-2009
- Official website
- CBF (Portuguese)
- zerozero.pt (Portuguese)
- Guardian Stats Centre
- Flapédia (Portuguese)