Claiton (footballer, born 1984)

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Personal information
Full name Claiton Machado dos Santos
Date of birth (1984-09-07) 7 September 1984 (age 32)
Place of birth Santa Helena de Goiás, Brazil
Height 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Central Defender
Club information
Current team
Number 3
Youth career
Campo Grande[1]
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2001–2002 Bologna 1 (0)
2002–2006 Milan 0 (0)
2004–2005 Prato (loan) 1 (0)
2005–2006 Lecco (loan) 7 (0)
2006–2011 Varese 131 (8)
2011–2013 Bari 64 (6)
2013–2014 Chievo 8 (0)
2014– Crotone 74 (3)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 12:39, 19 July 2016 (UTC).

Claiton Machado dos Santos (born 7 September 1984) is a Brazilian-Italian[2] footballer who plays for Italian club Crotone in Serie A as a defender.


Bologna, Milan and loans[edit]

Claiton started his professional football career at Bologna and played once in Serie A, on 17 June 2001.[3] Bologna lost to Internazionale 1−2. In January 2002, he was signed by A.C. Milan and played for their Primavera team. He also featured as an unused bench for Milan in Serie A on 24 May 2003, the 3rd last match of the season and the match before the 2003 UEFA Champions League Final and 2003 Coppa Italia Final. Milan used 4 Primavera Team player as starter and another 7 players at bench.[4] In 2003-04 season, he remain the member of U20 youth team.[5]

In summer 2004, he left for Prato on loan, but in January 2005 returned to Milan. In 2005-06 season, he was loaned out again this time to Lecco.


In the summer of 2006, he joined Serie C2 side Varese in a co-ownership deal for €500.[6] He was not the absolute starter of the team, but also played 28 league matches at the champions winning 2008-09 season. In 2009–10 season, he played 20 league matches as starter in 25 league appearance. Varese promotion to Serie B in 2010.


On 8 July 2011, Claiton was signed by Serie B club Bari on a free transfer and put pen to paper on a three-year deal.[7] However, due to the financial crisis of Bari, he left the club in summer 2013.


On 14 August 2013, Claiton was signed by Serie A club Chievo. Bari also signed half of the registration rights of Marco Calderoni for €90,000 on the same day.[8][9]


On 29 July 2014, Claiton was signed by Serie B club Crotone on a free transfer.[10] At the end of the 2015–16 season he was initially released by Crotone, but on 14 July 2016 he signed a new two-year contract with the club.[11]



  1. ^ "Jogadores (pagina 2)" (in Portuguese). Pedrinho VRP. Archived from the original on 12 July 2015. 
  2. ^ Crotone profile (in Italian)
  3. ^
  4. ^ Match Report
  5. ^ "Seconda Squadra 2003/2004". AC Milan (in Italian). Archived from the original on 2003-10-09. 
  6. ^ "AC Milan Group 2006 annual report" (PDF). AC Milan (in Italian). Archived from the original (PDF) on 25 April 2011. 
  7. ^ "Mercato, il Bari prende il difensore Macedo Dos Santos" [Market: Bari takes defender Machado dos Santos]. AS Bari (in Italian). 8 July 2011. Archived from the original on 22 February 2014. Retrieved 13 July 2011. 
  8. ^ "Valutazione ramo di azienda sportiva A.S. BARI S.p.A" (PDF) (in Italian). Tribunale di Bari (Re-published by Corriere del Mezzogiorno). 28 March 2014. Retrieved 22 July 2014. 
  9. ^ "Chievo, ufficiale: Claiton in gialloblù" (in Italian). AC Chievo Verona. 14 August 2013. Retrieved 15 March 2015. 
  10. ^ "Colpo Claiton per la difesa" (in Italian). FC Crotone. 29 July 2014. Retrieved 15 March 2015. 
  11. ^ "Crotone, ufficiale il rinnovo di Claiton" (in Italian). RadioGoal24. 14 July 2016. Retrieved 19 July 2016. 

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