Nei (footballer, born 1980)

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Personal information
Full name Claudinei Alexandre Aparecido
Date of birth (1980-05-02) 2 May 1980 (age 37)
Place of birth Avaré, Brazil
Height 1.87 m (6 ft 2 in)[1]
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2000–2001 Guarani
2001–2004 Ovarense 88 (23)
2005–2006 Moreirense 42 (15)
2006–2007 Naval 28 (6)
2007–2008 CSKA Sofia 29 (14)
2008–2010 Al-Shabab 9 (4)
2009–2010 CFR Cluj (loan) 20 (5)
2010–2011 Changchun Yatai 40 (11)
2012 Chongqing Lifan 11 (4)
2013 Grémio Anápolis 12 (6)
2013 Boa (loan) 1 (0)
2013 Chongqing 13 (10)
2014–2015 Tianjin Songjiang 28 (11)
2016– Trindade 0 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 29 November 2015.

Claudinei Alexandre Aparecido (born 2 May 1980 in Avaré, São Paulo), known as Nei, is a Brazilian professional footballer who plays for Brazil club Trindade as a striker.

Football career[edit]

After solid performances in Portugal for A.D. Ovarense in the second division (he arrived in the country at the age of 21 from Guarani Futebol Clube), Nei moved in the January 2005 transfer window to Moreirense F.C. in the top level, making his club debut on the 9th in a 1–0 home win against Académica de Coimbra and scoring four goals in the season's last three games – including one in a 1–1 home draw against FC Porto – as his team eventually suffered releagation.

Nei played one more year in Portugal in 2006–07, with Associação Naval 1º de Maio, his ten league goals being good enough for joint-fifth in the scorers' list, as the Figueira da Foz club finished 11th and maintained its top division status. He then moved to Bulgaria with PFC CSKA Sofia, for 500.000: in his only season he netted a career-best 14 goals, also helping the capital side to the national championship.

Nei signed a two-year deal with Al-Shabab Riyadh of Saudi Arabia, being loaned to CFR Cluj in Romania in his second year and being a relatively important offensive unit as the team won the double. In July 2010, he was sold to Changchun Yatai F.C. from China.

On 11 January 2014, after having represented four clubs in quick succession, Nei returned to the Asian country, transferring to China League One's Tianjin Songjiang FC.[2]


CFR Cluj
CSKA Sofia


  1. ^ "Бразилска перла иска наш паспорт" (in Bulgarian). 28 September 2007. Retrieved 20 January 2017. 
  2. ^ 松江内外援引进双丰收 克劳迪内夏宁宁联袂加盟; Sports Enorth, 12 January 2014 (Chinese)

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