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Joelson (footballer, born 1983)

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Personal information
Full name Joelson José Inácio
Date of birth (1983-07-10) 10 July 1983 (age 41)
Place of birth Ibitinga, Brazil
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Position(s) Forward
Team information
Current team
AC Leon (head coach)
Youth career
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2002–2003 Atalanta 0 (0)
2002–2003Pavia (loan) 28 (6)
2003–2004 Pavia 31 (8)
2004–2007 AlbinoLeffe 75 (8)
2007–2010 Reggina 12 (1)
2008–2009Pisa (loan) 27 (7)
2009–2010Grosseto (loan) 26 (4)
2010–2011 Benevento 11 (0)
2011 Cremonese 11 (2)
2011–2012 Pergocrema 18 (1)
2012 Siena 0 (0)
2015–2016 Lecco 19 (3)
2016–2017 Pontisola 24 (8)
2017–2018 Caravaggio 24 (1)
2018–2019 Ciliverghe Mazzano 18 (2)
2019–2020 Lemine Almenno
2020–2021 Mapello
Managerial career
2021–2022 Mapello
2023– AC Leon
*Club domestic league appearances and goals, correct as of 12:10, 11 April 2020 (UTC)

Joelson José Inácio[1] (born 10 July 1983), known as just Joelson, is a Brazilian footballer who played as a forward, and current head coach of Eccellenza club AC Leon.


Born in Brazil, Joelson started his professional career in Italy along with his elder brother Piá. He finished as 2001–02 Campionato Nazionale Primavera runner–up with Atalanta under-20 youth team.[2] In 2002–03 season, he left for Pavia on loan with option to co-own the player. In June 2004, Atalanta bought back Joelson and sold him to nearby club AlbinoLeffe in another co-ownership deal, where he joined loan with ex-Primavera teammate Mauro Belotti, Gabriele Perico and Mauro Minelli who recent bought back by Atalanta. In June 2005 AlbinoLeffe signed Joelson outright. Since January 2007 he did not play for AlbinoLeffe as he signed a pre-contract with his new club.


He joined Reggina on free transfer while his contract expire with AlbinoLeffe.[3] He played as backup of Nicola Amoruso, Fabio Ceravolo and Stephen Makinwa, only made four starts.

In 2008–09, he left for Serie B side Pisa, but the club was relegated and later bankrupted.

He returned to Reggina after the club was relegated from Serie A. He played once before leaving for fellow Serie B club Grosseto.[4]

Lega Pro clubs[edit]

In mid-2010 he left for Benevento.[5] In January 2011 he was signed by Cremonese along with Gabriele Aldegani.[6] As part of the deal, Marco Paoloni, moved to Benevento.[7] He became free agent in 2011 and in November rejoined his brother Piá in Pergocrema.[8] The brother also qualified as youth coach in summer 2011.[1] On 24 August 2012 he was signed by Siena as a free agent, however for non-EU quota trade.

In September 2012 he was banned for 2+12 years for involvement in the 2011–12 Italian football scandal.


In January 2015, Serie D club Lecco signed Joelson.

Final years as amateur[edit]

In December 2019, Joelson moved to Italian fifth tier, Eccellenza, club ASD Lemine Almenno Calcio.[9]

He successively spent the 2020–21 season with Eccellenza club Mapello, coached by his friend and former teammate Vinicio Espinal.[10]

Coaching career[edit]

In July 2021, following the departure of Espinal to join Lazio as part of their coaching staff, Eccellenza Lombardy amateurs Mapello appointed Joelson as their new head coach.[10]

On 1 December 2022, he was sacked by Mapello, leaving the club in second place in the league table.[11]

In May 2023, Vimercate-based Eccellenza amateur club AC Leon announced the appointment of Joelson as their new head coach for the 2023–24 season.[12]


  1. ^ a b "Comunicato Ufficiale N°10 (2011–12)" (PDF) (in Italian). FIGC Settore Tecnico. 8 August 2011. Retrieved 17 September 2012.
  2. ^ "ITALIAN YOUTH CHAMPIONSHIP FINAL – SCUDETTO FOR INTER". FC Internazionale Milano. inter.it. 6 June 2002. Retrieved 15 August 2010.
  3. ^ Cordova, Claudio (23 February 2007). "Reggina, Joelson a giugno". tutto mercato web (in Italian). Retrieved 17 May 2010.
  4. ^ "Joelson al Grosseto". Reggina Calcio (in Italian). 31 August 2009. Archived from the original on 24 May 2024. Retrieved 17 May 2010.
  5. ^ "Operazioni ufficiali Reggina Calcio". Reggina Calcio (in Italian). 31 August 2010. Archived from the original on 11 May 2012. Retrieved 2 December 2011.
  6. ^ "Cremonese, arrivano Joelson e Aldegani dal Benevento". Tutto Mercato Web (in Italian). 29 January 2011. Retrieved 2 December 2011.
  7. ^ "UFFICIALE: Aldegani e Joelson alla Cremonese, Paoloni al Benevento". Tutto Mercato Web (in Italian). 31 January 2011. Archived from the original on 4 February 2013. Retrieved 3 December 2011.
  8. ^ "UFFICIALE: Pergocrema, ecco Joelson". Tutto Mercato Web (in Italian). 14 November 2011. Retrieved 2 December 2011.
  9. ^ Eccellenza, al Lemine per centrare la salvezza ecco Joelson e Dell’Orto, sprintesport.it, 2 December 2019
  10. ^ a b "Mapello, cambio in panchina: Espinal cede il posto a Inacio" (in Italian). Sprint e Sport. 15 July 2021. Retrieved 3 September 2021.
  11. ^ "Eccellenza, decisione shock a Mapello: è rottura con mister Inacio Joelson" (in Italian). Tuttocampo. 1 December 2022.
  12. ^ "Ecclombardia: ecco il nuovo allenatore della Leon" (in Italian). Tutto Calcio Dilettanti. 21 May 2023.

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