José Clayton

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Personal information
Full name José Cláyton Menezes Ribeiro
Date of birth (1974-03-21) March 21, 1974 (age 43)
Place of birth São Luís, Brazil
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Left-back, Left midfielder
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1992–1994 Moto Club[1]
1995–1998 Étoile du Sahel 86 (12)
1998–2001 SC Bastia 43 (1)
2001 Stade Tunisien 12 (2)
2001–2005 Espérance Sportive de Tunis 119 (16)
2005–2006 Al Sadd 22 (0)
2006–2007 Sakaryaspor 26 (0)
2007–2008 Stade Gabèsien
National team
1998–2006 Tunisia 39 (4)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 26 October 2008.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 26 October 2008

José Cláyton Menezes Ribeiro (better known as Cláyton) (born 21 March 1974 in São Luís, Brazil) is a former Brazilian-Tunisian football left-back.

Although Clayton was born in Brazil, he spent a large part of his club career in Tunisia playing for Espérance Sportive de Tunis, and became a naturalized citizen in time for the 1998 World Cup. He played for Tunisia twice in that tournament, as well as one match in 2002.[2]

He had a brief spell with Sakaryaspor in the Turkish Super Lig.[3] He also spent time with Qatari based side Al Sadd. He won the Q-League title in 2006. In 2006, he left Al Sadd for Turkish club Sakaryaspor. He is a wing-back typified by his effective overlapping runs, mazy dribbling and pin-point crosses. He has 38 caps (2 goals) for Tunisia

He was an over-age player on the Tunisian 2004 Olympic football team that exited in the first round, finishing third in Group C, behind group and gold medal winners Argentina and runners-up Australia.[4] He was part of the squad that won the 2004 African Cup of Nations.

International goals[edit]

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 5 June 2004 Stade Olympique de Radès, Radès  Botswana 1–0 4–1 2006 FIFA World Cup qualification
2 26 March 2005 Stade Olympique de Radès, Radès  Malawi 4–0 7–0 2006 FIFA World Cup qualification
3 11 June 2005 Stade Olympique de Radès, Radès  Guinea 1–0 2–0 2006 FIFA World Cup qualification
4 8 October 2005 Stade Olympique de Radès, Radès  Morocco 1–1 2–2 2006 FIFA World Cup qualification


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  2. ^ ClaytonFIFA competition record
  3. ^ "JOSE CLAYTON RIBEIRO MENEZES". TFF. Retrieved 2009-05-23. 
  4. ^ "José Clayton Ribeiro Biography and Statistics". Sports Reference. Retrieved 2009-05-23.