Léo Kanu

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Léo Kanu
Personal information
Full name Leonardo Medeiros da Silva
Date of birth (1988-01-14) 14 January 1988 (age 28)
Place of birth Porto Alegre, Brazil
Height 1.96 m (6 ft 5 in)
Playing position Centre back
Club information
Current team
Youth career
2001 Vasco da Gama
2002–2004 Internacional
2005–2006 Pedrabranca
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2006 Ponte Preta
2007 São José
2008–2011 Cruzeiro-RS ? (?)
2009 Esporte Clube Taubaté(loan) ? (?)
2011–2013 Benfica 0 (0)
2011–2012 Belenenses (loan) 19 (3)
2012 Ponte Preta (loan) 0 (0)
2013 Grêmio Osasco (loan) 15 (1)
2014 Náutico 1 (0)
2015 São José-PA 15 (2)
2015 Passo Fundo 11 (1)
2016– Avenida

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 20 July 2016.

Leonardo Medeiros da Silva (born 14 January 1988), known as Léo Kanu, is a Brazilian professional footballer who plays for Avenida, as a central defender.


After a series of good performances at the Campeonato Gaúcho, he was bought by Benfica for 996 thousand euros.[1]

He was immediately loaned to Belenenses for one season, and he managed to gain his space at the starting eleven, playing the fifth round of the Taça de Portugal against Sporting CP. However with the arrival of new manager, Marco Paulo, he lost his place. Later in the season, he criticized the club on Twitter and was suspended.[2]

On 24 July 2012, he returned to Brazil, to play at Ponte Preta on loan from Benfica,[3] but couldn't break into the first team so on 17 December 2012, he moved to Grêmio Esportivo Osasco in Campeonato Paulista Série A3.[4] In 2014 he signed with Náutico in permanent basis, but only managed one appearance before being released.[5] In February 2015, he signed with São José-PA in the Campeonato Gaúcho.[6] After eight months with them, he moved to another team in the Campeonato Gáucho, Passo Fundo.[7] Kanu changed teams again in April 2016, when he signed with Avenida.[8]


Best central defender from the 2011 Campeonato Gaúcho by Federação Gaúcha de Futebol


  1. ^ "Leo Kanu no Benfica" [Leo Kanu signs with Benfica]. Futebol Portugal (in Portuguese). 13 April 2011. Retrieved 5 August 2012. 
  2. ^ "Léo Kanú suspenso e sob alçada disciplinar" [Léo Kanú suspended and under disciplinary hearing]. SAPO Desporto (in Portuguese). 9 May 2012. Retrieved 20 July 2016. 
  3. ^ "Leo Kanu emprestado ao Ponte Preta" [Leo Kanu loaned to Ponte Preta]. Record (in Portuguese). 24 July 2012. Retrieved 20 July 2016. 
  4. ^ "Paulista A2: Grêmio Osasco apresenta ex-Ponte Preta Léo Kanu" [Paulista A2: Grêmio Osasco presents ex-Ponte Preta, Léo Kanu]. futebolinterior.com.br (in Portuguese). Retrieved 20 July 2016. 
  5. ^ "Diretoria do Náutico oficializa dispensa do zagueiro Léo Kanu" [Náutico releases Leo Kanu]. globoesporte (in Portuguese). 13 March 2014. Retrieved 20 July 2016. 
  6. ^ "Inter recebe São José-RS, em jogo que pode promover estreia de Vitinho" [Inter receives São Jose-RS, in game that can promote the debut of Vitinho]. O Globo (in Portuguese). 4 February 2015. Retrieved 20 July 2016. 
  7. ^ "Zagueiro assinou para disputar o Gauchão 2016" [Centre-back signed to play Gauchão 2016]. O Nacional (in Portuguese). 24 September 2015. Retrieved 20 July 2016. 
  8. ^ "Zagueiro Léo Kanu é apresentado pelo Avenida nos Eucaliptos" [Centre-back Léo Kanu announced by Avenida at Eucaliptos]. Gaz.com (in Portuguese). 12 April 2016. Retrieved 20 July 2016. 

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