Damião playing for Brazil in 2011
|Full name||Leandro Damião da Silva
|Date of birth||22 July 1989|
|Place of birth||Jardim Alegre, Brazil|
|Height||1.87 m (6 ft 1 1⁄2 in)|
|2015–||→ Cruzeiro (loan)||4||(2)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 18 June 2015.
Leandro Damião da Silva dos Santos, commonly known as Leandro Damião (Brazilian Portuguese: [leˈɐ̃dɾu daˈmjɐ̃w̃]; born 22 July 1989), is a Brazilian footballer who plays as a striker for Cruzeiro. He has been capped at international level by Brazil.
Damião began his career as a midfielder, playing for local teams in Jardim Alegre. He had unsuccessful trials with XV de Outubro and Atlético Ibirama before joining Atlético Tubarão. "When I went to Ibirama a lot of people said I wasn’t good enough," he said. "I had an awful lot of problems to face and I nearly gave up football to go and help my family." During his time with Atlético Tubarão he established himself in the team, having moved into a more advanced position as a striker, and was given a second chance by Atlético Ibirama in 2009. Having scored eight goals in the Santa Catarina state championship, Damião was transferred to Internacional where he won three titles with the club's under-20 side and earned a call-up to the B team. He scored twice in his Campeonato Gaúcho debut and was then called up to the first team for their 2010 Copa Libertadores campaign. Damião won his first major title in August 2010 when he helped Internacional defeat Guadalajara in the Copa Libertadores Finals. He scored the club's second goal in their second leg victory in Porto Alegre to win the competition 5–3 on aggregate.
After a season below standards with Internacional (only 13 goals in nearly 50 matches) and negotiations for his transfer to English side Tottenham Hotspur in June 2013, Damião signed with fellow top-divisioner Santos FC in December, who paid a R$ 41 million fee, supported by investors, to bring Damião to Vila Belmiro. He was presented on 9 January of the following year.
Damião made his Santos debut on 6 February 2014, starting in a 2–1 away win over Linense, scoring a goal which was later disallowed due to offside. He scored his first goal for Peixe on the 20th, netting his side's first of a 2–1 away success over Atlético Sorocaba; eight days later he netted his second, the last of a 5–0 home routing over Bragantino.
Despite scoring five goals in 13 appearances during Santos' runner-up campaign, Damião was hugely criticized due to his lack of agility and pace, plus his inability to score on a regular basis. He only scored more than one goal with a Santos shirt on 30 November, netting all goals in a 2–0 home win against Botafogo.
Damião was given his first call-up to the Brazil national team in March 2011 for the friendly against Scotland after Alexandre Pato withdrew from the squad due to injury. "I'm taking advantage of the circumstances to summon a player who has been playing well with Internacional and is young enough to play in the Olympics," said head coach Mano Menezes. He won his first cap in the match at the Emirates Stadium in London, which Brazil won 2–0.
Damião scored his first goal for Brazil in a 1–0 friendly win against Ghana on 5 September at Craven Cottage. He also represented Brazil at the 2012 Olympic football tournament in London, being the tournament's top scorer with six goals in five appearances as Brazil finished runners-up to Mexico.
- As of 18 June 2015.
|Club||Season||Brasileirão||Copa do Brasil||Copa Libertadores||State League||Sudamericana1||Other2||Total|
- 1Includes other competitive competitions, including the Recopa Sudamericana: 2011.
- 2Includes other competitive competitions, including the FIFA Club World Cup: 2010 and Audi Cup: 2011.
- As of match played on 2 June 2013.
- Scores and results list Brazil's goal tally first:
|1.||2011-09-05||Craven Cottage, London, England||Ghana||1–0||1–0||Friendly|
|2.||2012-08-15||Råsunda Stadium, Solna Municipality, Sweden||Sweden||1–0||3–0||Friendly|
|3.||2013-04-06||Estadio Ramón Tahuichi Aguilera, Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia||Bolivia||1–0||4–0||Friendly|
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