Matheus Leite Nascimento

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Matheus after a game with Dnipro in 2012
Personal information
Full name Matheus Leite Nascimento
Date of birth (1983-01-15) 15 January 1983 (age 35)
Place of birth Ribeirópolis, Brazil
Height 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Playing position Forward
Club information
Current team
Shijiazhuang Ever Bright
Number 10
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2003–2005 Itabaiana
2005 Marco 14 (4)
2006–2011 Braga 87 (9)
2007 Beira-Mar (loan) 14 (0)
2007 Vitória Setúbal (loan) 15 (5)
2011–2016 Dnipro 114 (35)
2016– Shijiazhuang Ever Bright 26 (14)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 28 October 2017

Matheus Leite Nascimento (born 15 January 1983), known simply as Matheus, is a Brazilian footballer who plays for Chinese club Shijiazhuang Ever Bright F.C. as a forward.

He spent most of his professional career in Portugal with Braga and in Ukraine with Dnipro, winning the 2013 League Cup with the first club and appearing in 154 competitive games with the second (48 goals).

Club career[edit]

Early years / Braga[edit]

Matheus was born in Ribeirópolis, Sergipe. After starting professionally with lowly Associação Olímpica de Itabaiana, he moved to Portugal in the summer of 2005, with second division team F.C. Marco. In January of the following year, however, he was bought by Primeira Liga's S.C. Braga,[1] making four appearances in his first season.

During the year 2007, encompassing both the 2006–07 and 2007–08 campaigns, Matheus served two loans: in January 2007 he joined S.C. Beira-Mar,[2] appearing from August–December with Vitória de Setúbal and being subsequently recalled by his parent club.[3]

In 2009–10, Matheus appeared in all 30 league matches – but rarely as a starter – as Braga finished in a best-ever second place behind S.L. Benfica. He contributed with five goals, in 1,142 minutes of action.

Matheus started the following season with major contributions: on 28 July, he scored from a 35-meter free kick to close the score against Celtic (3–0 at home), as his team progressed to the next UEFA Champions League qualifying round (4–2 on aggregate).[4] On 13 August, in the league opener against Portimonense SC, he started and opened the scoresheet in an eventual 3–1 home win;[5] five days later, again for the Champions League, he scored the game's only goal in a home win against Sevilla FC[6]– in celebrating the goal, he pulled out a pacifier and put it in his mouth[7]– and netted the first in the second leg in Andalusia, in a 4–3 win (5–3 on aggregate).[8]


On 23 November 2010, Matheus scored twice in the dying minutes of the 2–0 Champions League home win against Arsenal,[9] although Braga would eventually fail to reach the knockout stages of the competition, finishing third in their group. In January 2011, the 28-year-old left and signed for FC Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk in Ukraine, for 1 million.[10]

Matheus finished his first full season at Dnipro with seven goals from 23 appearances, helping his team to the fourth position. On 15 April 2014, he netted four goals in their 5–1 home defeat of FC Volyn Lutsk.[11]

During the 2015 UEFA Europa League Final in Warsaw, Matheus collapsed on the field of play with nobody around him in the late stages of the team's 2–3 defeat to Sevilla.[12][13] Manager Myron Markevych confirmed that he had been treated at hospital for a nasal fracture and a head injury, being discharged in good health hours later to reunite with his teammates.[14]

Shijiazhuang Ever Bright[edit]

On 12 June 2016, Matheus was supposed to join Superleague Greece club PAOK FC on a free transfer, signing alongside teammates Léo Matos and Evhen Shakhov.[15] However, the deal fell through and he moved to Shijiazhuang Ever Bright F.C. instead.

International career[edit]

In March 2013, after more than two years of living in the country, Matheus indicated that he would be likely to accept a call-up for the Ukrainian national team if asked.[16]




  1. ^ "Luíz and Frechaut trade places". UEFA. 24 January 2006. Retrieved 4 June 2008. 
  2. ^ "Transferências no mercado de inverno" [Winter market transfers]. Record (in Portuguese). 31 January 2007. Retrieved 21 February 2018. 
  3. ^ "Matheus é reforço" [Matheus is an addition]. Record (in Portuguese). 27 May 2007. Retrieved 21 February 2018. 
  4. ^ "Braga 3–0 Celtic". BBC Sport. 28 July 2010. Retrieved 21 February 2018. 
  5. ^ "Sp. Braga 3–1 Portimonense" (in Portuguese). Rádio e Televisão de Portugal. 13 August 2010. Retrieved 21 February 2018. 
  6. ^ "Matheus gives Braga slender lead". UEFA. 18 August 2010. Retrieved 19 August 2010. 
  7. ^ "Braga's Matheus uses a pacifier as he celebrates his goal against Sevilla with team mate Leandro Salino during their Champions League qualifying soccer match". Eurosport. 18 August 2010. Retrieved 18 August 2010. 
  8. ^ "Sevilla FC – Sporting de Braga (3–4): La humildad venía de Portugal" [Sevilla FC – Sporting de Braga (3–4): Humility came from Portugal]. ABC (in Spanish). 25 August 2010. Retrieved 21 February 2018. 
  9. ^ "Braga 2–0 Arsenal". BBC Sport. 23 November 2010. Retrieved 21 February 2018. 
  10. ^ "Matheus transfere-se para Dnipro e rende um milhão ao Sp. Braga" [Matheus transfers to Dnipro and earns Sp. Braga one million]. Público (in Portuguese). 6 January 2011. Retrieved 21 February 2018. 
  11. ^ "Matheus, ex-Sp. Braga, marca um póquer na liga ucraniana" [Matheus, ex-Sp. Braga, scores a poker in the Ukrainian league] (in Portuguese). Mais Futebol. 15 April 2014. Retrieved 21 February 2018. 
  12. ^ Keegan, Mike (27 May 2015). "Dnipro 2–3 Sevilla: Carlos Bacca scores twice as La Liga side survive scare to retain Europa League crown and earn Champions League spot with dramatic win in Warsaw". Daily Mail. Retrieved 28 May 2015. 
  13. ^ Corkhill, Barney (27 May 2015). "Matheus Nascimento collapses in Europa League final". Sports Mole. Retrieved 27 May 2015. 
  14. ^ Meehan, Luke (28 May 2015). "Matheus fine and well after collapse – Markevych". Retrieved 28 May 2015. 
  15. ^ "Συμφώνησε με ΠΑΟΚ ο Ματέους (vid)" [Matheus agreed with PAOK (vid)] (in Greek). SDNA. 12 June 2016. Retrieved 12 June 2016. 
  16. ^ Шаг навстречу. Луис Адриано и еще 8 иностранцев, рассчитывавших на сборную Украины [One step forward. Luiz Adriano and 8 foreigners, counting for the national team of Ukraine] (in Russian). Tribuna. 28 March 2013. Retrieved 27 August 2014. 
  17. ^ "中甲颁奖典礼一方成最大赢家 永昌马修斯夺MVP" (in Chinese). Sina. 2 November 2017. Retrieved 3 November 2017. 

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