Birth date 19 Jun 1979 (38 years)
Nationality Brazil Brazil
Position Midfielder
Team history
Fort Lauderdale Strikers 2016 - present
Indy Eleven 2014 - 2015
Philadelphia Union 2013 (loan)
Esporte Clube Bahia 2012 - 2013
Flamengo 2007 - 2012
Clube Atlético Paranaense 2011 (loan)
Besiktas 2005 - 2007
Man Utd 2003 - 2005
Clube Atlético Paranaense 1999 - 2003

Jose Kleberson Pereira is one of the most popular and skilled players to come out of the Brazilian league system. A central midfielder known for his creativity and stability, Kleberson made his professional debut with Atletico Paranaense in 1999. He was a strong member of the squad and staying in the starting eleven was not too hard for the Brazilian.

He made one hundred appearances for the team, scoring 12 goals in the process. In that duration, he also helped his team win the 2000 Parana State League title, a feat Paranaense repeated in 2001. He even led the team to the 2001 Brazilian Serie A title in 2001.

In 2003, after playing for Brazil in the 2002 FIFA World Cup in Japan & South Korea, Sir Alex Ferguson brought Kleberson into the Manchester United setting. Kleberson, after being the major force that held Brazil strong on their way to the World Championship title, was considered to be a vital inclusion into Alex Ferguson’s side. However, after injuring himself in the second game he played for the Red Devils, Kleberson didn’t get much playing time.

20 appearances over two years wasn’t enough to warrant a contract renewal and Kleberson moved on to Turkey. Signing a three year deal with Besiktas, Kleberson hoped to revive his career and for the next two years, played over 45 games for the team. He helped Besiktas win the 2006 Turkish Cup title, this after being part of the Brazilian national team that won the 2004 Copa America title.

In 2007, Kleberson decided to return to Brazil and play with Flamengo. Despite signing with the team, he was unable to play because of some incomplete formalities about the way he had left Besiktas. After starting with the reserve team at Flamengo, Kleberson got his place in the first team and held on to it. After Marcinho and Renato Augusto left for greener pastures, Kleberson became the first choice central midfielder and a regular in the first team.

After helping his team win the Taca Guanabara title in 2008, Kleberson suffered a massive shoulder dislocation after being fouled in a game against Estonia, for Brazil. He underwent surgery and came back a month before expected, and also got picked by Dunga for a couple of World Cup Qualifiers as well as the 2009 Confederations Cup in South Africa.

In 2008 and 2009, Kleberson helped Flamengo win the Rio de Janeiro State League titles as well as the 2009 Brazilian Serie A title. He also helped the national team win the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup.

In 2011, Kleberson was sent out on loan, to Atletico Paranaense, the club where he began his playing career. Atletico Paranaense have the option of buying him at the end of his loan spell, thereby allowing him the opportunity to finish his career where he started it all.

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