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.