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, a Brazilian footballer, began playing professional football in 1998, with Atletico Paranaense. He remained with the club till 2006, during which time he made over 90 appearances and scored 12 goals. Kleberson also won numerous titles during his tenure with Paranaense, which include the Brazilian league title in 2001 and the Parana state championship title in 2000 and 2001. In fact, his consistent performance resulted in his inclusion in the Brazilian national team in 2002, the year that he bagged the FIFA World Cup for his country.

Significantly impressed by Kleberson’s performance in the World Cup, many Scottish as well English clubs began to take notice of the player. Some of the major clubs that had expressed interest were Leeds United, Celtic and Newcastle United. On receiving Leeds’ offer, Kleberson did not sign up with the club, as he did not wish to leave Brazil without his girlfriend, whom he could not marry as yet as she was under 16 years of age.

In 2003, it was Manchester United which walked away with the player, for a fee of £ 6.5 million, but Kleberson’s time with the English club was less than perfect. Not only did the defensive midfielder lose his spot on the Brazilian national team, he also suffered an injury in his second appearance with team, ruling him out for considerable time. Kleberson remained with the club till 2005, during which time he made just 28 appearances with the team.

In 2005, Kleberson moved Turkish club, Besiktas J.K., for a reported fee of £2.5 million. He signed a three-year deal with club, with a possible extension of one year. He remained till 2007, during which time he scored only 3 times in over 40 appearances.

It was in 2008, that Kleberson finally moved to his current team, Club de Regatas do Flamengo, and he has made 40 appearances with the first team so far. His move to the club was free of cost, and despite joining in August, 2007, Kleberson played his first game for the club only in February, 2008, as there were some issues with his leaving Besiktas. Kleberson began in the reserve team of Flamengo and only gradually got into the first team, after showing consistent performance in the Copa Libertadores. The transfer of Marcinho and Renato Augusto, his place in the team was further cemented.

Kleberson has been a part of the national team from 2002, till 2005, and has made over 25 appearances, scoring twice. Some of his other honors include the FA Community Shield in 2003 and the FA Cup in 2004, while with Manchester United, and the Turkish Cup, while with Besiktas. With Flamengo, Kleberson has was a part of the winning team of the Taca Guanabara and the Rio State League title, both in 2008. He has also won the Copa America with Brazilian national team, in 2004.

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