Cléo

Cléo
Personal information
Full name Cléverson Gabriel Córdova
Date of birth 9 August 1985 (1985-08-09) (age 26)
Place of birth Guarapuava, Brazil
Height 1.87 m (6 ft 1 12 in)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current club Guangzhou Evergrande
Number 9
Youth career
2004 Comercial (PR)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2004–2005 Olivais e Moscavide 13 (7)
2005–2006 Atlético Paranaense 5 (1)
2005 Figueirense (loan) 2 (0)
2006–2009 Olivais e Moscavide 61 (19)
2008–2009 Red Star Belgrade (loan) 20 (8)
2009–2011 Partizan 41 (22)
2011– Guangzhou Evergrande 10 (10)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 2 November 2011.
† Appearances (Goals).

Cléverson Gabriel Córdova (born 9 August 1985), commonly known as Cléo, is a Brazilian-born Serbian football striker who plays for Guangzhou Evergrande.

He also holds Serbian citizenship.

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Club career

Partizan

2009–10 season

On 19 June 2009, Cléo signed a four-year contract for FK Partizan and thus became the first player after more than 20 years who moved from Red Star to Partizan (last was Goran Milojević in 1988).[1] Cléo scored in his debut for Partizan, on 14 July, against Welsh champions Rhyl for the overall victory of his team by 4–0. Seven days later, in the 2nd leg, Cléo scored a hat-trick of which was particularly nice was the first goal achieved with an bicycle kick.[2] On 28 November, Cléo scored a great goal against his former club to help Partizan 2–1 win over Crvena zvezda. Cléo played great in the second part of the 2009–10 Serbian SuperLiga, scoring nine goals, and thus helped Partizan to reach their third consecutive title.

2010–11 season

Cléo opened the season by reaching the third goal in his team's victory 3–1 over FC Pyunik in the first leg of the second qualifying round of the 2010–11 UEFA Champions League.[3] One week later, second meeting in Yerevan, Cléo scored a fantastic goal from the edge of the penalty area in the fifth minute of injury time in the first half and also led his team to the next round with a total score of 4–1 on aggregate.[4] In the first match of the third qualifying round, Cléo scored in the 90th minute for his team's 3–0 win against Finland's HJK.[5] His fantastic form, Cléo completed by achieving both goals in the second leg.[6] He also scored a goal in the first round of the 2010–11 Serbian SuperLiga against FK Inđija at home, thus continued his series of goals. On 18 August, in the play-off round first leg against Anderlecht, a game which ended 2–2, he scored his 7th goal in 6 matches.[7] Six days later, on 24 August, Cléo scored twice against Anderlecht in the return tie, bringing his tally to 9 goals in 7 matches in the season. He was also accurate in the penalty shootout, and so helped Partizan to reach the Champions League for the first time in 7 years.[8] On 4 September, a day when he filed a request for Serbian citizenship, Cléo scored his 10th goal in the season with an overhead bicycle kick in the match against FK Hajduk Kula.[9] On 28 September, in the second round of the Champions League Group H, Cléo completed one of two penalties in a 3–1 defeat versus Arsenal.[10] On 8 December 2010, again in a match against Arsenal, Cléo scored an equaliser at Emirates Stadium, however Partizan lost the game 3–1.[11]

Guangzhou Evergrande

On 12 February 2011, Cléo completed his move to Chinese Super League side Guangzhou Evergrande, signing a four-year deal.[12] At the time, this move set a new record of Chinese football with 3.2 million transfer fee.[13] He made his league debut for Guangzhou against Dalian Shide on 2 April and scored the winning goal in the match. Recent reports from "ChinaDaily" have stated that "The club has decided to give up Cleo, who had a lingering injury, because he counted as one of the team's five foreign players." This has yet to be confirmed by Guangzhou Evergrande.

International career

Cléo never played any international game for his home country Brazil, and in August 2010, he said that he would like to play for the Serbian national team and is yet up to Serbian coach to give him a call.[14] On 4 September, Cléo applied for Serbian citizenship after meeting with Serbian Minister of Internal Affairs Ivica Dačić.[15] On 23 September, Cléo became a citizen of Serbia.[16]

Career statistics

As of 2 November 2011
Club performance League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Portugal League Taça de Portugal Europe Total
2004–05 Olivais e Moscavide Second Division 13 7 0 0 13 7
Brazil League Copa do Brasil South America Total
2005 Atlético Paranaense Série A 5 1 0 0 3 1 8 2
Figueirense 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
2006 Atlético Paranaense 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0
Portugal League Taça de Portugal Europe Total
2006–07 Olivais e Moscavide Liga de Honra 26 3 2 1 0 0 28 4
2007–08 Second Division 35 16 1 0 0 0 36 16
Serbia League Serbian Cup Europe Total
2008–09 Crvena zvezda SuperLiga 20 8 4 4 0 0 24 12
2009–10 Partizan 27 14 4 2 9 6 40 22
2010–11 14 8 1 2 12 10 27 20
China PR League FA Cup Asia Total
2011 Guangzhou Evergrande Super League 10 10 1 0 - 11 10
Total Portugal 74 26 3 1 0 0 77 27
Brazil 7 1 1 0 3 1 11 2
Serbia 61 30 9 8 21 16 91 54
China PR 10 10 1 0 0 0 11 10
Career total 152 67 14 9 24 17 190 93

References

  1. ^ "Kleo u crno-belom" (in Serbian). blic.rs. 19 June 2009. http://sport.blic.rs/Fudbal/98012/Kleo-u-crnobelom. Retrieved 23 September 2010. 
  2. ^ "Silna pobeda i silan podstrek za ono što sledi!" (in Serbian). partizan.rs. 21 July 2009. http://www.partizan.rs/arhiva/vest.php?Jezik=sr&IDV=536&akcija=show&prikaz1=2009&prikaz2=7&sec=2. Retrieved 23 September 2010. 
  3. ^ "Profligate Partizan survive Pyunik test". UEFA.com. 14 July 2010. http://www.uefa.com/uefachampionsleague/matches/season=2011/round=2000115/match=2002419/postmatch/report/index.html. Retrieved 22 August 2010. 
  4. ^ "Cléo completes the job for Partizan". UEFA.com. 21 July 2010. http://www.uefa.com/uefachampionsleague/matches/season=2011/round=2000115/match=2002436/postmatch/report/index.html. Retrieved 22 August 2010. 
  5. ^ "Partizan leave HJK on the brink". UEFA.com. 28 July 2010. http://www.uefa.com/uefachampionsleague/matches/season=2011/round=2000116/match=2002722/postmatch/report/index.html. Retrieved 22 August 2010. 
  6. ^ "Partizan confirm play-off place". UEFA.com. 4 August 2010. http://www.uefa.com/uefachampionsleague/matches/season=2011/round=2000116/match=2002737/postmatch/report/index.html. Retrieved 22 August 2010. 
  7. ^ "Honours even for Partizan and Anderlecht". UEFA.com. 18 August 2010. http://www.uefa.com/uefachampionsleague/matches/season=2011/round=2000117/match=2002397/postmatch/report/index.html. Retrieved 22 August 2010. 
  8. ^ "Spot-on Partizan keep their composure". UEFA.com. 24 August 2010. http://www.uefa.com/uefachampionsleague/matches/season=2011/round=2000117/match=2002398/postmatch/report/index.html. Retrieved 25 August 2010. 
  9. ^ "Zaseli na mesto koje im pripada" (in Serbian). partizan.rs. 4 September 2010. http://www.partizan.rs/arhiva/vest.php?Jezik=sr&IDV=681&akcija=&prikaz1=2010&prikaz2=9&sec=2. Retrieved 4 September 2010. 
  10. ^ "Late goals earn Arsenal the points at Partizan". UEFA.com. 28 September 2010. http://www.uefa.com/uefachampionsleague/matches/season=2011/round=2000118/match=2002847/postmatch/report/index.html. Retrieved 28 September 2010. 
  11. ^ "Walcott settles Arsenal nerves to seal passage". UEFA.com. 8 December 2010. http://www.uefa.com/uefachampionsleague/matches/season=2011/round=2000118/match=2002903/postmatch/report/index.html. Retrieved 8 December 2010. 
  12. ^ "Cleo signed". partizan.rs. 12 February 2011. http://www.partizan.rs/arhiva/vest.php?Jezik=en&IDV=98&akcija=show&prikaz1=2011&prikaz2=2&sec=2. Retrieved 28 February 2011. 
  13. ^ "Foreign players, coaches flock to join the CSL". chinadaily.com. 1 April 2011. http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/cndy/2011-04/01/content_12260230.htm. Retrieved 4 July 2011. 
  14. ^ "Kleo: Voleo bih da igram za Srbiju!" (in Serbian). reprezentacija.rs. 21 August 2010. http://www.reprezentacija.rs/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=1903:kleo-voleo-bih-da-igram-za-srbiju&catid=25:vesti. Retrieved 4 September 2010. 
  15. ^ "Kleo kod Dačića, čeka se državljanstvo" (in Serbian). blic.rs. 4 September 2010. http://sport.blic.rs/Fudbal/Domaci-fudbal/184161/Kleo-kod-Dacica-ceka-se-drzavljanstvo. Retrieved 4 September 2010. 
  16. ^ "Kleo dobio državljanstvo Srbije" (in Serbian). blic.rs. 23 September 2010. http://sport.blic.rs/Fudbal/Domaci-fudbal/185158/Kleo-dobio-drzavljanstvo-Srbije. Retrieved 23 September 2010. 

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