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Dodged Bullet: Leeds and Kleberson

Dodged Bullet: Leeds and Kleberson - Leeds United

We all remember how bad Roque Junior was for Leeds United during his loan spell.

He might have been a 2002 World Cup winner with Brazil and a Champions League winner as well, however, that did not stop him having a ‘shocker‘ of a time at Elland Road did it?!

However, he was not the only Brazilian that could have turned up in the White of the Yorkshire outfit and potentially have an awful time of things either.

Enter, Kleberson.

Terry Venables was thought to have the talented (or so we thought, right?) South American on his hit list and was keen on signing him in January from Atl├ętico Paranaense (Yorkshire Post).

You might remember him as the Manchester United flop? Well, he could have been playing his football at Elland Road if it were not for some rather extraordinary circumstances (or fortunate ones if we’re looking at it from the club’s point of view).

Romantic paragraph alert (maybe, we’re not quite sure to be honest)!


You see, the 23-year-old was deeply in love with his girlfriend and was waiting until she was legal for marriage (she was 15 at the time but that’s not our place to comment as law in Brazil permits it). Kleberson would not leave without her in the January transfer window as her birthday falls on Valentine’s Day. Trust us; you can read all about it here!

Sounds like something out of a very bad film to us.

As such, he did not leave without her and as such the move to Leeds collapsed. Although that would have been disappointing at the time, Leeds will surely be thankful they dodged a bullet on this one!

Man Utd came calling for him that summer and brought him to the Premier League, however, he remained largely anonymous in the two-year spell he had with the club as he made just 20 appearances for Sir Alex Ferguson’s side; despite being touted by the manager as the man to replace a certain Juan Sebastien Veron (Guardian).

Trouble at Besiktas followed after a dispute regarding unpaid wages before a return to Brazil in 2007 with Flamengo.

Five years later, he returned to his first club on loan before a poor season saw them relegated and he jumped ship to join Bahia for one season.

A loan spell with Philadelphia Union and then time with Indy Eleven and Fort Lauderdale Strikers in the NASL followed before deciding to hang his boots up in 2016.

Leeds fans, delighted to have dodged Kleberson? Let us know below!


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