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Kléber Laube Pinheiro

Kléber Laube Pinheiro (born 2 May 1990), known simply as Kléber, is a Brazilian professional footballer who plays for Japanese club JEF United Chiba on loan from G.D. Estoril Praia as a striker.

Personal information
Full name Kléber Laube Pinheiro
Date of birth (1990-05-02) 2 May 1990 (age 29)
Place of birth Estância Velha, Brazil
Height 1.87 m (6 ft 1 12 in)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
JEF United Chiba
Number 9
Youth career
2004 Caxias–RS
2004–2005 Fabril
2006 Vila Nova
2007–2009 Atlético Mineiro
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2009–2011 Atlético Mineiro 4 (0)
2009–2011Marítimo (loan) 38 (15)
2011–2015 Porto 26 (9)
2013Palmeiras (loan) 7 (2)
2013–2014 Porto B 15 (3)
2014–2015Estoril (loan) 21 (8)
2015–2016 Beijing Guoan 11 (0)
2016– Estoril 49 (16)
2019–JEF United Chiba (loan) 36 (17)
National team
2011 Brazil 2 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 14 November 2019 20:31 (UTC)

Club careerEdit


Born in Estância Velha, Rio Grande do Sul, Kléber started his career with Clube Atlético Mineiro, also having finished his formation at the Belo Horizonte club. On 21 February 2009, he played his first match for the first team, against Rio Branco Esporte Clube for the Campeonato Mineiro.


In the summer of 2009, 19-year-old Kléber left his country and signed for C.S. Marítimo in Portugal, on loan. He made his Primeira Liga debut on 20 September, featuring ten minutes in a 1–2 away loss against Madeira neighbours C.D. Nacional.[1]

Kléber – who also scored three times in only four matches with the reserves in the third division – finished his first season with Marítimo with eight goals in 20 games, notably netting twice in the last round, a 2–1 away win against Vitória S.C. which meant his team leapfrogged its opponents of the day and finished in fifth position, with the subsequent qualification to the UEFA Europa League.[2]

After reported interest from FC Porto, Kléber refused to start 2010–11 with Marítimo, even though he still had another year on his contract.[3][4] Atlético Mineiro accepted the deal but the Portuguese did not,[5] and he eventually finished the campaign with seven league goals, eight overall.

Kléber finally moved to Porto on 4 July 2011 for a fee of 2.3 million, signing a five-year contract.[6] He scored five goals in five games in the team's pre-season, and three in the first seven competitive fixtures, including the winner in a 2–1 home win against FC Shakhtar Donetsk for the campaign's UEFA Champions League.[7]

On 7 February 2013, Kléber returned to his country and signed for Sociedade Esportiva Palmeiras on loan. The move was initially until 30 June, extendable if the Verdão advanced to the semi-finals in the Copa Libertadores.[8]


On 14 July 2015, Kléber signed a two-and-a-half-year deal with Chinese Super League club Beijing Guoan FC.[9]

International careerEdit

On 10 November 2011, courtesy of his Porto performances, Kléber made his debut for Brazil, appearing in a friendly with Gabon.[10]


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