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Leandro Marcos Pereira (born 13 July 1991), known as Leandro Pereira, is a Brazilian footballer who plays as a forward for Palmeiras, on loan from Club Brugge.

Leandro Pereira
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Leandro Pereira in 2015
Personal information
Full name Leandro Marcos Pereira
Date of birth (1991-07-13) 13 July 1991 (age 26)
Place of birth Araçatuba, Brazil
Height 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in)
Playing position Forward
Club information
Current team
Palmeiras
Number 30
Youth career
Ferroviária
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2011–2012 Ferroviária 7 (3)
2012 Mogi Mirim (loan) 14 (5)
2013–2014 Cianorte 3 (1)
2013 Capivariano (loan) 18 (3)
2013 Icasa (loan) 20 (6)
2014 Portuguesa (loan) 2 (0)
2014 Chapecoense (loan) 24 (10)
2015 Palmeiras 17 (6)
2015– Club Brugge 17 (0)
2016– Palmeiras (loan) 4 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 13 July 2016.

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CareerEdit

Early yearsEdit

Born in Araçatuba, State of São Paulo, Leandro began his career on Ferroviária, making his senior debuts in 2011. In the following year he signed with Mogi Mirim, where he earned the nickname of Leandro Banana[1] and went on to appear twice in that year's Campeonato Paulista. In December 2012 he signed with Capivariano,[2] but left the club in May of the following year, joining Icasa.[3]

In January 2014 Leandro signed a short-term contract with Portuguesa.[4] On 1 April, after appearing regularly with Lusa, he moved to Chapecoense, freshly promoted to the Série A.[5]

ChapecoenseEdit

Leandro made his top level debut on 27 April 2014, starting in a 1–2 away loss against Sport Recife.[6] He scored his first league goal on 25 September, netting the last of a 3–0 home win against Atlético Paranaense.[7]

Leandro finished the campaign with 10 goals, scoring all of them in the last four months of the League. On 19 December 2014, after being linked with a move to Corinthians, he signed a five-year deal with their fierce rivals Palmeiras.[8]

Palmeiras and transfer to BelgiumEdit

Leandro Pereira started the 2015 season with Palmeiras playing regularly in the attack, he scored in his first match for the club in a friendly against Shandong Luneng. Leandro scored only 3 goals in 14 appearances in the Campeonato Paulista, but nonetheless helped the team reach the finals where Palmeiras lost to rivals Santos on penalties. In the beginning of the Série A, Leandro started most of the matches and had great appearances for the team, playing 11 matches and scoring 6 goals. On July, he called the attention of Belgian side Club Brugge, after only 7 months with Palmeiras.

On August 2015, Leandro Pereira signed with Club Brugge on a three-year deal for R$14.2 million, with an option to extend a year.[9] Together with the team, he won the 2015–16 Belgian Pro League, playing 12 matches mainly as a substitute and without scoring a goal.

On 29 June 2016, Leandro returned to Palmeiras after manifestation of manager Cuca to count on another forward in the squad. Leandro signed a loan deal from Club Brugge until 30 June 2017.[10]

HonoursEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Leandro Banana explica origem do apelido incomum (Leandro Banana explains unusual nickname's origin); Futebol Interior, 3 January 2012 (in Portuguese)
  2. ^ A2: Capivariano acerta com atacante dispensado pela Ferroviária (A2: Capivariano signs with forward released from Ferroviária); Sim! News, 22 December 2012 (in Portuguese)
  3. ^ Icasa acerta com mais quatro reforços para a Série B (Icasa completes four more signings for Série B); Tribuna do Ceará, 9 May 2013 (in Portuguese)
  4. ^ Portuguesa apresenta novos reforços para a temporada de 2014 (Portuguesa presents new reinforcements for 2014 season); Portuguesa's official website, 17 January 2014 (in Portuguese)
  5. ^ Chapecoense contrata atacante Leandro (Chapecoense signs forward Leandro); Diário Catarinense, 1 April 2014 (in Portuguese)
  6. ^ Sport mantém embalo do título estadual e bate a Chapecoense (Sport keeps state championship run going and defeats Chapecoense); Globo Esporte, 27 April 2014 (in Portuguese)
  7. ^ Chape aproveita a bola aérea, faz 3 a 0 e aumenta crise do Atlético-PR (Chape takes advantage of the aerial play, scores 3–0 and worsen Atlético-PR's crisis); Globo Esporte, 25 September 2014 (in Portuguese)
  8. ^ Após superar rival, Palmeiras fecha com o atacante Leandro, da Chape (After overcoming rival, Palmeiras signs with forward Leandro, from Chape); Globo Esporte, 19 December 2014 (in Portuguese)
  9. ^ Club Brugge have signed Pereira, Agu and Vossen; Club Brugge, 31 September 2015
  10. ^ (Leandro Pereira signs with Palmeiras); Globo Esporte, 29 June 2016 (in Portuguese)

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