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Place of birth  Olinda, Brazil
Name  Cleber Santana
Salary  1.8 million BRL (2013)
Years  Team
Spouse  Rosangela Santana
Number  88
Height  1.87 m
Playing position  Midfielder
Role  Footballer

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Full name  Cleber Santana Loureiro
Date of birth  (1981-06-27) 27 June 1981 (age 34)
Current team  Associacao Chapecoense de Futebol (#88 / Midfielder)
Children  Cleber Junior, Aroldo Neto
Similar People  Dorival Junior, Ricardo Gomes, Jorginho, Joel Santana, Ney Franco

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Cléber Santana Loureiro (27 June 1981 – 28 November 2016) was a Brazilian professional footballer who played as a central midfielder.


Cleber Santana Famengo estuda contratao de Clber Santana

He won state championships with Sport, Vitória, Santos and Avaí. He also had spells abroad, with Kashiwa Reysol in Japan and Atlético Madrid and Mallorca in Spain.

Cléber Santana David De Gea pays tribute to Chapecoenses Cleber Santana

Santana was the captain of the Chapecoense team aboard LaMia Flight 2933 that crashed, killing him and 70 others.

Cléber Santana Atletico Madrid shocked by death of former midfielder Cleber Santana


Football career

Cléber Santana Colombia plane crash Wife of Chapecoense captain Cleber Santana

Born in Olinda, Pernambuco, Santana started playing professionally with Sport Club do Recife. He then went on to represent in Brazil Esporte Clube Vitória and Santos FC, punctuated by a stint with J1 League's Kashiwa Reysol in 2005.

In July 2007, Santana was signed from Santos by Atlético Madrid, on a three-year contract worth €6 million. Although not an undisputed starter, he still contributed with 23 league games as the Colchoneros returned to the UEFA Champions League after a 12-year hiatus, especially appearing after Maniche's loan departure to Inter Milan in January 2008.

For the 2008–09 season, Santana was loaned to fellow La Liga club RCD Mallorca. On 9 November 2008 he scored his first goal for the Balearic Islands team, in a 3–3 home draw against Athletic Bilbao, and finished the campaign (in which he featured heavily, alongside another player loaned by Atlético, José Manuel Jurado) with five, which also included the 2–1 winner against already crowned champions FC Barcelona on 17 May 2009, and a solo effort the following week, a 3–1 triumph at Real Madrid.

Cléber then returned to Atlético, being used sparingly but managing to net in a 2–2 home draw against UD Almería, on 23 September 2009. In late January of the following year, even though he had renewed his contract until June 2012, he returned to his country, signing with São Paulo FC.

On 21 September 2012, Santana was announced at Clube de Regatas do Flamengo, claiming the team could "not afford to think about relegation" even though it was playing below the general expectations – going on to finish in 11th position. He signed a two-year contract, and the Estádio da Gávea side bought 70% of his rights; two days later he scored on his official debut, against Atlético Clube Goianiense for the Série A.

In the following years, Santana represented Avaí Futebol Clube in the Série B, Criciúma Esporte Clube in that level and also Série A and Associação Chapecoense de Futebol in the top division. He captained the latter, helping the Santa Catarina-based team to the finals of the 2016 Copa Sudamericana.


On 28 November 2016, whilst travelling with Chapecoense to the aforementioned finals, 35-year-old Santana was among the fatalities of the LaMia Flight 2933 accident in the Colombian village of Cerro Gordo, La Unión, Antioquia.


  • Copa Nordeste: 2000
  • Campeonato Pernambucano: 2000
  • Vitória
  • Campeonato Baiano: 2004
  • Santos
  • Campeonato Paulista: 2006, 2007
  • Atlético Madrid
  • UEFA Intertoto Cup: 2007
  • Copa del Rey: Runner-up 2009–10
  • Avaí
  • Campeonato Catarinense: 2012
  • Chapecoense
  • Copa Sudamericana: 2016 (posthumously)
  • Campeonato Catarinense: 2016
  • References

    Cléber Santana Wikipedia