| Leonardo de Oliveira Clemente|
(1989-04-12) April 12, 1989 (age 26)
Itaperuna, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
11 (FC Sion / Forward), 11 (Suwon Samsung Bluewings / Forward)
Leonardo de Oliveira Clemente or simply Léo Itaperuna (born April 12, 1989 in Itaperuna, state of Rio de Janeiro), is a Brazilian striker. He currently plays for Sion.
Léo Itaperuna Wikipedia
Formed in Fluminense Leo made an immediate impact in Swiss Football after his arrival at Sion, scoring in every friendly game played by his team during the summer preparation. He is currently the top scorer of Swiss Super League with 5 goals in 7 games.
He was discovered in a small club in the interior of Brazil (Arapongas), seen by media and professionals in Swiss football as: "A strong talented striker, natural finisher." His speed and technique have surprised the football world along with his very strong physical abilities despite his relative small size and undeniable goal scoring skills.
Laurent Fournier, his coach at Sion said of him in an interview: "He's really a refreshing and good surprise for us. Leo have all the kit of the modern perfect striker, he's never short on efforts for the team, fights on every ball, is Lethal on 1 v 1 and despite his short size for a No. 9 ( 1.73m), he jumps 70cm off the ground. For me, even more important than that in the modern game, he's humble and always starving for work, the key for any talented player to reach success. If he continues this way he will go very far."
His Representative, Rui Alves was quoted lately in an interview saying about: "Leo progressed in a exponential way in the past year. I've have been bluffed by the way he's adapting to Europe and with his progression all this pasts months. I truly believe that the kid will break through really fast in European football if he continues to be focus and committed like this. Switzerland is being the perfect adaptation championship for Leo. You will heard very highly about him very soon without a doubt, if he keeps with this kind of exigences and standards in his game, he's a very very good young man in and out the pitch what makes everything much more easy for him in all senses".
Leo is married to Paola with whom he moved from Rio de Janeiro to Sion.
He's tied to FC Sion until 2016 on an undisclosed deal.