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Personal information
Full nameKeirrison de Souza Carneiro
Date of birth (1988-12-03) 3 December 1988 (age 25)
Place of birthDourados, Brazil
Height1.84 m (6 ft 0 in)[1]
Playing positionStriker
Club information
Current clubCoritiba
Youth career
Senior career*
2009–2010Benfica (loan)5(0)
2010Fiorentina (loan)10(3)
2010–2011Santos (loan)27(10)
2011Cruzeiro (loan)8(1)
2012–Coritiba (loan)3(0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 3 August 2013.
† Appearances (Goals).

Keirrison de Souza Carneiro (born 3 December 1988 in Dourados),[1] commonly known as Keirrison, is a Brazilian footballer, currently playing as a striker for Coritiba, on loan from Barcelona.

Club career


Keirrison became a regular in Coritiba's main squad in 2007,[3] helping the club win the Campeonato Brasileiro Série B and being promoted to the following year's Campeonato Brasileiro Série A.[4] He was the club's top goal scorer in that competition, with 12 goals.[5] He was the top goal scorer of the Campeonato Paranaense in 2008, with 18 goals.[4] He played his first Campeonato Brasileiro Série A game on 11 May 2008, when his club beat Palmeiras 2–0, but he got injured in that game.[6] He scored his first goal for the club on 9 July 2008 in a 4–0 win over Portuguesa. His first goal came less than a month later in a 0–0 win over Santos on 3 August 2003. Keirrison finished as the Campeonato Brasileiro Série A 2008 top scorer, with 23 goals, tied with Washington of Fluminense and Kléber Pereira of Santos, being the youngest top scorer in the history of Brazil.[7]


Keirrison joined Palmeiras in January 2009.[8][9][10] Keirrison made his debut for Palmeiras on 24 January 2009 against Mogi Mirim, scoring twice in the 3–0 win.[11] then twice in the preliminary round of the Copa Libertadores as Palmeiras beat Real Potosí 1–1 on 29 January 2010.[12] On 26 June, it said on the Palmeiras Official Website that FC Barcelona had made a proposed offer for the striker. Due to this Keirrison would not be taking part in Palmeiras next game.


On 23 July 2009, FC Barcelona announced on their website that they had agreed to terms with Brazilian club Palmeiras to bring Keirrison to the Camp Nou. The transfer for the Brazilian striker was worth €14 million plus a bonus up to €2 million depending on the number of matches played with the first team. Keirrison signed on a five-year contract.[13] On arrival at the Spanish club Keirrison expressed his adulation he has for his new club and was quoted as saying in Barcelona's official website “I hope to break into Pep Guardiola's side, and join many other famous Brazilians who have played here" and he also said "I always followed Barcelona and the Brazilian players who played here. Now at 20-years old, I am very happy to be here, fulfilling my dream of playing at the best club in the world.".[14] Soon after Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola stated that "in principle he'll go out on loan". Many teams throughout Europe were linked with Keirrison after they heard of Barcelona's plans of loaning the Brazilian out to get used to European football. Teams such as Roma,[14]Monaco, and Ajax were keen on taking the Brazilian on loan.[15]

Loan to S.L. Benfica

On 28 July 2009 it was announced that Portuguese side Benfica agreed on terms to take the Brazilian on loan.[16] Keirrison scored his first goal for Benfica in a friendly against Celtic.[17] With the abundance of strikers in form at Benfica Keirrison had found it hard to find a place in the first team. To some Keirrison was behind Oscar Cardozo, Nuno Gomes and Javier Saviola in the pecking order at the Estádio da Luz.[18] While in Portugal, Keirrison started one game for Benfica and played a total of just 199 minutes. Benfica manager Jorge Jesus even went as far as to say that he did not plan to feature Keirrison for the rest of the season.[19] He became Portuguese Champion, thanks to the 5 league games he made for Benfica.

Loan to Fiorentina

On 31 January 2010 Italian side Fiorentina announced on their website that they had come to terms with FC Barcelona to take the Brazilian on loan for 1½ seasons.[20][21][22] Barcelona also granted La viola an option to buy the player for €14 million and Barca reserved to the rights of not selling the player.[23] On 7 February 2010 just a week after being signed Keirrison made his official debut for La Viola coming on as a substitute for Manuel Pasqual in the 84th minute in a 1–0 loss against Roma.[24] On 21 February 2010 Keirrison came on as a substitute for Marco Marchionni in the 76th minute in a match against Livorno, Fiorentina went on to win that game by a score of 2–1.[25] On 28 February Keirrison replaced Adem Ljajić in the 46th minute against S.S. Lazio and he later went on to score the equalizer in the 92nd minute marking his first goal for ACF Fiorentina.[26]

Return to Brazil

On 10 July 2010 Keirrison's loan with Fiorentina was ended pre-maturely.[27] and on 12 July, he was loaned to Brazilian side Santos.[28]

In Santos, Keirrison won the 2011 Copa Libertadores, but as a reserve. In August 2011 he was loaned to Cruzeiro EC until the end of 2011 Brazilian season.[29]

On March 2012, Keirrison was loaned to his original club Coritiba, until the end of the 2013/2014 season.[30]

Personal life

He was born in Dourados, Mato Grosso do Sul, Brazil. He is the son of Operário (MS) footballer Adir Carneiro and Alzira Rosa de Souza. His name was chosen by his father, as a tribute to rock musician Jim Morrison from The Doors and Keith Richards from The Rolling Stones, and also an admiration for the letter K.[3] Keirrison and his father bought a football club from Campo Grande, Mato Grosso do Sul state in April 2008, and renamed it to Centro de Futebol Keirrison, shortened as CFK9.[31]




Career statistics

Statistics correct as of 11 July 2011[32]

Club performance League Cup Continental Local League Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Brazil League Copa do Brasil South America Local League Total
2006 Coritiba Série B - - - 6 3 6 3
2007 Coritiba Série B 32 12 6 0 - 20 9 58 21
2008 Coritiba Série A 31 21 3 2 - 24 18 58 41
2009 Palmeiras Série A 7 5 - 13 6 16 13 36 24
Total Brazil 70 38 9 2 13 6 66 43 158 89
Portugal League Taça de Portugal Europe Local League Total
2009–10 Benfica Portuguese Liga 5 0 1 0 1 0 - 7 0
Total Portugal 5 0 1 0 1 0 - 7 0
Italy League Coppa Italia Europe Local League Total
2009–10 Fiorentina Serie A 10 2 1 0 1 0 - 12 2
Total Italy 10 2 1 0 1 0 - 12 2
Brazil League Copa do Brasil South America Local League Total
2010 Santos Série A 11 3 - - - 11 3
2011 Santos Série A 2 1 - 4 0 14 6 20 7
2011 Cruzeiro Série A 8 1 - - - 8 1
Total Brazil 21 5 - 4 0 14 6 39 11
Career total 106 45 11 2 19 6 80 49 216 102



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