In the first of a series of posts which are going to introduce the Fujieda players, I look at the man most famed for his free styling ability rather than his scoring ability – Kerlon.
Joined Fujieda: August 2012
2012 appearances (goals): 8 (3)
Likely to be the only Fujieda player famous on YouTube, Kerlon shot to our computer screens in 2005 when he performed his trademark skill, the seal dribble. The skill involved him bouncing the ball on his head and running past opponents at the same time.
His ability at beating opponents with the skill was incredible. No defender could stop him. That was until a particular opposing player took exception and decided to take the skilful South American out with an elbow which resulted in a lengthy ban.
He didn’t just wow spectators however, he also impressed managers across the world with his superb performances for Brazil U17s between 2004 and 2005. Eight goals in seven caps wer enough to see him get a big move to Europe with Italian giants Inter Milan in 2008.
After four years of frustration and a few unsuccessful loan spells, including Ajax and Chievo, the forward is now finding his feet again with MYFC. Since signing midway through last season, Kerlon managed a run of eight straight games, the likes of which his career had not seen since playing for Cruzerio in his homeland, five years ago.
Those eight games gave the Brazilian a chance to prove his worth to manager Toshihide Saito and he fully took the opportunity. These games resulted in three goals, his first club league goals, and a fantastic seven assists.
Such was his impact last season that he has been rewarded with the number 10 shirt this year to lead the line for Fujieda or play just off the front man.
Kerlon is likely to be MYFC’s main creative presence this season and certainly has something to prove, both to himself and the footballing world that he has the skills with the ball on the floor as well as in the air.