Keirrison joins Palmeiras

December 23, 2008 at 13:03 9 comments


Is Keirrison worth all the hype?

updated 15 January 2009 – see below** Coritiba striker, Keirrison, looks set for the Palestra Itália and Palmeiras.

The young forward had been linked with the likes of Liverpool and Real Madrid and was joint top scorer in this year’s Brasileiro.

Keirrison has a contract with Coritiba until April next year but there is a chance that Palmeiras will get their man early next season if they can strike a deal with the Couto Pereira outfit.

While the move was officially announced by Palmeiras, there remains some doubt over Keirrison’s final destination. Palmeiras are feeling the heat after underachieving in the league. Their partnership with Traffic is also under strain after the football management company refused to release funds to buy forward, Kléber, from Dynamo Kiev.  

For more on Keirrison see Brazil’s talent factory 

* On the 28th December Keirrison himself said that he will be staying at Coritiba until April when the local state championship ends. Interestingly, he also said that there is a possibility of signing for Palmeiras but that nothing is certain. Keirrison has however, signed a contract with football management group, Traffic, who are Palmeiras’ backers. According to his agent, Marcos Malaquias, the player has had offers from two European clubs: CSKA Russia and Valencia. Keirrrison was Coritiba’s top scorer with 41 goals in 2008.

** Palmeiras finally got their man after they struck a deal with Coritiba on 15 January 2009. Palmeiras will pay Coritiba around 1US$ million to get Keirrison now, instead of having to wait until his contract expires in April. But Palmeiras will not own the player. This is shared between Traffic who have 80% of him and Coritiba who’ll have the rest. The upshot is that Keirrison could still be sold to a European side in less than six months.


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9 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Sexton Blake  |  December 23, 2008 at 15:57

    How much are they paying? There have been (highly speculative) reports of Keirrison going for twelve million euros to Europe, so it is difficult to see how Palmerias could afford this!

  • 2. pitacodogringo  |  December 23, 2008 at 17:25

    there are no details as it looks like he hasn’t actually signed yet but apparently he’s very close to doing so. when he does, the contract will be with Traffic. no doubt they’ll flog him to a European club for a huge profit – as they did with Henrique who also joined Palmeiras from Coritiba. i really can’t understand why Coritiba don’t sell him directly to a European club. But Vitória have also sold Marquinhos and Willans to Palmeiras/Traffic as well.

  • 3. Djar  |  December 24, 2008 at 17:55

    Hello! I am football fan from Poland. i am fan latinafootball but i don’t know spanish and portuguese language. I know only english. Can you help me find football sites in english language about football in Brazil, Argentina, Peru…?

  • 4. pitacodogringo  |  December 26, 2008 at 13:30

    Hi Djar
    you may also want to take a look at these, which cover South American football in general:

    Brian Homewood:

    Tim Vickery:

    try this on Argentine football:

    hope this helps

  • 5. Djar  |  December 27, 2008 at 19:21

    Thanks You:) Blogs are fine. Know You sites where are daily news from Argentina in english language?

    Your blog is super. When starts Brazillian League?

  • 6. pitacodogringo  |  December 28, 2008 at 08:52

    The state championships start around the 21st January. i’ll be focusing on the Cameonato Paulista (the São Paulo league).

    the Brazilian championship (the Brasileiro) starts 3rd May.

    ask Sam at the Hastaelgolsiempre site about daily news from Argentina

  • 7. Djar  |  December 29, 2008 at 08:44

    Thanks You for answer:)

  • 8. Paul  |  January 10, 2009 at 03:54

    I can’t really see why he would want to play the Parana state championship again… He should have opted to leave early and gained more exposure playing in the Sao Paulo state tourney and more importantly the Libertadores. If he played well in those, perhaps his value would increase for the European clubs. I think he would play very well with Kleber if Palmeiras can keep him.

  • 9. Paul  |  January 22, 2009 at 04:01

    Keirrison eh do verdao!


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