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Personal information
Full name Aílton Gonçalves da Silva
Date of birth 19 July 1973 (1973-07-19) (age 36)
Place of birth Mogeiro, Brazil
Height 1.77 m (5 ft 9+12 in)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current club KFC Uerdingen
Number 10
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1993–1994 Ypiranga 12 (2)
1994–1995 Internacional 21 (4)
1994–1995 Mogi Mirim (loan) 28 (8)
1995–1996 Santa Cruz 21 (7)
1996–1997 Guarani 43 (20)
1997–1998 UANL 23 (5)
1998–2004 Werder Bremen 169 (88)
2004–2005 Schalke 04 29 (14)
2005–2006 Beşiktas 14 (5)
2006 Hamburg (loan) 13 (3)
2006–2007 Red Star Belgrade 13 (4)
2007 Grasshopper (loan) 13 (8)
2007–2008 MSV Duisburg 7 (1)
2008 Metalurh Donetsk 2 (1)
2008–2009 SCR Altach (loan) 12 (7)
2009 Campinense 1 (1)
2009 Chongqing Lifan 5 (0)
2010– Uerdingen 05 0 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 1 December 2009.
† Appearances (Goals).

Aílton Gonçalves da Silva (born 19 July 1973 in Mogeiro, Paraíba, Brazil), usually known simply as Aílton, is a football player, currently playing for KFC Uerdingen.



Aílton's career began in Brazil, and he played in his homeland with Mogi Mirim EC, Santa Cruz FC and Guarani FC. He then moved to UANL Tigres in Mexico, which made way to a 1998–99 move to Werder Bremen in Germany.

He had some difficulties in his first season, managing only two league goals, but developed into a strong service provider. Werder Bremen won the DFB-Pokal in 1999. However, Aílton did not take part in the final, which was won on penalties against Bayern Munich. In 1999–00 he scored twelve goals, 13 in 2000–01, 16 in 2001–02 and 2002–03, the following season bringing with it 28 goals. He won the Bundesliga and the German Cup with Werder Bremen. Due to his achievements at Bremen, he was selected in 2004 as the first foreigner to win the German Footballer of the Year award. The 2004–05 season saw a lucrative move to Schalke 04.[1]

Aílton has been known as an enfant terrible, giving emotional interviews full of melodrama when at both Bremen and Schalke.

In July 2005, Rıza Çalımbay brought him to Beşiktaş for 3.5 million, but he failed to show his full potential. Beşiktaş management brought him to the team with high hopes but his lack of scoring touch turned the fans against him and they wanted him replaced with another quality striker as soon as possible. Having failed to find himself a club in January 2006, Aílton had undertaken an escape attempt toward Brazil, but was stopped at the airport by Beşiktaş interim manager Mehmet Eksi. However, because he had not found a new club during the winter, he returned to Istanbul and faced his old team Werder Bremen in the Efes Cup scoring a hat trick for Beşiktaş.

He returned to Germany on loan to Hamburger SV in January 2006, but broke his jaw in only his second appearance for the club - an away game against Hannover 96 - and missed most of the remaining season. He scored three times upon his return. As a result, Hamburger did not decide to buy Aílton for a previously agreed sum of € 1,75 million.

Aílton had to return to Beşiktaş where he was still out of favour. As a result he was transferred to Serbian side Red Star Belgrade where he signed on 31 August 2006.[2] In the winter break of the 2006–07 season Aílton was loaned out to Grasshopper Club Zürich. He managed to score eight goals during his spell in Switzerland. Grasshopper announced not to renew Aílton's contract[3] and he was signed by newly promoted Bundesliga side MSV Duisburg in July 2007 on a one year contract. Unfortunately, he didn't meet the expectation in his new club. He even showed unprofessional conduct by arriving late from winter break. The contract was canceled end of February 2008,[4] he turned to the Ukraine and Austria before than signed with Campinense Clube on 12 March 2009.[5] In summer 2009 he signed a contract with Chinese side Chongqing Lifan.[6] On 2 December 2009 KFC Uerdingen have signed the Brazilian forward until 30 June 2011, the 36-year-old recently left Chinese club Chongqing Lifan.[7] Ailton has already played in Germany with Werder Bremen where he was named 2004 German Footballer of the Year, FC Schalke 04, Hamburger SV and MSV Duisburg.[8]


A journeyman, Aílton has previously played for Beşiktaş in Istanbul, UANL Tigres in Mexico, and for the German clubs Werder Bremen, FC Schalke 04, Hamburger SV, MSV Duisburg as well as serving small stints with Red Star Belgrade and Grasshoppers Zürich. After Giovane Elber (133), Claudio Pizarro (119), and Stéphane Chapuisat (106), he is only the fourth foreign player to have scored more than 100 goals in the German Bundesliga.

Private life

His wife Rosalie is Mexican and the couple has two children.



This article draws heavily on the corresponding article on the German-language Wikipedia, accessed on 3 June 2007.

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