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Léo
Personal information
Full name Leonardo Lourenço Bastos
Date of birth July 6, 1975 (1975-07-06) (age 34)
Place of birth    Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Height 1.69 m (5 ft 6+12 in)
Playing position Left-back
Club information
Current club Santos
Number 3
Senior career1
Years Club App (Gls)*
1996–1996
1997–1998
1999–2000
2000–2005
2005–2008
2009–
Americano
União São João
Palmeiras
Santos
Benfica
Santos
32 (5)
24 (1)
1 (0)
201 (9)
82 (2)   
National team2
2001–2005 Brazil 7 (0)

1 Senior club appearances and goals
counted for the domestic league only and
correct as of June 2006.
2 National team caps and goals correct
as of June 4, 2009.
* Appearances (Goals)

Leonardo Lourenço Bastos (born 6 July 1975 in Rio de Janeiro), commonly known as Léo, is a Brazilian footballer who currently plays as a defender for Brazilian club Santos FC.

Career

Léo is a pacy left wing-back who is equally at home in attack and is best known for his incredible stamina. Rio de Janeiro-based Americano FC gave Léo his professional debut in 1996, and the next year he moved to São Paulo state side União São João. Two seasons later, he was bought by Palmeiras, but within six months, coach Luiz Felipe Scolari released him without an appearance. Santos FC snapped up Léo and from July 2000 he became an integral part of their side, winning the fans' hearts with his pace, dribbles, and assists and gaining a first Brazil cap in 2001, playing at the FIFA Confederations Cup. In 2002, Léo and teammates Robinho, Diego, Elano, and Renato helped Santos to the Brazilian title. A year later, they lost in the Copa Libertadores and Brazilian Championship finals, but they regained the national title in 2004.

He began 2005 with Santos, helping them to the Copa Libertadores quarter-finals. By then, he had played 201 games for Santos. During the summer transfer period, Léo was snapped up by Benfica, who brought him to Portugal for an undisclosed fee on a three-year contract. Having made a Seleção comeback, helping them win the Confederations Cup — though he then dropped out of international reckoning — he was an immediate success in Portugal, helping them to the 2005-06 UEFA Champions League quarter-finals. During the 2006-07 season, Léo was elected by Benfica fans as the best player of the squad, a fair MVP award, due to all his great plays and enormous performances.

He left Benfica on 14 January 2009 and went back to Brazil to rejoin Santos[1].

Léo earned his first cap for Brazil against Cameroon.

References

External links

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