Meet PalmeirasÃ¢ÂÂ newest Animal
After the clash against Palmeiras, SÃÂ£o Paulo defender AndrÃÂ© Dias hit out against opponent KlÃÂ©ber, back in Brazil after three years playing for Dinamo Kiev.
Ã¢ÂÂThe guy is in the wrong sport. I guess he should be a boxer. He isnÃ¢ÂÂt playing football at all.Ã¢ÂÂ
Since in boxing fighters arenÃ¢ÂÂt allowed to use their head, elbows or legs to hit the opponents, a late-night ultimate fighting competition would probably be more suitable for the 24-year-old Palmeiras forward.
In the nine games he has played so far in the Brazilian Championship, KlÃÂ©ber has received three red cards and four yellows, making him by far the most untamed athlete in the country.
Since Edmundo the 'Animal' departed from the Palestra Italia stadium late last year the bad boy parking spot has been empty, and KlÃÂ©ber has moved quickly to occupy the vacated spot.
KlÃÂ©ber (left) is consoled after yet another red card
In his very first match against SÃÂ£o Paulo, in the SÃÂ£o Paulo State Championship, KlÃÂ©ber stuck his elbow on the aforementioned AndrÃÂ© DiasÃ¢ÂÂ eyelid.
The ref saw nothing, and KlÃÂ©ber went on to score a beauty before half-time.
Palmeiras won 4-1, the defender received seven stitches and the striker received a three-game ban.
Predictably, he didnÃ¢ÂÂt learn. A few days later, KlÃÂ©ber was sent off from practice by coach Vanderlei Luxemburgo after assaulting defender Mauricio. And, to top it, in the same week he was taken to a police station after hitting a SÃÂ£o Paulo fan with his car just outside a disco.
According to the police report, a group of SÃÂ£o Paulo supporters got mad with him after hearing KlÃÂ©ber tell his brother that Ã¢ÂÂSÃÂ£o Paulo fans are gay.Ã¢ÂÂ Some of them tried to stop the forward by standing in front of his car, but the Palmeiras ace didnÃ¢ÂÂt think twice and pumped up the gas.
No wonder he has become a Palmeiras fan favorite!
AndrÃÂ© Dias: required seven stitches after clashing with KlÃÂ©ber
KlÃÂ©ber was a key part of the squad that won the State Championship after a 12-year draught, and has performed consistently well (when heÃ¢ÂÂs not suspended).
Way before Edmundo, Palmeiras featured Ã¢ÂÂCrazyÃ¢ÂÂ CÃÂ©sar Maluco, star of the 1970Ã¢ÂÂs squad that won back-to-back Brazilian championships. And the former idol approves of KlÃÂ©berÃ¢ÂÂs wild behaviour. Ã¢ÂÂI want Palmeiras to have 10 players like him.Ã¢ÂÂ
Since a wannabe heir of CÃÂ©sar Maluco and Edmundo couldnÃ¢ÂÂt let a foeÃ¢ÂÂs criticism pass by, KlÃÂ©ber retaliated against AndrÃÂ© Dias boxing quip.
Ã¢ÂÂThey talk too much. I get hammered every match but I donÃ¢ÂÂt say anything, because thatÃ¢ÂÂs part of the game. What happened is that Alex Silva - AndrÃÂ© Dias' team-mate at SÃÂ£o Paulo - complained that I stepped on his chest. It was a game thing. But his girlfriend got nervous and said these things. I guess itÃ¢ÂÂs normal, isnÃ¢ÂÂt it?Ã¢ÂÂ
Oh yeah, he's got a sharp mouth too...