Are Magpies Really Chasing A Pitbull?


The Daily Mirror linked us this week with a Brazilian striker, who is currently playing in Portugal for Vitoria FC. He goes by the unfortunate nickname of Pitbull.

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Claudio Pitbull – playing for Fluminense in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 2006

His unfortunate nickname is Pitbull and you can just imagine how that will go over at Newcastle United. 😀

When the news came up it was hard to know whether this was for real, but it certainly seems to be, and he looks to be a decent enough player, although exactly how good he is is hard to tell. He’s never played for the Brazilian National side, and we haven’t been able to find a picture of him anywhere.

Striker Pitbull – whose full name is Claudio Mejolaro but goes by his nickname Claudio Pitbull – or simply Pitbull, is currently on loan at Portuguese club Vitoria Setubal, who are currently 5th in the Portuguese Liga.

Pitbull was born in Brazil on January 8th, 1982, so he will turn 26 years old tomorrow. He has a Portuguese passport, and is said to be very keen to move to the English Premier League.

The 26-year-old was quoted in several papers last week as saying:

“I hope I get this opportunity because England’s league is famous around the world.”

The Brazilian has played for eight different clubs in the last 8 years and below is his playing history, although it is not complete. He stands just 5’8” tall.

Year       Team                  App  Goals

1999-2002  Grêmio  	          49    6
2002	   Juventude - loan       20    6
2003-2004  Grêmio	          66   21
2004-2005  FC Porto	           5    0
2005-2006  Al Ittihad - loan
2005	   Santos - loan          11    2
2006	   Fluminense - loan      21    2
2006-2007  Académica
2007- 	   Vitória FC - loan 	

Comments and opinions are always welcome.


54 comments so far

  • Tom_Toon

    Jan 5, 2008 at 7:45 PM

    Comment #1

    god i hope not.

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  • Ross

    Jan 5, 2008 at 7:47 PM

    Comment #2

    i’ve never heard of him, never seen him kick a ball, so i really have no idea.
    the fact that im utterly clueless though doesnt fill me with confidence to be honest.

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  • Tom_Toon

    Jan 5, 2008 at 7:49 PM

    Comment #3

    its better to remain that way ross.

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  • LeazesEndLoyal

    Jan 5, 2008 at 7:53 PM

    Comment #4

    Looks like a fantastic scoring record! Absolute tabloid trash!

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  • sparetheman

    Jan 5, 2008 at 7:54 PM

    Comment #5

    “When the news came up it was hard to know whether this was for real, but it certainly seems to be, and he looks to be a decent enough player, although exactly how good he is is hard to tell. He’s never played for the Brazilian National side, and we haven’t been able to find a picture of him anywhere.”

    I’m confused. Why does this certainly seem to be true? How do you know if he’s a decent enough player if you can’t even find a photo of him?

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  • Mehzeb

    Jan 5, 2008 at 7:55 PM

    Comment #6

    The guy’s record speaks for itself.

    He’s scored only 37 goals in 172 appearances for all the clubs he’s played for.

    Verdict:

    Simply not good enough for Newcastle United FC.

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  • Tom_Toon

    Jan 5, 2008 at 7:56 PM

    Comment #7

    lol, i can tell you from seeing him, yes in a match situation not on youtube he isnt a good player, he cant score, cant head, he hasnt got a bad touch, hes pretty strong for his height, he generally tends to fade away in games.

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  • Ross

    Jan 5, 2008 at 7:57 PM

    Comment #8

    i dont see any other clubs running around desperatly for the ehh..”pitbulls” signature.
    so how about we just leave him alone and look for a striker that might actually do the business on the pitch
    ..a striker with a talent for scoring perhaps?

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  • Tom_Toon

    Jan 5, 2008 at 8:00 PM

    Comment #9

    i can see why sam would like hm, he playes quite deep for a striker, none the less, hes shite.

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  • toonarmy

    Jan 5, 2008 at 8:00 PM

    Comment #10

    born in 2002…makes him about 5 …promising youngster then

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  • carl

    Jan 5, 2008 at 8:00 PM

    Comment #11

    born in 2002? ed?

    i think this is utter bullshit from an unreliable source

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  • sparetheman

    Jan 5, 2008 at 8:03 PM

    Comment #12

    I hope you’re not an Alan Smith fan, Mehzab, because I’ve just worked out his career goal ratio is actually worse than the pitbull’s here!

    Smith averages a goal every 4.8 games compared with the Pitbull, who averages a goal every 4.6 games (approxiamately, of course).

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  • LeazesEndLoyal

    Jan 5, 2008 at 8:06 PM

    Comment #13

    Don’t think we’ll touch him with a barge-pole….. It’s an open transfer window which means open season for Newcastle to be linked with a rediculous ammount of absurd players!

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  • Tom_Toon

    Jan 5, 2008 at 8:07 PM

    Comment #14

    all rumours stem from somewhere, hopefully not this one.

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  • LeazesEndLoyal

    Jan 5, 2008 at 8:09 PM

    Comment #15

    Tabloid rumours Tom are plucked from thin air, there is no truth in this at all, I can assure you!

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  • Jack

    Jan 5, 2008 at 8:10 PM

    Comment #16

    It seems like Sam is going for the same calibre of player he was bringing in at Bolton, if this is true.

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  • obafemimartins

    Jan 5, 2008 at 8:11 PM

    Comment #17

    it does seem that allardyce wants to get sacked. buying a players who has the worst scoring record on the planet and selling our top scorer.martins could choose to leave if city or villa bid mor than 13 mill.

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  • Tom_Toon

    Jan 5, 2008 at 8:14 PM

    Comment #18

    to be honest with you rom seeing this fella, he is like smith except nowhere near as good at holding the ball up. Dunno if he can play midield, definitely not one for us.

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  • JoshI

    Jan 5, 2008 at 8:15 PM

    Comment #19

    lol so he is 6 years old ed? well its 1 for the future is suppose, but is it me or do they recruit them even younger every year? lol

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  • The northern monkey

    Jan 5, 2008 at 8:17 PM

    Comment #20

    i heard he was bringing pitbul to cover the zog at left back……..

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  • JoshI

    Jan 5, 2008 at 8:18 PM

    Comment #21

    ive not heard of him but he sounds shit.

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  • Hadrian

    Jan 5, 2008 at 8:26 PM

    Comment #22

    So , it’s looking more and more like sam’s going for battlers (meatheads i call them) .
    i like players like that in the centre of the park , butt would probably be my favorite player if he sorted his passing game out a bit and had a better eye for a sneaky ball .
    i also think they have a purpose upfront alongside a quick striker , never on there own tho in sams system .
    honest i dont want to moan on , but i need a sign from somewhere that sam has more on his mind than muscle .
    i want sam’s version of an anelka signing for the toon , something that’s gonna supprise us like bolton fans were when le’sulk went to them . obv anelka at that time wouldnt have been a shock to nufc tho .
    going for just stars in the past didnt work and im not saying do that now , wheel and deal , grab potential , but that doesnt mean stay away from the big names all together .

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  • AlexW

    Jan 5, 2008 at 8:31 PM

    Comment #23

    ED haha hes 26 but was born in 2002????????

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  • Ross

    Jan 5, 2008 at 8:33 PM

    Comment #24

    at least he’s following in the footsteps of morts idea and buying young potential?
    ..really, really young potential? haha

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  • scottish mag

    Jan 5, 2008 at 8:51 PM

    Comment #25

    since monaco are interested in emre, i heard that a swap deal for jeremy menez

    brilliant player

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  • Greg B

    Jan 5, 2008 at 8:54 PM

    Comment #26

    ‘Pitbull was born in Brazil on January 8th, 2002, so he will turn 26 years old tomorrow. He has a Portuguese passport, and is said to be very keen to move to the English Premier League.’

    Im glad others noticed this 🙂 for a second I thought I had woken up in 2028!! I know I drank alot over Xmas and New Year but to lose 20 years, wow that would have been some hang over! 🙂 dont you just love typo’s, added a bit of credability to this tabloid nackers…

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  • Ross

    Jan 5, 2008 at 8:56 PM

    Comment #27

    jeremy menez is a very good player
    i heard inter were looking to push for him though?
    ever the optimist but..

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  • Tom_Toon

    Jan 5, 2008 at 8:56 PM

    Comment #28

    ye right, jeremy menez for emre would be the coup of a century, but its not ever going to happen.

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  • JoshI

    Jan 5, 2008 at 9:05 PM

    Comment #29

    I signed Menez on Champ manager on the 2004 edition, for Cheltenham Town,he was top quality, after a season i had championship and a couple of premiership sides trying to buy him!!

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  • StevieA

    Jan 5, 2008 at 9:15 PM

    Comment #30

    Not sure about this one. He hasn’t even got a ‘Mario Jardel’ goal scoring record that I expected him to have playing in Brazil for a while – 20+ a season.

    He could be a surprise package. Maybe he is just a late developer football wise? I am sure the scouts have been watching him for some time so they must have seen something. Maybe they want him for midfield cover too? Who knows.

    I would rather us try and sign Fred for 6 million or so rather than this lad but I wouldn’t judge him until you see how he plays in the premiership.

    As I mentioned in another thread it would be good to give Donaldson a chance. He looks like our brightest prospect in the striker department.

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  • DC

    Jan 5, 2008 at 9:29 PM

    Comment #31

    So he’ll be 8 years old in 3 days?….

    lol.

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  • Gareth

    Jan 5, 2008 at 9:48 PM

    Comment #32

    Scoring record somewhat unimpressive.
    In any case, if Sam signs someone with Bull in his nickname he won’t play him anyway…

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  • scottish mag

    Jan 5, 2008 at 10:39 PM

    Comment #33

    this guy might not have the goals but he may be creative(something we need) it doesnt say anythin about his assists so we dont know and he could be very skillfull , but i dont think we need another midgit with the long ball tactics we play. there is also no stats for his last 2 seasons, he could be banging the goals in now

    and according to fm 08 he is 25 on jan 8 as was born in 1982

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  • ToonKing

    Jan 5, 2008 at 10:42 PM

    Comment #34

    a 6 year old nicknamed Pitbull …..haha , i’ll guess he will grow up to be like Barton……. 😀

    anyways not very promising, i never heard of him but who knows……..aaa never mind, get Fred.

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  • Zx

    Jan 5, 2008 at 10:56 PM

    Comment #35

    If we are going to spend money on this kinda player, we might as well get the S.Korean for free.

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  • john

    Jan 5, 2008 at 10:57 PM

    Comment #36

    snapped there hands off. 13 mil for maritns is good business hes not prolific enough to be toon number 9 and misses to many easy chances. try and buy anelka

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  • Leo

    Jan 5, 2008 at 10:57 PM

    Comment #37

    he is a young un, haha love that typo i have to say, and as soon as i read it i knew there was going to be a field day people making jokes about mort signing these so called young players

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  • ToonKing

    Jan 5, 2008 at 10:59 PM

    Comment #38
  • Bob

    Jan 5, 2008 at 11:07 PM

    Comment #39

    Seeing as he is only 5 yrs old, i am guessing hes one for the future.

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  • Tom_Toon

    Jan 5, 2008 at 11:34 PM

    Comment #40

    scottish mag, i can assure you he isnt skillful or creative, nor is he banging in the goals at he moment.

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