Gerson Vieira is a well known global name from the football freak nation - Brazil. The versatile stalwart has captained U-15 and U-17 national team.
He has played for some prestigious clubs like Gremio, Oeste, Atenas and Red Bull Brasil. He is currently playing as centre back, for Indian club, Mumbai City, on loan from Gremio.
Gerson Vieira began his journey of football at age of just 8, when he started playing for the small local school of Gremio. His technical abilities and imposing presence earned him over time, a prominent place in the youth setup of the club.
Gerson was the spine of Gremio since his early days as he lifted trophy galore in his spell of illustrious 12 years with the club. Some of them are - Efipan in 2006, Gauchão Children in 2007, Copa Santiago in 2008, and Brasileirão U-20 and Gauchão Youth in 2009.
He started his professional career in the year 2012 and all the while, Gerson had been on the books of Gremio, who farmed him out in multiple loan deals around the globe, leaving the once-promising defender to jump around from Red Bull Brazil to Uruguay’s Atenas and eventually find a home in India in the ISL.
He is currently one of the finest players of the Indian League and due to his remarkable leading abilities, he helped his side - Mumbai City FC, to reach the semis in the inception season of the league. He made a total of 14 appearances in 2016 season and 13 in the 2017 season and is retained by the team for the upcoming edition.
Due his utter sharp passing and tackling skills and exceptional leadership quality, he has been an instrumental player at various age stages of the national team of Brazil.
He started wearing national colours since 2006 and was the champion of Mediterranean International Cup held in Barcelona.
He captained Brazil team in all the youth tournaments but is still in the quest to find a place in the senior national team.
Rise to glory
In the 2009 FIFA Under-17 World Cup, Gerson led the Brazil Under-17 team that comprised the likes of Neymar, Philippe Coutinho and Casemiro, three of the biggest Brazilian stars in world football today. He made 14 appearances in the tournament and scored at 3 times.
He was also adjudged the best player in the Sendai Cup 2009 in Japan.
Gerson is just 25 years old but is still around game for years. His incessant efforts in the Indian League are too good to be ignored and these may help to end quest for a place in the senior national team.
Brazil’s loss seems to be the ISL’s gain, as Mumbai City look to harness the potential of the ‘President’ to the fullest in their bid to win the title next season.