The 26-year-old Jean Raphael Vanderlei Moreira was born in Campo Grande, in the state of Mato Grosso do Sul, and began his long climb to the top with local side Comercial no Operario. In 2002, at the age of 16, he swapped his hometown for Sao Paulo, joining O Tricolor Paulista’s youth set-up.
After turning professional in 2005, Jean was loaned out to regional clubs America de Rio Preto and Marilia and then to Portuguese side Penafiel. He returned to Sao Paulo in 2008 and was finally given an extended run in the first team, playing a hand in their Brazilian championship win that year.
An undisputed first-choice the following season, Jean stayed with Sao Paulo until late 2011. At the start of 2012 he joined Fluminense and promptly won the Rio de Janeiro state title, gaining a sufficiently high profile with O Tricolor das Laranjeiras to earn a maiden Brazil call-up for the second leg of the Superclássico das Américas against Argentina.
Since coming on for his debut in that game, Jean has made four more appearances for his country, at right-back and on the right wing. In the two games he has started, Brazil beat Bolivia 4-0 and drew 2-2 with Chile.