Thiago playing for Spain in 2011
|Full name||Thiago Alcântara do Nascimento|
|Date of birth||11 April 1991|
|Place of birth||San Pietro Vernotico, Italy|
|Height||1.72 m (5 ft 7 1⁄2 in)|
|Current club||Bayern Munich|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 7 December 2013.
† Appearances (Goals).
Thiago Alcântara do Nascimento (born 11 April 1991), known simply as Thiago (Spanish: [ˈtjaɣo], Portuguese: [ˈtʃjago], Italian: [ˈtjago]), is a Spanish professional footballer who plays as a central midfielder for Bundesliga club FC Bayern Munich.
Thiago was born in San Pietro Vernotico, Italy, when his father Mazinho was playing for nearby U.S. Lecce. He started at the lower levels of Flamengo in Brazil, and, at the age of five, moved to Spain with his father, and started playing with Galician team Ureca in Nigrán. In 2001, he played with Kelme CF when his father played for Elche CF. He returned to Flamengo aged 10 and, in 2005, once again moved back to Spain, signing with FC Barcelona, where his cousin Patrick was also playing.
On 17 May 2009, aged 18, Thiago made his debut for the first team when he came on as a substitute for Eiður Guðjohnsen in the 63rd minute against RCD Mallorca. On 20 February 2010, after coming on as a substitute for Yaya Touré in the 76th minute, Thiago scored his first goal for Barcelona in a 4–0 home win against Racing de Santander. His second goal came in a game against UD Almería on 9 April 2011, to make the score 2–1. He scored his third goal against Real Sociedad in a start. He ended the 2010–11 season with 17 games, three goals, and three assists.
Thiago started the 2011–12 season with the first leg of the Spanish Supercopa match against rivals Real Madrid, being substituted for Xavi after 58 minutes. He then scored on Barcelona's first La Liga match of the season in a 5–0 home win against Villarreal CF. Thiago then netted Barcelona's fifth in a 7–0 win against Rayo Vallecano on 29 April.
On 14 July 2013, Thiago signed a four-year deal with Bundesliga club Bayern Munich, for a €25 million fee. Bayern would pay €20 million to Barcelona directly with the remainder being covered by the proceeds of a friendly to be played between the two teams at some point in the following four years and by Thiago foregoing some money owed to him by Barcelona. The transfer came despite a new contract that Barcelona had given Thiago in 2011 which set his release clause at €90 million. Barcelona failed to fulfil clauses in the contract relating to the amount of playing time that Thiago received and as a result the player's buy-out clause dropped to €18m.
He participated in the 2008 UEFA European Under-17 Football Championship with Spain, helping his country to eventual victory in the tournament. Thiago was ever-present during Spain's victorious 2011 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship campaign, scoring the second goal of a 2–0 victory with a 40-yard free kick in the final against Switzerland. He was awarded the man of the match of the final.
On 18 June 2013, he grabbed a perfect hat-trick, scoring with his head, left foot, and right foot, in the 2013 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship Final as Spain defeated Italy 4–2 to win their fourth title.
He made his first appearance for Spain's senior squad in a friendly against Italy on 10 August 2011, while his first competitive match was on 6 September 2011, in a Euro 2012 qualifying match 6–0 win against Liechtenstein. Due to injury he missed Euro 2012 and 2012 Summer Olympics in London.
- As of match played 7 December 2013.
- As of match played 11 October 2011.
He is the son of the former Brazilian footballer and 1994 World Cup winner Mazinho. His mother, Valéria Alcântara, was a former volleyball player. His younger brother, Rafinha, is currently registered at FC Barcelona and on loan at Celta de Vigo.
- La Liga: 2008–09, 2009–10, 2010–11, 2012–13
- Copa del Rey: 2011–12; Runner-up 2010–11
- Supercopa de España: 2010, 2011; Runner-up 2012
- UEFA Champions League: 2010–11
- UEFA Super Cup: 2011
- FIFA Club World Cup: 2011
- Bayern Munich
- UEFA U-21 Championship Golden Player: 2013
- UEFA U-21 Championship Silver Boot: 2013
- UEFA U-21 Championship Team of the Tournament: 2013
- "FIFA Club World Cup Morocco 2013: List of Players" (PDF). FIFA. 7 December 2013. p. 5. Retrieved 7 December 2013.
- "Thiago Alcântara do Nascimiento". Fcbarcelona.com. Retrieved 12 July 2013.
- In Spanish sources, his surname is often transliterated as Alcántara
- "Kelme official website". Kelme. Retrieved 17 April 2012.
- "Thiago Alcántara, la nueva perla azulgrana" (in Spanish). suite101.net. 30 July 2011. Retrieved 17 April 2012.
- "THIAGO ALCÂNTARA DO NASCIMENTO" (in Portuguese). PortalBARRA. Retrieved 3 July 2011.
- "FC Barcelona vs Racing de Santander". Goal.com. 20 February 2010. Retrieved 12 July 2013.
- "Racing de Santander vs FC Barcelona". fcbarcelona.com. 19 February 2010. Retrieved 19 February 2010.[dead link]
- Gonzalez, Roger (29 August 2011). "Barcelona 5–0 Villarreal: Messi, Fabregas & Alexis Sanchez all on target as champions cruise to victory". Goal.com. Retrieved 3 October 2012.
- "Thiago Alcántara sold to Bayern Munich for 25 million euros". FC Barcelona. 14 July 2013. Retrieved 15 July 2013.
- "Thiago Alcantara signs for FC Bayern". FC Bayern Munich. 14 July 2013. Retrieved 15 July 2013.
- Hayward, Ben (19 June 2013). "Barcelona blunder makes €18m Thiago the bargain of the summer". goal.com. Retrieved 12 July 2013.
- Grohmann, Karolos (27 July 201). "Borussia Dortmund 4 Bayern Munich 2: Revenge for Klopp as Reus double earns Super Cup victory in repeat of Champions League final". Dailymail.co.uk. Retrieved 3 August 2013.
- "European Under-21 Championship: Spain win tournament with victory over Switzerland". Daily Telegraph. 27 June 2011. Retrieved 27 June 2011.
- Magowan, Alistair (18 June 2013). "Italy 2 Spain 4". BBC Sport. Retrieved 18 June 2013.
- "Thiago's perfect hat-trick secures Euro U-21 triumph for Spain". inside World Soccer. 19 June 2013. Retrieved 19 June 2013.
- "Del Bosque: "Pensamos que para nuestros intereses es mejor Negredo"" (in Spanish). rtve.es. 28 May 2012. Retrieved 28 May 2012.
- "Thiago Alcântara". transfermarkt. Retrieved 12 July 2013.
- Includes other competitive competitions, including the Supercopa de España, UEFA Super Cup, FIFA Club World Cup.
- Including the 2010 Segunda División B play-offs (5 caps, 1 goal)
- "Thiago Alcântara". National Football Teams. Retrieved 17 January 2013.
- McMath, Duncan (24 July 2013). "Thiago was 'close' to joining Man Utd". ESPN FC. Retrieved 31 August 2013.
- Roura, C.; Berzosa, E. (21 August 2009). "Thiago y Jonathan, ADN fútbol" (in Spanish). MundoDeportivo.com. Retrieved 21 August 2009.
- "Youth:Thiago Alcántara". fcbtransfers.blogspot.com. 19 February 2010. Retrieved 19 February 2010.
- "FC Barcelona Youth A 2009/10". Fcbarcelona.com. Retrieved 3 July 2013.
- "Primos en el césped" [Cousins on the pitch] (in Spanish). Marca. 5 December 2012. Retrieved 12 July 2013.
- "Thiago leads all-star squad dominated by Spain". UEFA. 21 June 2013. Retrieved 12 July 2013.
- "Morata wins Golden Boot in Spanish clean sweep". UEFA. 18 June 2013. Retrieved 19 June 2013.
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- Thiago Alcântara – UEFA competition record