Thiago Alcântara

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Thiago
Thiago Alcântara Spain U21.jpg
Thiago playing for Spain U21 in 2011
Personal information
Full name Thiago Alcântara do Nascimento[1]
Date of birth (1991-04-11) 11 April 1991 (age 23)
Place of birth San Pietro Vernotico, Italy
Height 1.72 m (5 ft 7 12 in)[2]
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Bayern Munich
Number 6
Youth career
1995–1996 Flamengo
1996–2000 Ureca
2000–2001 Kelme
2001–2005 Flamengo
2005–2008 Barcelona
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2008–2011 Barcelona B 59 (3)
2009–2013 Barcelona 68 (7)
2013– Bayern Munich 16 (2)
National team
2007 Spain U16 1 (0)
2007–2008 Spain U17 8 (5)
2009 Spain U18 1 (1)
2009–2010 Spain U19 11 (4)
2010–2013 Spain U21 21 (6)
2011– Spain 5 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 19:03, 29 March 2014 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 5 March 2014
This name uses Portuguese naming customs. The first or maternal family name is Alcântara and the second or paternal family name is do Nascimento.

Thiago Alcântara do Nascimento (born 11 April 1991), known simply as Thiago (Spanish: [ˈtjaɣo], Portuguese: [tʃiˈaɡu]), is a Spanish professional footballer who plays as a central midfielder for Bundesliga club FC Bayern Munich.

Born in Italy to Brazilian parents, Thiago joined FC Barcelona aged 14. After representing Spain at under-19 and under-21 levels, he made his full international debut in 2011.

Club career[edit]

Early years[edit]

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.[3][4] 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.[5]

Barcelona[edit]

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.[6][7] 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 on 29 April, although Barcelona lost 2–1.[8] He ended the 2010–11 season with 17 games, three goals, and three assists.

Thiago (furthest right) celebrates with Barcelona after the 2011 FIFA Club World Cup Final.

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 in Barcelona's first La Liga match of the season in a 5–0 home win against Villarreal CF.[9] Thiago also netted Barcelona's fifth in a 7–0 win against Rayo Vallecano on 29 April from a close-range header.[10]

Bayern Munich[edit]

On 14 July 2013, Thiago signed a four-year deal with Bundesliga club Bayern Munich, for a 25 million fee.[11] 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.[12] The transfer came despite a new contract that Barcelona had given Thiago in 2011 which set his release clause at €90 million.[13] 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.[13]

Thiago made his Bayern debut in a 4–2 defeat to rivals Borussia Dortmund in the 2013 DFL-Supercup on 27 July 2013.[14] He made his debut in the Bundesliga in a 0–1 win against Eintracht Frankfurt on 11 August 2013.[15]

On 21 December 2013, he scored his first competitive goal for Bayern Munich, in the 2013 FIFA Club World Cup Final against Raja Casablanca of Morocco, sealing the 2–0 win for the German club.[16] On 29 January 2014, he scored his first Bundesliga goal, the scissor-kicked winner in stoppage time against VfB Stuttgart. He also had an assist to Claudio Pizarro for Bayern's first goal in the 2–1 win.[17] Four days later, in a match against Eintracht Frankfurt, he set a Bundesliga record with 185 touches of the ball.[18] On 23 February, in a 4–0 win over Hannover 96, Thiago scored his second and last goal of the Bundesliga season.[19] His season ended due to a knee ligament tear against 1899 Hoffenheim on 29 March,[20] although Bayern went on to win the league and cup.

International career[edit]

Youth team[edit]

Thiago preparing a corner kick in an under-21 international, 2011

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.[21] He was awarded the man of the match of the final.

On 18 June 2013, he scored a hat-trick in the 2013 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship Final as Spain defeated Italy 4–2 to win their fourth title.[22][23]

Senior team[edit]

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 the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.[24]

Thiago was named in Spain's 30-man provisional squad for the 2014 World Cup on 13 May of that year.[25] However, two days later, he withdrew from the squad due to a knee ligament injury obtained while playing for Bayern in March. Bayern Chief Executive Karl-Heinz Rummenigge said "A young man who wanted to come back at the World Cup, and suddenly his dreams are burst. We will take care of him now and make sure he is fit at the start of the season."[26]

Career statistics[edit]

As of match played 29 March 2014.[27]
Club Season League Cup Europe Other[28] Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Barcelona B 2007–08 5 0 5 0
2008–09 25 0 25 0
2009–10[29] 18 3 18 3
2010–11 11 0 11 0
Total 59 3 59 3
Barcelona 2008–09 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
2009–10 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 1
2010–11 12 2 3 1 1 0 1 0 17 3
2011–12 27 2 8 2 7 0 3 0 45 4
2012–13 27 2 7 1 2 0 0 0 36 3
Total 68 7 19 4 10 0 4 0 101 11
Bayern Munich 2013–14 16 2 2 0 4 0 3 1 25 3
Total 16 2 2 0 4 0 3 1 25 3
Career totals 143 12 21 4 14 0 7 1 185 17

International[edit]

As of match played 5 March 2014.[30]
National team Year Apps Goals
Spain 2011 3 0
2012 0 0
2013 1 0
2014 1 0
Total 5 0

Personal life[edit]

He is the son of the former Brazilian footballer and 1994 World Cup winner Mazinho.[31] His mother, Valéria Alcântara, was a former volleyball player.[32][33] His younger brother, Rafinha, is currently registered at FC Barcelona.[34]

Rodrigo, who played youth football with Real Madrid and went on to spend several seasons with S.L. Benfica, is his cousin.[35]

Honours[edit]

Thiago (number 19) lining up with the Spanish team that won the 2011 European Under-21 Championship
Barcelona[36]
Bayern Munich[36]
Spain[36][37]

Individual[edit]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "Thiago Alcântara do Nascimiento". Fcbarcelona.com. Retrieved 12 July 2013. 
  3. ^ "Kelme official website". Kelme. Retrieved 17 April 2012. 
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  6. ^ "FC Barcelona vs Racing de Santander". Goal.com. 20 February 2010. Retrieved 12 July 2013. 
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  14. ^ 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. 
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  22. ^ Magowan, Alistair (18 June 2013). "Italy 2 Spain 4". BBC Sport. Retrieved 18 June 2013. 
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  24. ^ "Del Bosque: "Pensamos que para nuestros intereses es mejor Negredo"" (in Spanish). rtve.es. 28 May 2012. Retrieved 28 May 2012. 
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  28. ^ Includes other competitive competitions, including the Supercopa de España, UEFA Super Cup, FIFA Club World Cup.
  29. ^ Including the 2010 Segunda División B play-offs (5 caps, 1 goal)
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  31. ^ McMath, Duncan (24 July 2013). "Thiago was 'close' to joining Man Utd". ESPN FC. Retrieved 31 August 2013. 
  32. ^ Roura, C.; Berzosa, E. (21 August 2009). "Thiago y Jonathan, ADN fútbol" (in Spanish). MundoDeportivo.com. Retrieved 21 August 2009. 
  33. ^ "Youth:Thiago Alcántara". fcbtransfers.blogspot.com. 19 February 2010. Retrieved 19 February 2010. 
  34. ^ "FC Barcelona Youth A 2009/10". Fcbarcelona.com. Retrieved 3 July 2013. 
  35. ^ "Primos en el césped" [Cousins on the pitch] (in Spanish). Marca. 5 December 2012. Retrieved 12 July 2013. 
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  37. ^ "Santisteban's Spain succeed in style". UEFA.com. 3 June 2008. Retrieved 18 July 2014. 
  38. ^ a b "Thiago leads all-star squad dominated by Spain". UEFA. 21 June 2013. Retrieved 12 July 2013. 
  39. ^ "Morata wins Golden Boot in Spanish clean sweep". UEFA. 18 June 2013. Retrieved 19 June 2013. 
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