Thiago Silva

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Thiago Silva
Thiago Silva (cropped).jpg
Silva with Paris Saint-Germain in 2013
Personal information
Full name Thiago Emiliano da Silva
Date of birth (1984-09-22) 22 September 1984 (age 29)
Place of birth Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Height 183 cm (6 ft 0 in)[1]
Playing position Centre back
Club information
Current club Paris Saint-Germain
Number 2
Youth career
1998 Fluminense
2000–2001 Barcelona-RJ
2001–2002 Fluminense
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2003 RS Futebol
2004 Juventude 27 (3)
2004–2005 Porto 0 (0)
2005–2006 Dynamo Moscow 0 (0)
2006–2008 Fluminense 81 (6)
2009–2012 Milan 93 (5)
2012– Paris Saint-Germain 42 (3)
National team
2008–2012 Brazil U23 8 (0)
2008– Brazil 45 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 2 March 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 5 March 2014

Thiago Emiliano da Silva (Brazilian Portuguese: [tʃiˈaɡu ẽmiliˈɐ̃nu dɐ ˈsiwvɐ]; born 22 September 1984), commonly known as Thiago Silva, is a Brazilian footballer who plays as a central defender for Ligue 1 club Paris Saint-Germain and the Brazilian national team. He is also the captain of both his club and country's national team.

Club career[edit]

Early career[edit]

As a youngster, Thiago Silva trained with Fluminense. However, he was offered a professional contract by small Rio Grande do Sul state club RS Futebol, in the south of Brazil, and was then quickly picked up by nearby Juventude, with whom he had an excellent debut season in the First Division in 2004. By this time, Thiago Silva, formerly a right winger who also had spells in defensive midfield and at full-back, had been converted into a central defender.[citation needed]

He was acquired by Porto in 2004, but played only for the reserve team. After a year he joined Dynamo Moscow,[2] but failed to appear in any games. Silva was stricken by a case of Tuberculosis and was hospitalised for six months. His illness became much worse over time and his doctors told him that if he had remained in hospital for two more weeks, he could have died.[3]

Fluminense[edit]

In 2006, Silva returned to Brazil and signed with Fluminense. Fluminense finished the season in first place. The next year, Fluminense finished fourth in the Campeonato Brasileiro Série A, conceding only 39 goals in 38 games and winning the Copa do Brasil.[4] Silva won several individual awards in Brazil as he progressed after his health scares. In 2007, he won the Bola de Prata as the one of the two best central defenders in Brazil.[5] In 2008, he was included in the 2008 Brasileirão Team of the Season and was selected as the Fans' Player of the Season.[6] Thiago Silva was also a key player[citation needed] in Fluminense's Copa Libertadores campaign, finishing second after losing the final on penalties to LDU Quito.

Milan[edit]

In December 2008, Thiago Silva joined A.C. Milan under a €10 million agreement.[7] Silva was officially registered as a Milan player effectively from July 2009, since the club had already signed two non-EU nationals during the 2008–09 season (namely, Andriy Shevchenko[8] and Tabaré Viudez).[8] Five years on, Silva says manager Carlo Ancelotti changed his life by playing in European football.[9]

He made his non-competitive debut in a Rossoneri jersey in a friendly match against Hannover on 21 January 2009. He played all 90 minutes of the match.[10] He made his league debut in a 2–1 win over Siena.[11]

On 8 November 2009, he scored his first goal against Lazio, as well as an own goal. In Milan's season opener against Lecce, he scored the fifth goal in their 4–0 win. Milan went on to win their first Serie A title in seven years, with Thiago Silva playing a key role. Thiago Silva played 39 games for Milan that season, picking up only a single yellow card in the process. On 13 September 2011, he scored a last minute goal against FC Barcelona at Camp Nou from a Clarence Seedorf corner. That goal saved Milan from a defeat with the score ending at 2–2. This was his first goal in a European competition.

On 17 May 2011, Milan announced that Thiago Silva extended his contract to 30 June 2016.[12]

On 27 November 2011, Thiago Silva was named as captain and scored the opening goal in a convincing 4–0 victory against Chievo.

During the summer transfer window of 2012, Silva was strongly linked to French side and big spenders Paris Saint-Germain. Milan's response came from CEO Silvio Berlusconi as he announced the club had to decline an offer of 46 million Euros. On 2 July, Silva signed a new contract with Milan, keeping him at the club until 2017.[13]

Paris Saint-Germain[edit]

On 14 July 2012, it was announced that Silva had signed a five-year contract with Paris Saint-Germain, completing a €42 million transfer to the French club.[14] It was reported that his wages are in excess of €185,000 per week, around €12 million a year.[15] He stated that his reasons for leaving the club was due to family reasons and that he is seeking a new challenge and the prospect of new trophies. Despite the statement, Silva has on numerous occasions stated that he had never intended to leave A.C. Milan and completed the move due to Milan's financial difficulties, saying, "I am very sad to leave Milan, I was treated with great respect, by the players, the manager and the fans, but I am ready for a new challenge with PSG," also mentioning that, "It was an offer I couldn't refuse."[16]

After suffering from some niggling injuries at the start of the campaign, Silva finally made his debut for his new team on 18 September in the first matchday of the Champions League, marking his debut with a goal as PSG thumped Dynamo Kyiv 4–1 at the Parc des Princes.[17] The Brazilian made his Ligue 1 debut the following weekend, playing the full ninety minutes in a comfortable 4–0 defeat of Bastia on 22 September.[18] Silva's second goal for PSG came from the penalty spot, scoring the winning goal in his first Le Classique match, the game ending in a 2–0 defeat of Marseille in the Round of 16 in the Coupe de la Ligue on 31 October.[19]

On 22 August 2013, it was announced that Silva had signed an one-year extension to his contract with PSG, keeping him at the club until 2018.[20]

International career[edit]

Thiago Silva playing for Brazil in a friendly in 2009 against England
Thiago Silva playing for Brazil in 2011

Silva was selected by Dunga to play for Brazil in the 2008 Olympics. He was one of two players over 23 years of age (the other one being Ronaldinho) and played in three matches. Before the Olympics started, he earned his only two caps in friendlies against Singapore and Vietnam. Silva was selected to play for Brazil in an International Friendly against Italy at Emirates Stadium on 10 February 2009. He came on in the 77th minute to replace Juan. He later went on to play for Brazil against England in a friendly match in Qatar on 9 October. He was included by Dunga for the 2010 FIFA World Cup squad due to his top form with Milan, but didn't feature in any matches. Silva was selected as first choice defender, under new Brazil coach Mano Menezes, for a friendly against United States on 10 August 2010. On 30 May 2012, he scored his first goal for Brazil with a header from a corner kick by Neymar against the United States. When fit, Silva now acts as the team's captain.[21]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of 19 January 2014.
Club Season League Cup Continental
Competition1
Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Juventude 2004 28 3 1 0 29 3
Total 28 3 1 0 29 3
Porto 2004–05 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Dynamo Moscow 2005 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Fluminense 2006 31 0 8 0 4 0 43 0
2007 30 5 12 3 42 8
2008 20 1 12 2 32 3
Total 81 6 20 3 16 2 117 11
Milan 2009–10 33 2 0 0 7 0 40 2
2010–11 33 1 3 0 6 0 42 1
2011–12 27 2 3 0 7 1 37 3
Total 93 5 6 0 20 1 119 6
Paris Saint-Germain 2012–13 22 0 3 1 9 2 34 3
2013–14 18 3 1 0 3 0 22 3
Total 40 3 4 1 12 2 56 6
Career Total 242 17 31 4 45 5 321 26

1 Continental competitions include the UEFA Champions League, the UEFA Cup, Copa Libertadores and Recopa Sudamericana.

International[edit]

As of 18 September 2013.[22]
Brazil national team
Year Apps Goals
2008 3 0
2009 3 0
2010 6 0
2011 13 0
2012 7 1
2013 11 1
Total 43 2

International goals[edit]

Scores and results list Brazil's goal tally first.
# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 30 May 2012 FedEx Field, Landover, United States  United States 2–0 4–1 Friendly
2. 10 September 2013 Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, United States  Portugal 1–1 3–1 Friendly

Style of Play[edit]

Thiago Silva has been recognised as a complete defender by his peers and critics. He has been described as a defender without any flaws, and someone who can lead any defence.[23] A leader from the back, Silva's play has led him to be compared to legendary Italian defender Franco Baresi.[24] Baresi, regarded as one of the greatest defenders in football history,[25][26] has gone on record to state that Thiago Silva is the defender who most resembles him,[27] and said in June 2012 that Thiago Silva was his "heir"[28]

Silva is heralded as one of the fastest defenders in European football,[29] and combines his physical gifts with a phenomenal intelligence of the game.[30] Hailed as the best of the new breed of defenders[31] — composed in possession, able to create chances from the back — Silva is a defender who is universally praised, being voted as one of the top two central defenders in Europe for three consecutive years.[32]

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Fluminense
Milan
Paris Saint-Germain

National Team[edit]

Brazil

Individual[edit]

References[edit]

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  3. ^ "Thiago Silva: 'I nearly died in Russia'". JDT Sport Productions. 12 February 2011. Retrieved 15 March 2014. 
  4. ^ "Futpédia: Thiago Silva (Thiago Emiliano da Silva de Souza)". Globo Esporte. Retrieved 20 April 2009. 
  5. ^ "Bola de Prata 2007 (in Portuguese)". Retrieved 15 March 2014. 
  6. ^ "Hexacampeão, São Paulo domina também o Prêmio Craque Brasileirão (in Portuguese)". Globo Esporte. Retrieved 15 March 2014. 
  7. ^ "Thiago Silva è del barcelona È lui l'erede di Maldini" (in Italian). Corriere della Sera. 12 December 2008. Retrieved 20 January 2009. 
  8. ^ a b "Thiago Silva al Milan Lo vuole anche Dinho" (in Italian). La Gazzetta dello Sport. 18 November 2008. Retrieved 20 January 2009. 
  9. ^ "Ancelotti changed my life, insists Thiago Silva". Goal.com. 16 March 2013. Retrieved 24 March 2013. 
  10. ^ "Sheva... 2 Times Pippo". A.C. Milan. 21 January 2009. Retrieved 22 January 2009. [dead link]
  11. ^ "Siena 1–2 Milan: Pato Bags Brace As Rossoneri Make Positive Start". Goal.com. 22 Auguast 2009. Retrieved 22 August 2009.  [dead link]
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  13. ^ "Milan tie Silva to new contract". Eurosport UK. 2 July 2012. Retrieved 2 July 2012. 
  14. ^ "THIAGO SILVA SIGNS FOR PARIS SAINT-GERMAIN". PSG. 14 July 2012. 
  15. ^ "PSG sign Thiago Silva". ESPNFC. 14 July 2012. 
  16. ^ "Thiago 'upset' by Milan exit". ESPNFC. 19 July 2012. 
  17. ^ "Ibrahimović-inspired PSG pull apart Dynamo". UEFA. 18 September 2012. 
  18. ^ "Bastia 0–4 Paris Saint-Germain". ESPNFC. 22 September 2012. 
  19. ^ "Paris Saint-Germain 2–0 Olympique de Marseille". LFP. 31 October 2012. 
  20. ^ "THIAGO SILVA PROLONGE D'UNE ANNÉE AVEC LE PARIS SAINT-GERMAIN" (in French). Paris Saint-Germain F.C. 22 August 2013. Retrieved 22 August 2013. 
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  23. ^ "Courbis : "Silva? Rarement vu un arrière central aussi fort" (in French)". 4 April 2013. Retrieved 15 March 2014. 
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  25. ^ "World's greatest XI: the best ever football team in pictures". Retrieved 15 March 2014. 
  26. ^ "World Soccer 100 Players of the Century". Retrieved 15 March 2014. 
  27. ^ "Franco Baresi on Twitter". 31 May 2011. Retrieved 15 March 2014. 
  28. ^ "Baresi: Thiago Silva my heir". 1 June 2012. Retrieved 15 March 2014. 
  29. ^ "Top five fastest centre backs in Europe". 15 April 2013. Retrieved 15 March 2014. 
  30. ^ "PSG's reluctant hero Thiago Silva earns applause but eyes the door". 10 April 2013. Retrieved 15 March 2014. 
  31. ^ "Evolution of the centre-back". 19 September 2013. Retrieved 15 March 2014. 
  32. ^ "UEFA.com users' Team of the Year 2013 revealed". 15 January 2014. Retrieved 15 March 2014. 

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