Emerson Thome

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Emerson Thome
Personal information
Full name Emerson Augusto Thome
Date of birth (1972-03-30) 30 March 1972 (age 45)
Place of birth Porto Alegre, Brazil
Height 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)
Playing position Central defender
Youth career
1990–1991 Internacional
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1992 Internacional (–)
1992–1993 Académica 3 (0)
1993–1995 Tirsense 55 (4)
1995–1996 Benfica 8 (1)
1996–1997 Alverca (loan) 16 (1)
1997–1999 Sheffield Wednesday 61 (1)
1999–2000 Chelsea 21 (0)
2000–2003 Sunderland 44 (2)
2003–2004 Bolton Wanderers 26 (0)
2004–2006 Wigan Athletic 15 (0)
2005 Derby County (loan) 4 (0)
2006–2007 Vissel Kobe 39 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Emerson Augusto Thome (born 30 March 1972), also known as Paredão,[1] is a Brazilian retired footballer who played as a central defender.


He first came to England towards the end of the 1997–98 season when moving to Sheffield Wednesday from Portuguese club Benfica, who signed him from Tirsense in 1994–95, when the "jesuítas" stood one win away from a UEFA Cup position. Whilst at Hillsborough. Thome scored twice for Wednesday, once against Stockport County in the FA Cup[2] and once against Wimbledon in the league.[3]

In late 1999, with the Owls staring at the prospect of possible relegation in the face, he made the move to Chelsea for a fee of £2.7 million. He was to remain at Stamford Bridge for just nine months, as he found it hard to break up the tried and tested central defensive partnership of Marcel Desailly and Frank Leboeuf. Thome was cup-tied for Chelsea's victorious 1999–2000 FA Cup campaign.[4] He did however start when Chelsea memorably beat FC Barcelona 3-1 in the first leg of their UEFA Champions League quarter-final.[5] Just one game into the 2000–2001 season Thome was sold to Premiership rivals Sunderland for a fee of around £4 million.

During his time at the Stadium of Light, Thome struggled with injuries and Sunderland were reluctant to extend his contract. A clause in his contract with Sunderland meant that a considerable sum had to be paid to Chelsea after he played 50 matches. Sunderland were not willing to pay the extra appearance based fee, hence their reasons for not playing Thome towards the end of the 2002–2003 season, a campaign which ended in relegation. Thome scored twice for Sunderland, netting in league games against Coventry City[6] and Aston Villa.[7]

In August 2003, Thome joined Bolton Wanderers on a free transfer,[8] and became a regular campaigner for the Trotters as they finished eighth in the Premier League and reached the League Cup where they lost to Middlesbrough at the Millennium Stadium.[9][10] In the summer of 2004, he moved to Championship side Wigan Athletic along with former Bolton team-mate Per Frandsen.[11] Thome was part of the Wigan side which were promoted to the Premier League for the first time in their history in 2005.[12] His second season with the Latics saw him face less playing time which resulted in Thome being loaned out to Championship side Derby County for several months.[13] Once the loan had expired with Derby County, he returned to Wigan Athletic where on the 7 February 2006, the Latics decided to release him from his contract.[14] Following his release by Wigan, Thome joined Japanese side Vissel Kobe. He remained there for two seasons. In 2007, Thome announced his retirement from professional football.

Since his retirement from playing football, Thome now works for Everton F.C. as a chief scout in Portugal since late 2008.[15][16]


Bolton Wanderers
Wigan Athletic


  1. ^ http://www.zerozero.pt/treinador.php?id=7373
  2. ^ Andrews, Phil (23 January 1999). "Stockport are sunk by the class divide". London: The Independent. Retrieved 20 March 2010. 
  3. ^ "Deadly duo strike for Dons". BBC. 3 March 1999. Retrieved 20 March 2010. 
  4. ^ "Chelsea squad guide". BBC. 13 May 2000. Retrieved 12 April 2016. 
  5. ^ "Inspired Chelsea brush Barcelona aside". BBC. 5 April 2000. Retrieved 12 April 2016. 
  6. ^ "Sunderland pile on Coventry misery". BBC. 28 October 2000. Retrieved 21 March 2010. 
  7. ^ "Thome saves Sunderland". BBC. 1 January 2002. Retrieved 21 March 2010. 
  8. ^ "Black Cat Thome joins Bolton". ESPN. 29 August 2003. Archived from the original on 22 September 2013. Retrieved 21 September 2013. 
  9. ^ "Premier League 2003/2004". ZeroZero (in Portuguese). Retrieved 21 September 2013. 
  10. ^ "Bolton 1-2 Middlesbrough". ZeroZero (in Portuguese). Retrieved 21 September 2013. 
  11. ^ "Thome joins Wigan". BBC Sport. 4 August 2004. Retrieved 21 September 2013. 
  12. ^ "Division One 2004/2005". ZeroZero (in Portuguese). Retrieved 21 September 2013. 
  13. ^ "Thome Joins On Loan". Derby. Retrieved 21 September 2013. 
  14. ^ "Thome parts company with Latics". BBC Sport. 7 February 2006. Retrieved 21 September 2013. 
  15. ^ "Our Man in Portugal". Everton F.C. Retrieved 15 July 2012. 
  16. ^ Santiago, Eduardo (4 April 2012). "Zona central do Newcastle é o Weakest link" (in Portuguese). sapo.pt. Retrieved 23 May 2013. 

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