Piá (footballer, born 1982)
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|Full name||João Batista Inácio|
|Date of birth||22 March 1982|
|Place of birth||Ibitinga, Brazil|
|Height||1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)|
|Playing position||Striker / Winger|
|2003–2004||→ Ascoli (loan)||36||(13)|
|2007–2008||→ Treviso (loan)||16||(3)|
|2008||→ Catania (loan)||8||(0)|
|2010||→ Torino (loan)||17||(3)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 17:45, 17 April 2017 (UTC).
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 20 October 2012
João Batista Inácio (born 22 March 1982), commonly known as Piá, is a Brazilian footballer.
Piá got his start by playing for Atalanta in Serie A, where he made his Serie A debut on 2 December 2001, in the 4–2 defeat to Internazionale. He scored only one goal in 23 appearances during his first years at the club. A loan spell came next as he joined up with then Serie B side Ascoli for a season, where this spell proved to be quite a successful time, scoring 13 goals in 36 games.
After his loan spell ended, Piá returned to Atalanta making 10 more appearances for the club, before transferring to Napoli on a co-ownership deal in January 2005, for €750,000. He scored during his first official match for Napoli, in the 3–0 victory over Giulianova.
Piá helped the club achieve the Serie C1 championship, gaining promotion back into Serie B. The co-ownership deal with Atalanta was resolved in favour of Napoli in early 2005, for another €600,000. Despite being a regular starter with the club, and signing a new deal in May 2006 that will keep him at the club until 2011, he became a surplus in Napoli's Serie A campaign, and thus he was loaned to Treviso for another Serie B season. After just six months in Serie B with Treviso, he was loaned out to Serie A side Catania.
In June 2008, he returned to Napoli to wear once again the Neapolitan colours, and made his debut in the UEFA Cup match against Vllaznia, where he scored a brace in the 3–0 win. In the return fixture, he scored the second goal in the 5–0 defeat of the Albanian club.
Lega Pro clubs
The nickname Piá is pronounced as it is spelled (in his native Portuguese). The accent would signify that the stress is on the second syllable. In Italian, the language of his current team, the phonetic equivalent is written Pià, which is used for Italian television graphics.
He is the older brother of Brazilian footballer Joelson, who also spent most of his career in Italy.
- Napoli Soccer S.p.A. bilancio (financial report and accounts) on 30 June 2005 (in Italian), PDF purchased from Italian C.C.I.A.A.
- "Pià al Catania" (in Italian). Calcio Catania. 23 January 2008. Retrieved 19 June 2015.
- "Dumitru e Cribari al Napoli. Rinaudo alla Juve, Dalla Bona all'Atalanta, Pia' al Portogruaro, Ciano e Diana in prestito alla Cavese. Risoluzione contrattuale per De Zerbi" (in Italian). SSC Napoli. 31 August 2010. Retrieved 15 January 2011.
- "Pergocrema, colpo Inacio Pià". Tutto Mercato Web (in Italian). 6 September 2011. Retrieved 2 December 2011.
- "Ufficiale Pià e Bogliacino al Lecce". U.S. Lecce (in Italian). 28 July 2012. Retrieved 28 July 2012.
- Player profile at AIC football website