Piá (footballer, born 1982)

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Not to be confused with Piá (footballer born 1973).
In this multi-word name, the family name is Inácio, not Piá.
Piá
Inácio Piá - SSC Neapel (1).jpg
Personal information
Full name João Batista Inácio
Date of birth (1982-03-22) 22 March 1982 (age 35)
Place of birth Ibitinga, Brazil
Height 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Playing position Striker / Winger
Club information
Current team
Adrense
Youth career
1999–2001 Atalanta
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2001–2005 Atalanta 33 (1)
2003–2004 Ascoli (loan) 36 (13)
2005–2010 Napoli 79 (16)
2007–2008 Treviso (loan) 16 (3)
2008 Catania (loan) 8 (0)
2010 Torino (loan) 17 (3)
2010–2011 Portogruaro 13 (1)
2011–2012 Pergocrema 22 (10)
2012–2013 Lecce 21 (3)
2013–2014 L'Aquila 12 (1)
2014 Taranto 7 (0)
2014–2015 Darfo Boario 12 (7)
2015 Varese 1 (0)
2016 Pro Patria 4 (0)
2016 Darfo Boario 11 (2)
2016– Adrense
* 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.

Football career[edit]

Atalanta[edit]

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.

Napoli[edit]

Piá training with Napoli

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.[1] 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.[1] 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.[2]

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.

In January 2010 he was loaned to Serie B side Torino.

Portogruaro[edit]

On 31 August 2010, he left Napoli permanently to join newly promoted Serie B side Portogruaro.[3]

Lega Pro clubs[edit]

In September 2011 he left for Italian third division club Pergocrema.[4] After scoring 10 goal with Pergocrema, he signed with Lecce the following the season.[5]

Name spelling[edit]

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.

Personal life[edit]

He is the older brother of Brazilian footballer Joelson, who also spent most of his career in Italy.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b 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.
  2. ^ "Pià al Catania" (in Italian). Calcio Catania. 23 January 2008. Retrieved 19 June 2015. 
  3. ^ "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. 
  4. ^ "Pergocrema, colpo Inacio Pià". Tutto Mercato Web (in Italian). 6 September 2011. Retrieved 2 December 2011. 
  5. ^ "Ufficiale Pià e Bogliacino al Lecce". U.S. Lecce (in Italian). 28 July 2012. Retrieved 28 July 2012. 

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