Tiago Ilori

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Tiago Ilori
Tiago Ilori.jpg
Ilori playing for Portugal U19 in 2012
Personal information
Full name Tiago Abiola Delfim Almeida Ilori[1]
Date of birth (1993-02-26) 26 February 1993 (age 25)[1]
Place of birth Hampstead, England
Height 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in)[1]
Playing position Centre-back
Club information
Current team
Reading
Number 20
Youth career
2002–2006 Imortal
2006–2012 Sporting CP
2007–2008 Estoril (loan)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2011–2013 Sporting CP 12 (1)
2012–2013 Sporting CP B 20 (0)
2013–2017 Liverpool 0 (0)
2014 Granada (loan) 9 (0)
2014–2015 Bordeaux (loan) 12 (1)
2015–2016 Aston Villa (loan) 0 (0)
2017– Reading 20 (0)
National team
2010–2011 Portugal U18 2 (0)
2011–2012 Portugal U19 15 (1)
2012–2013 Portugal U20 9 (0)
2013–2015 Portugal U21 10 (1)
2016 Portugal U23 3 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 21 January 2018
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 10 August 2016

Tiago Abiola Delfim Almeida Ilori (born 26 February 1993) is a Portuguese professional footballer who plays as a centre-back for English club Reading.

He started his career with Sporting, making his debut with the first team in 2011 before signing with Liverpool two years later.

Ilori earned 36 caps for Portugal at youth level, including ten with the under-21 team.

Club career[edit]

Sporting[edit]

Born in Hampstead, London[2] to a British father of Nigerian descent and a Portuguese mother, Ilori spent his childhood in the town of Albufeira in the Algarve,[3] where he started playing football with local Imortal DC. He joined Sporting Clube de Portugal's youth ranks in the summer of 2006 as a striker, being loaned to Lisbon neighbours G.D. Estoril Praia at the age of 14 and returning for three more years already reconverted as a stopper.[3][4]

On 6 November 2011, Ilori made his official debut for the Lions' first team, playing the full 90 minutes in a 3–1 Primeira Liga home win against U.D. Leiria.[5] On 14 December he played his first game in the UEFA Europa League, starting in a 0–2 group stage loss to S.S. Lazio at the Stadio Olimpico as his team had already secured the first place in its group.[6]

In only his fourth official appearance for Sporting, on 16 February 2013 at Gil Vicente FC, Ilori again played the entire match, and helped to a 3–2 success by scoring the former's second goal in the sixth minute.[7]

Liverpool[edit]

On 2 September 2013, Ilori was signed by Liverpool for an undisclosed fee, reported to be around £7 million.[8][9] It was also announced that The Football Association were in talks with the player for him to switch nationality and represent England internationally.[4][10]

On 5 January 2014, Ilori was named on his new team's bench for the first time, in an FA Cup match against Oldham Athletic. Fifteen days later he was loaned to Granada CF in La Liga, until the end of the campaign.[11] On 7 February he made his debut for the Andalusians, in a 0–1 away loss to RCD Espanyol;[12] in the following round he also started, and assisted Piti for the game's only goal at home against Real Betis.[13]

On 18 August 2014, Ilori was loaned again, now to FC Girondins de Bordeaux from France.[14] He scored in only his third Ligue 1 appearance, helping a to a 1–1 draw at AS Saint-Étienne.[15]

Fellow Premier League club Aston Villa signed Ilori on a season-long loan deal on 1 September 2015.[16] On 7 January 2016, the move was cancelled and he returned to Liverpool, making his first competitive appearance with the first team the following day by starting the FA Cup third round match against Exeter City, which ended with a 2–2 draw at St James Park.[17]

Reading[edit]

Ilori completed a transfer to EFL Championship side Reading on 18 January 2017, for a reported £3.75 million.[18][19] He made his debut three days later, starting in a 3–2 loss at Derby County,[20] and totalled eight Royals appearances for the season, including the penalty shootout loss to Huddersfield Town in the play-off final on 29 May.[21]

On 5 August 2017, Ilori was sent off in the first game of the new season for a foul on Paweł Wszołek, from which Conor Washington scored a penalty in a 2–0 Queens Park Rangers victory.[22]

International career[edit]

Ilori played for Portugal at four youth levels, representing the nation at the 2012 UEFA European Under-19 Championship, the 2013 FIFA U-20 World Cup, the 2013 Toulon Tournament and the 2015 UEFA European Under-21 Championship.[23] He remained eligible to play for Portugal, England or Nigeria as a senior.[24]

Career statistics[edit]

Ilori in 2012
As of match played 28 November 2017 [1][25]
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League National Cup League Cup Continental Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Sporting 2011–12 Primeira Liga 1 0 0 0 0 0 1[a] 0 - 2 0
2012–13 11 1 0 0 0 0 1[a] 0 - 12 1
Total 12 1 0 0 0 0 2 0 - - 14 1
Liverpool 2013–14 Premier League 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2014–15 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2015–16[26] 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
2016–17 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 - - 3 0
Granada (loan) 2013–14 La Liga 9 0 0 0 9 0
Bordeaux (loan) 2014–15 Ligue 1 12 1 2 0 1 0 15 1
Aston Villa (loan) 2015–16[26] Premier League 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Reading 2016–17[27] Championship 5 0 0 0 0 0 3[b] 0 8 0
2017–18[28] 10 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 12 0
Reading total 15 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 3 0 20 0
Career total 48 2 5 0 3 0 2 0 3 0 61 2
  1. ^ a b Appearances in the Europa League
  2. ^ Appearances in the Championship play-offs

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Tiago Ilori". Soccerway. Retrieved 27 May 2015. 
  2. ^ De Menezes, Jack (1 August 2014). "Mats Hummels transfer latest: Manchester United to revive interest as Liverpool's Tiago Ilori could hold the key to move". The Independent. London. Retrieved 27 May 2015. 
  3. ^ a b "Tiago Ilori". Wiki Sporting. Retrieved 30 September 2015. 
  4. ^ a b "10 facts about new boy Tiago Ilori". Liverpool F.C. 2 September 2013. Retrieved 5 November 2014. 
  5. ^ Liga round-up: Sporting close gap Archived 2013-07-31 at the Wayback Machine.; PortuGOAL, 6 November 2011
  6. ^ Clinical Lazio through after Sporting triumph; UEFA.com, 14 December 2011
  7. ^ Young Lions prevail in Barcelos Archived 2013-11-08 at the Wayback Machine.; PortuGOAL, 16 February 2013
  8. ^ "Liverpool complete Ilori deal". Liverpool F.C. 2 September 2013. Retrieved 2 September 2013. 
  9. ^ "Liverpool sign Tiago Ilori from Sporting Lisbon as they look to add defensive depth". Daily Mirror. 2 September 2013. Retrieved 2 September 2013. 
  10. ^ Bascombe, Chris (2 September 2013). "Roy Hodgson wants Liverpool's Tiago Ilori to declare for England". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 3 September 2013. 
  11. ^ "Ilori seals loan switch to Granada". Liverpool F.C. 20 January 2014. Retrieved 20 January 2014. 
  12. ^ "Moreno fires Espanyol to victory". ESPN FC. 7 February 2014. Retrieved 18 February 2014. 
  13. ^ "Piti wins it for Granada". ESPN FC. 16 February 2014. Retrieved 18 February 2014. 
  14. ^ "Prêt – Tiago Ilori, nouvelle recrue bordelaise!" [Loan – Tiago Ilori, new bordelaise recruit!] (in French). FC Girondins. 18 August 2014. Archived from the original on 29 November 2014. Retrieved 19 November 2014. 
  15. ^ "Saint-Etienne-Bordeaux (1–1), Bordeaux résiste à Saint-Etienne" [Saint-Etienne-Bordeaux (1–1), Bordeaux holds on at Saint-Etienne] (in French). Goal.com. 25 September 2014. Retrieved 19 November 2014. 
  16. ^ "Aston Villa loan Liverpool's Tiago Ilori". Express & Star. 1 September 2015. Retrieved 1 September 2015. 
  17. ^ "Exeter City 2–2 Liverpool". BBC Sport. 8 January 2016. Retrieved 8 January 2016. 
  18. ^ Shaw, Chris (18 January 2017). "Tiago Ilori completes permanent move to Reading". Liverpool F.C. Retrieved 18 January 2017. 
  19. ^ "Tiago Ilori moves to Reading from Liverpool on three-and-a-half year deal". ESPN FC. 18 January 2017. Retrieved 18 January 2017. 
  20. ^ "Derby 3–2 Reading: Rams win battle of promotion hopefuls". Sky Sports. 21 January 2017. Retrieved 24 February 2018. 
  21. ^ "Huddersfield Town 0–0 Reading". BBC Sport. 29 May 2017. Retrieved 24 February 2018. 
  22. ^ "PICTURE GALLERY: Ilori sees red as Reading FC's Championship opener ends in 2-0 defeat to Queens Park Rangers". Reading Chronicle. 5 August 2017. Retrieved 24 February 2018. 
  23. ^ "Tiago Ilori". Portuguese Football Federation. Retrieved 18 June 2015. 
  24. ^ "Mamadou Sakho believes he has the leadership qualities to help Liverpool FC". North Wales Daily Post. 11 November 2014. Retrieved 18 June 2015. 
  25. ^ "Tiago Ilori". Footballdatabase. Retrieved 27 May 2015. 
  26. ^ a b "Games played by Tiago Ilori in 2015/2016". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 3 September 2017. 
  27. ^ "Games played by Tiago Ilori in 2016/2017". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 3 September 2017. 
  28. ^ "Games played by Tiago Ilori in 2017/2018". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 3 September 2017. 

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