Tiago as an Atlético Madrid player in 2013
|Full name||Tiago Cardoso Mendes|
|Date of birth||2 May 1981|
|Place of birth||Viana do Castelo, Portugal|
|Height||1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)|
|2010–2011||→ Atlético Madrid (loan)||49||(6)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 24 November 2015.
A versatile midfielder, adept as both a central or defensive unit and with good overall skills, he has played in England, France, Italy and Spain. He notably spent four seasons with Atlético Madrid, winning five major titles including the 2014 national championship and the 2012 Europa League.
Born in Viana do Castelo, Tiago first came to prominence at S.C. Braga, being cast into the Minho side's starting XI at the age of just 19, and helping with 27 games as it finished in fourth place in 2001, thus qualifying for the UEFA Cup.
In late December 2001, solid displays earned Tiago – and Braga teammates Armando Sá and Ricardo Rocha – a move to giants S.L. Benfica; in his first full season he scored a career-best 13 goals, helping the Eagles finish second in the league and, the following year, won the Portuguese Cup against F.C. Porto.
Tiago signed for Chelsea on 20 July 2004 for a €15 million fee, becoming José Mourinho's sixth signing that season (this included three other Portuguese players). Having missed the first game of the 2004–05 campaign he soon became an important member of his new team, scoring on his away debut against Crystal Palace on 24 August; he also scored a long-range goal in Chelsea's 3–1 win over Manchester United on 10 May 2005, after already having won the Premier League title.
Tiago was a regular for Chelsea that season, having only missed four games in the league. He ended the season successfully as a firm fixture in the Blues' midfield three, making 51 appearances in all competitions and scoring four goals as the club also added the season's Football League Cup. However, despite his initial success, the following campaign saw the arrival of Michael Essien from Olympique Lyonnais, which limited his first-team chances; during his time at Stamford Bridge his loss percentage in the league was 2.94%, just once in 34 appearances (a 0–1 loss at Manchester City on 16 October 2004), which was the lowest in history for any player having appeared at least 20 times.
In late August 2005 Tiago signed for Essien's former club on a four-year contract, for a €10.1 million transfer fee. Mourinho later confessed in an interview that letting him go was "a big mistake."
Usually playing in a defensive midfield role alongside Juninho Pernambucano, Mahamadou Diarra and Florent Malouda, Tiago excelled for Lyon, scoring seven goals in 37 appearances. The highlights of his first season in France were a pair of goals against PSV Eindhoven that took Lyon into the quarter-finals in the UEFA Champions League, and the winning goal against Troyes AC on 1 April 2006; the club finished top of Ligue 1, winning a fifth consecutive accolade.
After the departure of Diarra to Real Madrid the following season, Tiago began to play a more significant role in Lyon's midfield with Diarra's replacement, Jérémy Toulalan. He won his second league title and helped Lyon to the domestic league cup final, where it lost to FC Girondins de Bordeaux after a last-minute strike; overall he netted six goals in 40 appearances in his second year.
On 17 June 2007, Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas confirmed that Tiago's departure from Lyon was imminent with both Juventus F.C. and A.C. Milan reportedly after his signature. He officially signed for the former on 21 June 2007, for a €13 million fee. His performance in the 2007–08 season was criticised, however, as Goal.com describing him as the third biggest flop of the season.
The start of 2008–09 season gave Tiago an opportunity to return to the Premier League in the form of year long loan offer from Everton. Juventus agreed to the deal but Tiago refused their terms, favouring to stay in Italy instead. The negotiations between the player and the club had a violent end when Tiago forcibly locked Juventus president Giovanni Cobolli Gigli inside a toilet stall – the chairman was finally rescued by captain Alessandro Del Piero, more than an hour later; after a difficult first season he eventually established himself in Claudio Ranieri's side but, in November 2008, against Inter Milan, he was stretchered off the pitch with a serious knee injury just several minutes into the match, and was sidelined for almost two months.
Tiago returned to the bench for the January match against S.S. Lazio, but found himself down the pecking order as Cristiano Zanetti, Mohamed Sissoko, and emerging youngster Claudio Marchisio were Ranieri's preferred centre midfield pairing. Following injuries to Sissoko and later Marchisio he was back in the starting XI, but his return was soured by a straight red card in the Derby d'Italia fixture in April (1–1 home draw).
The first half of the 2009–10 season was one to forget for Tiago. With the arrivals of midfielders Diego and Felipe Melo, coupled by his slight dip in form, his appearances were again limited; under Ciro Ferrara he was relegated to the bench once again, only making seven Serie A appearances.
On 8 January 2010, Tiago joined Atlético Madrid on loan until the end of the season. He scored his first league goal in nearly three years on 21 January, heading home against Celta de Vigo in a 1–1 home draw for the season's Copa del Rey (2–1 aggregate win); gradually, he established himself in the starting lineup ahead of longtime incumbent Raúl García, also reuniting with former Benfica teammate Simão Sabrosa.
After helping the Colchoneros to the domestic cup final – he was cup-tied for the Europa League – a new loan deal was arranged with Juventus. Again, he played in significantly more minutes than García as Atlético finally qualified to the Europa League, and added four goals in La Liga, including a brace against Málaga CF in a 3–0 away win, both goals coming from headers.
On 20 July 2011, Tiago penned a two-year permanent contract with Atlético Madrid. He was again an important part of the team that reached the Europa League final, usually playing as a starter under coach Diego Simeone, who replaced Gregorio Manzano midway through the season; he missed the decisive match in Bucharest however, being sent off in the semifinal's second leg against Valencia CF (1–0 away success, 5–2 on aggregate) after slapping Roberto Soldado.
On 21 July 2014, aged 33, Tiago renewed his contract with Atlético for two seasons. On 13 September he put the visiting team ahead at Real Madrid after heading home a corner kick from Koke, in an eventual 2–1 win. In the reverse fixture on 7 February 2015, he opened the scoring in a 4–0 success. Eighteen days later, he was sent off as Atlético lost 0–1 away to Bayer Leverkusen in the first leg of the last 16 of the Champions League.
Tiago's performances in Portugal's youth teams eventually earned him his senior debut against Scotland in a November 2002 friendly. He went on to seal a regular berth in the squad and was included in the 23-man list for UEFA Euro 2004, although he did not play in the finals.
Moving to France proved crucial in international selection as Tiago's strong form at Lyon afforded him a place in Portugal's well-established midfield. His contributions aided the national team in its quest for qualification for the 2006 FIFA World Cup, and he appeared in five matches in the tournament held in Germany as Portugal reached the semi-finals, losing to France.
Tiago was selected for the squad at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, replacing Deco in the first game, a 0–0 against Côte d'Ivoire. He took the naturalized Brazilian's place for the following contest, against North Korea in Cape Town on 21 June 2010, and netted twice (including a header) in a 7–0 rout.
After the World Cup, Tiago officially quit the national team citing personal reasons, and also to "make room for opportunities for younger players," ending his international career with 58 caps and three goals. On 3 October 2014, however, after an absence of almost four years, he was called up by new manager Fernando Santos for a friendly with France and the Euro 2016 qualifier against Denmark. He was sent off for two bookings on 13 June 2015, as Portugal won 3–2 away to Armenia in another qualifier.
Scores and results list Portugal's goal tally first
|1.||28 March 2007||Red Star Stadium, Belgrade, Serbia||Serbia||1–0||1–1||Euro 2008 qualifying|
|2.||21 June 2010||Cape Town Stadium, Cape Town, South Africa||North Korea||4–0||7–0||2010 FIFA World Cup|
Style of play
As a defensive or central midfielder midfielder, Tiago is known mainly for his work-rate, tenacity, and tackling ability, as well as his accurate distribution of the ball to team-mates after winning back possession.
- As of 22 March 2015
|Atlético Madrid (loan)||2009–10||La Liga||18||2||5||1||—||—||—||23||3|
|Atlético Madrid||2011–12||La Liga||24||0||0||0||—||8[b]||0||—||32||0|
- Atlético Madrid
- UEFA Europa League: 2011–12
- La Liga: 2013–14
- UEFA Super Cup: 2010, 2012
- Copa del Rey: 2012–13
- Supercopa de España: 2014
- UEFA Champions League: Runner-up 2013–14
- "Tiago set for Chelsea bow". BBC Sport. 18 August 2004. Retrieved 21 April 2010.
- "C Palace 0–2 Chelsea". BBC Sport. 24 August 2004. Retrieved 8 September 2009.
- "Record-breaking Chelsea cruise past sorry United". China Daily. 11 May 2005. Retrieved 2 June 2008.
- "The golden rule". Sky Sports. 12 December 2012. Retrieved 22 June 2013.
- "Tiago set to complete Lyon transfer". Raidió Teilifís Éireann. 23 August 2005. Retrieved 2 June 2008.
- "Lyon conclude Tiago's £6.82m move". BBC Sport. 27 August 2005. Retrieved 2 June 2008.
- Jiggins, Paul (19 January 2008). "Tiago off to Spurs for £9m". London: The Sun. Retrieved 2 June 2008.
- "Juventus sign Tiago and Almiron". FIFA.com. 22 June 2007. Retrieved 2 June 2008.
- Garganese, Carlo (26 May 2008). "Calcio Debate: Goal.com Serie A Awards". Goal.com. Retrieved 24 June 2008.
- "Tiago rejects Everton loan switch". BBC Sport. 22 August 2008. Retrieved 25 August 2008.
- "Tiago locked Juve President Gigli in washroom". Goal.com. 1 September 2008. Retrieved 2 September 2008.
- "Juve, è ufficiale: Tiago in prestito all'Atletico Madrid" [It's official: Tiago loaned to Atlético] (in Italian). Tuttosport. 8 January 2010.
- El Atlético vuelve a arriesgar la Copa (Atlético risks Cup again); Marca, 22 January 2010 (Spanish)
- 0–1: Un gol de Forlán mete al Atlético en semifinales (0–1: Forlán goal sends Atlético to semifinals); El Mundo Deportivo, 28 January 2010 (Spanish)
- Tiago embarks on second spell at Atlético; UEFA.com, 16 August 2010
- "Tiago puts paid to Malaga". ESPN Soccernet. 19 December 2010. Retrieved 16 May 2011.
- "Tiago joins Atletico Madrid". ESPN Soccernet. 20 July 2011. Retrieved 20 July 2011.
- "Adrián leads Atlético to Bucharest showpiece". UEFA.com. 26 April 2012. Retrieved 30 April 2012.
- "Tiago signs for two seasons". Atlético Madrid. 21 July 2014. Retrieved 29 July 2014.
- "Atl Madrid 4–0 Real Madrid". BBC Sport. 7 February 2015. Retrieved 7 February 2015.
- Raynor, Dominic (25 February 2015). "Bayer Levkn 1-0 Atl Madrid". BBC Sport. Retrieved 26 February 2015.
- "Portugal pours it on in second half". The New York Times. 21 June 2010. Retrieved 4 January 2013.
- Tiago manda carta à federação e renuncia à seleção portuguesa aos 29 anos (Tiago sends letter to Federation and renounces Portuguese national team aged 29); ESPN Brazil, 17 January 2011 (Portuguese)
- "Tiago’s joy at Seleção return". PortuGOAL. 7 October 2014. Retrieved 11 October 2014.
- "Portugal beat Armenia with Ronaldo hat-trick". UEFA. 13 June 2015. Retrieved 13 June 2015.
- "Tiago Mendes". European Football. Retrieved 12 June 2015.
- Alberto Mauro (13 February 2009). "Sissoko: "Sono La Piovra"" [Sissoko: "I am The Octopus"] (in Italian). La Gazzetta dello Sport. Retrieved 23 November 2015.
- "Tiago". ForaDeJogo. Retrieved 20 January 2015.
- "Matches played by Tiago in 2004/05". Soccerbase. Retrieved 20 January 2015.
- "Tiago". Ligue 1. Retrieved 20 January 2015.
- "Tiago". Soccerway. Retrieved 20 January 2015.
- "Matches played by Tiago Mendes in 2009/10". BDFutbol. Retrieved 20 January 2015.
- "Matches played by Tiago Mendes in 2010/11". BDFutbol. Retrieved 20 January 2015.
- "Matches played by Tiago Mendes in 2011/12". BDFutbol. Retrieved 20 January 2015.
- "Matches played by Tiago Mendes in 2012/13". BDFutbol. Retrieved 20 January 2015.
- "Matches played by Tiago Mendes in 2013/14". BDFutbol. Retrieved 20 January 2015.
- "Selecção distinguida pelo Duque de Bragança" [National team honoured by Duke of Bragança] (in Portuguese). Cristiano Ronaldo News. 30 August 2006. Retrieved 30 August 2006.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Tiago Mendes.|
- Atlético Madrid official profile
- Tiago Mendes at footballzz.co.uk
- Tiago Mendes profile at ForaDeJogo
- Tiago Mendes career statistics at Soccerbase
- Tiago Mendes profile at BDFutbol
- Tiago Mendes at National-Football-Teams.com
- Tiago Mendes – FIFA competition record
- Tiago – UEFA competition record