Tiago Pinto

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Tiago Pinto
Aimar and Tiago Pinto.jpg
Pinto (left) in action for Rio Ave in 2011
Personal information
Full name Tiago Miguel Baía Pinto
Date of birth (1988-02-01) 1 February 1988 (age 29)
Place of birth Porto, Portugal
Height 1.77 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Left back
Club information
Current team
Number 15
Youth career
2000–2001 Benfica
2001–2007 Sporting CP
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2007–2009 Sporting CP 0 (0)
2007–2008 Olivais Moscavide (loan) 36 (2)
2008–2009 Trofense (loan) 18 (1)
2009–2010 Braga 0 (0)
2010–2015 Rio Ave 86 (1)
2012–2013 Deportivo La Coruña (loan) 1 (0)
2013 Racing Santander (loan) 19 (1)
2015– Osmanlıspor 49 (1)
National team
2006–2007 Portugal U19 13 (0)
2008 Portugal U20 7 (2)
2008–2009 Portugal U21 2 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 1 May 2017.

Tiago Miguel Baía Pinto (born 1 February 1988) is a Portuguese professional footballer who plays for Turkish club Osmanlıspor as a left back.[1]

Previously of Sporting and Braga, Pinto did not break into the first teams of either club. He enjoyed his greatest successes at Rio Ave, helping them to two domestic cup finals in 2014.

Club career[edit]

Early years[edit]

Pinto was born in Porto. After receiving his first football lessons at S.L. Benfica, although his father was already playing for neighbours Sporting Clube de Portugal, he soon made the same move and completed his formation at the José Alvalade Stadium.

For the 2007–08 season Pinto was loaned to C.D. Olivais e Moscavide in the third division, and spent the following campaign with top level newcomers C.D. Trofense. In September 2009, he cut ties with Sporting and signed with S.C. Braga.

During his first and only season, Pinto made no competitive appearances as the Minho side finished in second position.

Rio Ave[edit]

Pinto was released in the 2010 summer, and joined fellow top flight club Rio Ave FC. On 3 September 2012 he was loaned to Spanish side Deportivo de La Coruña for one year, without the option to purchase. He was presented before 200 fans at the Estadio Riazor and joined several compatriots at his new team,[1] making his official debut on 1 November by playing the entirety of a 1–1 home draw against RCD Mallorca in the last-32 of the Copa del Rey[2] and also playing three minutes in place of Juan Domínguez in the goalless second leg four weeks later, with the subsequent elimination on the away goals rule;[3] between those two cup matches he played his first game in La Liga, featuring the full 90 minutes in a 3–5 loss at Real Zaragoza.[4]

On 11 January 2013, as he was only third-choice at his position behind Ayoze and Evaldo,[1][5] Pinto's loan at Deportivo ended and he moved to Segunda División's Racing de Santander for the remainder of the campaign.[6] His only goal for the Cantabrians arrived on 23 February, concluding a 2–0 home win over CD Mirandés,[7] but the club eventually suffered a second consecutive relegation.

In 2014, Pinto was an unused substitute as Rio Ave lost the finals of the Taça da Liga and the Taça de Portugal to Benfica. He played against the same team in that year's Supertaça Cândido de Oliveira, missing in the penalty shootout to hand the opposition the title.[8]

International career[edit]

Pinto gained 25 caps for Portugal at youth level, including two for the under-21s. He was called up to the full side for the first time on 31 March 2015 for a friendly with Cape Verde, remaining on the bench in the 0–2 defeat in Estoril.[9]

Personal life[edit]

Pinto is the son of João Vieira Pinto, whom successfully represented Benfica, Sporting and the Portugal national team.[10] In June 2009, he married Bárbara Brilhante at the Jerónimos Monastery in Lisbon,[11] and the couple have a son and a daughter together.[12]

Pinto's uncle, Sérgio, competed mostly in the Portuguese lower divisions, also spending a season at England's Bradford City.[13]


  1. ^ a b c "Tiago Pinto jugará cedido en el Deportivo de La Coruña por un año sin opción de compra" [Tiago Pinto will play with Deportivo de La Coruña on a one-year loan without the option to buy]. La Voz de Galicia (in Spanish). 3 September 2012. Retrieved 1 April 2015. 
  2. ^ "El Mallorca se lleva ventaja a Palma a pesar de Manuel Pablo" [Mallorca takes the upper hand to Palma in spite of Manuel Pablo]. Diario AS (in Spanish). 1 November 2012. Retrieved 2 April 2015. 
  3. ^ "El Mallorca apea al Deportivo de la Copa del Rey" [Mallorca ousts Deportivo from the King's Cup]. La Voz de Galicia (in Spanish). 30 November 2012. Retrieved 2 April 2015. 
  4. ^ "Zaragoza rally to stun Depor". Sky Sports. 10 November 2012. Retrieved 1 April 2015. 
  5. ^ "Tiago Pinto no convence en su debut" [Tiago Pinto does not convince in debut] (in Spanish). Riazor. 11 November 2012. Retrieved 2 April 2015. 
  6. ^ "Tiago Pinto se marcha al Racing" [Tiago Pinto goes to Racing]. Marca (in Spanish). 11 January 2013. Retrieved 1 April 2015. 
  7. ^ "El Racing cumple 100 con la salvación a tiro" [Racing celebrates 100 with salvation in sight]. Marca (in Spanish). 23 February 2013. Retrieved 2 April 2015. 
  8. ^ "Benfica vence SuperTaça nos penalties" [Benfica wins SuperCup on penalties] (in Portuguese). UEFA.com. 11 August 2014. Retrieved 2 April 2015. 
  9. ^ "Portugal 0–2 Cape Verde Islands". BBC Sport. 31 March 2015. Retrieved 1 April 2015. 
  10. ^ "Tiago Pinto: "Quiero alcanzar un nivel elevado"" [Tiago Pinto: "I want to play at a high level"]. Marca (in Spanish). 3 September 2012. Retrieved 26 October 2012. 
  11. ^ "Família de Tiago Pinto e Bárbara está a crescer" [Family of Tiago Pinto and Bárbara is growing]. Record (in Portuguese). 16 August 2011. Retrieved 26 October 2012. 
  12. ^ Sousa, Ana Lúcia (7 February 2013). "Casamento de Marisa Cruz e João Pinto chegou ao fim" [Marriage of Marisa Cruz and João Pinto ended]. Jornal de Notícias (in Portuguese). Retrieved 6 April 2015. 
  13. ^ "Waddle debut for Bradford at Blues". The Independent. 12 October 1996. Retrieved 6 April 2015. 

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