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Tiago Cardoso

Tiago Cardoso Mendes (, born 2 May 1981 in Viana do Castelo Municipality), simply Tiago, is a Portugal Association football who plays for Atlético Madrid.

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Tiago Cardoso biography

Tiago Cardoso Mendes (, born 2 May 1981 in Viana do Castelo Municipality), simply Tiago, is a Portugal Association football who plays for Atlético Madrid.

A versatile midfielder, adept as both a Midfielder Centre midfielder or Midfielder Defensive midfielder unit and with good overall skills, Tiago Cardoso played professionally in four of Europe's major leagues: England, France, Italy and Spain.

A Portugal national football team on nearly 60 occasions during the 2000's, Tiago represented the nation in two FIFA World Cup and UEFA Euro 2004 UEFA European Football Championship.

Club career


Tiago first came to prominence at S.C. Braga, being cast into the Minho Province side's starting XI at the age of just 19, and helping with 27 games as it 2000–01 Primeira Liga, thus 2001–02 UEFA Cup for the UEFA Europa League.

In late December 2001, solid displays earned Tiago – and Braga teammates Armando Sá and Ricardo Rocha (Portuguese footballer) – a move to Primeira Liga giants S.L. Benfica; in 2002–03 Primeira Liga, Tiago Cardoso scored a career-best 13 goals, helping the Reds finish second in the league and, the following year, helped deny F.C. Porto a historic Treble (association football) by winning the Taça de Portugal.


Tiago signed for Chelsea F.C. on 20 July 2004, for a Euro15 million fee, becoming José Mourinho's sixth signing that season (this included three other Portuguese players). Having missed the first game of Chelsea's 2004–05 FA Premier League, Tiago Cardoso soon became an important member of Tiago Cardoso new team's squad, scoring on Tiago Cardoso away debut against Crystal Palace F.C., on 24 August. Tiago Cardoso also scored a long-range goal in Chelsea's 3–1 win over Manchester United F.C. 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. Tiago Cardoso ended the season successfully as a firm fixture in the Blues' midfield three, having made 51 appearances in all competitions and scoring four goals, as the club also added 2004–05 Football League Cup's Football League Cup. However, despite Tiago Cardoso initial success, the following season saw the arrival of Ghanaian Michael Essien in August 2005 from Olympique Lyonnais, which limited Tiago Cardoso first-team chances.


The next season, Tiago Cardoso signed for Essien's former club on a four-year deal, for a Euro10.1 million transfer fee. Mourinho later confessed in an interview that letting Tiago 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 Tiago Cardoso first season in France were a pair of goals against PSV Eindhoven that took Lyon into the UEFA Champions League 2005–06 UEFA Champions League, and the winning goal against Troyes AC on 1 April 2006. Lyon 2005–06 Ligue 1 of Ligue 1, winning a fifth consecutive accolade.

After the departure of Diarra to Real Madrid C.F. 2006–07 Ligue 1, Tiago began to play a more significant role in Lyon's midfield with Diarra's replacement, Jérémy Toulalan. Tiago Cardoso won Tiago Cardoso second league title, and helped L'OL to the Coupe de la Ligue 2007 Coupe de la Ligue Final, where it lost to FC Girondins de Bordeaux after a Last-minute goal. Tiago scored six goals in 40 appearances in Tiago Cardoso second season with the club.


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 Tiago Cardoso signature. Tiago Cardoso officially signed for Juventus on 21 June 2007, for a Euro13 million fee. Tiago Cardoso performance in the 2007–08 Serie A was criticised, however, as describing Tiago Cardoso as the third biggest flop of the season.

The start of 2008–09 Serie A season gave Tiago an opportunity to return to the Premier League in the form of year long loan offer from Everton F.C.. 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 (association football) Alessandro Del Piero, more than an hour later. After a difficult first season, Tiago Cardoso eventually established himself in Claudio Ranieri's team. In November 2008, against F.C. Internazionale Milano, Tiago Cardoso 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, Tiago Cardoso was back in the starting XI, but Tiago Cardoso return was soured by a straight Ejection (sports) 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 Ribas da Cunha and Felipe Melo, coupled by Tiago Cardoso slight dip in form, Tiago Cardoso appearances were again limited. Under Ciro Ferrara, Tiago Cardoso 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. Tiago Cardoso scored Tiago Cardoso first league goal in nearly three years on 21 January, heading home against Celta de Vigo in a 1–1 home draw, for 2009–10 Copa del Rey's Copa del Rey (2–1 aggregate win); gradually, Tiago Cardoso established himself in the starting lineup ahead of longtime incumbent Raúl García (footballer), also reuniting with former Benfica teammate Simão Sabrosa.

After helping the Colchoneros to the domestic cup final - Tiago Cardoso was cup-tied for the UEFA Europa League - a new loan deal was arranged with Juventus. Again, Tiago Cardoso played in significantly more minutes than García as Atlético finally 2011–12 UEFA 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.

Atlético Madrid

On 20 July 2011, Tiago penned a two-year permanent contract with Atlético Madrid.

International career

Tiago's performances in Portugal national football team's youth teams eventually earned Tiago Cardoso Tiago Cardoso senior debut against Scotland national football team, in a November 2002 Exhibition game. Tiago Cardoso went on to seal a regular berth in the squad and was included in the 23-man squad for UEFA Euro 2004, although Tiago Cardoso did not play for Portugal in the final of the tournament.

Moving to France proved crucial in international selection as Tiago’s strong form at Lyon afforded Tiago Cardoso a place in Portugal's well-established midfield. Tiago Cardoso contributions to the team aided the national team in its quest for 2006 FIFA World Cup qualification (UEFA) for the 2006 FIFA World Cup, and Tiago Cardoso played five matches in the tournament held in Germany. Portugal reached the semi-finals, losing to France national football team.

Tiago scored Tiago Cardoso first goal for the national team in March 2007, in a Man of the match display away to Serbia national football team (1–1). Tiago Cardoso was, however, overlooked, for UEFA Euro 2008's final squad.

Tiago was selected for the squad at the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa, replacing Deco in the first match, a 0–0 against Côte d'Ivoire national football team. Tiago Cardoso took the naturalized Brazilian's place for the following game, against Korea DPR national football team in Cape Town, on 21 June 2010, and scored 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 Tiago Cardoso international career with 58 Cap (sport) and three goals.

International goals

Club statistics

137: 2003–04

- Premier League: 2004–05 FA Premier League
- Football League Cup: 2004–05 Football League Cup
- FA Community Shield: 2005 FA Community Shield

- Ligue 1: 2005–06 Ligue 1, 2006–07 Ligue 1
- Trophée des champions: 2005, 2006
- Coupe de la Ligue: Runner-up 2007 Coupe de la Ligue Final

Atlético Madrid
- UEFA Europa League: 2009–10 UEFA Europa League
- Copa del Rey: Runner-up 2009–10 Copa del Rey


- UEFA European Football Championship: Runner-up UEFA Euro 2004


- Medal of Merit, Order of the Immaculate Conception of Vila Viçosa (Duke of Braganza)


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