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Full Name: Tiago Cardoso Mendes 'Tiago'
Date of Birth:02-May-1981 (Age 34)
Place of Birth:Viana do Castelo
Height:178 cm.
Weight:70 Kg.
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Tiago - Juventus (Getty Images)
Tiago began his professional career with Braga and immediately impressed, becoming a mainstay in the starting XI at a young age, helping the club to UEFA Cup qualification. A box-to-box midfielder able to sniff out danger and strong in the tackle, Tiago also showed excellent technique and a keen eye for goal; he joined Benfica after three years with Braga and hit a remarkable 13 goals in his first season at Estadio da Luz.

He continued to impress in a Benfica shirt in his second season with the club, so much so that Jose Mourinho paid £8 million to take him to Chelsea. Despite his consistency and athleticism, Tiago found himself struggling to become a regular in London and eventually moved on to Lyon in France which saw him break into the national team, playing five matches at World Cup 2006 in Germany. In 2007 he joined Juventus but despite his obvious talents, found himself frozen out of the  in Turin and sealed a loan move to Atletico Madrid this past winter.

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Tiago started his career as a striker before being converted into a defensive midfielder at Braga.

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