Tiago Mendes

Tiago
  • Position
  • Midfielder
  • Squad Number
  • 5
  • Date of Birth
  • 02 May 1981
  • Nationality
  • Nationality Portuguese
  • Height
  • 183cm
  • Weight
  • 75kg
  • Contracted Until
  • 2014
  • Buyout Clause
  • Unknown

Career

Club Years
Braga1999-2002
Benfica2002-2004
Chelsea2004-2005
Lyon2005-2007
Juventus2007-2011

Biography

After a season and a half on loan from Juventus, Tiago officially made the Calderón his home in the summer of 2011, following a drawn-out negotiation process.

“I am very happy and content to be able to continue with Atlético, because it is what I wanted to do.”

The Rojiblanco vice-captain has had an illustrious career, having played in five of Europe’s major leagues.

He made his senior debut for Braga at 19 years old, and helped his team earn qualification to the UEFA Cup. Stand-out performances for the Archbishops garnered attention, and in 2002, the Portuguese was snapped up by Benfica.

His first full season at the Lisbon-based club saw Tiago score 13 goals, the highest of his career to-date. He ended his time in Portugal with a title, the Portuguese Cup.

In 2004, the midfielder headed to Chelsea and the Premier League, for a fee of €15m, where under fellow countryman José Mourinho, he excelled. His sole season at the London outfit, however, was not without its rewards, with the Blues winning the Premier League,the Football League Cup, and the FA Community Shield.

Winning ways continued for the next two years, after a €10.1m move to Lyon, where he netted 13 goals in 77 appearances. The team won back-to-back league titles and French Cups.

In June of 2007, Tiago was signed by Juventus for €13m. His spell with the Old Lady was marred by a serious knee injury the following season, and in its wake, the stiff competition on the squad led him to look elsewhere for playing time.

At Atlético, the Portuguese midfielder began to find his form, and is now a much looked-up-to presence in the locker room. Our vice-captain has won the UEFA Europa League and a Copa del Rey in the red and white stripes.