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Thiago Motta

Thiago Motta (born 28 August 1982) is a Brazilian-born Italy Association football who plays for Paris Saint-Germain F.C in Ligue 1, as a Midfielder Centre midfielder.

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Thiago Motta biography

Thiago Motta (born 28 August 1982) is a Brazilian-born Italy Association football who plays for Paris Saint-Germain F.C in Ligue 1, as a Midfielder Centre midfielder.

Having spent Thiago Motta early career at FC Barcelona, Thiago Motta main traits are physical presence, good passing, and a powerful mid-range shot, but Thiago Motta is also known to be injury-prone. Thiago Motta also played two and a half seasons with F.C. Internazionale Milano, winning 11 major titles between the two clubs combined.

An Italian nationality law before Thiago Motta arrival in Europe (he is a Italian descendant), Motta represented Italy national football team since 2011.

Club career


Born in São Bernardo do Campo, São Paulo (state), Motta signed with FC Barcelona in 1999 at age 17, from local Clube Atlético Juventus, initially being assigned to FC Barcelona B. Thiago Motta eventually graduated to the senior team in 2001, making Thiago Motta first team debut on 3 October against RCD Mallorca (3–0 home win).

In the 2001–02 UEFA Champions League UEFA Champions League, Motta made seven appearances and helped Thiago Motta team to the semi-finals. Competition for places in an already congested midfield meant that Thiago Motta was unable to hold down a regular place in the centre, bit Thiago Motta did impress with Thiago Motta composure and endeavour, notably in a semi-final loss in April 2002 against fierce rivals Real Madrid. In the 2002–03 La Liga in La Liga, Thiago Motta appeared in a career-best 21 games (with three goals), but Barça could only finish in sixth position, and also played an important part in 2003–04 UEFA Cup's long UEFA Europa League run, which was eventually ended by Celtic F.C.; in the first leg, a 0–1 loss in Glasgow (0–1 on aggregate), Thiago Motta was Ejection (sports) during half-time after hitting out at opposing goalkeeper Robert Douglas (footballer), who was also shown the red card, in an incident that happened in the tunnel.

Motta was also dogged by several injuries, particularly one suffered on 11 September 2004 against Sevilla FC, which sidelined Thiago Motta for seven months, during Thiago Motta time at Barcelona. Thiago Motta would eventually need surgery to rebuild the anterior cruciate and lateral ligaments in Thiago Motta left knee, but was able to make a swift recovery and made an emotional comeback, taking to the field to rapturous applause as 2004–05 La Liga defeated Getafe CF 2–0, on 17 April.

In late August 2007, Motta signed a one-year contract with Atlético Madrid, for an undisclosed fee. Once again, Thiago Motta began the season on the sidelines, injured. In the Copa del Rey 2007–08 Copa del Rey against Valencia CF, Thiago Motta was sent off after only 25 minutes; Atlético lost the away match 0–1 and subsequently the tie.

Due to injury to regular starter Raúl García (footballer) and the departure of Maniche in January 2008, Motta's opportunities increased. In March however, the recurrent knee problems reappeared, and Thiago Motta season was over, followed by a successful surgery and rehabilitation in the United States. Following Thiago Motta release, Thiago Motta trialed with Premier League side Portsmouth F.C., but did not sign for the club.


In September 2008, Motta joined Genoa C.F.C on a free transfer, after passing a medical. During 2008–09 Serie A, Thiago Motta performed consistently well and was a regular in the starting eleven, under coach Gian Piero Gasperini.

On 11 April 2009, Thiago Motta scored two goals (one of them in the first half's injury time) in a final 3–2 home win over Juventus F.C.. Thiago Motta finished the year with a career-best six goals, and Thiago Motta club 2009–10 UEFA Europa League.

On 20 May 2009, La Gazzetta dello Sport confirmed that Motta, alongside teammate Diego Milito were transferred to F.C. Internazionale Milano, for €28M (Milito) + €10.2M (Motta). As part of the deal, Genoa received five Inter players: Riccardo Meggiorini, Robert Acquafresca, Leonardo Bonucci, Francesco Bolzoni and Ivan Fatic. Thiago Motta agent Dario Canovi later revealed that Thiago Motta Genoa contract with the club included a buy-out fee of €10 million.

Motta's debut came in the 2009–10 Serie A's opener, a 1–1 home draw against A.S. Bari, and Thiago Motta first goal came the next round, as Thiago Motta opened the scoresheet in the Derby della Madonnina after an assist by Milito, as Inter defeated A.C. Milan 4–0. Having been in and out of the team all season, Thiago Motta scored Thiago Motta first brace for Inter in a 3–0 win against Bologna F.C. 1909, on 3 April 2010. Thiago Motta also appeared in eight games during the club's 2009–10 UEFA Champions League, including the 0–1 loss at former side Barcelona for the semifinals (3–2 aggregate win). During that match, Thiago Motta was sent off after apparently striking Sergio Busquets in the face with Thiago Motta hand. The incident gathered attention due to Busquets' apparent feigning of injury.

On 23 October 2011, from a Corner kick taken by Wesley Sneijder, Motta scored through a header in a 1–0 win against A.C. ChievoVerona, which was Inter's first home win in the 2011–12 Serie A.

Paris Saint-Germain

On 31 January 2012, in spite of Inter manager Claudio Ranieri indicating shortly before Thiago Motta was confident the player would remain with the club until the end of the season, Motta signed with Paris Saint-Germain F.C in France, for a fee believed to be around Euro10 million. Following Thiago Motta move, Thiago Motta revealed that Thiago Motta dreamt of playing for the club ever since compatriots such as Raí, Leonardo Araújo and Ronaldinho shone in the Paris.

International career

Motta made Thiago Motta debut for Brazil national football team in the 2003 CONCACAF Gold Cup. Although Thiago Motta played with the Brazil Olympic football team, it was a full international competition, hence the international Cap (sport) gained was fully recognized by FIFA. Thiago Motta went on to appear in another two games in the tournament, and previously represented the nation at the 1999 South American Under-17 Football Championship.

Motta missed the 2004 CONMEBOL Men Pre-Olympic Tournament due to injuries, but appeared for the Brazil Olympic football team in November 2003 against Santos FC. Subsequently, reported claims that Thiago Motta wanted to be called up for Italy national football team and possibly to the 2010 FIFA World Cup, as Thiago Motta possessed dual nationality – both grandparents from Thiago Motta mother and father's side being Italian. FIFA granted players to have one chance to change their representing nation if they had dual nationality, but not for players who have already played in a competitive "A" match (non-friendly).

On 6 February 2011, Motta received Thiago Motta first call-up from Italy, for a Exhibition game against Germany national football team, but an official statement from the Italian Football Federation declared it subject to FIFA clearance, which was granted two days later. Thiago Motta was replaced in the 63rd minute of the 1–1 draw by Alberto Aquilani.

On 25 March 2011, in only Thiago Motta second international, a UEFA Euro 2012 UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying in Slovenia national football team, Motta scored the game's only goal, following a 73rd-minute combination with Federico Balzaretti.

International goals

Club statistics



- Barcelona:
- - UEFA Champions League: 2005–06 UEFA Champions League
- - La Liga: 2004–05 La Liga, 2005–06 La Liga
- - Supercopa de España: 2005 Supercopa de España, 2006 Supercopa de España
- - UEFA Super Cup: Runner-up 2006 UEFA Super Cup
- - FIFA Club World Cup: Runner-up 2006 FIFA Club World Cup

- Internazionale:
- - UEFA Champions League: 2009–10 UEFA Champions League
- - FIFA Club World Cup: 2010 FIFA Club World Cup
- - Serie A: 2009–10 Serie A
- - Coppa Italia: 2009–10 Coppa Italia, 2010-11 Coppa Italia
- - Supercoppa Italiana: 2010 Supercoppa Italiana


- Don Balón Award – Breakthrough player in La Liga: 2003


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