Tiago Caeiro

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Tiago Caeiro
Personal information
Full name Tiago David Janeiro Caeiro [1]
Date of birth (1984-03-29) 29 March 1984 (age 39) [1]
Place of birth Vila Franca de Xira, Portugal [1]
Height 1.92 m (6 ft 4 in) [1]
Position(s) Forward
Youth career
1993–1995 Vilafranquense
1995–1998 Benfica
1998–2002 Vilafranquense
Senior career*
2002–2004 Villafranquense 57 (8)
2004–2005 Carregado
2005–2006 Estrela Vendas Novas
2006 Atlético Cacém
2006–2009 Operário 44 (9)
2009–2010 Juventude Évora 21 (6)
2010–2012 Atlético 49 (17)
2012–2018 Belenenses 122 (28)
2019–2020 Fátima 20 (2)
2020–2021 Oriental Dragon 12 (1)
*Club domestic league appearances and goals

Tiago David Janeiro Caeiro (born 29 March 1984) is a Portuguese former professional footballer who played as a forward.


Club career

Early years

Born in Vila Franca de Xira, Lisbon District, Caeiro played in the lower leagues until the age of 27. In the 2010–11 season, he scored 11 goals for Atlético Clube de Portugal to help the club return to the Segunda Liga after a lengthy absence (13 across all competitions), [2] then proceeded to net a further six in ten games to kickstart the following campaign. [3] [4]


Caeiro signed for neighbouring C.F. Os Belenenses in the summer of 2012, contributing 13 goals in 30 matches as his team returned to the Primeira Liga after three years. [5] [6] He made his debut in the Portuguese top flight on 21 September 2013, aged 29, playing 60 minutes in a 1–0 home win against C.S. Marítimo. [7]

During a league fixture at Gil Vicente F.C. in April 2014, Caeiro suffered a thigh injury [8] that nearly ended his career, but eventually recovered fully. [9] On 17 May 2015 he scored his first goal of the season, the 1–1 home draw against FC Porto meaning that S.L. Benfica were automatically crowned champions after a goalless tie at Vitória de Guimarães. [10]

Caeiro was used as a substitute during the better part of his spell at the Estádio do Restelo. [11] He scored his only goal in the UEFA Europa League on 20 August 2015, in a 1–0 away victory over SC Rheindorf Altach in the play-off round. [12]


On 8 August 2019, the 35-year-old Caeiro joined C.D. Fátima of the Portuguese third division. [13]



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