Tiago Costa

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Tiago Costa
Personal information
Full nameTiago José Ribeiro Costa
Date of birth (1985-04-22) 22 April 1985 (age 35)
Place of birth Lisbon, Portugal
Height 1.72 m (5 ft 8 in)
Playing position(s) Right back
Youth career
1994–1997 CF Santa Iria
1997–1998 Benfica
1998–1999 Alverca
1999–2004 Benfica
Senior career*
YearsTeamApps(Gls)
2004–2006 Benfica B 30 (1)
2006 Hearts 1 (0)
2006–2007 Vitória Setúbal B 33 (2)
2007–2008 Vihren 6 (0)
2008–2009 Varzim 14 (2)
2009 Vizela 2 (0)
2010 Politehnica Timișoara 0 (0)
2010–2011 Estoril 16 (2)
2011–2012 Rio Ave 1 (0)
2011–2012Leixões (loan) 8 (0)
2012–2013 Olympiakos Nicosia 17 (0)
2013 Hapoel Tel Aviv 12 (0)
2013–2014 Doxa 6 (0)
2014–2016 Académico Viseu 53 (0)
2016–2017 Mafra 22 (0)
National team
2003 Portugal U18 3 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league onlyand correct as of 14 May 2017

Tiago José Ribeiro Costa (born 22 April 1985) is a Portuguese professional footballer who plays as a right back.

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Club career

Born in Lisbon, Costa started his football career with hometown's S.L. Benfica, but only appeared officially for the reserves. In the summer of 2006, he signed for Scottish club Heart of Midlothian, making his Scottish Premier League debut against Inverness Caledonian Thistle on 28 August. However, he failed to feature again for the team and was released on 13 November; [1] again in his homeland he represented Vitória de Setúbal, but again only competed with the B-side.

In June 2007, Costa moved clubs and countries again, joining Bulgaria's FC Vihren Sandanski. He appeared in less than one fourth of the games as his team finished in tenth position in the First Professional Football League, and returned to Portugal where he successively played for Varzim S.C. and F.C. Vizela, respectively in the second and third levels; on 20 May 2011, while at the service of G.D. Estoril Praia, he was suspended for four months after failing a drug test on 28 December of the previous year, in a match against S.C. Freamunde. [2]

Costa signed for FC Politehnica Timișoara in Romania in January 2010 on a five-month contract, being released on 4 June after failing to make a single competitive appearance and moving to G.D. Estoril Praia shortly after. He started 2011–12 in his country's Primeira Liga with Rio Ave F.C., [3] but returned to division two in the following transfer window, joining Leixões S.C. on loan. [4]

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References

  1. "Costa allowed to leave Tynecastle". BBC Sport. 13 November 2006. Retrieved 13 November 2006.
  2. "Tiago Costa suspenso por quatro meses por doping" [Tiago Costa suspended four months for doping]. Diário de Notícias (in Portuguese). 20 May 2011. Retrieved 27 November 2017.
  3. "Rio Ave 0–0 Sp. Braga" (in Portuguese). SAPO. 13 August 2011. Retrieved 25 October 2017.
  4. "Jean Sony cedido ao Rio Ave em troca de Tiago Costa, Marcelo e Rafinha" [Jean Sony loaned to Rio Ave in exchange for Tiago Costa, Marcelo and Rafinha] (in Portuguese). SAPO. 31 August 2011. Retrieved 22 February 2018.