Tiago Gomes (footballer, born 1985)

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Tiago Gomes
Tiago en el Ayuntamiento de Alicante en 2010.JPG
Gomes (middle) celebrates promotion to La Liga with Hércules
Personal information
Full name Tiago Filipe Figueiras Gomes [1]
Date of birth (1985-08-19) 19 August 1985 (age 38) [1]
Place of birth Vila Franca de Xira, Portugal
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Position(s) Midfielder
Youth career
1994–1996 Vilafranquense
1997–2003 Benfica
2003–2004 Estoril
Senior career*
2004 Estoril 1 (0)
2004–2005 Oriental 41 (9)
2006 Odivelas 17 (1)
2006–2009 Estrela Amadora 49 (3)
2008–2009Steaua București (loan) 24 (0)
2009–2012 Hércules 97 (8)
2012–2013 Blackpool 25 (0)
2013–2015 APOEL 36 (1)
2016 Nea Salamina 15 (0)
2016–2017 Doxa 35 (6)
2018 Melaka United 12 (1)
International career
2007 Portugal U21 2 (0)
*Club domestic league appearances and goals

Tiago Filipe Figueiras Gomes (born 19 August 1985) is a Portuguese former professional footballer who played as a central midfielder.


Club career


Born in Vila Franca de Xira, Lisbon District, Gomes was part of the S.L. Benfica youth system for a few years, and his first professional seasons were also spent in the Lisbon area, with G.D. Estoril Praia, Clube Oriental de Lisboa and Odivelas FC.

He made his debut in Primeira Liga with another team from the capital, C.F. Estrela da Amadora, first appearing against Associação Naval 1º de Maio on 27 August 2006, [2] and was a permanent fixture throughout the entire campaign, playing alongside another Benfica youth product, namesake Tiago Henrique Damil Gomes.

Steaua and Hércules

On 29 May 2008, after a two-month spell in Málaga CF in which he failed to make an official appearance due to delays in the arrival of his international transfer, [3] Gomes joined FC Steaua București on loan from Estrela, with the Romanian club retaining an option to buy him at the end of the season. In mid-July 2009, he was sold to Hércules CF in Spain for 400,000 upon signing a three-year contract. [4] He appeared in 37 Segunda División games and scored six goals in his first season, in a return to La Liga after a 13-year absence. [5] [6]

Gomes was again regularly used in 2010–11. On 24 April 2011 he netted his first Spanish top-flight goal in a 1–0 home win over Deportivo de La Coruña, [7] adding a second two games later against Racing de Santander in a 2–3 home loss, [8] but the team from Alicante was eventually relegated after only one year. [9]


On 24 July 2012, Gomes signed a one-year deal with Football League Championship club Blackpool after his contract with Hércules expired. [10]

He made his competitive debut on 18 August by starting and playing 56 minutes in a 2–0 victory at Millwall. [11] He finished his first and only season with 27 overall appearances (no goals). [12]


On 14 June 2013, Gomes moved teams and countries again, penning a two-year contract with APOEL FC from Cyprus. [13] He made his debut against NK Maribor on 31 July, in a 1–1 home draw in the third qualifying round of the UEFA Champions League. [14] In the 2013–14 season he appeared in three games in the group stage of the UEFA Europa League, and helped his side conquer the treble of league, [15] Cup [16] and Super Cup. [17]

Gomes scored his first official goal for APOEL on 21 March 2015, in his team's 2–2 home draw with Apollon Limassol in the league playoffs. [18] In his second year, he played every game in his team's Champions League campaign. [19]

On 25 May 2015, one day after winning his second consecutive double, Gomes left the club as it was announced his contract would not be renewed. [20]

International career

Gomes made two appearances for Portugal at under-21 level, his first call-up being in March 2007. [21]

Club statistics

As of 12 May 2018 [22] [23] [24]
ClubSeasonLeagueNational CupLeague CupContinentalOther [lower-alpha 1] Total
Estoril 2003–04 Segunda Liga 100010
Oriental 2004–05 Segunda Divisão 32520345
2005–06 Segunda Divisão940094
Odivelas 2005–06Segunda Divisão17100171
Estrela Amadora 2006–07 Primeira Liga 28220302
2007–08 Primeira Liga2112010241
Steaua București 2008–09 Liga I 2401060310
Hércules 2009–10 Segunda División 37641417
2010–11 La Liga 28220302
2011–12 Segunda División3200020340
Blackpool 2012–13 Championship 2501010270
APOEL 2013–14 Cypriot First Division 150407010270
2014–15 Cypriot First Division2114010010361
Nea Salamina 2015–16 Cypriot First Division15020170
Doxa 2016–17 Cypriot First Division28440324
2017–18 Cypriot First Division720072
Melaka United 2018 Malaysia Super League 10120121
Career total35029301202304040929
  1. Includes Cypriot Super Cup and promotion to La Liga play-offs matches.



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