Tiaguinho (footballer, born 1994)

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Full nameTiago da Rocha Vieira
Date of birth(1994-06-04)4 June 1994
Place of birth Trajano de Morais, Brazil
Date of death 28 November 2016(2016-11-28) (aged 22)
Place of death La Unión, Colombia
Height 1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)
Playing position(s) Forward
Youth career
São Pedro-RJ
XV de Piracicaba
Senior career*
2014–2015 XV de Piracicaba 8 (1)
2015–2016 Metropolitano 20 (6)
2015Cianorte (loan) 0 (0)
2016 Chapecoense 16 (4)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league onlyand correct as of 30 November 2016

Tiago da Rocha Vieira (4 June 1994 – 28 November 2016), known as Tiaguinho, was a Brazilian football player who last played for Chapecoense.


Tiaguinho was one of the victims when LaMia Airlines Flight 2933 crashed on 28 November 2016.

Personal life

On December 12, 2015, Tiaguinho married his wife Graziele de Aquino Alves. A week before the accident, Tiaguinho found out he was to be a father. His teammates helped his wife deliver the message that she was pregnant and filmed the moment. His reaction was to yell with happiness, hug his teammates and make cradling motions as if he was holding a baby. According to his cousin Gilmara Marins, he always wanted to be a young father. [1] On July 19, 2017, Tiaguinho's son was born. His wife named his child after him. [2]

Club career

Born in Trajano de Morais, Rio de Janeiro, Tiaguinho finished his formation with XV de Piracicaba. [3] He made his senior debut on 2 August 2014, coming on as a second half substitute in a 2–0 home win against Independente for the Copa Paulista championship.

Tiaguinho joined Metropolitano on 1 July 2015, ahead of the year's Série D. [4] After the club's first-round knockout, he was loaned to Cianorte for three months. [5]

Returning in January 2016, Tiaguinho impressed during the 2016 Campeonato Catarinense for Metrô, but still rescinded his contract – which was due to expire on 30 June – on 31 May. [6] Nine days later, he was presented at Série A club Chapecoense. [7]

Tiaguinho made his top tier debut on 11 June 2016, replacing Lucas Gomes in a 1–2 away loss against Ponte Preta. His first goals in the category came on 18 September, as he scored a double in a 2–2 home draw against the same opponent.

Tiaguinho subsequently became a regular starter at Chape, helping the side to reach the 2016 Copa Sudamericana Finals and scoring the club's last goal before the tragedy, in a 2–0 home win against São Paulo on 20 November.


On 28 November 2016, whilst travelling with Chapecoense to the aforementioned finals, Tiaguinho was among the fatalities of the LaMia Flight 2933 accident in the Colombian village of Cerro Gordo, La Unión, Antioquia. [8]

Career statistics

As of 27 November 2016 [9]
ClubSeasonLeagueState LeagueCupContinentalOtherTotal
XV de Piracicaba 2014 Paulista 0013 [lower-alpha 1] 1131
2015 8181
Metropolitano 2015 Série D 7171
2016 00135135
Cianorte (loan) 2015 Paranaense Série Prata004 [lower-alpha 2] 242
Chapecoense 2016 Série A 164007 [lower-alpha 3] 0234
Career total23521600701736814
  1. Appearance(s) in Copa Paulista
  2. Appearance(s) in Taça FPF
  3. Appearance(s) in Copa Sudamericana



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  2. "Equipe do Gugu mostra nascimento do filho de jogador que morreu no avião da Chapecoense".
  3. "Tiaguinho da Chapecoense atuou em Friburgo e B. Jardim na base" [Chapecoense's Tiaguinho played in Friburgo and B. Jardim during his youth setup] (in Portuguese). Nova Friburgo em Foco. 29 November 2016. Retrieved 10 December 2016.
  4. "Metropolitano contrata meia-atacante Thiaguinho" [Metropolitano sign attacking midfielder Thiaguinho] (in Portuguese). Blumenau Esportes. 1 July 2015. Retrieved 10 December 2016.
  5. "Metrô confirma mpréstimo de atletas até fim da temporada" [Metrô confirm loan of athletes until the end of the season] (in Portuguese). Jornal de Blumenau. 10 September 2015. Retrieved 10 December 2016.
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