Tiago Silva (footballer, born 1979)

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Tiago Silva
Personal information
Full name Tiago Silva dos Santos
Date of birth (1979-04-04) 4 April 1979 (age 41)
Place of birth Taquari, Brazil
Height 1.82 m (6 ft 0 in)
Position(s) Left wingback
Youth career
1990–1998 Juventude
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1998–2000 Palmeiras 30 (0)
2000–2001 Portuguesa 23 (2)
2001–2004 Litex Lovech 74 (4)
2005–2007 CSKA Sofia 58 (6)
2007–2010 Genk 31 (0)
2010–2011 Juventude 6 (0)
2011–2012 União Suzano ? (?)
National team
1996–1998 Brazil U-20
2005 Bulgaria 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Tiago Silva dos Santos (born 4 April 1979 in Taquari, Rio Grande do Sul) is a Brazilian former footballer who played as a defender. He also holds a Bulgarian passport.

Club career[edit]

Tiago Silva joined CSKA Sofia from PFC Litex Lovech in 2005. He has also previously played for Palmeiras, with whom he has won the Copa Mercosur and Copa Libertadores trophies.

He signed a three-year contract with Belgian First Division Club Racing Genk on 18 July 2007.

International career[edit]

Tiago Silva made one appearance with the Bulgaria national football team in a 3–1 friendly win against Turkey on 17 August 2005.

However, Tiago Silva had already been capped for the Brazilian Youth team in the 1999 FIFA World Youth Championship, so FIFA cancelled the request for a change of nationality.[1]

Although FIFA loosened the nationality transfer of uncapped players and players with multi-nationality in 2009, it has not benefited Tiago Silva, because he did not hold multi-nationality when he represented Brazil. He is still eligible to play for Brazil.


  1. ^ "uefa.com - FIFA World Cup - News & Features".

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