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Thiago Motta
Personal information
Full name Thiago Motta
Date of birth 28 August 1982 (1982-08-28) (age 27)
Place of birth São Bernardo do Campo, Brazil
Height 1.87 m (6 ft 1+12 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current club Internazionale
Number 8
Youth career
1997–1999 Juventus
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1999–2002 Barcelona B 78 (11)
2001–2007 Barcelona 96 (6)
2007–2008 Atlético Madrid 6 (0)
2008–2009 Genoa 27 (6)
2009– Internazionale 17 (1)
National team
2003 Brazil U23 2 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 1 July 2009.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 11 April 2009

Thiago Motta (born 28 August 1982) is a Brazilian footballer who currently plays for Serie A club Internazionale, as a midfielder.

Although born in Brazil, Motta is also an Italian citizen. His main traits are physical presence and a powerful mid-range shot, but he is also known to be injury-prone.[1]


Club career


FC Barcelona

Motta played for Clube Atlético Juventus before joining FC Barcelona B, in 1999. Motta eventually graduated to the senior team in 2001, making his first team debut on October 3, 2001, against RCD Mallorca (3-0 home win). He is known for diving and cheating teams out of games.

In the UEFA Champions League 2001-02, Motta made seven appearances and helped his team to the semi-finals. Competition for places in an already congested midfield meant that he was unable to hold down a regular place in the centre. He made thirteen league appearances in the 2002-03 season, as Barça finished runner-up, while also playing an important part in the following season's long UEFA Cup run, which was eventually ended by Celtic. Motta was sent off during half time after hitting out at Celtic goalkeeper Robert Douglas, who was also shown the red card, in an incident that happened in the tunnel.

Motta was also dogged by several injuries, particularly one suffered on September 11, 2004 against Sevilla FC, which sidelined him for seven months,[2] during his time at Barcelona. Motta would eventually need surgery to rebuild the anterior cruciate and lateral ligaments in his left knee. He was able to make a swift recovery and made an emotional comeback, taking to the field to rapturous applause as eventual league champions defeated Getafe CF 2-0, on April 17.

Atlético Madrid

In August 2007, Motta signed a 1-year contract with Atlético Madrid for an undisclosed fee.[3] Once again, he began the season on the sidelines, injured. In the Spanish Cup quarterfinal match against Valencia CF, he was sent off after only 25 minutes. Atlético lost the match 1-0 and subsequently the tie.

Due to injury to regular starter Raúl García and the departure of Maniche in January 2008, his opportunities increased. In March, however, the recurrent knee problems reappeared, and Motta's season was over, followed by a successful surgery and rehabilitation in the United States.[4]


In September 2008, Motta joined Genoa on a free transfer, after passing a medical.[5] During his first campaign, Motta performed consistently well and was a regular in the starting eleven, under coach Gian Piero Gasperini.

On 11 April, 2009, he scored two goals (one of them in the first half's injury time) in a final 3-2 home win over Juventus.


On 20 May, 2009, La Gazzetta dello Sport confirmed that Motta, alongside teammate Diego Milito were transferred to F.C. Internazionale Milano, for an undisclosed sum.[6] As part of the deal, Genoa got 4 Inter player: Riccardo Meggiorini, Robert Acquafresca, Leonardo Bonucci and Francesco Bolzoni[7]. He debuted in a draw against Bari, and his first goal came in the Derby di Milano after a good combination of the whole Inter team and a great assist from Diego Milito.

International career

Motta made his debut for Brazil as invitee in the 2003 CONCACAF Gold Cup, as part of the de facto U-23 team. He went on to collect two international caps in the tournament.

Motta missed the 2004 CONMEBOL Men Pre-Olympic Tournament due to injuries.[8]

Reported claims that Motta wanted to be called up for Italy and possibly to the 2010 FIFA World Cup, as he has dual Italian-Brazilian nationality and has an Italian grandfather.[9] FIFA grants players to have one chance to change their representing nation if they have dual-nationality, but not for players who have already played in a competitive "A" match (non-friendly).[10] Motta will be allowed to change if the FIFA committee defines Motta's appearances at 2003 CONCACAF Gold Cup as not a full cap.


FC Barcelona

Individual honour


  1. ^ Second foot op for Motta
  2. ^ Motta misfortune hits Barça
  3. ^ "Thiago Motta es nuevo jugador del Club Atlético de Madrid" (in Spanish). 2007-08-31. Retrieved 2009-08-24. 
  4. ^ "Atlético lose Motta for the season". 2008-02-29. Retrieved 2010-02-14. 
  5. ^ "Motta given a chance by Genoa". 2008-09-14. Retrieved 2010-02-08. 
  6. ^ "Milito e Motta all'Inter Al Genoa Acquafresca" (in Italian). La Gazzetta dello Sport. 2009-05-20. Retrieved 2009-08-24. 
  7. ^ "Motta trades Genoa for Inter". 2009-07-01. Retrieved 2009-08-24. 
  8. ^ "Puyol challenge sidelines Motta". 2003-12-15. Retrieved 2009-07-20. 
  9. ^ "I Would Rather Play For Italy Than Brazil - Inter's Thiago Motta". 2009-08-19. Retrieved 2009-08-24. 
  10. ^ "FIFA Status (2009 Edition): REGULATIONS GOVERNING THE APPLICATION OF THE STATUTES". Retrieved 2009-08-24. 

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Thiago Motta
Personal information
Full name Thiago Motta
Date of birth 28 August 1982 (1982-08-28) (age 28)
Place of birth    São Bernardo do Campo, Brazil
Height 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current club Internazionale Milano
Number 8
Senior clubs
Years Club
Atlético Madrid
Internazionale Milano
National team
2003 Brazil

Thiago Motta (born 28 August 1982) is a Brazilian football player. He plays for Internazionale Milano.

Club career statistics

Club Performance League CupContinentalTotal
SeasonClubLeague AppsGoals AppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoals
SpainLeague Copa del Rey EuropeTotal
2001/02BarcelonaLa Liga18170250
2007/08Atlético MadridLa Liga602080
ItalyLeague Coppa Italia EuropeTotal
2008/09GenoaSerie A27600-276
2009/10Internazionale MilanoSerie A
CountrySpain 10264031429
Italy 2760000276
Total 129120040316915

International career statistics


Brazil national team



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