Thiago Maia

For the Portuguese footballer, see Tiago Maia.
This name uses Portuguese naming customs. The first or maternal family name is Maia and the second or paternal family name is Alencar.
Thiago Maia

Maia taking a shot at the 2016 Summer Olympics
Personal information
Full name Thiago Maia Alencar
Date of birth (1997-03-23) 23 March 1997
Place of birth Boa Vista, Brazil
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Defensive midfielder
Club information
Current team
Number 29
Youth career
Extremo Norte
2010–2011 São Caetano
2011–2015 Santos
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2014– Santos 59 (2)
National team
2013–2014 Brazil U17 8 (0)
2015– Brazil U20 8 (0)
2016– Brazil U23 6 (0)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 28 November 2016.

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 17 November 2016

Thiago Maia Alencar (born 23 March 1997), known as Thiago Maia, is a Brazilian footballer who plays for Santos, as a defensive midfielder.

Club career


Maia playing for Santos in 2016

Born in Boa Vista, Roraima, Thiago Maia began his career at lowly locals Extremo Norte. In August 2010 he moved to São Paulo, joining São Caetano's youth categories, and later moved to Santos in the following year.[1]

On 25 October 2014 Thiago Maia made his first-team debut, replacing fellow youth graduate Serginho in a 1–1 away draw against Chapecoense for the Série A championship.[2] During the 2015 campaign, he proffited from the injury of Alison, establishing himself as a starter from June and earning plaudits for his performances.[3]

On 22 August 2015 Thiago Maia scored his first professional goal, netting the second in a 5–2 home routing of Avaí.[4] On 13 October, after lengthy negotiations, he renewed his contract until 2019.[5]

Thiago Maia became an undisputed starter during the 2016 campaign, partnering Renato at the heart of the midfield. He was also linked to Chelsea, Juventus and Paris Saint-Germain during the year.[6]

International career

On 26 December 2014, after featuring regularly with the under-17s, Thiago Maia was called up to the Brazil under-20 side, alongside Santos teammates Gabriel and Caju, for the 2015 South American Youth Football Championship.[7]

On 29 June 2016 Thiago Maia was called up to Olympic team, alongside Santos teammates Gabriel and Zeca, for the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.[8] He also became the first athlete from Roraima to appear in the tournament.[9]

Career statistics

As of 28 November 2016[10]
Club Season League State League Cup Continental Other Total
Santos 2014 Série A 100010
2015 2820090372
2016 30017040510
Subtotal 592170130892
Career total 592170130892








  1. "Marquinhos Cai-cai, 1º treinador de Thiago Maia, fala da carreira do atleta" [Marquinhos Cai-Cai, Thiago Maia's 1st manager, talks about the athlete's career] (in Portuguese). Globo Esporte. 26 March 2013.
  2. "Mistão do Santos não segura a Chapecoense e sofre empate aos 45" [Santos' mixed team cannot hold Chapecoense and suffers draw on the 45th minute] (in Portuguese). Globo Esporte. 25 October 2014.
  3. "Caçula do Peixe, Thiago Maia se firma como titular e recebe elogios" [Peixe's youngest, Thiago Maia establishes himself as a starter and receives praise] (in Portuguese). Globo Esporte. 6 July 2015.
  4. "Santos ratifica boa fase com goleada sobre o Avaí, que entra no Z-4" [Santos endorses good form with routing over Avaí, who gets in Z-4] (in Portuguese). Globo Esporte. 22 August 2015.
  5. "Thiago Maia acerta renovação de contrato com o Santos por quatro anos" [Thiago Maia agrees contract renewal with Santos for four years] (in Portuguese). Globo Esporte. 13 October 2015. Retrieved 8 January 2016.
  6. "Juventus, Chelsea, PSG... "Todos querem Thiago Maia", diz jornal espanhol" [Juventus, Chelsea, PSG... "Everybody wants Thiago Maya", says Spanish journal] (in Portuguese). Fox Sports. 8 November 2016. Retrieved 19 November 2016.
  7. "Subindo: Thiago Maia é convocado para a seleção brasileira sub-20" [Ascending: Thiago Maia is called up to the Brazil under-20 national team] (in Portuguese). Globo Esporte. 26 December 2014. Retrieved 7 August 2016.
  8. "Neymar and Douglas Costa named in Brazil squad for Rio 2016". International Olympic Committee. 29 June 2016. Retrieved 7 August 2016.
  9. "Primeiro atleta de Roraima, Thiago Maia dormiu em motel no início da carreira" [First athlete from Roraima, Thiago Maia slept at a motel in the start of career] (in Portuguese). Folha de S. Paulo. 27 July 2016. Retrieved 7 August 2016.
  10. 1 2 3 Thiago Maia profile at Soccerway. Retrieved 25 October 2014.
  11. "Santos domina seleção do Paulistão; Audax emplaca dois e mais o técnico" [Santos dominate the Paulistão team of the year; Audax include two and the manager] (in Portuguese). Globo Esporte. 9 May 2016. Retrieved 9 May 2016.
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