Thiago Motta

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Thiago Motta
  • Full Name: Thiago Motta
  • Position: Midfielder
  • Birthday: August 28, 1982 (Age: 31)
  • Club: Paris Saint-Germain
  • Height: 6' 2" (1.88m)

tournament statistics

Games Minutes Goals Assists Shots
5 274 0 0 1

Thiago Motta

This Brazilian-born maestro played for his native country in a competitive under-23 international back in 2003, but the Italian football federation were successful in winning their claim to his services and he duly made his Azzurri debut last year.


With his grandparents hailing from Italy, Motta insists he never had any doubts about representing his adopted country on the international stage and yet there has been plenty of negative publicity surrounding his selection for the Italian national team. “I respect everyone’s opinion on this issue, but I have a passion to play for this country and the only way to show that is on the pitch,” says Motta, who left Inter Milan to join big-spending PSG last January.


“Italy already had a strong team and they did not need to bring me in to make them better, but I am here now and Euro 2012 is a chance for me to show what it means to play international football in the famous blue shirt,” is Motta’s view of the debate surrounding his selection.

Euro 2012

Opposition APP G ASS SH TAR FC FS YEL RED
Spain 1 0 0 1 1 1 0 0 0
Croatia 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 0
Republic of Ireland 1 0 0 0 0 1 2 0 0
England 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Germany 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 0
Spain 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0