Assessing Thiago Silva

by Evan Kelly

Thiago Emiliano Da Silva or more widely know as just Thiago Silva is now recognised as one of the best centre backs in the world here I will try to give a more in depth look at his footballing life.

Thiago Silva was born in the bustling vibrant city of Rio De Janiero, Brazil. At a young age Silva devoloped an interest in football and he was good at it and this was proven afte Brazilian giants Fluminense came calling. Silva trained with Flumeneise for a while but they chose not to sign him.

Local club RS Futebol decided to take the gamble but the “gamble” was far from a gamble after first division Juventude quickly snatched from RS Futebol after seeing his very apparent potential. Juventude was Silva’s breakthrough season in a way, after being a right winger, full back and even some midfield appearances Silva finally found his nailed down position and it was a centre back. European scouts spotted sniffing around Silva but the lure of Porto proved too much to turn down, Porto turned out to have been a bad desicion with Silva hardly if ever playing. That was followed by an even more miserable spell with Dynamo Moscow. Silva’s first experience of Europe was a bitter one blighted by injuries so he went back to Brazil to rebuild his reputation and career.

The rebuild

Fluminense (the club that turned him down) brought Silva back to Brazil and a injury free Silva was a very good Silva. That season Fluminense finished 15th, relatively poor for their standards but it was a great season for Silva, a rebirth in some ways. The next year Fluminense pleased fans and pundits alike with a 4th place finish, conceding 38 goals in 39 games a stat of which Silva played a big part in. The fruitful season came to a bitter end after a Fluminense loss to LDU Quito on penalties in the Copa Libertadores final.

The European adventure part 2

Many notable top European clubs devoloped an interest in Silva with Milan being at the top of the pile. Milan understood the situation so they soon threw a €10 million bid Fluminense’s way which they couldn’t refuse. Milan got their man. He made his non-competitive debut against Hanover and made his official debut against Siena in Serie A. Silva and Nesta soon devoloped an innate connection with Silva having the speed and young spirit and Nesta having that calm experienced touch to his play, They are in a way the odd couple. Silva has gained noterity for his bursting runs from the defence with fearsome pace and his calmness on the ball which has led to Allgeri even putting him in at defensive midfielder sometimes. Silva has recently signed a contract extension which will keep him at Milan till 2016. This season his main highlight stands out as scoring a 93rd minute goal to rescue a draw for Milan at the Camp Nou which some say may be a future home for Silva.

International duty

Silva has made 23 performances for Brazil to date with his debut coming against Italy, replacing Juan on the 77th minute. The last Copa America wasn’t exactly a great tournament for Brazil and despite playing reasonably well his tournament was ruined by a crucial penalty miss against Paraguay in the quarter final, Brazil went on to lose 1-3 on penalties. Brazil manager Mano Mezenez has now given Silva the recognition he deserves and has made him his main centre half.

Conclusion

Thiago Silva is in some people’s books the best centre back in the world and being reasonably young at 27 there’s no reason why he can’t dominate Brazil and Milan’s defence for years to come.

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