Full name: Tiago André Pinheiro Antunes
Date of birth: 02/01/2003 (17 years old)
Place of birth: Braga (Portugal)
Youth career: SC Braga, FC Porto (2016)
Current club: FC Porto
Squad number: —
Current national team: Portugal U-17
Position: central defender, defensive midfielder, central midfielder
Preferred foot: right
Market value (by transfermarkt.de): —
Tournaments participated in: —
Contract until: unknown
Player’s agent: unknown
Transfer rumours: —
Similar type of player: Javier Mascherano
– tactical intelligence
– decent jumping but he hasn’t aerial power dominance
– could improve his shot from distance
Style of play:
– holding midfielder
– can also play as a centre-back thanks to his positioning and defensive skills
– tactically intelligent and charismatic midfielder, gifted with good ball skills, mobility, distribution, vision, and ability to read the game
– likes to play short passes
– very good in combination play
– provides many key interceptions, clearances, and tackles for his team thanks to his good anticipation sense and defensive reliability
– constantly asking for the ball and often is an additional passing option
– great composure and retention skills under pressure/press-resistant player
– his stamina, work rate, mobility, determination, agility, and pace enable him to cover a lot of ground ground
– has a great, positive influence on his teammates
– finds himself best in positional attack
– high number of touches and passes per game
– natural leader
Antunes outpaces his opponent and wins the ball back.
Antunes in his natural role – he receives the ball from defenders and starts the attack of his team.
He is best suited to playing as:
Defensive midfielder in 4-3-3.
League summary (as for 1 October 2020):
No senior team appearances yet.
Tiago Antunes joined FC Porto youth academy from SC Braga in 2016. He is part of a very talented generation of Portuguese players born in 2003 which includes, among others Leandro Dias, Gustavo Mendonça, Diogo Abreu, Ronaldo Camará, Rodrigo Gomes, Joelson Fernandes, Matchoi Djaló and João Resende. Tiago is also a regular Portugal youth international and currently he is the captain and leader of Portugal U-17 national team.
Football Talent Scout potential rating:
First team material in a top European club.