Thiago Rangel Cionek (Polish pronunciation: [ˈtjaɡɔ ˈtɕɔnɛk], Portuguese: [tʃiˈagu ˈtʃonek]; born 21 April 1986) is a Brazilian-born Polish professional footballer who plays as a centre-back for Serie A club SPAL and the Polish national team.
Cionek in 2018
|Full name||Thiago Rangel Cionek|
|Date of birth||21 April 1986|
|Place of birth||Curitiba, Brazil|
|Height||1.84 m (6 ft 0 in)|
|Vila Hauer EC|
|2013–2014||→ Modena (loan)||33||(1)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 09:48, 25 January 2020 (UTC)|
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 01 March 2019
Born in Curitiba, Paraná, Cionek began his career with local Cuiabá Esporte Clube. He moved to Europe for a brief spell at Portugal's GD Bragança before returning to Brazil with Clube de Regatas Brasil.
He then had a year in the Italian Serie B with Padova Calcio, before signing for another club from the same division, Modena FC on 2 September 2013. On 11 January 2016, he joined his third Italian club, US Città di Palermo of Serie A. Two years later, with his contract due to expire at the end of the season, he was sold to S.P.A.L. of the same league on a 21⁄2-year contract.
While having been born and raised in Curitiba, Brazil, Cionek's family is of Polish descent and he therefore applied for Polish citizenship, which he received in October 2011. Cionek made his international debut for Poland on 13 May 2014, starting in a goalless friendly draw against Germany in Hamburg. Cionek then was called up by Poland's national team to play in the 2016 European Championship in France.
In May 2018 he was named in Poland's preliminary 35-man squad for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia. On 19 June in Poland's initial World Cup match against Senegal, Cionek scored an own goal that opened a 2–1 loss.
- As of 20 November 2018
- "FIFA World Cup Russia 2018: List of players: Poland" (PDF). FIFA. 15 July 2018. p. 22. Archived from the original (PDF) on 6 December 2019.
- "THIAGO RANGEL CIONEK AL MODENA, FILIPPO CARINI AL PADOVA" [THIAGO RANGEL CIONEK TO MODENA, FILIPPO CARINI TO PADOVA] (in Italian). Modena FC. 2 September 2013. Archived from the original on 22 December 2015. Retrieved 15 January 2016.
- "Calciomercato Palermo,dal Modena preso Cionek" [Palermo transfer market, Cionek taken from Modena] (in Italian). Tuttosport. 11 January 2016. Retrieved 15 January 2016.
- "Official: Cionek signs for SPAL". Football Italia. 13 January 2018. Retrieved 22 February 2019.
- "Germany 0-0 Poland". European Football. Retrieved 13 October 2014.
- "World Cup 2018: Poland announce preliminary 35-man squad". Talksport. 15 May 2018. Retrieved 20 June 2018.
- Fletcher, Paul (19 June 2018). "World Cup 2018: Senegal capitalise on poor defending in 2-1 win over Poland". BBC Sport. Salford: BBC. Retrieved 27 January 2020.
- "Thiago Cionek". Soccerway. Retrieved 10 September 2017.
- "Thiago Cionek". 90minut. Retrieved 10 September 2017.
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