Canada squad call up Palmeiras striker for Under-20 tournament

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Coming from the basic categories of Palmeiras, striker Tiago Coimbra has once again been called up to Canada’s U-20 selection. This time, the 18-year-old has been called up to face his country in theCONCACAF U-20 2022, which takes place this month.

Tiago Coimbra had already been called up by Canada U-20 in April, to play friendlies in Costa Rica. The matches served as tests for the Canadian team to scout players for the CONCACAF Under-20 Championship.

The striker was signed by Palmeiras last season and for having dual citizenship and having lived in the country, he quickly acquired the nickname ‘Canada’ at the Alviverde base.

Tiago ‘Canada’ has played 11 games and scored four goals for Palmeiras Under-17 team, in 2021. This season the striker has been promoted to the Under-20 team.

Who is Tiago “Canada”?

Born in Fortaleza-CE, Tiago lived outside Brazil from age 9 to 16. The striker played for Faly Academy Soccer, a soccer academy in Canada. He also lived in the United States.

In 2020, the striker returned to Brazil and passed through the Juazeiro base, coming from Fortaleza-CE. Tiago played in the Aldeia Cup, a grassroots championship in Recife, and caught the eye of a scout from Palmeiras, who nominated him for a test at Alviverde.

The 17-year-old underwent an evaluation period at the Palmeiras base, was approved and signed a contract. For the football dream, the striker left his family in Canada to play in Brazil.

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