Tiago Almeida Lopes

March 15, 1999


About Athlete

The passion for soccer started when I was a kid. I started playing when I was six and spent part of my career in the youth academy of the Swiss professional club FC Luzern. My goal is to combine this beautiful game with my academic studies. I played my first two years of college at the University of Tennessee Southern, and now I am looking to play at a higher level as I believe I can compete with the best college players.


College GPA 3.9

SAT Total Score
TOEFL Total Score

University of Tennessee Southern (2020-Present)

FC Sarnen (2016-2020)

FC Luzern (2011-2016)

Additional sporting info

Other Positions: Centre Back, Central Midfield

Sophomore Year:

Games Played: 19

Games Started: 19

Minutes played: 1,691

Goals: 5

Assists: 5

Named Team Captain in Sophomore Year

Freshman Year

Games Played: 12

Games Started: 12

Personal Best

Awards, press

All Mid-South Conference Honorable Mention (2021)


1vs1 Defensive Duels

Standing tackle

Game Intelligence


What makes you different?

My love for this game motivates me to be better every day. I am a very determined person and I like to get out of my comfort zone to achieve my goals.

I believe the fact that I am older and therefore more experienced than most players, makes me a role model in any team. This, and other factors, made me be nominated as team captain in my sophomore year.

I lived most of my life outside of my country due to financial situation. This made me not take anything for granted and work even harder for what I want.

Apart from winning many defensive duels, on the ground and in the air, I am fast, very strong mentally, and I have the capacity to run over 7 miles every game.

Why do you want to compete in college?

Before coming to the US, I was in a club where I was practicing only twice a week, and I was working 8am to 5pm in a job that I did not like.

I want to compete in college so I can challenge myself everyday playing soccer, while studying something I really like. I also want to work hard for one more opportunity at playing professional.

College Goals?

My goal is to successfully conciliate academic studies with the practice of soccer. I want to earn respect on and off the field for my attitude and hard work. Academic wise, I want to keep having the high grades and complete my bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science. Regarding soccer, my goal is to improve my strengths and weaknesses, be a key player in the team and compete in the National Tournament.

Anything else we should know?

I am very interested in Sports. In my free time I like to workout at the gym. I also like to watch soccer in general, and NBA.


University of Tennessee Southern