Isaías Sánchez

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Isaías being presented by Adelaide United in 2013
Personal information
Full name Isaías Sánchez Cortés
Date of birth (1987-02-09) 9 February 1987 (age 27)
Place of birth Sabadell, Spain
Height 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Adelaide United
Number 8
Youth career
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2006–2010 Badalona 84 (0)
2010–2011 Espanyol B 23 (0)
2011–2013 Espanyol 4 (0)
2011–2013 Ponferradina (loan) 55 (1)
2013– Adelaide United 37 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 16 December 2014.
† Appearances (Goals).
This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Sánchez and the second or maternal family name is Cortés.

Isaías Sánchez Cortés (born 9 February 1987), known as simply Isaías, is a Spanish footballer who plays for Australian club Adelaide United FC as a midfielder.

Club career[edit]

Born in Sabadell, Barcelona, Catalonia, Isaías was a FC Barcelona youth graduate from La Masia, and started playing professionally with CF Badalona in Segunda División B. In 2010 he signed for RCD Espanyol, but spent the majority of his first year with the reserves in Tercera División.

On 10 April 2011 Isaías made his first-team and La Liga debut, playing the last 22 minutes of a 0–0 away draw against Hércules CF.[1] He spent the following two seasons on loan to SD Ponferradina,[2] contributing with 27 games and one goal in his second to help the club return to Segunda División.

In July 2013 Isaías signed for Adelaide United FC, penning a two-year contract.[3] He won the Club Champion/Player of The Year award for his team in his debut campaign in the A-League.[4]

Isaías' excellent and consistent form saw him play a crucial role in Adelaide's style of play, and as a result played in close to every minute of the club's matches, both in the A-League and the 2014 FFA Cup, which Adelaide eventually won. Isaías scored his first goal for the club on 24 January 2015, a twenty-five-metre strike from outside the box, as the final goal in a 7-0 win over the Newcastle Jets.

Playing style[edit]

Playing as a defensive midfielder for Adelaide United, Isaías can switch between defensive and offensive positions, and also drops into defence, allowing the full-backs to push forward.[5][6][7] He is known for his ability to control the pace and intensity of the game, keep possession of the ball and launch attacks when his team plays from defence to attack.[8][9]

He was described by Adelaide manager Josep Gombau as his "foot soldier", being a complete footballer with technique, speed and controlled aggression.[10][11][12]



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