Lincoln (footballer)

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Lincoln
Schalke Lincoln 01.jpg
Personal information
Full name Lincoln Cássio de Souza Soares
Date of birth (1979-01-22) 22 January 1979 (age 35)
Place of birth São Brás do Suaçuí, Brazil
Height 1.77 m (5 ft 10 in)[1]
Playing position Attacking Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Bahia
Number 99
Youth career
1989–1997 Atlético Mineiro
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1997–2001 Atlético Mineiro 49 (4)
2001–2004 1. FC Kaiserslautern 53 (12)
2004–2007 Schalke 04 83 (20)
2007–2009 Galatasaray 42 (13)
2010–2011 Palmeiras 25 (3)
2011 Avaí (loan) 17 (3)
2012– Coritiba 33 (4)
2014– Bahia (loan) 1 (1)
National team
1999 Brazil U23 2 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of May 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 14 August 2012

Lincoln Cássio de Souza Soares (born 22 January 1979 in São Brás do Suaçuí), commonly known as Lincoln, is a Brazilian footballer, currently playing as an attacking midfielder for Bahia.

Career[edit]

Atlético Mineiro[edit]

Lincoln was a member of the 1999 Atlético Mineiro team, who were runners-up in Campeonato Brasileiro Série A, a team that also included Marques, Juliano Belletti, Caçapa, Carlos Galván, and the 1999 top-scorer Guilherme, among others.

Kaiserslautern[edit]

Lincoln was signed in 2001 by Kaiserslautern as a replacement for playmaker Ciriaco Sforza, who was bought by Bayern Munich. The slender, but technically gifted Lincoln made an immediate impact and contributed to a strong Kaiserslautern finish in that season. However, trouble was afoot within the club from Rhineland-Palatinate: heavy internal friction was experienced and this was not helped by a large turnover of players. The last straw was when Lincoln disappeared in spring 2004; it turned out that he had headed back to his native Brazil as he felt it would be better for an injury he was apparently suffering from. This was not endorsed by the club and earned him a season-long suspension. Many of the club's fans, members of the board, and playing staff were left embittered by the fact that Lincoln left the club while they struggled against relegation.

Schalke 04[edit]

Lincoln's reputation had suffered and it was seen as a surprise when Schalke 04 signed the playmaker. However, his game flourished while at the Ruhrgebiet club, and he was one of the strongest pillars in the surprising Schalke 2004–05 campaign that earned them second place in the Bundesliga. Although Lincoln experienced a dip in form in 2005–06, he firmly established himself as one of the best playmakers in the Bundesliga.

Galatasaray[edit]

In June 2007, Lincoln signed a four-year contract for Galatasaray, for a fee of around €5 million.[citation needed] He was greeted at the Ataturk International Airport with a crowd of 5,000[1] Galatasaray supporters (see: ultrAslan).

Lincoln scored five times in his first season in the 2007–08 Turkcell Süper Lig and he made a few important assists, showing great performances both in domestic play and UEFA Cup games. He became a favorite of the Galatasaray fans. However, he was taken out of the squad of the seventh week clash against the arch-rivals Beşiktaş. Karl-Heinz Feldkamp took Lincoln and teammate Hakan Şükür out of the match squad because they had broken the camp rules by bringing family and friends to training. After the 2–1 win, thanks to the goals of Hakan Balta and Shabani Nonda (penalty), some have called Feldkamp a braveheart and a hero, but many other supporters criticised him because of the decision.

He eventually had the opportunity to play against rivals Fenerbahçe on 9 November 2008 and scored one of the quickest goals ever seen in a Fenerbahçe – Galatasaray derbies, exactly 1:30 after the opening kickoff; however, Galatasaray gave up four straight goals after this and lost the game 4–1.

As the playmaker of the team, Lincoln was selected as the team captain in a UEFA Cup game against Hertha BSC on 3 December 2008.[2][3]

In July 2009, Galatasaray put Lincoln on suspension due to his absence during pre-season training.[citation needed] He then has been released from the Turkish side. His squad number, 10, was issued to newly appointed captain, Arda Turan.[4]

Palmeiras[edit]

On 4 February 2010, Lincoln signed a two-year contract with SE Palmeiras.[5][6] On 8 May 2010, he scored the goal to beat Vitoria 1–0 in opening round of the 2010 Campeonato Brasileiro. He made impressive appearances with Palmeiras in 2010. In 2011, Lincoln was not in the plans of manager Luiz Felipe Scolari, and failed to make usual appearances. He stated that he would like to play more or leave the club.

Avaí[edit]

On 10 August 2011, Avaí announced that Lincoln signed a loan contract with the club from Palmeiras.

Coritiba[edit]

In 2012, Coritiba signed Lincoln on a two-year contract. In May, he won with the club the State Championship of Paraná.

Honours[edit]

Schalke 04
Galatasaray
Coritiba

Career statistics[edit]

As of 9 October 2010
Club Season League Cup Other Cups Continental Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Atlético Mineiro 1997 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
1998 17 2 6 4 0 0 0 0 23 6
1999 15 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 17 2
2000 16 0 5 2 0 0 0 0 21 2
2001 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
Total 49 4 16 6 0 0 0 0 65 10
Kaiserslautern 2001–02 27 8 - - - - - - 27 8
2002–03 20 2 - - - - - - 20 2
2003–04 6 2 - - - - - - 6 2
Total 53 12 0 0 0 0 0 0 53 12
Schalke 04 2004–05 31 12 - - - - 5 1 36 13
2005–06 29 5 - - - - 12 6 41 11
2006–07 23 3 - - - - 2 0 25 3
Total 83 20 0 0 0 0 19 7 102 27
Galatasaray 2007–08 19 5 2 0 1 0 7 2 29 7
2008–09 23 8 3 0 - 12 1 38 9
Total 42 13 5 0 1 0 19 3 67 16
Palmeiras 2010 14 3 5 2 3 1 0 0 24 6
2011 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Avaí 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 14 3 5 2 3 1 0 0 24 6
Career total 240 52 26 8 3 1 38 10 311 71

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Lincoln çılgınlığı". Hurriyet.com.tr. 26 June 2007. Retrieved 13 July 2010. 
  2. ^ "Hertha Berlin 0 – Galatasaray 1". Galatasaray.org. 3 December 2008. Retrieved 13 July 2010. 
  3. ^ "Cassio Lincoln kaptan çıktı". Hurriyet.com.tr. 4 December 2008. Retrieved 13 July 2010. 
  4. ^ "Haldun Üstünel: 10 Numaralı Forma Arda Turan'ın". Galatasaray.org (in Turkish). 10 July 2009. Retrieved 13 July 2010. 
  5. ^ "Lincoln to Palmeiras". SuperLigNews.com. 8 February 2010. 
  6. ^ "Duyuru: Lincoln". Galatasaray.org. 8 February 2010. Retrieved 13 July 2010. 

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