Rafael Sóbis

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This name uses Portuguese naming customs. The first or maternal family name is Sóbis and the second or paternal family name is '.
Rafael Sóbis
Personal information
Full name Rafael Augusto Sóbis do Nascimento
Date of birth (1985-06-17) 17 June 1985 (age 29)
Place of birth Erechim, Brazil
Height 1.72 m (5 ft 7 12 in)
Playing position Forward
Club information
Current team
Fluminense
Number 23
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2004–2006 Internacional 82 (28)
2006–2008 Betis 57 (8)
2008–2012 Al-Jazira 21 (7)
2010–2011 Internacional (loan) 16 (4)
2011–2012 Fluminense (loan) 26 (10)
2012– Fluminense 40 (10)
National team
2005 Brazil U20 16 (4)
2008 Brazil U23 6 (2)
2006–2008 Brazil 8 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 5 December 2011 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 12 March 2010 (UTC)

Rafael Augusto Sóbis do Nascimento (born 17 June 1985), commonly known as Rafael Sóbis, is a Brazilian footballer who plays as a forward for Fluminense.

Club career[edit]

Internacional[edit]

He started in the youth categories of Internacional, known only as Rafael. Inter's president at the time, Fernando Carvalho, suggested the change to only Sobis, the surname of his Ukrainian origins, because it could be more attractive for the European leagues, where the boy could get dual citizenship.[1]

He went to the main team in 2004 and quickly won a place in it, being known by his name along the surname (with acute accent), Rafael Sóbis. Sóbis scored 19 goals in 35 matches in the 2005 season at the age of 19. In the following year, he was one of the main players in the Internacional squad that finished the Brazilian League in second place, and was selected by the CBF to play in the all star team at the end of the season. The 2006 season started slowly for him, as he fought against a series of injuries. He eventually recovered his place in the first team and helped Internacional secure the Copa Libertadores title; scoring twice in the first-leg of the final match against São Paulo.

Real Betis[edit]

Rafael Sóbis signed for Real Betis in August 2006 for €9 million,[citation needed] (R$21.8 million[2]) putting pen to paper on an 8-year contract,[citation needed] a length reminiscent to that of fellow Brazilian international Denílson. Internacional only received 25% of the fee and the rest belong to other parties. Among 25% of Inter, R$272,500 was further deducted as agent fee.[2] He was officially unveiled to the press on 8 September 2006 and made his Real Betis and La Liga debut against Athletic Bilbao two days later on 10 September at the Manuel Ruiz de Lopera stadium, a game that Betis won 3–0.

Sóbis scored his first goals against city rivals Sevilla on 17 September, a match that Betis eventually lost 3–2. Sóbis also managed to score important goals against Celta de Vigo, a debut game for then newly appointed coach Luis Fernández. Ligament damage sustained in a game against RCD Mallorca meant Sóbis missed a month of La Liga action. Sóbis major contribution to the 2006–2007 season was his dramatic late equaliser against Barcelona at the Camp Nou, assisted by fellow Brazilian Marcos Assunção.

Sóbis began his second season with Betis strongly, scoring three goals in his first six games, including goals against La Liga giants Valencia CF, RCD Mallorca and 2007 UEFA Cup finalists RCD Espanyol but once again the Brazilian's form dipped. Betis received an offer of €10.0 million from English Premier League club Newcastle United for Sóbis in July 2008.[3]

Al-Jazira[edit]

On 2 September 2008 Real Betis confirmed that Sobis had joined UAE side Al-Jazira for €10M.[4]

Return to Internacional[edit]

In July 2010, Rafael Sóbis returned to Internacional on loan for one year to play the Copa Libertadores. On 18 August 2010, Internacional defeated Chivas Guadalajara in the 2010 Copa Libertadores final with Sóbis scoring Internacional's first goal in their 3–2 win. He hurt his arm while scoring the goal by falling over it, and had to be replaced later on by Leandro Damião, who also ended up scoring a goal during the match.[5] After the loan ended Internacional did not use the buy option, due to his injuries and high price, and he returned to the United Arab Emirates.

Fluminense[edit]

After one year playing on loan from Al-Jazira, in 19 July 2012 Fluminense bought the Sobis' economic rights for R$8.75 million. The player signed a new contract of three years with tricolor carioca.[6]

Career statistics[edit]

As of 9 May 2011
Club Season League Cup Continental Other Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Internacional 2004 35 6 5 1 2 0 8 2 50 9
2005 35 19 6 1 6 2 12 3 57 25
2006 12 3 0 0 12 3 0 0 24 6
2010 16 4 0 0 5 1 0 0 21 5
2011 0 0 0 0 5 1 10 2 15 3
Total 98 32 11 2 30 7 30 7 169 48
Real Betis 2006–07 31 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 31 4
2007–08 26 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 26 4
Total 57 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 57 8
Al- Jazira 2008–09 21 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 21 7
2009–10 0 0 0 0 4 2 0 0 4 2
Total 21 7 0 0 4 2 0 0 25 9
Fluminense 2011 26 10 0 0 0 0 0 0 26 10
2012 21 3 0 0 9 1 11 5 41 9
2013 36 10 1 0 7 1 12 5 56 16
2014 6 3 2 1 0 0 15 1 23 5
Total 89 26 3 1 16 2 38 11 140 38
Career Total 265 73 14 3 50 11 68 18 397 105

International career[edit]

Rafael Sóbis
Medal record
Competitor for  Brazil
Men's Football
Olympic Games
Bronze 2008 Beijing Team competition

Sóbis made his debut for Brazil on 3 September 2006 against Argentina in London. Brazil won the match 3–0 with Sóbis making his appearance as a late substitute. He scored his first Brazil's goal in an unofficial friendly match against Kuwaiti club Al Kuwait on 7 October 2006.

In 2008, he was included in Brazil U-23 team for the 2008 Summer Olympics, which Brazil went on to finish third and achieve bronze medal.

Honours[edit]

Sóbis running past Tranquillo Barnetta in a friendly against Switzerland in 2006
Internacional
Fluminense
Brazilian team

References[edit]

  1. ^ "A estrela Sobis", Leandro Behs, Placar nº. 1289, December 2005, Editora Abril, pg. 78
  2. ^ a b "RELATÓRIO DA DIRETORIA (2006)" (in Portuguese). SC Internacional. Retrieved 26 April 2012. 
  3. ^ "Offer for Betis duo". Report on /www.realbetisbalompie.es. 16 July 2008. Retrieved 16 July 2008. 
  4. ^ "Sobis troca Bétis pelo Al-Jazira". 2 September 2008. Retrieved 2 September 2008. 
  5. ^ "Internacional wins Libertadores Cup". The Globe and Mail (Toronto). 19 August 2010. Retrieved 19 August 2010. 
  6. ^ http://www.lancenet.com.br/fluminense/Rafael-Sobis-fecha-acordo-Fluminense_0_739726193.html

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