Soria at the Qatar Stars League launch ceremony in 2012
|Full name||Andrés Sebastián Soria Quintana|
|Date of birth||8 November 1983|
|Place of birth||Paysandú, Uruguay|
|Height||1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)|
|2002–2004||Liverpool de Montevideo||41||(8)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 8 March 2014 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).
Andrés Sebastián Soria Quintana (Arabic: أندريس سيبستيان سوريا كوينتانا, born in Paysandú, Uruguay) commonly known as Sebastián Soria, is a naturalized Qatari footballer who plays as a striker for Lekhwiya and the Qatar national team. He was shortlisted for the Asian Footballer of the Year award in 2008, coming in third place. He currently holds the record for the fastest goal scored in AFC Champions League history at 9 seconds – a record which was set in 2013.
Soria originally had a 2-week trial at Uruguayan club Defensor Sporting in Montevideo as a youngster, however they subsequently rejected Soria, and he returned home.
Soria continued playing in the minor leagues and a new, unlikely chance soon emerged, rewarding the youngster's persistence. In 2001, a cyclist, who had watched Soria playing in the minor leagues and was impressed by his talents, brought him to the attention of a football agent he knew, and Soria was sent to Montevideo to play in Liverpool de Montevideo and trained under Julio Ribas. He was sent to the reserve team for a brief while before making it back on the first team. He eventually proved his value and ended up playing the rest of the 2003 season on the first team.
In mid-2004, Soria got an offer from Frenchman Bruno Metsu to play for Al-Gharafa in Qatar. He had to look Qatar up on a map as he was unsure of where it was located. Nevertheless, at a time when opportunities to leave Uruguay for the European leagues were scarce, Soria jumped at the chance despite the geographical uncertainty. He arrived in Qatar in 2004 and was naturalized in 2006.
Soria joined Al Gharafa in 2004 under the supervision of Bruno Metsu. It was the first time he had played outside of Uruguay. Soria ended up winning the 2004–05 Qatar Stars League season with Al Gharafa.
Soria transferred to Qatar SC from league winners Al Gharafa in 2005. In 2009, he won the Qatar Crown Prince Cup with Qatar SC.
The Qatar SC star had attracted interest from Europe, with Italian team Udinese as well as Spanish capital sides Getafe and Atletico Madrid scouting for his services. But after much consideration, Soria chose to extend his contract with Qatar SC.
AC Milan vs Al Sadd
When AC Milan came to visit Doha in March 2009, in a farewell match for Jafal Rashed Al-Kuwari, Soria guested for Al Sadd. "They invited me to play for Al Sadd, so of course I said yes. I like to play against the strong defenders," Soria said after his tussles with Milan defender Philippe Senderos. After being substituted, Soria was swamped by local fans and patiently signed autographs for approximately 15 minutes.
After transferring to Qatari champions Lekhwiya, Sebastian had the opportunity to play in the 2013 AFC Champions League. He scored 4 goals in Lekhwiya's first four group stage games, including one of the fastest goals in any Asian competition after 9 seconds against Pakhtakor on 9 April 2013. It was alleged to be the fastest goal in Asia's premier continental club competition during the AFC Champions League format.
Club career statistics
Statistics accurate as of 8 March 2014
1Includes Emir of Qatar Cup.
2Includes Sheikh Jassem Cup.
3Includes AFC Champions League.
Last update: 27 May 2014.
|Qatar Stars League||0||7||16||147|
|Crown Prince Cup||0||0||0||3|
|Sheikh Jassem Cup||0||0||0||2|
|Emir of Qatar Cup||0||1||0||13|
He played for Qatar U-23 team, as in 2006 Asian Games, but some sources claim that he was actually born in 1980, but listed in Asian Games site as 1988.[original research?] The official Qatar SC website has him listed as being born in 1984. In addition, QFA's website lists his actual date of birth as 1983.
Soria saved the Qatari national team by scoring in the last 20 minutes, which helped tie the score. This happened in the AFC 2007 in both their games, one against Japan, and the other just recently against Vietnam. He also scored the leading goal against the United Arab Emirates. He is the only Qatari player to score on the 2007 Asian Cup. He scored three goals.
International career statistics
Last update: 14 April 2014.
|Pan Arab Games||1||1|
|Gulf Cup of Nations||3||10|
|FIFA World Cup qualifiers||2||28|
|1.||9 July 2007||Hanoi, Vietnam||Japan||1–1||Draw||2007 AFC Asian Cup|
|2.||12 July 2007||Hanoi, Vietnam||Vietnam||1–1||Draw||2007 AFC Asian Cup|
|3.||16 July 2007||Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam||United Arab Emirates||1–2||Lost||2007 AFC Asian Cup|
|4.||16 October 2007||Doha, Qatar||Iraq||3–2||Won||Friendly|
|5.||21 October 2007||Colombo, Sri Lanka||Sri Lanka||1–0||Won||2010 FIFA World Cup qualifier|
|6.||28 October 2007||Doha, Qatar||Sri Lanka||5–0||Won||2010 FIFA World Cup qualifier|
|7.||28 October 2007||Doha, Qatar||Sri Lanka||5–0||Won||2010 FIFA World Cup qualifier|
|8.||4 March 2008||Doha, Qatar||Bahrain||1–2||Lost||Friendly|
|9.||16 March 2008||Doha, Qatar||Jordan||2–1||Won||Friendly|
|10.||23 May 2008||Doha, Qatar||Kuwait||1–1||Draw||Friendly|
|11.||27 May 2008||Doha, Qatar||Lebanon||2–1||Won||Friendly|
|12.||27 May 2008||Doha, Qatar||Lebanon||2–1||Won||Friendly|
|13.||7 June 2008||Tianjin, China||China PR||1–0||Won||2010 FIFA World Cup qualifier|
|14.||20 August 2008||Doha, Qatar||Tajikistan||5–0||Won||Friendly|
|15.||10 September 2008||Doha, Qatar||Bahrain||1–1||Draw||2010 FIFA World Cup qualifier|
|16.||21 March 2009||Aleppo, Syria||Syria||0–1||Won||Friendly|
|17.||21 March 2009||Aleppo, Syria||Syria||0–2||Won||Friendly|
|18.||8 October 2009||Rijeka, Croatia||Croatia||2–3||Lost||Friendly|
|19.||16 December 2010||Doha, Qatar||Egypt||2–1||Won||Friendly|
|20.||22 December 2010||Doha, Qatar||Estonia||2–0||Won||Friendly|
|21.||21 January 2011||Doha, Qatar||Japan||2–3||Lost||2011 AFC Asian Cup|
|22.||11 November 2011||Doha, Qatar||Indonesia||4–0||Won||2014 FIFA World Cup qualifier|
|23.||3 June 2012||Beirut, Lebanon||Lebanon||1–0||Won||2014 FIFA World Cup qualifier|
|24.||6 September 2012||Ingolstadt, Germany||Tajikistan||1–2||Lost||Friendly|
|25.||14 November 2012||Doha, Qatar||Lebanon||1–0||Won||2014 FIFA World Cup qualifier|
|26.||9 September 2013||Doha, Qatar||Lebanon||1–1||Draw||Friendly|
|27.||13 October 2013||Doha, Qatar||Yemen||6–0||Won||2015 AFC Asian Cup qualifier|
|28.||15 November 2013||Al Ain, UAE||Yemen||4–1||Won||2015 AFC Asian Cup qualifier|
- QFA Player of the Season: 2005–06
- Asian Footballer of the Year 3rd Place: 2008
- Qatar Stars League Best scorer : 2012–13
- Qatar SC
- Qatar Crown Prince Cup: 2009
- "Know Your Rivals: Qatar's Three Key Players". goal.com. 18 November 2013. Retrieved 13 May 2014.
- Interview: Sebastian Soria – Sport – Al Jazeera English
- Soria targets more success
- "Sebastian Soria's 10 Second Goal Against Pakhtakor". AOL.com. Retrieved 13 April 2013.
- "Fastest goal in the history of the AFC Champions League". sauress.com. Retrieved 13 April 2013.
- QSL.com.qa – Sebastián Soria
- "Goal breakdown". superkoora.com. Retrieved 27 May 2014.
- Players Profile – Sebastian Soria
- "البلوشي: "سباستيان" على أعتاب مباراته المائة مع العنابي في خليجي 22". sabr.cc.com. 14 April 2014. Retrieved 27 May 2014.
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