Sebastián Soria

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Sebastián Soria
Sebastian Soria 2012 1.jpg
Soria at the Qatar Stars League launch ceremony in 2012
Personal information
Full name Andrés Sebastián Soria Quintana
Date of birth (1983-11-08) 8 November 1983 (age 30)
Place of birth Paysandú, Uruguay
Height 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
Lekhwiya
Number 23
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2002–2004 Liverpool de Montevideo 41 (8)
2004–2005 Al-Gharafa 26 (14)
2005–2012 Qatar SC 150 (100)
2012– Lekhwiya 42 (31)
National team
2006 Qatar U-23 7 (6)
2006– Qatar 98 (28)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 8 March 2014 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 9 September 2014

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.[1]

Personal life[edit]

Sebastián Soria was born in Paysandú, Uruguay and he was graduated football academy in Uruguay. But sadly, he was failed the test to play for Uruguayan national team, so he had to play as an amateur player. Lucky for him, later some Qatari businessmen found him and emigrated him to Qatar so he could play for Qatar like today. Unlike every players who converted to Islam right after they emigrated to the Gulf Nations such as United Arab Emirates, Oman, Bahrain,... he was honored to keep his religion.

He speaks fluently Arabic, English, Persian as well as his mother tongue.

Club career[edit]

Early career[edit]

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.[2]

Al Gharafa[edit]

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.

Qatar SC[edit]

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.[3]

AC Milan vs Al Sadd[edit]

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.

Lekhwiya[edit]

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.[4] It was alleged to be the fastest goal in Asia's premier continental club competition during the AFC Champions League format.[5]

Club career statistics[edit]

Soria in 2012

Statistics accurate as of 8 March 2014[6]

Club Season League League Cup1 League Cup2 Continental3 Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Al-Gharafa 2004–05 QSL 26 14
Total 26 14
Qatar SC 2005–06 QSL 25 19
2006–07 21 9
2007–08 23 17
2008–09 23 19
2009–10 18 15
2010–11 20 12
2011–12 20 9
Total 150 100
Lekhwiya 2012–13 QSL 22 19
2013–14 20 12
Total 42 31
Career total 218 145

1Includes Emir of Qatar Cup.

2Includes Sheikh Jassem Cup.

3Includes AFC Champions League.

Goal breakdown[edit]

Last update: 27 May 2014.[7]

Competition DFKs Headers Penalties Total
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
Champions League 0 0 0 6
Total 0 8 16 171

International career[edit]

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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.[8]

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.

Soria scored a goal against eventual winners Japan in the 2011 Asian Cup quarterfinals but the homeside were silenced after a late goal from Inoha put Japan in the lead to win by a 3–2 victory.

International career statistics[edit]

Last update: 9 September 2014.[9]

Competition Editions Appearances
Pan Arab Games 1 1
Asian Cup 3 13
Gulf Cup of Nations 3 10
FIFA World Cup qualifiers 2 28
Friendlies 46
Total 9 98

International goals[edit]

Honors[edit]

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