Cédric Soares

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Cédric
Cédric (cropped) 2.jpg
Cédric playing for Portugal at the 2018 World Cup
Personal information
Full name Cédric Ricardo Alves Soares[1]
Date of birth (1991-08-31) 31 August 1991 (age 29)[2]
Place of birth Singen, Germany
Height 1.72 m (5 ft 8 in)[3]
Playing position(s) Right back
Club information
Current team
Arsenal
Number 17
Youth career
1998–2010 Sporting CP
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2010–2015 Sporting CP 67 (2)
2011–2012Académica (loan) 24 (0)
2013 Sporting CP B 2 (0)
2015–2020 Southampton 120 (1)
2019Inter Milan (loan) 4 (0)
2020Arsenal (loan) 5 (1)
2020– Arsenal 0 (0)
National team
2006–2007 Portugal U16 11 (1)
2007–2008 Portugal U17 11 (0)
2009 Portugal U18 5 (0)
2009–2010 Portugal U19 17 (0)
2010–2011 Portugal U20 18 (0)
2011–2012 Portugal U21 10 (0)
2014– Portugal 33 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 23:55, 21 July 2020 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 16:31, 2 January 2020 (UTC)

Cédric Ricardo Alves Soares CvIH ComM[4][5] (born 31 August 1991), known simply as Cédric (Portuguese pronunciation: [ˈsɛdɾik]), is a Portuguese professional footballer who plays as a right back for Premier League club Arsenal and the Portugal national team.

Cédric career started with Sporting CP, going on to appear in 93 competitive games over the course of four Primeira Liga seasons and scoring two goals. He signed for Southampton in 2015.

Having earned 72 caps across all youth levels, Cédric made his senior debut for Portugal in 2014. He appeared for the country at the 2018 World Cup and Euro 2016, winning the latter tournament.

Club career[edit]

Sporting[edit]

Born in Singen, Baden-Württemberg, Germany to Portuguese immigrants, Cédric returned to Portugal at the age of two.[6][7] He joined Sporting CP's youth system in 1998, aged seven.[8]

Cédric made his Primeira Liga debut with the first team on 8 May 2011, starting in a 0–1 home loss against Vitória de Setúbal.[9] For 2011–12 he, alongside teammate Adrien Silva, was loaned to fellow top division club Académica,[10] where he played regularly and won that season's Taça de Portugal, playing the full 90 minutes in the 1–0 triumph against Sporting.[11]

Subsequently, Cédric returned to the Lisbon side, being first-choice in the following years under several managers.[12] He scored his first goal in the Portuguese top division on 15 December 2012, netting with his left foot from 30 metres in a 1–1 draw away to Nacional.[13]

In the domestic cup final on 31 May 2015, against Braga, Cédric was sent off in the 14th minute after conceding a penalty with a foul on Djavan, but Sporting eventually won in a shootout.[14]

Southampton[edit]

Cédric playing for Southampton in 2017

On 18 June 2015, Cédric was announced as the second summer signing for Southampton on a four-year contract,[15] with the English club paying up to €6.5 million (£4.7 million) for his services.[16][17] He made his debut on 30 July, playing the full 90 minutes in a 3–0 home win over Vitesse for the third qualifying round of the UEFA Europa League.[18] Ten days later he first appeared in the Premier League, assisting the opening goal for Graziano Pellè in a 2–2 draw away to Newcastle United before being substituted for Cuco Martina at half time.[19]

Cédric scored his first goal for Southampton on 18 March 2018, in a 2–0 victory away to Wigan Athletic in the sixth round of the FA Cup, the first match under new manager Mark Hughes.[20]

Inter Milan (loan)[edit]

On 26 January 2019, Cédric moved to Inter Milan on loan for the rest of the season, with an option to purchase for £9.5m in the summer.[21] He made his first appearance five days later, playing 15 minutes and converting his attempt in the 4–3 shootout loss against Lazio in the quarter-finals of the Coppa Italia (1–1 after 120 minutes).[22]

Arsenal[edit]

Cédric joined fellow Premier League team Arsenal on a six-month loan on 31 January 2020.[23]

On 24 June 2020, it was announced that Cédric had sealed a permanent move to Arsenal on a long term deal, as a free transfer upon the expiry of his contract.[24]

Cédric made his Arsenal debut on 1 July 2020 coming on as a 77th-minute substitute and scoring a 20-yard strike with his left foot, four minutes after coming on, in a 4–0 victory over Norwich City.[25] After playing for Southampton as a substitute in their FA Cup third round tie against Huddersfield Town Cédric was cup-tied and unable to take part in Arsenal's victorious 2019–20 FA Cup campaign.[26][27] On 29 August 2020, Cédric came on as a substitute, taking and scoring the third penalty in a shootout win against Liverpool in the Community Shield after the game ended 1–1.[28]

International career[edit]

Cédric played ten times with the Portuguese under-21s, his debut occurring on 1 September 2011 in a 2–0 win in Moldova for the 2013 UEFA European Championship qualifiers.[29] His maiden appearance with the senior team was on 11 October 2014, as he started in a 1–2 friendly defeat to France in Paris.[30][31]

Cédric was selected by manager Fernando Santos for his UEFA Euro 2016 squad.[32] His first game in the tournament took place on 25 June, when he started alongside Southampton teammate José Fonte in the round-of-16 clash against Croatia (1–0 win after extra time).[33] He went on to retain his position until the final, won at the expense of hosts France.[34]

Cédric scored his first goal for his country on 17 June 2017, netting in the 86th minute of an eventual 2–2 group stage draw to Mexico at the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup at the Kazan Arena in Russia.[35] In May 2018, he was named in Portugal's squad for the 2018 FIFA World Cup.[36]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of match played 26 November 2020
Appearances and goals by club season, and competition
Club Season League National Cup[a] League Cup[b] Europe Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Sporting CP 2010–11[37] Primeira Liga 2 0 0 0 1 0 2[c] 0 5 0
2012–13[37] Primeira Liga 13 1 0 0 3 0 7[c] 0 23 1
2013–14[37] Primeira Liga 28 1 0 0 3 0 31 1
2014–15[37] Primeira Liga 24 0 3 0 0 0 7[d] 0 34 0
Total 67 2 3 0 7 0 16 0 93 2
Académica (loan) 2011–12[37] Primeira Liga 24 0 5 0 0 0 29 0
Sporting CP B 2012–13[37] Segunda Liga 2 0 2 0
Southampton 2015–16[38] Premier League 24 0 0 0 2 0 1[c] 0 27 0
2016–17[39] Premier League 30 0 0 0 3 0 1[c] 0 34 0
2017–18[40] Premier League 32 0 4 1 0 0 36 1
2018–19[41] Premier League 18 1 2 0 2 0 22 1
2019–20[27] Premier League 16 0 1 0 2 1 19 1
Total 120 1 7 1 9 1 2 0 138 3
Inter Milan (loan) 2018–19[37] Serie A 4 0 1 0 4[c] 0 9 0
Arsenal (loan) 2019–20[27] Premier League 5 1 0 0 5 1
Arsenal 2020–21[42] Premier League 0 0 0 0 1 0 4[c] 0 1[e] 0 6 0
Total 5 1 0 0 1 0 4 0 1 0 11 1
Career total 222 4 11 1 17 1 26 0 1 0 281 6
  1. ^ Includes Taça de Portugal, FA Cup, Coppa Italia
  2. ^ Includes Taça de Portugal, League/EFL Cup
  3. ^ a b c d e f Appearance(s) in UEFA Europa League
  4. ^ Five appearances in UEFA Europa League, two in UEFA Champions League
  5. ^ Appearance in FA Community Shield

International[edit]

As of match played 14 October 2018[43]
Appearances and goals by national team and year
National team Year Apps Goals
Portugal 2014 2 0
2015 6 0
2016 8 0
2017 9 1
2018 8 0
Total 33 1
As of match played 14 October 2018. Portugal score listed first, score column indicates score after each Cédric goal.[43]
List of international goals scored by Cédric Soares
No. Date Venue Cap Opponent Score Result Competition Ref.
1 18 June 2017 Kazan Arena, Kazan, Russia 20  Mexico 2–1 2–2 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup [35]

Honours[edit]

Académica

Sporting

Southampton

Arsenal

Portugal U20

Portugal

Orders

References[edit]

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