Irênio José Soares Filho
|Full name||Irênio José Soares Filho|
|Date of birth||May 27, 1975|
|Place of birth||Carangola, Brazil|
|Height||171 cm (5 ft 7 in)|
|Playing position||Attacking Midfielder|
|2009||→ Clube Náutico Capibaribe (loan)||11||(1)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of April 15, 2012.
Born in Carangola, Soares was labeled as an offensive midfielder who mainly plays down the left side of the pitch. He caught the eye of Mexican executives after a successful stint in his native country. After debuting in the Brazilian league playing for Minas Gerais in 1996, Soares was transferred to Atlético Mineiro, and after one year at Mineiro, he was once again transferred, this time to Portuguesa.
His play at Portuguesa brought him international attention, and he eventually landed in Monterrey, Mexico - where he signed for UANL Tigres. At Tigres, Soares quickly consolidated himself as a key part of an offense that featured Argentine standouts Walter Gaitan and Néstor Andrés Silvera, as well as Brazilian striker Kleber. Soares was part of a Tigres team that reached the Apertura 2003 finals against eventual champions CF Pachuca. After the Clausura 2005 season, Soares was transferred to Club América, which had won their tenth championship at the end of Clausura 2005.
The following season, Soares played 15 games and scored one goal, mostly coming on as a substitute, due to the strength of the team's roster. With his lone goal that season, Soares reached 30 scores in his 3.5 years playing in the Mexican league.
For the 2007 season, he played for CD Veracruz.
In 2010, Irênio returned to América-MG.
- Campeonato Brasileiro Série B: 1997
- Copa Sul-minas: 2000
- "Irênio acerta bases salariais com Furacão". globoesporte.globo.com. 2007-12-12. Retrieved 2008-01-14.
- (in Portuguese) CBF[permanent dead link]
- (in Portuguese) sambafoot[permanent dead link]
- (in Spanish) mediotiempo.com[permanent dead link]
- (in Spanish) Irenio Soares (11) esmas.com