Isaías Marques Soares

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Isaías
Personal information
Full name Isaías Marques Soares
Date of birth (1963-11-17) 17 November 1963 (age 53)
Place of birth Linhares, Brazil
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Forward
Youth career
Fluminense
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1983 Fluminense
1984–1986 Friburguense
1987 Cabofriense 10 (1)
1987–1988 Rio Ave 30 (5)
1988–1990 Boavista 67 (22)
1990–1995 Benfica 125 (52)
1995–1997 Coventry City 12 (2)
1997–1999 Campomaiorense 57 (18)
2000–2001 Cabofriense
Total 301 (100)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Isaías Marques Soares (born 17 November 1963), known simply as Isaías, is a retired Brazilian professional footballer who played as a forward.

Over the course of ten seasons he amassed Primeira Liga totals of 279 games and 97 goals, mainly with Benfica (five years, three major titles won).

Football career[edit]

Born in Linhares, Espírito Santo, Isaías started his career with Fluminense FC,[1] where he had an unassuming spell. He then represented Friburguense Atlético Clube and Associação Desportiva Cabofriense,[2] and moved to Portugal in 1987, gradually moving up the ranks: first with Rio Ave F.C. then Boavista FC, arriving at S.L. Benfica in 1990.

With Benfica, he quickly became a fan favourite at the Estádio da Luz, being also referred to as a "force of nature" due to his stamina and combativeness – he also scored regularly, being the owner of a powerful long-range shot. Arguably his greatest moment with the Lisbon side came on 6 November 1991, in the last round prior to the group stage of the season's European Cup: against Arsenal, at Highbury Park, he assisted once and netted twice in a 3–1 win (4–2 aggregate success).[3][4]

However, Isaías would be left out of the Benfica squad in 1995 by coach Artur Jorge, who was proceeding to a team reshuffle that would result in the darkest period in the club's history – at that time, the veteran was still one of the squad's most influential players and top scorers.

Subsequently, Isaías moved to England with Coventry City for £500.000, signing a two-year contract and becoming the first Brazilian to ever play in the Premier League.[1][5] He featured in just 14 competitive matches for the Sky Blues over a period of two seasons, due to differences with manager Gordon Strachan and his refusal to cancel his contract after no compensation would be paid.[1]

In 1997, aged nearly 34, Isaías returned to Portugal with S.C. Campomaiorense, reaching the final of the Taça de Portugal in 1999.[1] He retired in his country at almost 40 with Cabofriense, then appeared in a few games with the Portuguese beach soccer team courtesy of his previously obtained citizenship.[1]

Honours[edit]

Benfica
Campomaiorense

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f "Pioneiro na Premier League e ídolo do Benfica: as histórias do anônimo Isaías" [Premier League pioneer and idol at Benfica: the stories of anonymous Isaías] (in Portuguese). Globo Esporte. 7 August 2015. Retrieved 26 January 2016. 
  2. ^ "Campeonato Carioca 1987 – Primeiro Turno" [Carioca Championship 1987 – First Round] (in Portuguese). Blog do Marcão. February 2010. Retrieved 26 January 2016. 
  3. ^ "Nº133 – Izaías [sic] Marques Soares" (in Portuguese). Vedeta ou Marreta?. 17 November 2008. Retrieved 13 June 2013. 
  4. ^ "Arsenal 1–3 Benfica". UEFA.com. 6 November 1991. Retrieved 10 April 2015. 
  5. ^ Club-by-club guide: The prospects, the players to watch, the arrivals and departures; The Independent, 13 August 1995

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