Isaías Sánchez

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Isaías
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Isaías being presented by Adelaide United
Personal information
Full name Isaías Sánchez Cortés
Date of birth (1987-02-09) 9 February 1987 (age 32)
Place of birth Sabadell, Spain
Height 1.76 m (5 ft 9 12 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Al-Wakrah
Number 8
Youth career
1993–2001 Damm
2001–2004 Mercantil
2004–2006 Badalona
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2006–2010 Badalona 84 (0)
2010–2011 Espanyol B 23 (0)
2011–2013 Espanyol 4 (0)
2011–2013Ponferradina (loan) 61 (1)
2013–2019 Adelaide United 158 (10)
2019– Al-Wakrah 0 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 27 May 2019

Isaías Sánchez Cortés (Spanish pronunciation: [isaˈi.as ˈsantʃeθ koɾˈtes]; born 9 February 1987), known simply as Isaías, is a professional footballer who plays as a midfielder for Qatari club Al-Wakrah SC.

He spent most of his career in Australia with Adelaide United after signing in 2013, winning several team honours. In La Liga, he played four matches with Espanyol.

Club career[edit]

Early years / Espanyol[edit]

Born in Sabadell, Barcelona, Catalonia, Isaías was a CF Badalona youth graduate, and started playing professionally with that club in Segunda División B. In 2010 he signed for RCD Espanyol, but spent the majority of his first year with the reserves in Tercera División.

On 10 April 2011, Isaías made his first-team and La Liga debut, playing the last 22 minutes of a 0–0 away draw against Hércules CF.[1] He spent the following two seasons on loan to SD Ponferradina,[2] contributing with 27 games and one goal in his second to help the side return to Segunda División.

Adelaide United[edit]

In July 2013, Isaías signed for Adelaide United FC, penning a two-year contract.[3] He won the Player of The Year award for his team in his debut campaign in the A-League.[4]

Isaías scored his first goal for the club on 24 January 2015, netting from 25 meters in a 7–0 win over the Newcastle Jets FC.[5] He repeated the feat in the 2016 A-League Grand Final in an eventual 3–1 defeat of Western Sydney Wanderers FC, through a 34th-minute free kick.[6]

On 23 September 2017, Isaías was announced as captain at Adelaide United's season launch, taking over from Eugene Galekovic who transferred to Melbourne City FC.[7] In January 2019, the 32-year-old became an Australian citizen.[8]

Isaías left Adelaide United in May 2019, in order to explore overseas opportunities.[9][10]

Al-Wakrah[edit]

On 4 July 2019, recently promoted Al-Wakrah SC announced on Twitter the transfer of Isaías for an undisclosed fee.[11][12]

Playing style[edit]

Playing as a defensive midfielder for Adelaide United, Isaías can switch between defensive and offensive positions, and also drops into defence, allowing the full-backs to push forward.[13][14][15] He is known for his ability to control the pace and intensity of the game, keep possession of the ball and launch attacks when his team plays from defence to attack.[16][17]

Isaías was described by Adelaide manager Josep Gombau as his "foot soldier", being a complete footballer with technique, speed and controlled aggression.[18][19][20]

Club statistics[edit]

As of 1 March 2019
Club Season League Cup Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Badalona 2006–07[21] Segunda División B 12 0 4 0 16 0
2007–08[21] Segunda División B 18 0 1 0 19 0
2008–09[21] Segunda División B 32 0 32 0
2009–10[21] Segunda División B 22 0 22 0
Total 84 0 5 0 89 0
Espanyol 2010–11[21] La Liga 4 0 0 0 4 0
Ponferradina (loan) 2011–12[21] Segunda División B 33 1 4 0 6[a] 0 37 1
2012–13[21] Segunda División 28 0 4 0 32 0
Total 61 1 8 0 6 0 69 1
Adelaide United 2013–14[22] A-League 27 0 27 0
2014–15[22] A-League 27 1 3 0 30 1
2015–16[22] A-League 27 4 3 0 1 0 31 4
2016–17[22] A-League 22 1 1 0 3 0 26 1
2017–18[22] A-League 26 0 5 0 0 0 31 0
2018–19[22] A-League 21 2 5 0 0 0 25 4
Total 150 8 17 0 4 0 171 10
Career total 299 11 30 0 11 0 340 11
  1. ^ Appearance in Promotion playoff

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Adelaide United[22]

Individual[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Hercules falter on home soil; ESPN Soccernet, 10 April 2011
  2. ^ "Llega Roberto Santamaría y renueva Isaías" [Roberto Santamaría arrives and Isaías renews] (in Spanish). La Crónica de León. 6 July 2012. Archived from the original on 29 October 2013. Retrieved 11 July 2013. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  3. ^ "Reds Spanish Armada about to arrive". Football Federation Australia. 8 July 2013. Retrieved 8 July 2013.
  4. ^ "Adelaide United's Mr Fix-it, Isaias Sanchez, has won the Reds' club champion award for his brilliant debut season". The Advertiser. 23 April 2014. Retrieved 2 December 2014.
  5. ^ "Adelaide United thrash Newcastle Jets 7–0 in one-sided A-League affair". ABC. 24 January 2015. Retrieved 2 May 2016.
  6. ^ "A-League grand final 2016: Adelaide United beat Western Sydney Wanderers to claim first title". The Sydney Morning Herald. 1 May 2016. Retrieved 2 May 2016.
  7. ^ Migliaccio, Val (23 September 2017). "Isaias is officially the heart and soul of Adelaide United". The Advertiser. Retrieved 23 September 2017.
  8. ^ Thomas, Josh (9 January 2019). "Socceroos a goal for Aussie Isaias". Goal. Retrieved 2 May 2019.
  9. ^ Larkin, Steve (27 May 2019). "Adelaide United captain departs A-League". FourFourTwo. Retrieved 28 May 2019.
  10. ^ Windon, Jacob (27 May 2019). "Reds blow: Skipper Isaias leaves Adelaide United". Football Federation Australia. Retrieved 28 May 2019.
  11. ^ Manchón, Martín (4 July 2019). "El Al Wakrah catarí hace oficial el fichaje de Isaías Sánchez" [Qatar's Al Wakrah make signing of Isaías Sánchez official] (in Spanish). Migrantes del Balón. Retrieved 5 July 2019.
  12. ^ Lewis, Dave (15 July 2019). "Saudis pounce for Goodwin in likely blow to Adelaide". The World Game. Retrieved 5 August 2019.
  13. ^ Reds are building on a theme; Perth Now, 7 October 2013
  14. ^ Isaias Sanchez returns from suspension to provide options for Adelaide United; News.com, 25 October 2013
  15. ^ A-League tactical round-up: how injuries deplete systems; The Guardian, 28 October 2013
  16. ^ Adelaide United recruit Isaias Sanchez sets his sights on early Glory; Herald Sun, 12 October 2013
  17. ^ A-League's new kids on the block; Black Page Lead, 30 September 2013
  18. ^ Adelaide United – Season preview; Leopold Method, 7 October 2013
  19. ^ Sanchez happy to fly under the radar; Football Federation Australia, 29 July 2013
  20. ^ Adelaide United's Isaias Sanchez has the class and flair to keep fans coming back; The Daily Telegraph, 26 October 2013
  21. ^ a b c d e f g "Isaías Sánchez: Isaías Sánchez Cortés". BDFutbol. Retrieved 29 March 2015.
  22. ^ a b c d e f g "Isaías". Soccerway. Retrieved 29 March 2015.
  23. ^ Kemp, Emma (1 May 2016). "Isaias awarded Joe Marston Medal". The Roar. Retrieved 2 May 2019.

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