Marco Soares

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Marco Soares
Personal information
Full name Marco Paulo Silva Soares
Date of birth (1984-06-16) 16 June 1984 (age 31)
Place of birth Setúbal, Portugal
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
AEL Limassol
Number 60
Youth career
1994–1995 GDR Portugal
1995–1996 Sporting CP
1996–1998 GDR Portugal
1998–2003 Barreirense
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2003–2006 Barreirense 96 (8)
2006–2012 União Leiria 67 (3)
2006–2007 Olhanense (loan) 15 (2)
2008 Pandurii (loan) 1 (0)
2012–2013 Omonia 40 (4)
2014–2015 1º Agosto 1 (0)
2015– AEL Limassol 10 (0)
National team
2006– Cape Verde 31 (3)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 21:25, 23 November 2015 (UTC).
† Appearances (goals)

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 7 September 2013

Marco Paulo da Silva Soares (born 16 June 1984) is a Cape Verdean professional footballer who plays for Cypriot club AEL Limassol as a defensive midfielder.

Club career[edit]

Born in Setúbal, Portugal, Soares started playing professionally with F.C. Barreirense, competing two seasons in the third division and one in the second. In 2006 he signed for U.D. Leiria, but only made two Primeira Liga appearances in his first two years combined, also serving two loans in the process, one of them in Romania with CS Pandurii Târgu Jiu.

Soares returned to Leiria for the 2008–09 campaign, helping União return to the top flight after a one-year absence. Eventually, he would also gain team captaincy.

On 31 October 2010, during a 1–2 home loss against Sporting Clube de Portugal – where he started his youth career in 1997 – Soares fractured his left leg while attempting a shot, being sidelined for four months. After returning he contributed with 14 games in 2011–12, as his team suffered relegation.

International career[edit]

Soares opted to represent Cape Verde internationally. He was a member of the squad in the 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification campaign and, after the national team was eliminated, was called up for friendlies with Malta and Angola, in August 2009.[1]

On 24 May 2010, he appeared in a friendly in Covilhã with Portugal who was preparing for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, playing the entire match as the minnows (ranked 117th) managed a 0–0 draw.[2]


AEL Limassol


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