Marco Soares (footballer)

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Marco Soares
Personal information
Full name Marco Paulo Silva Soares
Date of birth (1984-06-16) 16 June 1984 (age 34)
Place of birth Setúbal, Portugal
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Feirense
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)
2006–2007Olhanense (loan) 15 (2)
2008Pandurii (loan) 1 (0)
2012–2013 Omonia 40 (4)
2014–2015 1º Agosto 6 (0)
2015–2018 AEL Limassol 100 (5)
2018– Feirense 1 (0)
National team
2006– Cape Verde 46 (3)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 13 August 2018
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 3 June 2018

Marco Paulo da Silva Soares (born 16 June 1984) is a Cape Verdean professional footballer who plays for Portuguese club C.D. Feirense 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 become club captain.[1]

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.[2] After returning, he contributed with 14 appearances 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.[3]

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.[4]

Club statistics[edit]

As of match played on 29 November 2015
Club Season League Cup Continental Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Barreirense 2003–04[5] Portuguese Second Division 32 2 2 0 34 2
2004–05[5] Portuguese Second Division 34 4 0 0 34 4
2005–06[5] Portuguese Second Division 30 2 1 0 31 2
Total 96 8 3 0 99 8
União Leiria 2006–07[5] Primeira Liga 1 0 0 0 1 0
2007–08[5] Primeira Liga 1 0 1 0 2[a] 0 4 0
2008–09[5] Segunda Liga 26 1 5 2 31 3
2009–10[5] Primeira Liga 17 2 4 0 21 2
2010–11[5] Primeira Liga 8 0 1 0 9 0
2011–12[5] Primeira Liga 14 0 0 0 14 0
Total 67 3 11 2 2 0 80 5
Olhanense (loan) 2006–07[5] Segunda Liga 15 2 1 0 16 2
Pandurii (loan) 2007–08[5] Liga I 1 0 1 0
Omonia 2012–13[6] Cypriot First Division 26 3 5 0 2[b] 0 33 3
2013–14[6] Cypriot First Division 14 1 0 0 2[b] 0 16 1
Total 40 4 5 0 4 0 49 4
1º Agosto 2014[5] Girabola 2 0 2 0
2015[5] Girabola 4 0 4 0
Total 6 0 6 0
AEL Limassol 2015–16[5] Cypriot First Division 11 0 1 0 12 0
Career total 236 17 21 2 6 0 263 19
  1. ^ Appearances in UEFA Cup
  2. ^ a b Appearances in UEFA Europa League

Honours[edit]

Barreirense

Omonia

AEL Limassol

References[edit]

  1. ^ ""Há jogadores numa situação extrema", diz capitão da U. Leiria" ["Some players are in dire straits", says U. Leiria captain] (in Portuguese). Mais Futebol. 14 April 2012. Retrieved 19 December 2017.
  2. ^ "Marco Soares com fractura da tíbia e talvez do perónio" [Marco Soares with tibia fracture and possibly fibula]. Jornal de Notícias (in Portuguese). 31 October 2010. Retrieved 14 November 2017.
  3. ^ "Selecção nacional de futebol: divulgada lista para amistosos com Malta e Angola" [National football team: list for friendlies with Malta and Angola released]. Expresso das Ilhas (in Portuguese). 29 August 2009. Archived from the original on 1 August 2012. Retrieved 28 June 2010.
  4. ^ "Portugal held to 0–0 draw by Cape Verde". USA Today. 24 May 2010. Retrieved 28 June 2010.
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n "Marco Soares". ForaDeJogo. Retrieved 2 December 2015.
  6. ^ a b "Marco Soares". Soccerway. Retrieved 2 December 2015.

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