Marcos Tavares

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Marcos Tavares
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Tavares with Maribor in November 2017
Personal information
Full name Marcos Magno Morales Tavares[1]
Date of birth (1984-03-30) 30 March 1984 (age 34)
Place of birth Porto Alegre, Brazil
Height 1.76 m (5 ft 9 in)[1]
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
Maribor
Number 9
Youth career
1993–1997 Internacional
1997–2002 Grêmio
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2003 Grêmio 1 (0)
2004 Kedah (11)
2005 Atlético Paranaense 0 (0)
2005–2006 Kedah (14)
2006 Grêmio
2006–2007 Porto Alegre
2007 APOEL 5 (0)
2008– Maribor 331 (134)
National team
2000–2001 Brazil U17
2002 Brazil U20
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 15 April 2018

Marcos Magno Morales Tavares (born 30 March 1984 in Porto Alegre) is a Brazilian footballer who plays for Maribor in the Slovenian PrvaLiga as a striker. He was also part of the Brazilian youth national teams.[2][3] He gained the Slovenian citizenship on 16 September 2013.[4] Tavares is Maribor's all-time most capped player and top goalscorer.[5] He is also the all-time top goalscorer in the Slovenian PrvaLiga with 134 goals.[6]

Early life[edit]

Tavares was born in Porto Alegre and spent his childhood in the city's slums with his father, a worker at Internacional, and his mother, a teacher.[7] He is the youngest of three children and throughout his youth the family was living in poverty, sharing a one bedroom home where all five family members were sleeping in the same room and on the floor.[7] Tavares claims he started playing football to help his family, and after spending a few years at Internacional youth selections, he was noticed by their city rivals Grêmio at the age of 13 and accepted their financial offer to switch clubs as he wanted to provide the financial means for his father to build a bigger home.[7] However, Internacional and Grêmio are fierce city rivals who contest the Grenal derby and his father soon enough found himself unemployed.[7]

Club career[edit]

Tavares has maintained that he was unable to manage the conflict between professional and personal life during his teenage years, and that his excessive partying, drinking and overall lack of discipline contributed to his failure to succeed in Brazil.[7] At the age of 19 he went to Malaysia in desire for quick implementation. In the 2004 season, he played for Kedah in the Malaysian Super League, where he scored eleven league goals.[8] When the season ended, Tavares returned to Brazil, where he played for Clube Atlético Paranaense. After that, he once again continued his career in Kedah, where he was the team's top goalscorer in the 2005–06 Malaysia Premier League with twelve goals.[9]

After one season with Kedah, he was noticed by Roberto de Assis Moreira, who took him to Grêmio and later to Porto Alegre Futebol Clube.

In 2007, Tavares moved to Europe as he signed for Cypriot side APOEL. He scored four goals in the Cypriot Cup, but in the Cypriot League he played only five matches without scoring any goals. Because he didn't perform as the club expected, Tavares was released from APOEL in January 2008.[10]

Maribor[edit]

While playing for APOEL, Tavares met Nilton Fernandes, who introduced him to Zlatko Zahovič, the director of football at the Slovenian football team Maribor. He signed a contract with Maribor in January 2008.[11]

Tavares soon established himself in the team and among the fans. In the next season, he was entitled Slovenian champion with Maribor. He was the top scorer for Maribor and second in the Slovenian PrvaLiga with 15 goals, and was named the best player in the Slovenian PrvaLiga for the 2008–09 season. He also received the Guest Star 2008 prize, which purpose is to promote foreign public as an important element of Slovenian community.[12] In the 2009–10 season, he scored ten goals in 34 league matches.[13] In addition to this achievement he scored five goals in five cup matches and ultimately won the 2009–10 Slovenian Cup.[13] Because of his loyalty to the club and good relations with fellow players, club officials and Maribor fans, Tavares became the team's captain in October 2009.

In September 2010 he signed a new contract with the club until the end of 2012–13 season.[14] In the 2010–11 season, he won the league title with Maribor and was crowned as the best league goalscorer with 16 goals.[15] In addition, he was the club's best assistant with 15 assists.[16] For his performances during the course of the same season he was voted as the most valuable player by the Slovenian PrvaLiga players[17] and the media.[18] He was also selected as the most distinguished player in the season by the fans of Maribor.[19]

He scored his tenth goal for Maribor in the official UEFA competitions on 18 July 2012 against Željezničar Sarajevo, becoming the all-time top scorer for Maribor in UEFA competitions.[20]

In August 2012 he signed a new five-year contract with Maribor.[21]

He was selected in the Europa League Team of the Week by the WhoScored.com website on 20 September 2012, when Maribor defeated Panathinaikos 3–0.[22] In this match, Tavares scored his 13th goal for Maribor in UEFA competitions.

In December 2012 he was again selected as the most distinguished player of the previous season by the fans of Maribor, winning his second Purple warrior trophy.[19] He was officially announced as the winner during the half-time of the Europa League game against Lazio on 6 December, where he later scored his 14th goal in the European competitions for Maribor.[23] In May 2013, he was voted as one of the best strikers in the 2012–13 PrvaLiga season, alongside Nikola Nikezić and Enis Đurković.[24] He scored 17 goals in the 2012–13 PrvaLiga season, becoming the league top goalscorer for the second time in three seasons.[25][26] On 31 July 2013, Tavares scored against his former team, APOEL, in the 2013–14 UEFA Champions League third qualifying round.[27] The match ended 1–1 with Tavares scoring for Maribor in the 64th minute.[27] This was his 15th goal for Maribor in the official UEFA competitions. On 26 April 2014, Tavares scored his 117th goal for Maribor in a league match against Koper, tying with Branko Horjak on the club's all-time goalscoring table.[28][29] On 7 May 2014 he became the sole record holder when he scored two second half goals in a 4–0 away win against Krka.[30][31] On 26 August 2014, he scored in a Maribor's 1–0 win over Celtic in the Champions League play-off round, helping Maribor to qualify for the group stage of the competition for the first time since 1999.[32] On 21 July 2016, he scored against Levski Sofia in the 2016–17 Europa League second qualifying round, helping Maribor to advance on away goals rule after the match in Sofia finished 1–1.[33] On 22 April 2017, Tavares set a record for the fastest goal scored in the Slovenian top division; he scored after eight seconds in a match against Domžale.[34] On 16 August 2017, Tavares scored his 25th goal for Maribor in UEFA competitions in a 2–1 defeat against Hapoel Be'er-Sheva.[35] On 25 November 2017, Tavares scored his 130th goal in the Slovenian top division, tying himself with Štefan Škaper as the all-time top goalscorer in the Slovenian PrvaLiga.[6] On 2 December 2017, he became the sole record holder after scoring a winning goal against Gorica in a 2–1 victory.[36] A few days later, on 6 December 2017, Tavares scored his first goal in the group stages of the UEFA Champions League in a 1–1 draw against Sevilla.[37]

Career statistics[edit]

As of 15 April 2018[38][39]
Club performance League Cup Supercup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
2004 Kedah Super League ? 11 ? 10[a] ? 21
2005 Premier League ? 2 ? 4[b] ? 6
2005–06 ? 12 ? 12
2007–08 APOEL First Division 5 0 4 4 1 0 2 0 12 4
2007–08 Maribor 1. SNL 12 4 2 0 14 4
2008–09 35 15 4 5 39 20
2009–10 34 10 5 5 1 0 6 3 46 18
2010–11 33 16 6 1 1 0 6 4 46 21
2011–12 31 10 6 1 1 0 11 2 49 13
2012–13 29 17 6 4 1 0 12 5 48 26
2013–14 34 13 5 0 1 1 12 3 52 17
2014–15 34 17 3 1 0 0 12 1 49 19
2015–16 33 12 4 1 1 0 2 0 40 13
2016–17 33 9 5 0 6 3 44 12
2017–18 23 11 3 0 12 5 38 16
Career total 336 159 53 36 7 1 81 26 477 222
  1. ^ Seven goals in the 2004 Malaysia Cup and three goals in the 2004 Malaysia FA Cup.[8]
  2. ^ Four goals in the 2005 Malaysia Cup.[40]

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Kedah
APOEL
Maribor

National team[edit]

Brazil U17

Personal[edit]

Personal life[edit]

He met his wife Leticia when he was 18 through a mutual friend and the pair has four children together.[7] Tavares also considers Leticia's first child as his own, however, although she visits Slovenia often she lives in Brazil with her biological father.[7] Tavares is multilingual, speaking three languages; Portuguese, Slovene and English. In Maribor he and his wife founded a humanitarian and religious society Kairos which is responsible for helping the people in need.[7] He is also a minister.[7]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Marcos Tavares - osebni karton" [Marcos Tavares - personal card] (in Slovenian). NK Maribor. Retrieved 27 November 2013. 
  2. ^ "SELEÇÃO BRASILEIRA SUB-17 (U-17 BRAZILIAN NATIONAL TEAM) 1985-2007" (in Portuguese). rsssfbrasil.com. Retrieved 22 November 2015. 
  3. ^ "King's Cup 2000 (Bangkok, Thailand)". rsssf.com. Retrieved 21 August 2017. 
  4. ^ "Kapetan je prisegel" (in Slovenian). NK Maribor. 16 September 2013. Retrieved 16 September 2013. 
  5. ^ "Naj strelci in naj nastopi" [Top goalscorers and most capped players] (in Slovenian). NK Maribor. Retrieved 28 April 2014. 
  6. ^ a b "Slovenian PrvaLiga all-time statistics" (in Slovenian). Slovenian PrvaLiga. Retrieved 26 November 2017. 
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  9. ^ S. Sivabalan (24 September 2006). "Kedah drop Brazilians Magno and da Silva for new season". The Star Online. Retrieved 14 July 2017. 
  10. ^ "ΑΝΑΚΟΙΝΩΣΗ" (in Greek). APOEL official website. Archived from the original on 1 June 2016. Retrieved 29 April 2016. 
  11. ^ "MARCOS MAGNO MORALES TAVARES NOV ČLAN VIJOLIČASTIH" (in Slovenian). NK Maribor. 29 January 2008. Retrieved 19 August 2017. 
  12. ^ Sportal (19 March 2009). "Tavaresu prestižna nagrada" [Prestigious award for Tavares] (in Slovenian). Siol. Retrieved 31 January 2016. 
  13. ^ a b "9 Marcos Magno Morales Tavares" (in Slovenian). Slovenian PrvaLiga official website. Retrieved 2 October 2016. 
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  15. ^ "Lestvica strelcev 2010–11" [List of goalscorers 2010–11] (in Slovenian). Slovenian PrvaLiga official website. Retrieved 2 October 2016. 
  16. ^ "Podčrtano z vijoličastim" [Underlined with a purple] (in Slovenian). NK Maribor. Retrieved 6 June 2011. 
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  19. ^ a b "Vijoličasti bojevnik" [Purple Warrior] (in Slovenian). NK Maribor. Retrieved 7 December 2012. 
  20. ^ "Tavares že do desetih" [Tavares already with 10 goals] (in Slovenian). NK Maribor. Retrieved 25 July 2012. 
  21. ^ "Kapetan doživljensko" [Captain signed a lifetime contract] (in Slovenian). NK Maribor. Retrieved 31 August 2012. 
  22. ^ "WhoScored Europa League Team of the Week (20 September 2012)". www.whoscored.com. Retrieved 22 September 2012. 
  23. ^ "Vijol'čni bojevnik 2012 – Marcos Tavares" (in Slovenian). NK Maribor. Retrieved 7 December 2012. 
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  25. ^ Sportal (26 May 2013). "Maribor in Tavares do naslova, v Evropo še Domžale" (in Slovenian). Siol. Retrieved 27 May 2013. 
  26. ^ Uredništvo (27 May 2013). "Tavares znova kralj strelcev" (in Slovenian). Nogomania. Retrieved 27 May 2013. 
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  29. ^ "Posebna čast: Hvala vsem!" [Special honour: Thank you all] (in Slovenian). NK Maribor. 29 April 2014. Retrieved 29 April 2014. 
  30. ^ "Ne bom se ustavil" [I won't stop] (in Slovenian). NK Maribor. 7 May 2014. Retrieved 11 May 2014. 
  31. ^ "Krka 0–4 Maribor" [Krka 0–4 Maribor] (in Slovenian). Slovenian PrvaLiga official website. 7 May 2014. Retrieved 11 May 2014. 
  32. ^ R.K. (27 August 2014). "Zadel, molil, zmagal - Tavaresev trenutek kariere" [He scored, prayed, and won - Tavares's moment of his career] (in Slovenian). RTV Slovenija. Retrieved 27 August 2014. 
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  34. ^ "Maribor z najhitrejšim golom v zgodovini lige odločil derbi" (in Slovenian). Slovenian PrvaLiga official website. 22 April 2017. Retrieved 23 April 2017. 
  35. ^ Gorazd Nejedly (17 August 2017). "Mariboru tesen poraz še ni zaprl vrat raja" (in Slovenian). Delo. Retrieved 17 August 2017. 
  36. ^ T. O.; A. V. (2 December 2017). "Novi kralj strelcev Tavares rešil Maribor" (in Slovenian). Ljubljana: RTV Slovenija. Retrieved 2 December 2017. 
  37. ^ A. G. (6 December 2017). "Milanič: Za uresničitev naše želje manjkala zmaga nad Spartakom" (in Slovenian). Maribor: RTV Slovenija. Retrieved 7 December 2017. 
  38. ^ "Marcos Tavares". Soccerway.com. Retrieved 30 April 2016. 
  39. ^ "9 Marcos Magno Morales Tavares" (in Slovenian). Slovenian PrvaLiga official website. Retrieved 23 October 2016. 
  40. ^ "Malaysia 2005". rsssf.com. Retrieved 14 July 2017. 

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