|Full name||Rafael Augusto Sóbis do Nascimento|
|Date of birth||17 June 1985|
|Place of birth||Erechim, Brazil|
|Height||1.72 m (5 ft 7 1⁄2 in)|
|2010–2011||→ Internacional (loan)||16||(4)|
|2011–2012||→ Fluminense (loan)||26||(10)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 5 April 2015.
A forward, he is capable of playing anywhere along the front line and is known for his mobility, vision and a remarkable technical ability as he can both, assist and score goals. Sóbis is also a set-piece and penalty kick specialist.
Before joining Tigres, Sóbis played for Internacional, Real Betis, Al-Jazira and Fluminense. He is a two-time Copa Libertadores champion with Internacional. Sóbis has also represented the Brazil national team.
He started in the youth categories of Internacional, known only as Rafael. Inter's president at the time, Fernando Carvalho, suggested the change to only Sobis, the surname of his Ukrainian origins, because it could be more attractive for the European leagues, where the boy could get dual citizenship.
He went to the main team in 2004 and quickly won a place in it, being known by his name along the surname (with acute accent), Rafael Sóbis. Sóbis scored 19 goals in 35 matches in the 2005 season at the age of 19. In the following year, he was one of the main players in the Internacional squad that finished the Brazilian League in second place, and was selected by the CBF to play in the all star team at the end of the season. The 2006 season started slowly for him, as he fought against a series of injuries. He eventually recovered his place in the first team and helped Internacional secure the Copa Libertadores title; scoring twice in the first-leg of the final match against São Paulo.
Rafael Sóbis signed for Real Betis in August 2006 for €9 million, (R$21.8 million) putting pen to paper on an 8-year contract, a length reminiscent to that of fellow Brazilian international Denílson. Internacional only received 25% of the fee and the rest belong to other parties. Among 25% of Inter, R$272,500 was further deducted as agent fee. He was officially unveiled to the press on 8 September 2006 and made his Real Betis and La Liga debut against Athletic Bilbao two days later on 10 September at the Manuel Ruiz de Lopera stadium, a game that Betis won 3–0.
Sóbis scored his first goals against city rivals Sevilla on 17 September, a match that Betis eventually lost 3–2. Sóbis also managed to score important goals against Celta de Vigo, a debut game for then newly appointed coach Luis Fernández. Ligament damage sustained in a game against RCD Mallorca meant Sóbis missed a month of La Liga action. Sóbis major contribution to the 2006–2007 season was his dramatic late equaliser against Barcelona at the Camp Nou, assisted by fellow Brazilian Marcos Assunção.
Sóbis began his second season with Betis strongly, scoring three goals in his first six games, including goals against La Liga giants Valencia CF, RCD Mallorca and 2007 UEFA Cup finalists RCD Espanyol but once again the Brazilian's form dipped. Betis received an offer of €10.0 million from English Premier League club Newcastle United for Sóbis in July 2008.
Return to Internacional
In July 2010, Rafael Sóbis returned to Internacional on loan for one year to play the Copa Libertadores. On 18 August 2010, Internacional defeated Chivas Guadalajara in the 2010 Copa Libertadores final with Sóbis scoring Internacional's first goal in their 3–2 win. He hurt his arm while scoring the goal by falling over it, and had to be replaced later on by Leandro Damião, who also ended up scoring a goal during the match. After the loan ended Internacional did not use the buy option, due to his injuries and high price, and he returned to the United Arab Emirates.
After one year playing on loan from Al-Jazira, in 19 July 2012 Fluminense bought the Sobis' economic rights for R$8.75 million. The player signed a new contract of three years with tricolor carioca.
On 24 December 2014, Rafael Sóbis left Fluminense by mutual consent.
On December 28, 2014, Rafael Sóbis joined Mexican side Tigres UANL. He made his official debut on January 31, 2015, against Club América at the Estadio Azteca. Sóbis scored his first goal with Tigres on February 28, in a 3-0 victory over Pumas UNAM at the Estadio Universitario. On March 8, he scored the goal in the 2-1 loss against Club Universidad de Guadalajara at the Estadio Jalisco. On March 14, he scored the first goal of the 2-1 home victory against CF Pachuca. He scored two goals of the 4-0 victory over Club Deportivo San José in a Copa Libertadores 2015 home match on March 17. On March 20, he scored the second goal of the 2-2 draw against Santos Laguna at the Estadio Corona via penalty-kick. On April 4, he scored two goals on the 3-1 home victory over Tiburones Rojos de Veracruz. Sóbis played his first Clásico Regiomontano on April 18; he scored the second goal of the 3-0 home victory against arch-rival CF Monterrey. He scored the 1-1 (for an agreggate of 3-2) against Club Universitario vía penalty-kick on May 5th at the Estadio Universitario, earning a ticket for quarterfinals of the 2015 Copa Libertadores. On May 26, in the quarterfinals, he scored the first goal of the 2-0 home victory over Emelec.
- As of 9 May 2011
|Competitor for Brazil|
|2008 Beijing||Team competition|
Sóbis made his debut for Brazil on 3 September 2006 against Argentina in London. Brazil won the match 3–0 with Sóbis making his appearance as a late substitute. He scored his first Brazil's goal in an unofficial friendly match against Kuwaiti club Al Kuwait on 7 October 2006.
- Brazilian team
- 2008 Olympic Games: Men's football Bronze medal
- "A estrela Sobis", Leandro Behs, Placar nº. 1289, December 2005, Editora Abril, pg. 78
- "RELATÓRIO DA DIRETORIA (2006)" (PDF) (in Portuguese). SC Internacional. Retrieved 26 April 2012.
- "Offer for Betis duo". Report on /www.realbetisbalompie.es. 16 July 2008. Retrieved 16 July 2008.
- "Sobis troca Bétis pelo Al-Jazira". 2 September 2008. Retrieved 2 September 2008.
- "Internacional wins Libertadores Cup". The Globe and Mail (Toronto). 19 August 2010. Retrieved 19 August 2010.
- "Rafael Sobis agradece ao Fluminense e se despede do clube via Instagram". Lancenet. Areté Editorial S.A Diário LANCE!. Retrieved 25 December 2014.
- "Rafael Sobis desembarca no México, e Tigres anuncia acerto com atacante". Globo Esporte. Globo. Retrieved 28 December 2014.
- Rafael Sóbis Liga MX stats at Medio Tiempo.com (Spanish)
- (Spanish) Official Website of Real Betis Balompié S.A.D.
- Profile at Sambafoot.com