Rafael Sóbis

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This name uses Portuguese naming customs. The first or maternal family name is Sóbis and the second or paternal family name is Nascimento.
Rafael Sóbis
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Sóbis playing for Tigres in 2015
Personal information
Full name Rafael Augusto Sóbis do Nascimento
Date of birth (1985-06-17) 17 June 1985 (age 30)
Place of birth Erechim, Brazil
Height 1.72 m (5 ft 7 12 in)
Playing position Forward/Attacking midfielder
Club information
Current team
UANL
Number 9
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2004–2006 Internacional 82 (28)
2006–2008 Betis 57 (8)
2008–2012 Al-Jazira 21 (7)
2010–2011 Internacional (loan) 16 (4)
2011–2012 Fluminense (loan) 26 (10)
2012–2014 Fluminense 88 (16)
2015– UANL 20 (9)
National team
2005 Brazil U20 16 (4)
2008 Brazil U23 6 (2)
2006–2008 Brazil 8 (1)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 30 August 2015.
† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 12 March 2010 (UTC)

Rafael Augusto Sóbis do Nascimento (born 17 June 1985) is a Brazilian professional footballer who plays for Liga MX club Tigres UANL as a forward.

Before joining Tigres, Sóbis played for Internacional, Real Betis, Al-Jazira and Fluminense. He is a two-time Copa Libertadores champion with Internacional, and runner-up with Tigres in 2015.

Sóbis also represented the Brazil national team, winning a bronze medal at the 2008 Olympics.

Club career[edit]

Internacional[edit]

Born in Erechim, Rio Grande do Sul, 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, his maternal surname of Ukrainian origins, because it could be more attractive for the European leagues, where the boy could get dual citizenship.[1]

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.

Real Betis[edit]

Sóbis signed for Real Betis in August 2006 for €9 million,[citation needed] (R$21.8 million[2]) putting pen to paper on an 8-year contract,[citation needed] 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.[2] He was officially unveiled to the press on 8 September and made his Real Betis and La Liga debut against Athletic Bilbao two days later at the Manuel Ruiz de Lopera stadium, a game his team won 3–0.

Sóbis scored his first goals against city rivals Sevilla on 17 September, a match that Betis eventually lost 3–2. He 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 that he missed a month of action. Sóbis' major contribution to the 2006–07 season was his late equaliser against Barcelona at the Camp Nou, assisted by fellow Brazilian Marcos Assunção.

He began his second season with Betis strongly, scoring three goals in his first six games, against 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 million from English Premier League club Newcastle United for Sóbis in July 2008.[3]

Al-Jazira[edit]

On 2 September 2008, Sóbis joined UAE side Al-Jazira for €10 million.[4]

In July 2010, Sóbis returned to Internacional on loan for one year to play the Copa Libertadores. On 18 August, they defeated Chivas Guadalajara in the 2010 Copa Libertadores final with Sóbis scoring their 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.[5] After the loan ended, Internacional did not use the buy option, due to his injuries and high price, and he returned to the Middle East.

Fluminense[edit]

After one year playing on loan from Al-Jazira, in 19 July 2012 Fluminense bought Sóbis' economic rights for R$8.75 million, on a three-year contract.[6]

On 24 December 2014, he left Fluminense by mutual consent.[7]

Tigres[edit]

Four days after leaving Fluminense, Sóbis joined Mexican side Tigres UANL for the Clausura 2015 tournament.[8] He made his official debut on 31 January 2015, against Club América at the Estadio Azteca, and scored his first goal on 28 February in a 3–0 victory over Pumas UNAM at the Estadio Universitario.

He scored two goals of the 4–0 home victory on 17 March against Club Deportivo San José in the year's Copa Libertadores. On 4 April, he scored two goals on the 3–1 home victory over Tiburones Rojos de Veracruz. Sóbis played his first Clásico Regiomontano two weeks later, scoring the second goal of the 3–0 home victory against arch-rival CF Monterrey. On 5 May, he scored a penalty against Club Universitario, taking his team into the Libertadores quarter-finals, where he scored the first goal of the 2–0 home victory over Emelec. Tigres lost the finals of the 2015 Copa Libertadores against River Plate previously defeating Sóbis' former team Internacional in the semi-finals.

On August 15, he scored the third goal of the 4-1 home victory over Jaguares de Chiapas, his first goal of the Apertura 2015 tournament.

International career[edit]

Sóbis playing for Brazil in 2006, holding off a challenge from Switzerland's Tranquillo Barnetta

Sóbis made his debut for Brazil on 3 September 2006 against Argentina at the Emirates Stadium in London; Brazil won the match 3–0 with Sóbis making his appearance as last-minute substitute for Robinho.[9] He scored his first Brazil's goal in an unofficial friendly match against Kuwaiti club Al Kuwait on 7 October 2006.

He won a bronze medal with the Brazil U-23 team at the 2008 Summer Olympics in China; as a substitute in the group stage against New Zealand , he concluded a 5–0 win from Lucas Leiva's pass.[10]

Style of play[edit]

Sóbis is a dynamic and mobile forward, with a good positional sense, vision, reliable technique and an accurate shot from outside the penalty area. Due his mobility and vision, he often plays off another forward, in a more creative role, as an attacking midfielder or second striker. A right-footed set-piece and penalty-kick specialist, he is also capable to pass, cross and finish with the left. He is primarily known for his vision, mobility and ability to make a play with his back to goal, as well as his defensive contribution.[11]

Career statistics[edit]

As of 9 May 2011
Club Season League Cup Continental Other Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Internacional 2004 35 6 5 1 2 0 8 2 50 9
2005 35 19 6 1 6 2 12 3 57 25
2006 12 3 0 0 12 3 0 0 24 6
2010 16 4 0 0 5 1 0 0 21 5
2011 0 0 0 0 5 1 10 2 15 3
Total 98 32 11 2 30 7 30 7 169 48
Real Betis 2006–07 31 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 31 4
2007–08 26 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 26 4
Total 57 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 57 8
Al- Jazira 2008–09 21 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 21 7
2009–10 0 0 0 0 4 2 0 0 4 2
Total 21 7 0 0 4 2 0 0 25 9
Fluminense 2011 26 10 0 0 0 0 0 0 26 10
2012 21 3 0 0 9 1 11 5 41 9
2013 36 10 1 0 7 1 12 5 56 16
2014 31 3 4 1 1 0 15 1 51 5
Total 114 26 5 1 17 2 38 11 168 38
UANL 2014–15 15 7 0 0 11 4 0 0 26 11
Total 15 7 0 0 11 4 0 0 26 11
Career Total 305 80 16 3 62 15 68 18 426 116

Honours[edit]

Internacional
Fluminense
Brazilian team

References[edit]

  1. ^ "A estrela Sobis", Leandro Behs, Placar nº. 1289, December 2005, Editora Abril, pg. 78
  2. ^ a b "RELATÓRIO DA DIRETORIA (2006)" (PDF) (in Portuguese). SC Internacional. Retrieved 26 April 2012. 
  3. ^ "Offer for Betis duo". Report on /www.realbetisbalompie.es. 16 July 2008. Retrieved 16 July 2008. 
  4. ^ "Sobis troca Bétis pelo Al-Jazira". 2 September 2008. Retrieved 2 September 2008. 
  5. ^ "Internacional wins Libertadores Cup". The Globe and Mail (Toronto). 19 August 2010. Retrieved 19 August 2010. 
  6. ^ http://www.lancenet.com.br/fluminense/Rafael-Sobis-fecha-acordo-Fluminense_0_739726193.html
  7. ^ "Rafael Sobis agradece ao Fluminense e se despede do clube via Instagram". Lancenet. Areté Editorial S.A Diário LANCE!. Retrieved 25 December 2014. 
  8. ^ "Rafael Sobis desembarca no México, e Tigres anuncia acerto com atacante". Globo Esporte. Globo. Retrieved 28 December 2014. 
  9. ^ Sinnott, John (3 September 2006). "Brazil 3-0 Argentina". BBC Sport. Retrieved 26 July 2015. 
  10. ^ "Five-star Brazil crush Kiwis". FIFA. 10 August 2008. Retrieved 26 July 2015. 
  11. ^ http://www.futboldecafe.com/analisis-jugadores/rafael-sobis-el-falso-10/

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