Soria at the Qatar Stars League launch ceremony in 2012
|Full name||Andrés Sebastián Soria Quintana|
|Date of birth||8 November 1983|
|Place of birth||Paysandú, Uruguay|
|Height||1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)|
|2002–2004||Liverpool de Montevideo||41||(8)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 19 March 2018|
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 28 March 2017
Andrés Sebastián Soria Quintana (Spanish pronunciation: [anˈdɾes seβasˈtjan ˈsoɾja kinˈtana]; Arabic: أندريس سيبستيان سوريا كوينتانا; born in Paysandú, Uruguay) commonly known as Sebastián Soria, is a Qatari footballer who plays as a striker for Al-Rayyan SC and the Qatar national team. He was shortlisted for the Asian Footballer of the Year award in 2008, coming in third place. He currently holds the record for the fastest goal scored in AFC Champions League history at 9 seconds – a record which was set in 2013 when he was playing for Lekhwiya.
Soria continued playing in the minor leagues and a new chance soon emerged. In 2001, a cyclist, who had watched Soria playing in the minor leagues and was impressed by his talents, brought him to the attention of a football agent he knew, and Soria was sent to Montevideo to play in Liverpool de Montevideo, where he played under coach Julio Ribas. He was sent to the reserve team for a brief while before making it back on the first team. He eventually proved his value and ended up playing the rest of the 2003 season on the first team.
In mid-2004, Soria got an offer from Frenchman Bruno Metsu to play for Al-Gharafa in Qatar. He had to look Qatar up on a map as he was unsure of where it was located. Nevertheless, he accepted the proposal despite the geographical uncertainty. He arrived in Qatar in 2004 and was naturalized in 2006.
Soria transferred to Qatar SC from league winners Al Gharafa in 2005. He won the Qatar Crown Prince Cup with the club in 2009. He attracted interest from Europe, with Italian team Udinese and Spanish capital sides Getafe and Atletico Madrid scouting him. However, he chose to extend his contract with Qatar SC in 2010.
AC Milan vs Al Sadd
When AC Milan came to visit Doha in March 2009, in a farewell match for Jafal Rashed Al-Kuwari, Soria guested for Al Sadd. "They invited me to play for Al Sadd, so of course I said yes. I like to play against the strong defenders," Soria said after his scuffles with Milan defender Philippe Senderos. After being substituted, Soria was swarmed by local fans and patiently signed autographs for approximately 15 minutes.
After transferring to Qatari champions Lekhwiya, Soria had the opportunity to play in the 2013 AFC Champions League. He scored 4 goals in Lekhwiya's first four group stage games, including one of the fastest goals in any Asian competition after 9 seconds against Pakhtakor on 9 April 2013. It was alleged to be the fastest goal in Asia's premier continental club competition during the AFC Champions League format.
Soria was born and raised in Paysandú, but moved to Qatar early in his footballing career and became a naturalized citizen. He won a gold medal in the 2006 Asian Games for the Qatar U-23 team. The official Qatar SC website has him listed as being born in 1984. In addition, QFA's website lists his actual date of birth as 1983.
Soria saved the Qatari national team by scoring in the last 20 minutes, which helped tie the score. This happened in the AFC 2007 in both their games, one against Japan, and the other just recently against Vietnam. He also scored the leading goal against the United Arab Emirates. He is the only Qatari player to score on the 2007 Asian Cup. He scored three goals.
Soria scored a goal against eventual winners Japan in the 2011 Asian Cup quarterfinals but the homeside were silenced after a late goal from Inoha put Japan in the lead to win by a 3–2 victory. However, he was not included in Djamel Belmadi's squad for 2015 AFC Asian Cup.
International career statistics
Last update: 28/3/2017.
|Pan Arab Games||1||0|
|Asian Cup Qualifier||7||2|
|Arabian Gulf Cup||13||0|
|FIFA World Cup qualifiers||38||10|
- Scores and results list Qatar's goal tally first.
|1.||9 July 2007||Mỹ Đình National Stadium, Hanoi, Vietnam||Japan||1–1||1–1||2007 AFC Asian Cup|
|2.||12 July 2007||Mỹ Đình National Stadium, Hanoi, Vietnam||Vietnam||1–1||1–1||2007 AFC Asian Cup|
|3.||16 July 2007||Quân khu 7 Stadium, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam||United Arab Emirates||1–0||1–2||2007 AFC Asian Cup|
|4.||16 October 2007||Thani bin Jassim Stadium, Doha, Qatar||Iraq||2–1||3–2||Friendly|
|5.||21 October 2007||Sugathadasa Stadium, Colombo, Sri Lanka||Sri Lanka||1–0||1–0||2010 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|6.||28 October 2007||Jassim Bin Hamad Stadium, Doha, Qatar||Sri Lanka||1–0||5–0||2010 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|8.||4 March 2008||Jassim Bin Hamad Stadium, Doha, Qatar||Bahrain||1–0||1–2||Friendly|
|9.||16 March 2008||Jassim Bin Hamad Stadium, Doha, Qatar||Jordan||1–0||2–1||Friendly|
|10.||23 May 2008||Jassim Bin Hamad Stadium, Doha, Qatar||Kuwait||1–1||1–1||Friendly|
|11.||27 May 2008||Thani bin Jassim Stadium, Doha, Qatar||Lebanon||1–1||2–1||Friendly|
|13.||7 June 2008||Tianjin Olympic Center Stadium, Tianjin, China||China PR||1–0||1–0||2010 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|14.||20 August 2008||Khalifa International Stadium, Doha, Qatar||Tajikistan||2–0||5–0||Friendly|
|15.||10 September 2008||Jassim Bin Hamad Stadium, Doha, Qatar||Bahrain||1–0||1–1||2010 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|16.||30 December 2008||Thani bin Jassim Stadium, Doha, Qatar||Libya||2–1||5–2||Friendly|
|17.||21 March 2009||Aleppo International Stadium, Aleppo, Syria||Syria||1–0||2–1||Friendly|
|19.||8 October 2009||Stadion Kantrida, Rijeka, Croatia||Croatia||2–2||2–3||Friendly|
|20.||16 December 2010||Khalifa International Stadium, Doha, Qatar||Egypt||1–0||2–1||Friendly|
|21.||22 December 2010||Khalifa International Stadium, Doha, Qatar||Estonia||1–0||2–0||Friendly|
|22.||21 January 2011||Thani bin Jassim Stadium, Doha, Qatar||Japan||1–0||2–3||2011 AFC Asian Cup|
|23.||11 November 2011||Jassim Bin Hamad Stadium, Doha, Qatar||Indonesia||4–0||4–0||2014 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|24.||3 June 2012||Camille Chamoun Sports City Stadium, Beirut, Lebanon||Lebanon||1–0||1–0||2014 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|25.||6 September 2012||Audi Sportpark, Ingolstadt, Germany||Tajikistan||1–2||1–2||Friendly|
|26.||7 November 2012||Jassim Bin Hamad Stadium, Doha, Qatar||Iraq||2–0||2–1||Friendly|
|27.||14 November 2012||Jassim Bin Hamad Stadium, Doha, Qatar||Lebanon||1–0||1–0||2014 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|28.||9 September 2013||Jassim Bin Hamad Stadium, Doha, Qatar||Lebanon||1–1||1–1||Friendly|
|29.||13 October 2013||Thani bin Jassim Stadium, Doha, Qatar||Yemen||6–0||6–0||2015 AFC Asian Cup qualification|
|30.||15 November 2013||Sheikh Khalifa International Stadium, Al Ain, United Arab Emirates||Yemen||1–0||4–1||2015 AFC Asian Cup qualification|
|31.||6 October 2014||Abdullah bin Khalifa Stadium, Doha, Qatar||Uzbekistan||1–0||3–0||Friendly|
|32.||24 March 2016||Jassim Bin Hamad Stadium, Doha, Qatar||Hong Kong||2–0||2–0||2018 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|33.||18 August 2016||Swissporarena, Luzern, Switzerland||Jordan||1–0||3–2||Friendly|
|36.||29 September 2016||Jassim Bin Hamad Stadium, Doha, Qatar||Serbia||1–0||3–0||Friendly|
|39.||6 October 2016||Suwon World Cup Stadium, Suwon, South Korea||South Korea||2–1||2–3||2018 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|40.||17 January 2017||Jassim Bin Hamad Stadium, Doha, Qatar||Moldova||1–0||1–1||Friendly|
- QFA Player of the Season: 2005–06
- Asian Footballer of the Year 3rd Place: 2008
- Qatar Stars League Best scorer : 2012–13
- Al Gharafa
- Qatar SC
- Qatar Crown Prince Cup: 2009
- Qatar Crown Prince Cup: 2013, 2015
- Qatar Stars League :2014,2015
- Al Rayyan
- Qatar Stars League : 2016
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- "Soria targets more success". ESPN. 17 August 2010. Retrieved 5 May 2015.
- "Sebastian Soria's 10 Second Goal Against Pakhtakor". AOL.com. Retrieved 13 April 2013.
- "Fastest goal in the history of the AFC Champions League". sauress.com. Retrieved 13 April 2013.
- "Sebastian Soria Joins Al Rayyan". Qatars Hub. 2 August 2015. Retrieved 13 August 2015.
- "Players Profile – Sebastian Soria". Archived from the original on 30 March 2012.
- "Century of international appearances". rsssf.com. Retrieved 23 December 2014.
- "Soria Quintana, Sebastián". National Football Teams. Retrieved 17 February 2017.
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