Tiquinho Soares

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Tiquinho Soares
Personal information
Full name Francisco das Chagas Soares dos Santos [1]
Date of birth (1991-01-17) 17 January 1991 (age 33) [1]
Place of birth Sousa, Brazil [1]
Height 1.87 m (6 ft 2 in) [1]
Position(s) Forward
Team information
Current team
Number 9
Youth career
2007–2008 Palmeiras das Rocas
2008 Corinthians Alagoano
2009 América de Natal
Senior career*
2009–2010 América de Natal 14 (2)
2010 Botafogo-PB 0 (0)
2011 Sousa 0 (0)
2012–2016 CSP 17 (10)
2012Caicó  [ pt ] (loan) 7 (1)
2012Visão Celeste  [ pt ] (loan) 6 (0)
2013Cerâmica (loan) 9 (2)
2013Treze (loan) 9 (0)
2014Veranópolis (loan) 16 (4)
2014Pelotas (loan) 3 (0)
2014Lucena (loan) 7 (3)
2014–2016Nacional (loan) 42 (12)
2016–2017 Vitória Guimarães 16 (7)
2017–2020 Porto 97 (45)
2020 Tianjin TEDA 4 (0)
2021–2022 Olympiacos 33 (9)
2022– Botafogo 60 (27)
*Club domestic league appearances and goals, correct as of 13:25, 27 January 2024 (UTC)

Francisco das Chagas Soares dos Santos (born 17 January 1991), known as Soares or Tiquinho, is a Brazilian professional footballer who plays as a forward for Botafogo.


Having started his career in the lower leagues of his homeland, he moved to Portugal aged 23. He played 155 Primeira Liga games for Nacional, Vitória de Guimarães and Porto, scoring 64 goals and winning two league titles with the last of those clubs. After winning the Super League Greece with Olympiacos in 2022, he moved to Botafogo in Série A.

Club career

Early career

Born in Sousa, Paraíba, but raised in Natal, Rio Grande do Norte, Soares started his career with Palmeiras FC das Rocas. [2] After impressing with the side he moved to América de Natal in 2009, [3] initially assigned to the youth setup.

Soares made his professional debut for the latter club on 14 August 2010, coming on as a substitute in a 2–1 Série B home loss against Vila Nova. [4] He only appeared in one further match in the championship, before being released on 3 September of that year. [5]

Soares subsequently represented Botafogo da Paraíba, Sousa, CSP, Caicó  [ pt ], [6] Visão Celeste  [ pt ], Cerâmica, [7] Treze, [8] Veranópolis, [9] Pelotas [10] and Lucena. [11]


On 27 January 2015, Soares moved abroad for the first time in his career after signing with Primeira Liga side Nacional, still owned by CSP. [12] He made his debut for the club on 21 February, replacing Lucas João in a 3–1 away loss against Braga. [13]

Soares scored his first goal abroad on 20 April 2015, equalising the 1–1 Madeira derby at Marítimo. [14] The following 20 March, he scored a brace in a 3–2 home win over Vitória de Guimarães. [15]

Vitória Guimarães

On 25 May 2016, Soares signed for Vitória de Guimarães. [16] He made his debut for his new team on 14 August, starting in a 1–0 home loss to Braga, [17] [18] and scored his first goal 12 days later in a 5–3 win against Paços de Ferreira also at the Estádio D. Afonso Henriques, through a penalty. [19]

On 4 November 2016, Soares scored a double in a 2–1 home defeat of former club Nacional. [20] He finished his spell in Minho with 22 official appearances and nine goals. [21]


On 23 January 2017, Soares signed a four-and-a-half-year contract with Porto, with a 40 million clause. [22] His first match took place on 4 February, when he started and netted twice in a 2–1 home victory over Sporting CP. [23]

Soares made his UEFA Champions League debut on 22 February 2017, starting in a 2–0 home loss to Juventus in the round of 16. [24] In his first full season, he scored eight goals from 24 games to help the club to win the national championship after a five-year wait. [25]

Soares was not initially included in the 2018–19 Champions League squad by manager Sérgio Conceição, due to injury. [26] On 18 January 2019, he put three past Chaves in a 4–1 away victory, [27] his tally of 15 over the campaign eventually being the best for Porto and fourth-best in the league. [28] On 25 May he opened the scoring in the final of the Taça de Portugal and also converted his team's first shot in the penalty shootout after the 2–2 draw, but Sporting were victorious; he dedicated his goal to goalkeeper Iker Casillas, who had suffered a heart attack weeks earlier. [29]

On 27 February 2020, Soares was sent off for the first time in his career as the side lost 3–1 at home to Bayer Leverkusen (5–2 aggregate) in the last 32 of the UEFA Europa League, for elbowing Jonathan Tah in the face. [30]

Tianjin TEDA

Soares moved to the Chinese Super League in September 2020, agreeing to a three-year and three-month deal at Tianjin TEDA. The transfer fee was estimated at around €10 million, as was his total salary. [31]


On 31 May 2021, Soares joined Olympiacos of the Super League Greece on a three-year contract. [32] On 22 September, he scored twice in a 4–1 home win against Apollon Smyrnis. [33] On 22 December, he repeated the feat in the 2–0 defeat of Levadiakos in the round of 16 of the Greek Football Cup, following assists from Mathieu Valbuena. [34]


Soares returned to Brazil in August 2022 after seven years, with the 31-year-old signing for Botafogo. [35] He made his Campeonato Brasileiro Série A debut at the age of 31 on 4 September, starting in a 3–1 win at Fortaleza; [36] thirteen days later he scored his first goal to conclude a 2–0 win over Coritiba at the Estádio Olímpico Nilton Santos. [37] He finished the season with six goals from 14 games, the Glorioso's second top scorer with one behind Erison despite his late arrival. [38]

Career statistics

As of 31 January 2024 [39]
ClubSeasonLeagueState leagueNational cupContinentalOtherTotal
América de Natal 2009 Série B 00100010
2010 201120000132
Botafogo-PB 2010 Paraibano 10 [lower-alpha 1] 3103
Sousa 2011 [40] 003 [lower-alpha 1] 131
CSP 2012 6 [lower-alpha 1] 363
2013 17101710
Caicó  [ pt ] (loan) 2012 Potiguar 7171
Visão Celeste  [ pt ] (loan) 2012 Potiguar 2ª Divisão 6060
Cerâmica (loan) 2013 Gaúcho 9292
Treze (loan) 2013 Série C 9090
Veranópolis (loan) 2014 Gaúcho164164
Pelotas (loan) 2014 Série D 3030
Lucena (loan) 2014 Paraibano 2ª Divisão 7373
Nacional (loan) 2014–15 Primeira Liga 12220142
2015–16 3010212 [lower-alpha 2] 03411
Vitória Guimarães 2016–17 Primeira Liga167323 [lower-alpha 2] 0229
Porto 2016–17 15122 [lower-alpha 3] 01712
2017–18 248413 [lower-alpha 3] 13 [lower-alpha 2] 13411
2018–19 2815544 [lower-alpha 3] 14 [lower-alpha 4] 34123
2019–20 3010528 [lower-alpha 5] 35 [lower-alpha 2] 44819
Tianjin TEDA 2020 Chinese Super League 404282
Olympiacos 2021–22 Super League Greece 339628 [lower-alpha 6] 34714
2022–23 00004 [lower-alpha 7] 040
Botafogo 2022 Série A 146146
2023 3317114456 [lower-alpha 8] 35429
2024 0031000031
Career total249958827351935163615446173
  1. 1 2 3 Appearance(s) in Copa Paraíba
  2. 1 2 3 4 Appearance(s) in Taça da Liga
  3. 1 2 3 Appearances in UEFA Champions League
  4. One appearance in Supertaça Cândido de Oliveira, three appearances and three goals in Taça da Liga
  5. One appearance in UEFA Champions League, seven appearances and three goals in UEFA Europa League
  6. Appearances in UEFA Europa League
  7. Two appearances in UEFA Champions League, two appearances in UEFA Europa League
  8. Appearances in Copa Sudamericana








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