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Cédric Soares
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Cédric Soares, known as just Cédric, is a Portuguese international defender who plays for Arsenal. Born in Germany on 31st August 1991, his Portuguese parents returned to Portugal and by the age of eight Cédric was enrolled in the Sporting academy. He would feature for the Sporting ‘B’ team in the Portuguese second division but made his first-team debut in November 2010 in a UEFA Europa League tie against Gent, before a Primeira Liga debut in May 2011. A loan spell Primeira Liga rivals Académica de Coimbra provided game time – he defeated his parent club 1-0 in the 2012 Taca de Portugal Cup final. On his return to Sporting he featured in the UEFA Champions League and Europa League and won the Taca de Portugal again, although he was sent off in the final against Sporting Braga. A £4.7m move to Southampton followed in July 2015 and he made 24 Premier League appearances in his first season. Cédric played every minute of Portugal’s knock-out matches at UEFA Euro 2016 in France en route to lifting the trophy for the first time in the country’s history.