Fabiano Soares Pessoa

Fabiano Soares Pessoa (born 10 June 1966), known simply as Fabiano, is a Brazilian former footballer who played as an attacking midfielder, and is a manager.

Personal information
Full name Fabiano Soares Pessoa
Date of birth (1966-06-10) 10 June 1966 (age 53)
Place of birth Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Height 1.82 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1987 Botafogo
1988 Cruzeiro
1989 São José
1989–1992 Celta 101 (16)
1992–2003 Compostela 334 (44)
2003–2004 Racing Ferrol 24 (2)
Total 459 (62)
Teams managed
2006–2007 Compostela
2008–2009 Bergantiños
2009–2010 Compostela
2010–2011 Estradense
2011–2015 Estoril (assistant)
2015–2016 Estoril
2017 Atlético Paranaense
2019 Jeonnam Dragons
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

His professional career was mostly associated with Compostela, as both a player and manager. During 11 seasons, he played 361 competitive matches for the club and scored 46 goals.

In 2006, Fabiano started working as a coach.

Playing careerEdit


Born in Rio de Janeiro, Fabiano represented Botafogo de Futebol e Regatas, Cruzeiro Esporte Clube and São José Esporte Clube. In 1989, immediately after having finished runner-up in the Campeonato Paulista with the latter club and suffered the loss of his father, he moved to Spain where he would remain for the following 15 years, starting off at RC Celta de Vigo.[1]

Fabiano made his La Liga debut on 17 September 1989, coming on as a late substitute in a 0–2 away loss against Athletic Bilbao.[2] He scored his first goal in the Spanish top flight on 14 January 1990, contributing to a 5–1 home win over Cádiz CF[3] as the season ended in relegation.


In 1992, after two additional campaigns in Segunda División, Fabiano signed with neighbouring SD Compostela also in that level. He helped to a first-ever promotion for the Galicians in 1994 and, over the course of the following four seasons, was a midfield mainstay,[4] notably netting in consecutive home draws against Real Madrid (1–1 on 2 April 1995, and 3–3 on 25 February 1996)[5][6] and contributing with one goal in a 6–2 away routing of Deportivo de La Coruña for the local derby in May 1998.[7]

At the end of 2002–03, Compos was relegated to Segunda División B for financial irregularities. Fabiano subsequently left and joined another team in that region, Racing de Ferrol, retiring at the end of the season at the age of 38.

Coaching careerEdit

Fabiano started working as a coach in 2006, with former club Compostela in the regional leagues. From 2008 to 2011 he was in charge of amateurs Bergantiños FC, Compostela again – taking the reins of the team at the end of the ninth round,[8] he eventually failed to prevent relegation from division three, as dead last[9]– and CD Estradense.[10]

In summer 2011, Fabiano was appointed assistant coach at G.D. Estoril Praia from Portugal, going on to work under several managers including compatriot Vinícius Eutrópio and Marco Silva. In March 2015, following José Couceiro's departure, both he and former club player Hugo Leal took the reins until the end of the season,[11] eventually leading the team to the 12th position in the Primeira Liga; in July, he was appointed the sole head coach.[12]

On 11 December 2016, after only 15 points in 13 matches during the campaign, Fabiano was relieved of his duties.[13] The following 11 July, he returned to his home country after being named Clube Atlético Paranaense manager;[14] he was sacked on 4 December, with his side having finished in 11th position.[15]

In January 2019, Fabiano was hired at K League 2 title favourites Jeonnam Dragons.[16] He was dismissed in July, with the team third from bottom.[17]


  1. ^ "Fabiano Soares" (in Spanish). Yo Jugué en el Celta. 1 May 2008. Retrieved 27 June 2013.
  2. ^ "2–0: El Athletic, en racha" [2–0: Athletic, on a roll]. Mundo Deportivo (in Spanish). 18 September 1989. Retrieved 6 December 2015.
  3. ^ "5–1: El Celta olvidó su crisis ante el Cádiz" [5–1: Celta forgot about crisis against Cádiz]. Mundo Deportivo (in Spanish). 15 January 1990. Retrieved 6 December 2015.
  4. ^ "Un Compos de Primera" [Primera Compos] (in Spanish). Míticos del Balompié. 28 December 2008. Retrieved 6 December 2015.
  5. ^ "El Madrid empata con polémica" [Controversial draw for Madrid]. Mundo Deportivo (in Spanish). 3 April 1995. Retrieved 6 December 2015.
  6. ^ "El Compos no se rinde" [Compos do not surrender]. Mundo Deportivo (in Spanish). 26 February 1996. Retrieved 6 December 2015.
  7. ^ "Demasiado poco Deportivo" [Too little Deportivo]. Mundo Deportivo (in Spanish). 11 May 1998. Retrieved 6 December 2015.
  8. ^ "Fabiano será el capitán que dirigirá el barco del Compos" [Fabiano will be the captain who will lead Compos' ship]. El Correo Gallego (in Spanish). 22 October 2009. Retrieved 6 December 2015.
  9. ^ "Fabiano asegura que el objetivo de la SD es acabar "lo más dignamente posible"" [Fabiano assures that SD's goal is to finish "as respectably as possible"]. El Correo Gallego (in Spanish). 16 April 2010. Retrieved 6 December 2015.
  10. ^ "El Racing se enfrenta hoy al Estradense de Fabiano Soares" [Racing go against Estradense of Fabiano Soares today]. La Voz de Galicia (in Spanish). 21 April 2011. Retrieved 6 December 2015.
  11. ^ "Mais Fabiano do que Hugo" [More Fabiano than Hugo]. Record (in Portuguese). 9 March 2015. Retrieved 6 December 2015.
  12. ^ "SAD escolhe Fabiano para treinador principal" [PLSC chooses Fabiano for head coach]. Record (in Portuguese). 3 July 2015. Retrieved 6 December 2015.
  13. ^ "Fabiano Soares deixa o comando do Estoril" [Fabiano Soares no longer at the helm of Estoril]. Diário de Notícias (in Portuguese). 11 December 2016. Retrieved 26 July 2018.
  14. ^ "Fabiano Soares é o novo técnico do Atlético Paranaense" [Fabiano Soares is the new manager of Atlético Paranaense] (in Portuguese). Atlético Paranaense. 11 July 2017. Archived from the original on 14 July 2017. Retrieved 26 July 2018.
  15. ^ "Fabiano Soares não é mais o técnico do Atlético Paranaense" [Fabiano Soares is no longer manager of Atlético Paranaense] (in Portuguese). Atlético Paranaense. 4 December 2018. Retrieved 26 July 2018.
  16. ^ "Fabiano Soares, talento brasileño para Corea" [Fabiano Soares, Brazilian talent for Korea]. La Voz de Galicia (in Spanish). 21 February 2019. Retrieved 15 September 2019.
  17. ^ "Jeonnam Dragons, destituido Fabiano Soares, ex Celta y Compostela" [Jeonnam Dragons, ex-Celta and Compostela player Fabiano Soares dismissed] (in Spanish). Todo Mercado Web. 29 July 2019. Retrieved 15 September 2019.

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