Mario Soares is a former Indian football player and is the current interim head coach of Indian I-League side Salgaocar. During his playing days, Soares played for Salgaocar, Dempo, Churchill Brothers, and India internationally.
Born in Goa, Soares started his football career as a youth player with Salcette. He started his senior career with Salgaocar, where he won the Federation Cup with the club in 1988. He scored the winning goal in extra-time against Border Security Force as Salgaocar won 1–0. He then went on to play for Dempo and Churchill Brothers later in his career. Soares also represented Goa in the Santosh Trophy and captained the state.
Soares represented India at the under-23 level during the 1992 Summer Olympics qualifiers. He scored the only goal for India in their draw to Oman U23. He also represented India internationally at senior level.
After the departure of Santosh Kashyap from Salgaocar, Soares was put in caretaker charge of the I-League club. (Source)