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Zabaleta

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Pablo

Zabaleta

Minutes played

90

Pass Accuracy

81%

Touches

104

Assists

0
Last game stats
Minutes played 90
Passes completed 63/78
Touches 104
Assists 0
Goals 0
Shots on target 0
Personal
Position Defender
Date of birth 16 January 1985
Place of birth Buenos Aires, Argentina
Height (ft) 5'10"
Weight (st) 12.00
International caps / goals 14 / 0
2013/2014 League Cup
Appearances 21 0
Goals 2 0
Assists 3 0
Passes 84% 0%
Yellow cards 6 0
Red cards 1 0

City on Zabaleta:

An Olympic gold medal winner, Zabaleta has proved adept at both right back and in central midfield, and Roberto Mancini made full use of his experience and ability so that, despite opening 2009-10 on the bench, he eventually started 23 League games.   

He had been part of the Argentina international youth set up from the age of 14 before standing on the podium at the Beijing Games.

After captaining his country to victory in the 2005 Under 20 World Cup, Pablo crossed the Atlantic and joined Espanyol, helping the La Liga outfit to reach the 2007 UEFA Cup final, where they lost out on penalties to Sevilla.

Mark Hughes brought him to Manchester in August, 2008 and he made his debut for the Blues in the home defeat to Chelsea on September 13. He proved versatile and durable, winning admirers amongst City fans who voted him into third place in their Player of the Season poll. He notched his first goal for the club in the 1-0 win over Wigan in January, 2009 and his second came 22 months later against Fulham, helping to condemn his former City boss to defeat with a spectacular long-range strike.

In all he made 39 starts in his first season in English football, and in the following campaign his versatility saw him cement his place as an invaluable member of the squad. He made his 100th appearance against Blackpool on January 1,  2011.

Surprisingly, Argentina coach Diego Maradona did not elect to take him to the 2010 World Cup, but Pablo's wholehearted displays and committed tackling have seen him become a firm favourite with City's fans.

He scored the opening goal on that dramatic final day win over QPR in 2011/12 on the way to his first Premier League winners medal and followed that up by winning the Etihad Player of the Season award at City Live in August 2013.

Pablo won his second Premier League title in 2013/14 and was also a Capital One Cup winner as City beat Sunderland 3-1 at Wembley.

Latest tweets: @pablo_zabaleta

  • Thanks so much for all the birthday messages!!! #30years #gettingold🎉🎈🎂 (14 days ago, via Twitter for iPhone)

  • Happy new year 2015 to everyone!!!! (29 days ago, via Twitter for iPhone)

  • some of the greatest moments of 2014👏👏 http://t.co/VSwRymHwZX (30 days ago, via Twitter for iPhone)

Instagram: @mcfcofficial

  • Scott Sinclair has joined Aston Villa on loan with a view to a permanent deal in the summer.

The winger joined City in summer 2012 from Swansea, and after 15 appearances in his debut season Sinclair went on loan to West Brom in the 2013/14 campaign. #mcfc
  • THE LAST TIME: Chelsea edged it at the Bridge back in October 2013. What happens tomorrow? #chelseavcity #mcfc
  • #MCFC Instagram of the Day 296: Hang time.
  • Snowy scenes at the CFA this morning! #mcfc
  • #TBT: Rodney Marsh makes his #mcfc debut against Chelsea in 1972. City won 1-0 thanks to Tommy Booth's goal.
  • Congrats to Wilfried Bony and Yaya Toure whose Ivory Coast team are in the #afcon2015 Quarter Finals following a 1-0 win over Cameroon tonight. #mcfc
  • REGRAM @samnasri8

Relaxing at home and trying to be back with the team asap 🏊
  • #MCFC Instagram of the Day 295: Touch down.
  • #MCFC Instagram of the Day 294: Up, up and away
  • Preparations for Saturday's crucial game at Chelsea were kicking into gear at the CFA this morning. #mcfc
  • #MCFC Instagram of the Day 293: Call to arms.
  • #MCFC Instagram of the Day 292: Looking ahead
  • #MCFC Instagram of the Day 291: Down and out.
  • No Wembley visit this year for the Blues... #facup #cityvboro #mcfc
  • 20 minutes to go at the Etihad on #facup Fourth Round day! #cityvboro #mcfc
  • Counting down to #facup action at the Etihad! #cityvboro is underway in just over an hour. #mcfc
  • It's the next step on the road to Wembley today as we take on Middlesbrough in the #facup Fourth Round. Can we reach our third final in five seasons? #mcfc
  • #MCFC Instagram of the Day 290: Compétences
  • On the way home after a brilliant week #InAbuDhabi. Ready for the #facup tomorrow! #cityvboro #mcfc
  • Craig Bellamy drilled home the only goal as #mcfc beat Boro back in February 2009. What will happen tomorrow? #cityvboro
  • @fernandoreges on the #facup: "I enjoy it a lot because I like that kind of competition - the knockout element of the games." “I think it gives more emotion. Not just for our players but also for the fans." #mcfc
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  • Take a look behind the scenes at last night's victory over Hamburg in Al-Ain... #mcfc
  • #TBT: Richard Dunne celebrates his goal against Middlesbrough with Paul Dickov back in October 2006. #mcfc
  • #MCFC Instagram of the Day 288: Jo-Jo
  • @ed_dzeko got the all important second goal as #mcfc beat Hamburg 2-0 at the Hazza Bin Zayed Stadium this evening. Nice work, boys! #cityvhamburg
  • 40 minutes to go until kick-off at #cityvhamburg. Will you be watching our free live stream on mcfc.co.uk? #mcfc
  • The beautiful Hazza Bin Zayed Stadium prepares for today's game. You can watch #cityvhamburg for free on mcfc.co.uk... #mcfc
  • #MCFC Instagram of the Day 287: Beach Boys
  • #MCFC arrive for open training in Abu Dhabi.
  • #MCFC Instagram of the Day 286: March to the match
  • #MCFC Instagram of the Day 285: Not our day.
  • A bad day at the office for the champions... #cityvarsenal #mcfc

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