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Pablo Zabaleta




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Last game stats
Minutes played 56
Passes completed 20/26
Touches 44
Assists 0
Goals 0
Shots on target 0
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 3 1
Goals 0 0
Assists 0 0
Passes 84% 77%
Yellow cards 1 0
Red cards 0 0

City on Zabaleta:

Joined City: 31/8/08

Past clubs: San Lorenzo (2002-05), Espanyol (2005-08)

Team honours:

San Lorenzo: Copa Sudamericana (2002)

Espanyol: Copa del Rey (2006)

City: Premier League (2012, 2014), FA Cup (2011), Capital One Cup (2014), Community Shield (2012)

Argentina: FIFA World Youth Championship (2005), Olympic Gold (2008)

Individual honours:

Etihad Player of the Year (2013), Premier League PFA Team of the Year (2013), Etihad Player of the Month (December 2012, January 2013)

Bio: ‘Always be yourself unless you can be Pablo Zabaleta’ is the oft-quoted terrace saying that sums up the standing the Argentine warrior enjoys at the Etihad Stadium.

Passion, desire and commitment epitomise City hero Zaba, who has donated sweat by the bucket load to stadiums across Europe and has literally bled for the cause before being patched up and carrying straight on.

Not short of ability to complement that fighting spirit, his attacking forays from right back are a regular feature of City’s forward threat while his crunching tackles and perfectly-timed interceptions have helped make the defence one of the meanest in the country.

Born in Buenos Aires, the defender began his career with San Lorenzo in Argentina as a midfielder before switching to Espanyol as a 20-year-old, after captaining his country to the FIFA World Youth Championship title in 2005.

Three years and 79 appearances later, City came knocking on Zabaleta’s door – his versatility in midfield and the back line proved invaluable to Mark Hughes and Roberto Mancini.

A regular member of the 2012 title winning side, he wrote his name into the history books by netting his first goal of the season on the final day, scoring the opener on the most dramatic of afternoons against QPR.

Now one of the first names on the teamsheet at right back, the Argentina international has since lifted a second Premier League title and Capital One Cup with City and forever cemented his place in club folklore. 

Latest tweets: @pablo_zabaleta

  • My thoughts are with all those affected by the tragic events in Paris. #PrayForParis (14 days ago, via Twitter for iPhone)

  • Fantastic boys!!! What a performance!! #ComeOnCity 👏👏 (25 days ago, via Twitter for iPhone)

  • Very proud of our argentines warriors!!!#LosPumas 💪🏼💪🏼💪🏼 (more than a month ago, via Twitter for iPhone)

  • Very happy to have played my first game of the season. Fantastic performance by the team!!! #GoCity @MCFC (more than a month ago, via Twitter for iPhone)

  • What a great win for @MCFC away from home today. Well done boys!!!! 👍👍👍 (more than a month ago, via Twitter for iPhone)

Instagram: @mcfcofficial

  • #mcfc Instagram of the Day 588: Feelin' Fab!
  • It's been wet and windy in Manchester but City have warmed us all up! #mcfc 3-1 @southamptonfc is the final score!
  • These three have been all over @southamptonfc so far! #mcfc are 2-0 up at half-time with De Bruyne and Delph getting the goals. #cityvsaints
  • What a start to the match by this man. Keep it up @sterling7! #cityvsaints
  • Joe Hart taking in the warm-ups. Hope to see you back on the pitch soon, Harty! #cityvsaints #mcfc
  • A freezing cold Etihad Stadium with 30 minutes to go! #mcfc #cityvsaints #bringabrolly
  • Here's your #mcfc team for #cityvsaints. Follow the day's events live on or the CityMatchday app!
  • Just a few of the squad arriving ahead of #cityvsaints! Come on Blues! #mcfc
  • Three hours to go! What's your #cityvsaints prediction? #mcfc
  • @franklampard signed-off his @premierleague career in style the last time #saintsfc were at the Etihad. What happens today? #mcfc #cityvsaints
  • Time to bounce back! Come on City! #mcfc #cityvsaints
  • He's back! Kick-off your weekend with Inside City! Now on 🔵⚪️🔵⚪️
  • #mcfc Instagram of the Day 587: Focalizado
  • Do not miss our #BlackFriday weekend offer online and in-store until Monday! #mcfc
  • @w.bony and @21lvaoficial are back for #cityvsaints but Joe Hart, @eliamangala @pablo_zabaleta and @samnasri8  are all out. Latest team news on now!
  • “When the team is in a bad run the next game is difficult because you need to react, get some confidence and get back to winning ways." @21lvaoficial aims to be back for #cityvsaints #mcfc #elmago
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  • #MCFC Instagram of the Day 586: Lionesses' pride
  • #TBT: "Oh, that's mesmeric!" Georgi Kinkladze's amazing solo strike against @SouthamptonFC. #mcfc
  • #CityzensGiving is back and today we focus on a project in São Paulo, which uses football to empower young female leaders. Head over to to find out more.
  • #mcfc Instagram of the Day 585: So close
  • A frustrating night in Turin. City beaten 1-0 by Juve who top #UCL Group D. #mcfc #juvecity
  • @juventus have the edge at the break but can #mcfc find an equaliser in the second half? Juve 1-0 City at half time. #juvecity
  • Quite an atmosphere! #mcfc #juvecity #cityontour
  • The scene is set! #juvecity #mcfc
  • Here it is! Your City team for tonight! Like the look of it? Follow #juvecity via the City Matchday app or on
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  • Another memorable @uefachampionsleague night ahead? Come on City! #mcfc #cityontour #juvecity
  • Now that's #cityontour in style! Nice work @callumjtipper
Turin here we come! #Selfie #MCFC #CityOnTour #Juventus #Turin #LadsLadsLads #PrivateJet #Jet
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  • #MCFC Instagram of the Day 584: The Italian Job 🇮🇹
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