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Zabaleta

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Pablo

Zabaleta

Minutes played

90

Pass Accuracy

90%

Touches

85

Assists

0
Last game stats
Minutes played 90
Passes completed 55/61
Touches 85
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 29 1
Goals 2 0
Assists 4 0
Passes 85% 81%
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

  • Derby day!!! COME ON CITY!!!! (7 days ago, via Twitter for iPhone)

  • Asier was born today 4th of April at 6pm in Manchester at St Mary's Hospital. His mum and the baby are very healthy. (14 days ago, via Twitter for iPhone)

  • I hope @melbournecity enjoy the City Football Academy as much as we do http://t.co/yeJWihfAVC #welcometoCFA (more than a month ago, via Twitter for iPhone)

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

  • Happy new year 2015 to everyone!!!! (more than a month ago, via Twitter for iPhone)

Instagram: @mcfcofficial

  • #cityvwestham #mcfc #wearecity
  • #mcfc Instagram of the Day 375: Who's the daddy?
  • Back to winning ways|

Sergio Aguero​'s 101st City goal following James Collins' own goal sealed a much-needed victory for the Blues although David Silva​ suffered a serious facial injury and was stretchered-off during the second half. #cityvwestham #mcfc #wearecity
  • Second half under-way at the Etihad Stadium with #mcfc leading 2-0. Follow the Match Centre for live coverage on #mcfc.co.uk now! #cityvwestham
  • Twenty minutes to go at the Etihad Stadium! Come on, City! #cityvwestham #mcfc #wearecity
  • Your #mcfc line-up to face West Ham. Follow live on the Match Day Centre on #mcfc.co.uk
  • All present and correct at the Etihad as we count down to kick-off. #cityvwestham #mcfc #wearecity
  • We fight to the end #together
  • Join us in wishing Joe Hart a very happy 28th birthday today! #mcfc #wearecity
  • #MCFC Instagram of the Day 374: Silva-tongued Spaniard
  • THE LAST TIME: A 2-0 win against West Ham
secured the @premierleague title.

What will the score be tomorrow? #cityvwestham #mcfc
  • #mcfc Instagram of the Day 373: Gain a foothold
  • It's @aguerosergiokun16 in the middle  as the lads prepare for the visit of West Ham. #cityvwestham #mcfc #wearecity
  • On this day in 1995, a drama-packed game as #mcfc beat champions-elect Blackburn Rovers 3-2 at Ewood Park. #wearecity
  • “Obviously the only way we can change things is by starting to win football matches again." Read Milner's #cityvwestham preview on #mcfc.co.uk now.
  • #mcfc Instagram of the Day 372: Blue brothers
  • We are officially 121 years old today! #mcfc #wearecity
  • #TBT: Rolando Bianchi leads the goal celebrations against West Ham for City's 2007 team. #mcfc #wearecity
  • #mcfc Instagram of the Day 371: Balkan missile
  • #MCFC Instagram of the Day 370: I see you...
  • #mcfc Instagram of the Day 369: Keep the faith.
  • Pick yourself up after the derby disappointment by celebrating @aguerosergiokun16's 100 City goals now on #mcfc.co.uk #aguero100
  • #mcfc Instagram of the Day 368: Derby despair
  • @aguerosergiokun16 scores his 99th and 100th City goals but it's in vain as United win the 169th Manchester derby. #unitedvcity #mcfc
  • #mcfc trail United at the break 2-1 at Old Trafford despite taking an early lead courtesy of @aguerosergiokun16 #unitedvcity
  • Confirmed #mcfc team to take on United. Follow MCFC.co.uk for live coverage from Old Trafford. #unitedvcity
  • Ready for the derby? We're live from Old Trafford on the Match Day Centre on #mcfc.co.uk now! Come on City!
  • It's derby day! Tag your matchday photos wherever you are in the world using #wearecity!
  • “We will go into this game the way we always do and go for the win from the first minute – we have lost our last three games away after playing really well on the road this season so this would be the perfect time to get back to winning ways.” #unitedvcity #mcfc #wearecity
  • #MCFC Instagram of the Day 367: Keepy uppys
  • Four goals and two assists in just 128 minutes at Old Trafford - why United should fear @ed_dzeko. Read more on #mcfc.co.uk
  • Last time at Old Trafford it was a #ManchesterDerby to savour for #mcfc.
 What happens tomorrow? #unitedvcity
  • Preparations for #unitedvcity heated up in the East Manchester sunshine this afternoon... #mcfc #wearecity

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