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Zabaleta

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Pablo

Zabaleta

Minutes played

90

Pass Accuracy

84%

Touches

94

Assists

0
Last game stats
Minutes played 90
Passes completed 43/51
Touches 94
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 25 1
Goals 2 0
Assists 3 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

  • 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

  • #mcfc u18s are in #fayc Quarter Final action tonight against Crewe. Here's Vladimir Weiss, Ben Mee and David Ball with the trophy won back in 2008.
  • #MCFC Instagram of the Day 327: The curse continues
  • #MCFC Instagram of the Day 326: Buoyant Blues
  • #MCFC Instagram of the Day 325: Kola-rocket!
  • It's the dress everyone is talking about - but is it blue and black, or white and gold?

YAYA DECIDES.

#whiteandgold #TheDress #dressgate
  • “We will go there to win but are expecting a tough 90 minutes but we can close the gap at the top to just two points so this is a huge game for us.” #lfcvcity #wearecity #mcfc
  • #MCFC Instagram of the Day 324: Wrapped up Silva.
  • #TBT: Maurizio Gaudino scores the winner against #lfc at Maine Road in April 1995. #mcfc #wearecity
  • Happy 69th birthday to Colin Bell! The #mcfc legend made 394 appearances in sky blue between 1966 and 1979.
  • #MCFC Instagram of the Day 323: Classic Kun.
  • Legendary #mcfc striker Shaun Goater celebrates his 45th birthday today. The Goat made 184 appearances in sky blue scoring 84 goals. Have a great day, Shaun! #wearecity
  • #MCFC Instagram of the Day 322: Thanks, mate.
  • We're still in it! @aguerosergiokun16's goal and Joe Hart's injury time penalty save against Leo Messi ensure #mcfc have hope going into the second leg. City 1-2 Barca. #MCFCB #wearecity
  • Warm-ups on a cold Mancunian evening... #MCFCB #wearecity #mcfc
  • Gates have just opened at the Etihad... #MCFCB #wearecity #mcfc
  • The lads make their entrance... #MCFCB #wearecity #mcfc
  • Atmosphere building in the City centre... #MCFCB #wearecity #mcfc
  • Quiet now... Not for long. Two hours to go. #MCFCB #wearecity #mcfc
  • “It will be a great moment for me if I play against Barca and would be fantastic to play my first Champions League game in such an important match.” #MCFCB #wearecity #mcfc
  • #MCFC Instagram of the Day 321: Daddy Cool.
  • Show your support to the players on Instagram using #MCFCB and we'll select our favourite photos for a special fan mosaic tomorrow before the game...
  • "We have to prove in the 90 mins tomorrow we are in good form. It's important that key individual players play well." #MCFCB #wearecity #mcfc
  • “We’re confident we’ll do well – when many thought we were down and out in this competition, we defeated Bayern and then Roma in Italy. That shows we are growing as a European force and we can do it again.” #MCFCB #wearecity #mcfc
  • #MCFC Instagram of the Day 320: Who's next?
  • #MCFC Instagram of the Day 319: Turning up the heat.
  • Five-star City! #cityvnufc #wearecity #mcfc
  • Three-up at the break! #cityvnufc #wearecity #mcfc
  • Forward march... #cityvnufc #wearecity #mcfc
  • Game face... #cityvnufc #wearecity #mcfc
  • Good afternoon, Wilfried! #cityvnufc #wearecity #mcfc
  • We've had rain, snow, hail, wind and sun so far in Manchester today but will there be goals? Not long until we find out! #cityvnufc #wearecity #mcfc

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