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Zabaleta

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Pablo

Zabaleta

Minutes played

90

Pass Accuracy

83%

Touches

64

Assists

0
Last game stats
Minutes played 90
Passes completed 34/41
Touches 64
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 30 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

  • It was a beautiful moment with Asier!!! A true fan of his father and Man City haha http://t.co/FKTWsjSIeU (6 days ago, via Twitter for iPhone)

  • Derby day!!! COME ON CITY!!!! (13 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. (21 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)

Instagram: @mcfcofficial

  • #mcfc Instagram of the Day 380: Ferna saves the day!
  • A five-goal thriller against the Villa! #cityvvilla #mcfc
  • What a game! #cityvvilla #mcfc
  • All set to go at the Etihad! Come on, City! #mcfc #cityvvilla
  • Here's your #mcfc line-up to face Aston Villa. For live coverage, stats and more, follow the Match Day Centre on #mcfc.co.uk #cityvvilla
  • All present and correct at the Etihad Stadium. Team news announced shortly on #mcfc.co.uk. #cityvvilla
  • THE LAST TIME: #mcfc edged towards the @premierleague title with a 4-0 thumping of Aston Villa. What happens today? #cityvvilla
  • We fight to the end #together
  • It’s #CITCWeek, so every day we’ll be celebrating some of the fantastic events organised by our Club Foundation…

In December the players sprinkled a touch of Seasonal cheer to hundreds of children on their annual visit to Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital. #mcfc
  • #mcfc Instagram of the Day 379: Chomping at the bit.
  • Manuel Pellegrini confirms Wilfried Bony and James Milner are fit for #cityvvilla but @samnasri8, @vincentkompany and Gael Clichy are set to miss out. Preview on #mcfc.co.uk now.
  • James Milner looks ahead to tomorrow’s clash with his old club Aston Villa as #mcfc aim to go second in the @premierleague. "We've got to pull together, play the way we can and give the fans something to smile about again.” #cityvvilla
  • #MCFC Instagram of the Day 378: James and the giant leap
  • There's an exclusive, behind-the-scenes gallery of shots from today's training session now on #mcfc.co.uk!
  • It’s #CITCWeek, so every day we’ll be celebrating some of the fantastic events organised by our Club Foundation…

Back in October CITC announced it was enhancing its disability sport provision for young people in Manchester, thanks to the support from BT Sport’s The Supporters Club and the Premier League. #mcfc
  • It's #stgeorgesday and we're celebrating all things City and England! Check out #mcfc.co.uk for a countdown of our most-capped Three Lions.
  • A firm fan favourite during his time at the club. Check out the CityTV documentary Made in Brazil: Elano showing now on #mcfc.co.uk
  • #TBT: Ali Benarbia celebrates scoring against Aston Villa with the Maine Road faithful in 2002. #mcfc #wearecity
  • #mcfc Instagram of the Day 377: Picking up the pace.
  • Wilfried Bony and @21lvaoficial took part in training today at the CFA. Look-out for team news ahead of #cityvvilla on #mcfc.co.uk later this week.
  • It’s #CITCWeek, so every day we’ll be celebrating some of the fantastic events organised by our Club Foundation…

Today we put the spotlight on Walking Football, an initiative that gets the over 50s back out onto the pitch where they can enjoy a range of health and social benefits.
  • #MCFC Instagram of the Day 376: All smiles
  • It’s #CITCWeek, so every day we’ll be celebrating some of the fantastic events organised by our Club Foundation…

Back in August, ten City in the Community participants were given a VIP experience.
Our girls were given an exclusive tour of Wembley, put up in a hotel overnight and were treated to a football master class with skipper Vincent Kompany.
  • It’s #CITCWeek, so every day we’ll be celebrating some of the fantastic events organised by our Club Foundation... Back in August, a group of young footballers enjoyed the surprise of a lifetime when three City stars joined them on the pitch for a training session.

The local youngsters from New Mills Junior Football Club and City girls took a trip to the Premier League champions to practice their skills at a free soccer school organised by CITC.

They were unaware that they were soon to be joined by Samir Nasri Fernando and Karim Rekik. #mcfc #wearecity
  • #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

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