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Zabaleta

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Pablo

Zabaleta

Minutes played

90

Pass Accuracy

90%

Touches

62

Assists

0
Last game stats
Minutes played 90
Passes completed 36/40
Touches 62
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 0 0
Goals 0 0
Assists 0 0
Passes 0% 0
Yellow cards 0 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

  • What a great win for @MCFC away from home today. Well done boys!!!! 👍👍👍 (10 days ago, via Twitter for iPhone)

  • Great to see my friend @salvatoredimai1 again and enjoy his lovely Italian food at @Rosanero_ Sei grande!!! http://t.co/sQtFot7jGB (27 days ago, via Twitter for iPhone)

  • Top work at the @MCFC City Football Academy, @LouieJoyce_. The team need help delivering the away kit, you keen? ✈️🇦🇺 http://t.co/wJ6gKMUHSb (more than a month ago, via Twitter for iPhone)

  • Keen for a session at @MCFC whilst we’re away, @PeteLBMcDonnell? @NikeUK will drop you a DM with all the info. http://t.co/LHX8TOKzYv (more than a month ago, via Twitter for iPhone)

  • Loved the @mcfc kit shoot with @petelbmcdonnell. Top guy and wore the shirt with pride! http://t.co/P7hzC1PmtF (more than a month ago, via Twitter for iPhone)

Instagram: @mcfcofficial

  • #TBT: Pablo Zabaleta makes his @argentina__ debut on this day in 2005; the first of his 53 games for La Albiceleste to date. #mcfc
  • We 💙 Indonesia! The fifth episode of #globalcityfans is live. Watch now on #mcfc @youtube. 🌏
  • #mcfc Instagram of the Day 503: Mind control
  • We 💙 Indonesia! The fifth episode of #globalcityfans is live. Watch now on #mcfc @youtube. 🌏
  • Gael Clichy kicks off a new CityTV series with his list of footballing firsts.

Watch now on #mcfc.co.uk!
  • On this day in 2000, one of the club's most respected servants Richard Dunne signed.
The defender went on to make 296 appearances for #MCFC and won four Player of the Year awards.
  • Meeting our Indonesian fans! The fifth episode of #globalcityfans is live. Watch now on #mcfc @youtube. 🌏
  • #mcfc Instagram of the Day 502: Top gear
  • Meeting our Indonesian fans! The fifth episode of #globalcityfans is live. Watch now on #mcfc @youtube. 🌏
  • 14 City players have jetted off on international duty this week, including @kalle14 and @sterling7.

Find out who's gone where on #mcfc.co.uk
  • Here's a #mcfc team made up of only #deadlineday signings. How do you think it would so in the @premierleague this season?
  • Who do you think has been #mcfc's best ever #deadlineday signing?
  • Good luck to @jason_denayer who will spend the 2015/16 season with @galatasaray. #mcfc
  • #MCFC Instagram of the Day 501: Happy anniversary, ZabMan!
  • See what @kalle14 got up to on his first day at his new Club with our special episode of Inside City! Watch now on #mcfc.co.uk. #welcomeKDB
  • Tunnel Cam! 🎥

See what went on away from public view at City v Watford now on #mcfc.co.uk.
  • Access all areas with @kalle14 ... #welcomeKDB
  • View more exclusive pictures of @kalle14's first hours as a Blue now on #mcfc.co.uk. #welcomeKDB
  • Watch highlights of Saturday's record-breaking win over Watford now on #mcfc.co.uk!
  • @kalle14 is a Blue! See the first pictures of Kevin as a City player with the full gallery now on #mcfc.co.uk #welcomeKDB
  • #mcfc Instagram of the Day 500: #welcomeKDB
  • Check-out CityTV's awesome animation feature - All you need to know about @kalle14 - now on #mcfc.co.uk #welcomeKDB
  • Looking good, @kalle14! #welcomeKDB #mcfc
  • The ONLY place to catch @kalle14's first City interview is #mcfc.co.uk #welcomeKDB
  • #mcfc are delighted to announce the signing of @kalle14! #welcomeKDB
  • "We dominated possession but that counts for nothing if you don't score goals - that said, we adapted and changed things around at the break and that did the trick." @vincentkompany on #cityvwatford #MCFC
  • #MCFC Instagram of the Day 499: Record breakers!
  • Another great win! Our 100% start to the season continues! #cityvwatford #mcfc
  • What a hit from @fernandinho_25 to make it 2-0! #cityvwatford #mcfc
  • @sterling7's first @premierleague goal for City! #cityvwatford #mcfc
  • All square at the break. Can City find a goal in the second half? #cityvwatford #mcfc
  • Almost showtime! #cityvwatford #mcfc
  • Here's how City line-up today! What do you think? Don't miss a kick of #cityvwatford with the Match Day Centre on #mcfc.co.uk

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