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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 34 1
Goals 2 0
Assists 4 0
Passes 85% 81%
Yellow cards 8 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 a lot to the @MCFC fans for your incredible support during the whole season. We'll be back..." (4 days ago, via Twitter for iPhone)

  • Congratulations to @aguerosergiokun for winning the Golden Boots. Deserved it!! http://t.co/9puLzGGpKW (4 days ago, via Twitter for iPhone)

  • Thanks for being a role model and a top guy. It was a privilege to have played with you. All the best at @NYCFC http://t.co/favJ2X2H0S (4 days ago, via Twitter for iPhone)

  • Very proud of you guys. Well deserved!!! http://t.co/qNtihFBEYh (20 days ago, via Twitter for iPhone)

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

Instagram: @mcfcofficial

  • #MCFC Instagram of the Day 412: By George!
  • Ready to take your seat with @greenwoodrugby? Global City kicks-off on Saturday! (cc. @EtihadAirways) #globalcityfans #mcfc
  • See you tonight, Houston! #cityontour #mcfc
  • #cityontour #mcfc
  • Not long 'til the first episode of Global City with @EtihadAirways - uncovering #mcfc's super fans around the world!

You'll be able to watch part one of @greenwoodrugby's epic journey - starting in Manchester - this Saturday! #globalcityfans
  • #TBT: Patrick Vieira throws the first pitch at @Yankees v @BlueJays in May 2013... #cityontour #mcfc
  • Big thanks to @raptors star @pdpatt for dropping by yesterday! #cityontour #mcfc
  • #MCFC Instagram of the Day 411: Hoop Dreams
  • Not a bad little motor! @greenwoodrugby on set at the filming of Global City with @EtihadAirways. #globalcityfans
  • It's matchday! Join us at the City Fan Zone at BMO Field tonight! #cityontour
  • Behind the scenes at the filming of Global City episode one with @EtihadAirways and @GreenwoodRugby. #globalcityfans #mcfc
  • O Canada! 
There's a full gallery from last night's open training session at @torontofc on #mcfc.co.uk now! #cityontour
  • Big thanks to @bluejays and @joeybats19 for a great afternoon in the batting cages! #cityontour #mcfc
  • #MCFC Instagram of the Day 410: Shades of blue #cityontour
  • Milner, Hart and Wright pit themselves against the Toronto Blue Jays' biggest star... More coming soon on CityTV. #mcfc #cityontour
  • Joe Hart became the latest member of the #MCFC 300 Club against Southampton on the final day of the season. 
Check out mcfc.co.uk for a full gallery plus video of his top 10 stops this season...
  • Excited to be working with @EtihadAirways on a brand new travel series Global City! Join the journey. #globalcityfans
  • Thank you for the warm welcome, Toronto! #cityontour
  • Let the vote commence! Who is your @etihadairways Player of the Season? Vote at http://manc.it/pots1415 #mcfc
  • ✈️ Off to Toronto! #cityontour #mcfc
  • #mcfc Instagram of the Day 409: Toronto-bound! #cityontour
  • REGRAM @mcfcamericascup

FINALS DAY! 
What a perfect day for some champions to be crowned! Best of luck to everybody competing in the semi finals and finals today! #MCFCamericasCup
  • See you soon, Toronto! #cityontour
  • Go behind the scenes on the final day of the season... #cityvsaint Tunnel Cam is live on #mcfc.co.uk
  • The skipper reflects. Full @vincentkompany interview on #mcfc.co.uk now. #cityvsaints
  • #mcfc Instagram of the Day 408: Super Frank!
  • REGRAM @aguerosergiokun16

#botindeoro #goldenboot Gracias a todos! Thank you all!
  • #cityvsaints #mcfc
  • Joe Hart wins his fourth @premierleague Golden Glove award for the most clean sheets in 2014/15. #mcfc
  • Good luck at @nycfc Frank, and thank you from everyone at #mcfc!
  • @aguerosergiokun16 wins the @premierleague Golden Boot following his 26 league goals in 2014/15. #mcfc
  • A fitting finale to an amazing @premierleague career. Frank Lampard scored the first goal and received Man of the Match as #mcfc beat Southampton 2-0 on the final day.
  • Here is your #mcfc line-up in full to take on Southampton today. Kick-off just 15 minutes away. Follow live on #mcfc.co.uk.

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