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Willy Caballero

13

Willy

Caballero

Minutes played

90

Saves

2

Clearances

1

Interceptions

0
Last game stats
Minutes played 90
Saves 2
Clearances 1
Interceptions 0
Successful tackles 0
Passes completed 13
Personal
Position Goalkeeper
Date of birth 28 September 1981
Place of birth Santa Elena, Argentina
Height (ft)
Weight (st)
International caps / goals 0 / 0
2013/2014 League Cup
Appearances 3 4
Saves 7 10
Clearances 5 2
Interceptions 0 0
Yellow cards 0 0
Red cards 0 0

City on Caballero:

Willy Caballero became City’s third summer recruit in July 2014.

The Argentinian keeper arrived in Manchester after previously working with Manuel Pellegrini at Malaga, where he clocked up 117 league appearances.

A fine shot-stopper, the 32-year-old is recognised for his strength in organising the defence in front of him and brings a wealth of La Liga and European experience with him to the Etihad Stadium.

Caballero began his career in his homeland with Boca Juniors, with who he won the Argentina Primera Division, Copa Libertadores and Intercontinental Cup in 2003.

His early promise was spotted by Elche, who moved quickly to bring the keeper to Spain a year later. After a loan spell back in Argentina with Arsenal Sarandi, the keeper returned to Elche and became the permanent owner of the club’s no.1 shirt, making nearly 200 Segunda Division appearances.

After seven years with Los Franjiverdes (The Green Striped Ones), Willy was snapped up by La Liga side Malaga on an emergency transfer to cover an injury to Sergio Asenjo. 

Swiftly adapting to his new club, Willy made his debut between the sticks days later against Villareal, and went on to play every game until the end of the 2010-11 campaign, helping the La Rosaleda outfit successfully avoid relegation.

The Argentine wrote his name into the club’s record books in October 2011 when he went 480 minutes without conceding, and was a key member of the squad that ended the 2011-12 campaign fourth in La Liga alongside compatriot Martin Demichelis.

Willy gained recognition on the European stage the following season, as Malaga topped a Champions League group containing AC Milan and triumphed over Porto in the round of 16 to reach the quarter finals.

A magnificent personal campaign at domestic level that year was rewarded when the keeper made Goal.com’s La Liga Team of the Season for 2012-13.

Caballero has represented Argentina at youth level, and lifted the u20 FIFA World Cup in 2001. He was also part of the squad that won a gold medal at the Summer Olympics in Athens in 2004 as a 22-year-old.

He joins City having played every single minute of Malaga’s La Liga campaign last season. 

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