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Zabaleta

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Pablo

Zabaleta

Minutes played

90

Pass Accuracy

86%

Touches

79

Assists

0
Last game stats
Minutes played 90
Passes completed 49/57
Touches 79
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 33 1
Goals 2 0
Assists 4 0
Passes 84% 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

  • Very proud of you guys. Well deserved!!! http://t.co/qNtihFBEYh (15 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)

  • Derby day!!! COME ON CITY!!!! (more than a month 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. (more than a month 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)

Instagram: @mcfcofficial

  • Saying farewell to a @premierleague legend! Watch Frank's interview in full on #mcfc.co.uk now.
  • We fight to the end #together
  • #MCFC Instagram of the Day 407: Derby delight
  • THE LAST TIME: City put the Saints to the sword in convincing style! What happens tomorrow? #cityvsaints
  • Pellegrini on Frank Lampard: "His career is brilliant, he's a great professional and I think it's been a proud moment for this team to have him here playing for the season. "I'm sure he will be important for New York City. He's a very good player with a lot of experience and a very good professional." #mcfc #nycfc
  • Martin in the middle... #mcfc
  • #mcfc Instagram of the Day 406: Mejores amigos!
  • @vincentkompany has promised City will return stronger and more determined than ever to reclaim the @premierleague title. Read more on #mcfc.co.uk!
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  • #MCFC Instagram of the Day 403: What you looking at?
  • Hart-stopping!

Is this Joe Hart's save of the season? Following his wonder save against Swansea, CityTV have compiled his top ten.

Watch now on mcfc.co.uk.
  • #MCFC Instagram of the Day 402: Bac to work
  • REGRAM @mcfcamericascup

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  • #mcfc #swansvcity
  • FULL TIME: Swansea 2-4 City. 5 @premierleague wins on the spin for City following an absorbing clash at the Liberty Stadium.

A brace from Yaya Toure, one a piece from Milner and Bony and a world class save from Hart ensures direct entry into the @uefachampionsleague. #swansvcity #mcfc
  • HALF TIME: Swansea 1-2 City. Yaya Toure and James Milner with the goals for City but Sigurdsson pulled one back for the Swans. #swansvcity #mcfc
  • Here's your #mcfc line-up to face Swansea in full. Kick-off in 20 minutes. Where are you following from? #swansvcity
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  • In position at the Liberty Stadium! Come on City! #swansvcity #mcfc
  • Two games to go... We fight to the end #together
  • #MCFC Instagram of the Day 400: Say cheese
  • THE LAST TIME: City edged a five-goal thriller at the Liberty Stadium.

What happens tomorrow? #swansvcity #mcfc
  • Top 20 #EtihadMoments... It has to be... 1. Aguerooooooooooooooo! #mcfc http://t.co/Im9SLMM68d
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  • Pellegrini pondering whether to bring back @vincentkompany and Yaya Toure for Swansea clash.

Full story on mcfc.co.uk now.
  • Top 20 #EtihadMoments... 2. @samnasri8 gets the title-winning party started... #mcfc
  • #MCFC Instagram of the Day 398: Woodwork-out
  • See @vincentkompany and Pablo Zabaleta discuss two great #EtihadMoments with Cityzens.

Watch the full video on mcfc.co.uk now.

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