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Zabaleta

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Pablo

Zabaleta

Minutes played

90

Pass Accuracy

85%

Touches

95

Assists

0
Last game stats
Minutes played 90
Passes completed 44/52
Touches 95
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 25 1
Goals 2 0
Assists 3 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

  • I hope @melbournecity enjoy the City Football Academy as much as we do http://t.co/yeJWihfAVC #welcometoCFA (2 days ago, via Twitter for iPhone)

  • Thanks so much for all the birthday messages!!! #30years #gettingold🎉🎈🎂 (more than a month ago, via Twitter for iPhone)

  • Happy new year 2015 to everyone!!!! (more than a month ago, via Twitter for iPhone)

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