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Fabricio Coloccini
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Fabricio Coloccini playing for Newcastle United.
Personal information
Full name Fabricio Coloccini
Date of birth 22 January 1982 (1982-01-22) (age 28)
Place of birth Córdoba, Argentina
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current club Newcastle United
Number 2
Youth career
1997–1998 Argentinos Juniors
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1998–1999 Boca Juniors 2 (1)
1999–2004 Milan 1 (0)
2000–2001 San Lorenzo (loan) 19 (3)
2001–2002 Alavés (loan) 33 (6)
2002–2003 Atlético Madrid (loan) 27 (0)
2003–2004 Villarreal (loan) 32 (1)
2004–2008 Deportivo La Coruna 105 (5)
2008– Newcastle United 62 (2)
National team
2003– Argentina 33 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 20:15, 17 March 2010 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 15:22, 15 November 2009 (UTC)
Olympic medal record
Competitor for  Argentina
Men's Football
Gold 2004 Athens Team Competition

Fabricio Coloccini (born 22 January 1982) is an Argentine football defender who currently plays for Newcastle United and the Argentine national team. At the age of 28, Coloccini has already represented numerous football clubs, however it was his successful spell at Deportivo La Coruña where he earned his reputation as a top-level defender. After beginning his career at Boca Juniors in his native Argentina, Coloccini attracted the attention of AC Milan. He failed to establish himself there however and subsequently went on loan to four different clubs.

Coloccini currently plays in England for Championship side Newcastle United. He is known for his physical approach to the game.

Coloccini also holds an Italian passport due to his Italian ancestry.[1]

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Club career

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Boca Juniors

Born in Córdoba, Córdoba Province, Coloccini started his career in the youth team of Argentinos Juniors, but made his professional debut in 1998 with Boca Juniors.

AC Milan

In 1999, at the end of the Apertura championship, he moved to AC Milan. Coloccini was at the centre of a controversy between Boca and Milan, because the transfer from Argentina to Italy wasn't agreed between the clubs. Instead, Milan arranged terms with Coloccini's father (also a former football player), who exercised his parental rights to remove the minor from Argentina. After that, FIFA ordered Milan to pay Boca compensation.

Loan moves

In 2002, Coloccini was loaned to San Lorenzo de Almagro where he helped the team to win the 2001 Clausura tournament. From 2001-04, Coloccini served three consecutive loans in La Liga: Deportivo Alavés (netting an impressive 6 league goals), Atlético Madrid, and Villarreal, where he was always first-choice.

Deportivo La Coruña

After having only appeared once for Milan officially, Coloccini joined Deportivo La Coruña in January 2005, on a six-year deal.[2] During his three-and-a-half seasons stint, he was an undisputed starter, and appeared in all the matches during 2007-08 netting four goals, good enough for a UEFA Intertoto Cup berth for the club.

Newcastle United

Coloccini joined Newcastle United on a five-year contract in August 2008 for a fee of up to £10.3 million.[3] Two days later, he made his debut against the reigning league champions, Manchester United, playing 90 minutes in a 1-1 away draw.

Since his debut, Coloccini has been one of the most consistent inclusions in Newcastle's squad, and formed a partnership with fellow newcomer Sébastien Bassong in his first season. Despite this, he hasn't been immune to the pressures of representing Newcastle's infamous defence, coming under his most intense criticism for his performance in Newcastle's 28 December defeat to league leaders Liverpool, which the North East club lost 5-1. Despite his mistakes in the game, manager Joe Kinnear voiced his support for Coloccini, stating that he believed his "Mr. Reliable" would bounce back.[4] On 1 February, Coloccini was substituted against Sunderland in the 93rd minute. Up until this point, Coloccini had appeared in every minute of every game for Newcastle in the 2008-09 season. He was dropped for the 1-1 draw with Stoke City but played in United's 1-0 defeat to Aston Villa which saw United relegated. Despite Newcastle's relegation Coloccini stayed on. Pivotal in turning last year's vulnerable defence into one which has conceded less goals than any club from the Premier League, Championship, League One and League Two, he scored his first goal for Newcastle, a header against Cardiff City.[5]

International career

Coloccini was part of the Argentina Under-20 that won the 2001 FIFA World Youth Championship, as well as the gold medal winning Argentine team at the 2004 Summer Olympics.

With the main squad, he made his debut in 2003 and first participated in the 2005 Confederations Cup, scoring one goal in the game against Cameroon. In the 2006 FIFA World Cup, Coloccini played in two games, as a substitute against the Netherlands, and starting against Germany in the quarter-finals penalty shootout loss. Coloccini was an unused substitute in Argentina's World Cup qualifier against Brazil on 6 September 2009.

Career statistics

Club[6]

Club performance League Cup League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Argentina League Cup League Cup South America Total
1998-99 Boca Juniors Argentine League 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 1
Italy League Coppa Italia League Cup Europe Total
1999-00 AC Milan Italian League 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Argentina League Cup League Cup South America Total
2000-01 San Lorenzo Argentine League 19 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 19 3
Spain League Copa del Rey Copa de la Liga Europe Total
2001-02 Alavés Spanish League 33 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 33 6
2002-03 Atlético Madrid Spanish League 27 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 27 0
2003-04 Villarreal Spanish League 32 1 0 0 0 0 11 0 43 1
Italy League Coppa Italia League Cup Europe Total
2004-05 AC Milan Italian League 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 2 0
Spain League Copa del Rey Copa de la Liga Europe Total
2004-05 Deportivo La Coruña Spanish League 15 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 15 1
2005-06 26 0 4 0 0 0 0 0 30 0
2006-07 26 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 28 0
2007-08 38 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 38 4
England League FA Cup League Cup Europe Total
2008-09 Newcastle United Premier League 34 0 2 0 2 0 0 0 38 0
2009-10 Championship 28 2 3 0 0 0 0 0 31 2
Total Argentina 21 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 21 4
Italy 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 2 0
Spain 197 12 6 0 0 0 11 0 214 12
England 62 2 5 0 2 0 0 0 69 2
Career Total 281 17 12 0 2 0 12 0 306 18
  • Stats accurate as at 20:15, 17 March 2010.

Titles

Argentina

Boca Juniors

San Lorenzo

References

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Simple English

Fabricio Coloccini
File:Fabricio
Personal information
Full name Fabricio Coloccini
Date of birth 22 January 1982 (1982-01-22) (age 29)
Place of birth    Córdoba, Argentina
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current club Newcastle United
Number 2
Senior clubs
Years Club
1998-1999
1999-2004
2000-2001
2001-2002
2002-2003
2003-2004
2005-2008
2008-
Boca Juniors
Milan
San Lorenzo Almagro (loan)
→Deportivo Alavés (loan)
→Atlético Madrid (loan)
Villarreal (loan)
Deportivo La Coruña
Newcastle United
National team
2003-2009 Argentina

Fabricio Coloccini (born 22 January 1982) is an Argentine football player. He plays for Newcastle United and Argentina national team.

Club career statistics

[1]

Club Performance League
SeasonClubLeague AppsGoals
ArgentinaLeague
1998/99Boca JuniorsPrimera División11
ItalyLeague
1999/00MilanSerie A00
ArgentinaLeague
2000/01San Lorenzo AlmagroPrimera División193
SpainLeague
2001/02Deportivo AlavésLa Liga336
2002/03Atlético MadridLa Liga270
2003/04VillarrealLa Liga321
ItalyLeague
2004/05MilanSerie A10
SpainLeague
2004/05Deportivo La CoruñaLa Liga151
2005/06260
2006/07260
2007/08384
EnglandLeague
2008/09Newcastle UnitedPremier League340
2009/10League Championship
CountryArgentina 204
Italy 10
Spain 19712
England 340
Total 25216

International career statistics

Argentina national team
YearAppsGoals
200330
200481
2005110
200640
200700
200860
200910
Total331

References


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