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Nicolás Pareja
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Personal information
Full name Nicolás Martín Pareja
Date of birth January 19, 1984 (1984-01-19) (age 25)
Place of birth    Buenos Aires, Argentina
Height 1.81 m (5 ft 11+12 in)
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current club Espanyol
Number 16
Senior career1
Years Club App (Gls)*
2004–2006
2006–2008
2008–
Argentinos Juniors
RSC Anderlecht
Espanyol
53 (2)
51 (1)
39 (3)   
National team
2008-Present
2009-Present
Argentina U-23
Argentina
05 (0)
Competitor for  Argentina
Men's Football
Gold 2008 Beijing Team Competition

1 Senior club appearances and goals
counted for the domestic league only and
correct as of 12 January 2009.
* Appearances (Goals)

Nicolás Martín Pareja (born January 19, 1984 in Buenos Aires) is an Argentine football defender and a Olympic gold medalist who plays for RCD Espanyol. He played for Argentinos Juniors and RSC Anderlecht.

Pareja was bought for €2 million by Anderlecht in 2006 as a replacement for Vincent Kompany[1]. Despite some injury problems, Pareja became a reliable force in the central defence of Anderlecht, alongside Roland Juhasz. He won the Belgian Jupiler League with Anderlecht in 2007. His performances resulted in a call up for the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing where Argentina won the tournament with Pareja in the central defense. His outstanding play at the tournament resulted in interest from the big European leagues, as Espanyol and Tottenham Hotspur were reported to have put an offer for Pareja at Anderlecht. Espanyol won the struggle for Pareja, as Anderlecht and Espanyol agreed a fee of €4.5 million for the player. He has been called up to the national team by Diego Maradona for a friendly against Russia as well as for World Cup Qualifiers against Brazil and Paraguay.[2]

Titles

Season Club Title
2006-2007 Belgium RSC Anderlecht Belgian League
2007-2008 Belgium RSC Anderlecht Belgian Supercup
2008 Argentina Argentina Olympic Olympic football tournament

References

  1. ^ uefa.com
  2. ^ Nicolas Pareja verlaat Anderlecht

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