Alejandro Faurlín

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Alejandro Faurlín
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Personal information
Full name Alejandro Damián Faurlín
Date of birth (1986-08-09) 9 August 1986 (age 27)
Place of birth Rosario, Argentina
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in) [1]
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current club Queens Park Rangers
Number 32
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2004–2005 Rosario Central 1 (0)
2005–2006 River Plate 0 (0)
2007 Atlético de Rafaela 19 (2)
2008 Maritimo B 15 (1)
2008–2009 Instituto 51 (10)
2009– Queens Park Rangers 115 (5)
2013 Palermo (loan) 6 (0)
National team
Argentina U-17 10 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Alejandro Damián Faurlín (born 9 August 1986) is an Argentine football midfielder, who plays for Queens Park Rangers.

Career[edit]

Faurlín began his playing career in 2004 with Rosario Central in the Primera División Argentina, he made his debut in a 1–0 away defeat to Quilmes on 9 May 2004. After making only one appearance for his home town club he joined Atlético de Rafaela of the Argentine 2nd division in 2007 and Maritimo B in 2008.[2]

Between 2008 and 2009 he played for Instituto de Córdoba of the Argentine 2nd division.

On 7 July 2009 Faurlín signed for Queens Park Rangers for an alleged[3] club record fee that could rise to £3.5 million (However no evidence that QPR had paid that amount to any institute). The Football Association (FA) found the player joined the club on Bosman transfer, but under contract with a US-incorporated company "TYP Sports Agency LLC".[3] TYP acquired the rights from Instituto for just US$250,000.[3] In 2010, TYP requested QPR to pay US$1 million (£615,000) and filed a compliant to the FA.[3] In October, Faurlín extended his contract, and £200,000 was paid to TYP's owner Peppino Tirri as agent fee.[3] In January 2011 QPR paid £615,000 to TYP.[3] Due to the involvement of third-parties ownership, QPR was fined in 2011 as it against regulations put in place by the FA after a similar case involving Carlos Tévez. This could have resulted in a penalty of deducted points for QPR,[4] but on 7 May 2011 the FA announced that QPR would not be deducted any points and consequently would be promoted to the Premier League.[5]

£500,000 was reported paid to Internazionale in compensation as they had a first-option clause in his contract.[citation needed] Faurlín reportedly turned down the chance to play for Inter as José Mourinho could not guarantee him first team football. In 2011, it emerged that the fee was paid to a third party,

Prior to signing for Queens Park Rangers, Faurlín rejected opportunities to play in Spain, Italy and Greece.

Faurlin told the official site:

"I am really pleased to be here in England, playing for a club like Queens Park Rangers. I know a lot about the English game and I really admire the ability of the teams at this level. I am really looking forward to playing for the club and showing the manager, my fellow players and the QPR supporters what I can do. I had opportunities to play in Spain, Italy and Greece, but QPR was my choice and I'm delighted to be here. I was really impressed with the set-up and the ambition of the club and can't wait to make my QPR debut."

Faurlin made his Rangers debut at Bristol City on 18 August 2009 [6] and scored his first goal against Sheffield Wednesday on 3 April 2010.[7] He made an instant impact in the QPR side and was voted both supporters and players Player of the Year at the end of the 2009–10 season.[8] Faurlin was part of the Rangers team that won promotion to the Premier League and began life in the Premier League well, forming a partnership with new signing Joey Barton. He captained the QPR team that drew 1-1 with Milton Keynes Dons in the FA Cup, but was injured during the match, rupturing his anterior cruciate ligament. The injury has ruled him out for the season [9] and led to his omission from QPR's 25-man squad for the second half of the season.

After undergoing rehab in Argentina and Barcelona, Faurlin made his return from injury in the League Cup match against Walsall playing a full 90 minutes. He went onto start against Manchester City later that week. Faurlin got his first assist of the 2012–13 campaign by assisting Bobby Zamora's opening goal against Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane.

Palermo[edit]

On 31 January 2013, Serie A club Palermo announced the signing of Faurlín in a loan deal, with an option to make the move permanent by the end of the season.[10]After the move, Faurlín says he happy to join Palermo, believing he was going to settle quickly at the club.[11] Faurlín soon went straight to the squad, making his debut in a 2-1 loss against Atalanta on 3 February 2013. He returned to Queens Park Rangers at the end of the season after an unsuccessful loan spell.

International career[edit]

Faurlin was selected by Argentina for the 2003 FIFA U-17 World Cup.[12]

Career statistics[edit]

As of 1 October 2012
Club Season League Cup League Cup Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Rosario Central 2004–05 1 0 1 0
2005–06 0 0 0 0
Total 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Atlético Rafaela 2007 19 2 19 2
Total 19 2 0 0 0 0 19 2
Maritimo B 2008 15 1 15 1
Total 15 1 0 0 0 0 15 1
Instituto 2007–08 17 4 17 4
2008-09 34 6 34 6
Total 51 10 0 0 0 0 51 10
Queens Park Rangers 2009–10 41 1 2 0 1 0 44 1
2010–11 40 3 1 0 0 0 41 3
2011–12 20 1 1 0 0 0 21 1
2012–13 11 0 0 0 2 0 13 0
Total 112 5 4 0 3 0 120 5
Palermo 2012–13 6 0 0 0 0 0 6 0
Total 6 0 0 0 0 0 6 0
Career totals 204 18 4 0 3 0 213 18

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Queens Park Rangers

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Premier League Player Profile Alejandro Faurlín". web page. Premier League. Retrieved 14 June 2012. 
  2. ^ "Alejandro Faurlín". 
  3. ^ a b c d e f "Decision The FA v QPR/Gianni Paladini". The FA. 20 May 2011. Retrieved 22 November 2011. 
  4. ^ Alejandro Faurlín transfer to QPR saw Instituto de Córdoba paid nothing - The Guardian
  5. ^ http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/13318784.stm - BBC Sport. 7 May 2011. Retrieved 7 May 2011.
  6. ^ "Alejandro Faurlin". www.soccerbase.com. Retrieved 2011-09-18. 
  7. ^ "QPR 1–1 Sheff Wed". BBC Sport. 3 April 2010. Archived from the original on 3 April 2010. Retrieved 4 April 2010. 
  8. ^ "Faurlin clinches awards double". QPR FC. 3 May 2010. 
  9. ^ "Another blow for QPR as Faurlin is ruled out for season". Daily Mail (London). 
  10. ^ "ANCORA DUE ACQUISTI; PRESI FAURLIN E FABBRINI" [TWO MORE SIGNINGS; FAURLIN AND FABBRINI IN] (in Italian). U.S. Città di Palermo. 31 January 2013. Retrieved 31 January 2013. 
  11. ^ "Faurlin optimistic over Palermo move". Goal.com. 3 February 2013. Retrieved 13 February 2013. 
  12. ^ "FIFA.com". 

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