|Full name||Néstor Fabián Caballero|
|Date of birth||31 January 1978|
|Place of birth||Misiones, Argentina|
|Height||1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)|
|Guaraní Antonio Franco|
|1996||Estudiantes de La Plata|
|1995||Guaraní Antonio Franco|
|1996||Estudiantes de La Plata|
|1998–1999||→ Arsenal (loan)||1||(0)|
|1999–2000||Sol de América|
|2012–||Sportivo Ameliano U–16|
|2012–||Sportivo Ameliano U–18|
|2012–||Sportivo Ameliano II|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 4 May 2014.
† Appearances (Goals).
Néstor Fabián Caballero (born 1 January 1978 in Misiones, Argentina) commonly referred to as Tyson, is an Argentine-Spanish-Paraguayan football Player-coach for Sportivo Ameliano in the Paraguayan Primera División C. Caballero has endured a 19-year career, playing in Argentina, Paraguay, England, Scotland, South Korea, Cyprus, Chile, Greece and Guatemala, and also playing in continental competitions such as the UEFA Intertoto Cup, the Copa Libertadores and the Copa Sudamericana. In 1998, Caballero was loaned from Cerro Porteño to Arsenal for the 1998–99 FA Premier League season, where he made a total of three appearances in all competitions. In 2000, Caballero signed with Scottish Premier League club Dundee, where he was present until 2005. He played in the 2001 UEFA Intertoto Cup and finished as runners-up in the 2002–03 Scottish Cup, after a 1–0 loss against Rangers in the final on 31 May 2003. Caballero scored 27 goals in 127 appearances in all competitions for Dundee.
Caballero began his career with Guaraní Antonio Franco in his native Posadas, Misiones. He then joined Estudiantes de La Plata of the city La Plata in the province of Buenos Aires, where he joined the under-20 youth team. Caballero was then transferred to Atlético Tembetary of the Paraguayan Primera División. On 1 August 1997, Caballero signed with Cerro Porteño in the Paraguayan Primera División, where he joined the likes of Diego Gavilan and Paulo da Silva. He participated in the 1998 Copa Libertadores, where which Cerro Porteño reached the semi-finals, losing on penalties against Ecuador's Barcelona Sporting Club.
Loan to Arsenal
On 29 October 1998, Caballero was loaned to Arsenal from Cerro Porteño for the remainder of the 1998–99 FA Premier League season, where he was issued the number #26 and would join colleagues David Seaman, Patrick Vieira, Tony Adams, Nelson Vivas, Fredrik Ljungberg, Nicolas Anelka, Dennis Bergkamp, Marc Overmars, Ray Parlour, Emmanuel Petit and Luís Boa Morte. He made his debut for Arsenal as a substitute in a 5–0 home defeat by Chelsea on 11 November 1998 in the League Cup. On 29 November 1998, Caballero debuted in the Premier League in a 1–1 home draw against Middlesbrough, when he was substituted onto the field for Fredrik Ljungberg in the 74th minute of the match. Caballero went on to make one more appearance for Arsenal, in a 4–2 FA Cup third-round victory away against Preston North End on 4 January 1999, where which he assisted Emmanuel Petit in scoring one of Arsenal's goals. Caballero would take no part in Arsenals 1998-99 UEFA Champions League campaign when, after making 3 appearances in all competitions, he returned to Paraguay to join Sol de América, where he would be coached by Ever Hugo Almeida.
On 1 July 2000, Caballero signed with Dundee for the 2000–01 Scottish Premier League season, being issued with the number #7. Caballero initially loan the club on loan but Dundee eventually signed him permanently. There, he was under the guidance of Italian coach Ivano Bonetti, and would also join Argentine footballers Juan Sara, Luis Alberto Carranza, Walter del Río, Claudio Caniggia and Pascual Garrido. Caballero made his first appearance in the SPL against Motherwell in a 2–0 away victory on 29 July. One week later, he scored his first goal in a 3–0 home victory against Dunfermline Athletic on 5 August. On 12 August, Caballero scored in a 5–1 away defeat against Hibernian and also received his first red card. On 23 August, Caballero scored a double in a 3–0 home League cup victory against Montrose. Four days later, he scored again in a 1–1 home league match against Hearts on 27 August, the goal being his fifth goal in four consecutive matches. Caballero scored his fourth league goal in a 2–0 away victory against Aberdeen on 7 April. He scored his last goals of the season, a double, against Celtic, in a 2–0 away victory on 13 May. Dundee were eventually eliminated by Heart of Midlothian at the fourth round stage of 2000–01 Scottish Cup. Dundee eventually finished in 6th position of the SPL table, with 47 points, and qualified for the first round of the 2001 UEFA Intertoto Cup. Caballero ended the season having scored 6 goals in 15 league appearances and 2 goals in 2 League Cup appearances.
Dundee faced FK Smederevo of Serbia and Montenegro in the UEFA Intertoto Cup, where they would draw 0–0 at home in the first-leg on 16 June. In the second-leg on 23 June, Caballero scored in the 5th minute of the first-half as Caballero was eventually red carded during the match. Dundee went on to be defeated 5–2. Caballero's first appearance of the 2001–02 Scottish Premier League season came in a 2–1 home victory against Hibernian, where Caballero scored the winning goal on 62 minutes, on 4 August. He scored his second league goal in a 4–1 home defeat to Aberdeen on 29 September. Caballero scored Dundee's 2–1 League Cup away defeat against Ross Country on 9 October. Three weeks later, Caballero scored in a 3–1 home victory against Motherwell on 30 October. His next goal would not arrive until 13 February, where he scored in Dundee's 2-2 home draw against Dunfermline. Caballero ended the season scoring two consecutive goals in the last two fixtures. Scoring once in a 2–2 away draw against Hibernian on 27 April, and scoring another goal in a 2–1 away loss against Motherwell on 12 May. Dundee made it to the Fourth round of the 2001–02 Scottish Cup, losing to Partick Thistle. Dundee also made it to the quarter-final stages of the 2001–02 Scottish League Cup, losing to Hibernian. Caballero concluded the season scoring 8 goals in 39 appearances in all competitions as Dundee concluded the season in 9th position, with 44 points.
On 3 August, Caballero scored in his first appearance of the 2002–03 season, a 65th minute equalizer in 1–1 home draw against Hearts. Three weeks later, he scored his second goal in a 2–1 home victory against Hibernian on 24 August. In the second-round of the League Cup, Caballero scored in Dundee's 3–1 victory against Queen of the South on 25 September. Caballero scored a 90th minute winning goal in a 2–1 home victory against Kilmarnock on 5 October. Dundee were eliminated in the third-round of the League Cup after a 1–0 defeat against Patrtick Thistle on 22 October. On 23 November, Caballero scored for the first time in the Dundee derby, a double, at Dens Park, in a 3–2 victory. He scored the first two goals of the match, in the 11th and 30th minute. On 15 March, Caballero scored in a 3–3 away draw against Aberdeen. In Caballero's second last league match of the season, he scored a first-half double in a 2–2 home draw against Rangers on 4 May. In the 2002–03 Scottish Cup, Dundee commenced in the third-round, getting past the likes of Partick Thistle (2–0), Aberdeen (2–0), Falkirk (1–1, a replay was played on 9 April where Caballero scored in the 44th minute of Dundee's 4–1 victory) and Inverness CT (1–0) in order to make the final. On 31 May, Dundee were defeated 1–0 against Rangers in the final, as Caballero played a full 90-minutes of the match. Dundee concluded the season in 6th place, with 44 points, and qualified for the first-round of the 2003–04 UEFA Cup, where they faced Perrugia. Caballero had scored 10 goals in 42 appearances in all competitions.
On 25 November 2003, Caballero endured a career break, having made no appearances for Dundee during 2003–04 Scottish Premier League season. This was due to the club's failure to sell on players as anticipated, and insufficient income was raised to fund the large wage bill, under owners Peter & James Marr, resulting in a £23 million debt. Caballero returned to the club on 1 October 2004 to commence his second spell as a Dundee player.
Upon Caballero's return to Dundee, his first appearance of the 2004–05 Scottish Premier League season came in a 1–1 away draw against Aberdeen on 2 October, where he was substituted onto the field for John Sutton in the 77th minute. He scored his first goal of the season in a 1–1 home draw against Hearts on 22 January, scoring the first goal of the match in the 54th minute. He made one Cup appearance in a 2–0 away defeat against Hibernian on 8 January. Caballero finished the season with 1 goal in 29 appearances in all competitions. Dundee finished in 12th position of the SPL table, with 33 points, and were subsequently relegated to the Scottish First Division for the 2005–06 season. Caballero was released by the club on 23 May 2005.
In mid-2005, Caballero returned to Paraguay to join Olimpia Asunción for the 2005 Paraguayan Primera División season. In January 2006, he was transferred to Club Tacuary for the 2006 Paraguayan Primera División season, Caballero made just two league appearances, however, Tacuary qualified for the 2007 Copa Libertadores as the best finisher in the aggregate points table and the 2007 Copa Sudamericana by winning the 2006 Liguilla Pre-Sudamericana. In January 2007, Caballero joined K League club Daejeon Citizen FC, making 6 league appearances. In July 2007, he was released from the club and signed for Cypriot club Alki Larnaca for the first half of the 2007–08 season. In January 2008, Caballero signed with Chilean outfit Provincial Osorno for the 2008 Chilean Primera División season. Caballero scored 3 goals in 15 league appearances for Osorno, in 2–0 away victory against Huachipato on 3 February, a 3–1 home victory against Melipilla on 3 March, and in a 3–1 home defeat against Concepción on 23 March. In June 2008, Caballero signed with Greek club Panachaiki for the 2007–08 Gamma Ethniki season, where he was coached by Australian coach Ange Postecoglou. In January 2010, Caballero signed with Nacional Asunción, where he was reunited with coach Ever Hugo Almeida. He participated in the 2010 Paraguayan Primera División season, scoring 4 goals (including a double in a 3–0 away victory against former club Tacuary on 16 May) in 26 appearances, and also participated in the 2010 Copa Libertadores, making two appearances (one appearance in a 1–0 away defeat against Once Caldas on 1 April, and the other in a 2–0 home victory against Monterrey on 21 April). In January 2011, Caballero signed with C.S.D. Municipal for the 2010–11 Liga Nacional de Fútbol de Guatemala season. During his stint at the club, his only goals, a double, came in a 4–1 away defeat against Deportivo Xinabajul on 24 April. In July 2012, Caballero returned to Tacuary where he made 3 league appearances and also participated in the preliminary stages of the 2012 Copa Sudamericana, where Tacuary lost 3–2 on aggregate to Chilean club Cobreloa.
In 2013, Caballero joined Primera División C side Club Sportivo Ameliano, scoring 4 goals in 14 league appearances during the 2013 season. Prior to the 2014 season, Caballero became a Player-coach, when he was employed as the first-team coach of the club.
In 2012, Caballero began coaching in order to receive his badges from the APF and was placed in charge of Sportivo Ameliano's under–16, under–18 and reserve-team squads. In 2014, Caballero, by then a Player-coach, was additionally placed in charge of the club's respective first-team.
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