Fabián Cubero

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Fabián Cubero
Personal information
Full name Fabián Alberto Cubero
Date of birth (1978-12-21) December 21, 1978 (age 36)
Place of birth Mar del Plata, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Height 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Playing position Right back / Defensive midfielder
Right winger / Centre back
Club information
Current team
Vélez Sársfield
Number 5
Youth career
Cadetes de San Martín
Almagro Florida
Kimberley
1995 Renato Cesarini
1996 Vélez Sársfield
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1996–2007 Vélez Sársfield 248 (8)
2007–2008 UANL Tigres 40 (0)
2008– Vélez Sársfield 189 (6)
National team
1995 Argentina U17
1997 Argentina U20
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 7 April 2015.
† Appearances (Goals).

Fabián Alberto Cubero (born 21 December 1978) is an Argentine footballer who plays for Vélez Sársfield in the Argentine Primera División. A versatile player, Cubero started as a defensive midfielder but has played most of his career as a right back. He currently captains the team.

Cubero has played most of his professional career for Vélez Sársfield, winning five league titles with the team (spread over three different decades) and becoming the most capped player in the club's history (counting both domestic and international competitions). With seven, Cubero is the player with most local titles in the history of Vélez Sarsfield.

Club career[edit]

Cubero started his professional career with Vélez Sársfield in 1996. Under Marcelo Bielsa's coaching, he helped the team to win the 1998 Clausura league title, although he was not a regular in the first team. He was however a regular starter (mainly as right back, but sometimes also as defensive midfielder) in his team's 2005 Clausura winning campaign, where he also scored the first goal against Estudiantes de La Plata in a 3–0 victory that confirmed Vélez as champions. In 2007, Cubero was purchased by Tigres de la UANL of the Mexican Primera División.

After one year playing in Mexico, Cubero returned to Vélez Sársfield for the 2008–09 Argentine Primera División season. He established as a starter as defensive midfielder during the Apertura tournament (first half of the season). However, when Ricardo Gareca took the manager position in Vélez for the Clausura tournament (second half of the season), Cubero started playing as right back. After Nicolás Cabrera and Darío Ocampo's injuries, Cubero played the last games of the season as right winger. He played a total of 17 games during Vélez' championship winning campaign,[1] captaining the team during most of them.

On August 15, 2010, Cubero reached 300 professional games with Vélez (counting league and international competitions) during the 2010 Apertura second fixture win against All Boys.[2] After winning his fourth Primera División title with Vélez in the 2011 Clausura, Cubero (already 32 years old) renewed his contract for another 3 years.[3] During the 2012 Inicial, Cubero played his 457th official game with Vélez, equating Pedro Larraquy as the most capped player in the club's history,[4] a record that he later surpassed. During that tournament, he also won his 5th league title with the team. Cubero was also a starter in Vélez's victories against Newell's Old Boys in the 2012–13 Superfinal (in which he was sent off) and against Arsenal de Sarandí in the 2013 Supercopa Argentina.

In 2014 Cubero reached his 22nd red card, achieving the record of being the player with most red cards in Argentina since short tournaments (starting in 1990).[5]

International career[edit]

Cubero played with the Argentina national under-17 football team the 1995 FIFA U-17 World Championship, achieving a third-place finish, and was part of the under-20 squad that won the 1997 FIFA World Youth Championship held in Malaysia, both under José Pekerman's coaching.

Personal life[edit]

Since 2006, Cubero is in a relationship with Argentine model Nicole Neumann.[6] They later married and had three daughters, named Indiana, Allegra and Sienna.[7]

He is also recognized for his high-pitched voice.[8]

Cubero is nicknamed Poroto (in English: "bean").[6]

Honours[edit]

Vélez Sársfield
Argentina U-20

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Closing '09 statistics". Argentine Soccer. Retrieved 2010-08-08. 
  2. ^ Carlos Alberto Martino (2010-08-15). "Amo a esta camiseta" (in Spanish). Vélez Sársfield official website. Retrieved 2010-08-17. 
  3. ^ "En Vélez, hay Cubero para rato". Cancha Llena (in Spanish). 2011-07-01. Retrieved 2011-07-18. 
  4. ^ Guillermo Tagliaferri and Oscar Barnade (2012-09-30). "Larraquy le deja la posta a Cubero". Clarín (in Spanish). Retrieved 2013-02-12. 
  5. ^ Silvio Maverino (2014-05-04). "Cubero, el jugador más expulsado". Fox Sports (in Spanish). Retrieved 2015-01-18. 
  6. ^ a b Diego Borinsky (2013-01-21). "Fabián Cubero, 100x100: 'No tomaría un café con Maradona'" (in Spanish). El Gráfico. Retrieved 2015-01-16. 
  7. ^ "Nicole Neumann y Fabián Cubero quieren un segundo hijo" (in Spanish). Terra. Retrieved 2010-07-13. 
  8. ^ "Nicole Neumann - "Con Nacho ya no vivimos juntos"" (in Spanish). Gente. Retrieved 2010-07-13. 

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