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 35)
Place of birth Mar del Plata, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Height 1.77 m (5 ft 9 12 in)
Playing position Right back / Defensive midfielder
Right winger / Centre back
Club information
Current team
Vélez Sársfield
Number 5
Youth career
Cadetes San Martín
Vélez Sársfield
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1996–2007 Vélez Sársfield 248 (8)
2007–2008 UANL Tigres 40 (0)
2008– Vélez Sársfield 152 (5)
National team
1995 Argentina U17
1997 Argentina U20
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 06:12, 3 March 2014 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 07:23, 15 December 2010 (UTC)

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.

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).

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.

International career[edit]

In 1997, Cubero was part of the Argentina U20 team that won the FIFA World Youth Championship held in Malaysia.

Personal life[edit]

Since 2006, Cubero is in a relationship with Argentine model Nicole Neumann.[5] They later married and had three daughters, named Indiana, Allegra and Sienna.[6]

He is also recognized for his high-pitched voice.[7]

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


Vélez Sársfield
Argentina U-20


  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. ^ "Nicole Neumann y Fabián Cubero en una sesión hot" (in Spanish). MDZ Online. 2009-02-18. Retrieved 2010-07-13. 
  6. ^ "Nicole Neumann y Fabián Cubero quieren un segundo hijo" (in Spanish). Terra. Retrieved 2010-07-13. 
  7. ^ "Nicole Neumann - "Con Nacho ya no vivimos juntos"" (in Spanish). Gente. Retrieved 2010-07-13. 

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