Fabián Orellana

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Fabián Orellana
Personal information
Full name Fabián Ariel Orellana Valenzuela
Date of birth (1986-01-27) 27 January 1986 (age 28)
Place of birth Santiago, Chile
Height 1.68 m (5 ft 6 in)
Playing position Winger
Club information
Current team
Celta
Number 14
Youth career
Colo-Colo
2000–2004 Audax Italiano
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2004–2009 Audax Italiano 117 (27)
2009–2011 Udinese 0 (0)
2009–2010 Xerez (loan) 26 (2)
2010–2011 Granada (loan) 36 (8)
2011–2013 Granada 17 (0)
2011–2012 Celta (loan) 37 (13)
2013– Celta 54 (8)
National team
2007– Chile 29 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 5 October 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 9 September 2014
This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Orellana and the second or maternal family name is Valenzuela.

Fabián Ariel Orellana Valenzuela (born 27 January 1986) is a Chilean professional footballer who plays for Spanish club Celta de Vigo as a right winger.

Club career[edit]

Born in Santiago, Orellana began his career in Colo-Colo and moved in 2000 to Audax Italiano. He made his Primera División debuts at only 18, and scored 12 league goals in 38 games in the 2007 season as his team finished third in the Apertura, won its Clausura group and reached the semifinals in the playoffs.

Orellana signed with Udinese Calcio in Italy on 30 June 2009,[1] being immediately loaned to Xerez CD in Segunda División.[2] In the following campaign he continued in that country and category, joining in the same predicament Granada CF and being a solid contributor as the Andalusians returned to La Liga after a 35-year absence, netting seven goals – plus one in the playoffs[3]– in 2,673 minutes of play (he was also sent off three times).[4]

In the summer of 2011, Orellana became property of Granada. In September he was loaned to another Spanish second level club, Celta de Vigo.[5]

International career[edit]

Orellana made his debut for Chile in 2007. On 15 October of the following year he scored his first international goal, in a 2010 FIFA World Cup qualifier against Argentina in Santiago (1–0 win).

On 10 October 2009, for the same competition, Orellana closed the scoring in a 4–2 win in Colombia, securing the national team's qualification to the World Cup after 12 years.[6] In the final stages in South Africa, he came on as a substitute for Alexis Sánchez midway through the second half of a 1–2 group stage defeat against eventual champions Spain.[7]

Previously, Orellana played in the 2008 Toulon Tournament with the under-20s, helping them to the second position.

International goals[edit]

Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
15 October 2008 Estadio Nacional, Santiago, Chile  Argentina 1–0 1–0 2010 World Cup qualification
10 October 2009 Atanasio Girardot, Medellín, Colombia  Colombia 2–4 2–4 2010 World Cup qualification

Personal life[edit]

Orellana's nickname, El Poeta (The poet), comes from his resemblance to a Chilean comedy character who has the same name. After his goal against Argentina, he also began being referred to as El Histórico (The historic one).

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