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 29)
Place of birth Santiago, Chile
Height 1.68 m (5 ft 6 in)
Playing position Winger
Club information
Current team
Number 14
Youth career
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 72 (10)
National team
2007– Chile 30 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 9 April 2015.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 27 March 2015
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 23 May 2009, for 3.2 million,[1] being immediately loaned to Xerez CD in the Spanish Segunda División.[2] In the following campaign he continued in that country and category, joining in the same predicament Granada CF[3] 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[4]– in 2,673 minutes of play (he was also sent off three times).[5]

In the summer of 2011, Orellana became property of Granada. In September he was loaned to another Spanish second level club, Celta de Vigo.[6]

Orellana was acquired permanently by the Galicians in early January 2013.[7] On 6 April 2015, he was sent off in the dying minutes of a 0–1 home loss to FC Barcelona for throwing a piece of turf at Sergio Busquets' face.[8]

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.[9] 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.[10]

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).[11]


  1. ^ "Orellana: Ficha por el Udinese" [Orellana: Signs for Udinese] (in Spanish). Fichajes. 23 May 2009. Retrieved 8 April 2015. 
  2. ^ "Orellana: Cedido al Xerez" [Orellana: Loaned to Xerez] (in Spanish). Fichajes. 30 August 2009. Retrieved 8 April 2015. 
  3. ^ "Mercado: Es oficial, el Granada ficha a Orellana, cedido por el Udinese" [Mercado: It's official, Granada signs Orellana, loaned by Udinese] (in Spanish). Goal.com. 29 July 2010. Retrieved 8 April 2015. 
  4. ^ "Granada sigue adelante tras batir al Celta en los penaltis" [Granada progresses after beating Celta in penalties] (in Spanish). Diario AS. 11 June 2011. Retrieved 21 May 2014. 
  5. ^ "Fabián Orellana se convierte en el jugador más expulsado de toda la Liga" [Fabián Orellana becomes player with most ejections in entire League] (in Spanish). Ideal. 22 February 2011. Retrieved 21 May 2014. 
  6. ^ "Pina decidió que Orellana fuera al Celta porque Udinese tiene muchos extranjeros" [Pina decided Orellana moved to Celta because Udinese has many foreign players] (in Spanish). Ideal. 11 September 2011. Retrieved 11 September 2011. 
  7. ^ "El Granada mueve ficha en el mercado invernal" [Granada makes a move in winter transfer market] (in Spanish). Marca. 1 January 2013. Retrieved 8 April 2015. 
  8. ^ "Celta Vigo 0–1 Barcelona MATCH REPORT: Jeremy Mathieu heads the winner as Fabian Orellana is sent off for throwing grass at Sergio Busquets". Daily Mail. 6 April 2015. Retrieved 6 April 2015. 
  9. ^ "Valdivia helps Chile clinch spot". FIFA.com. 11 October 2009. Retrieved 30 October 2011. 
  10. ^ "España resuelve el pase en su peor partido" [Spain goes through in worst game] (in Spanish). Marca. 25 June 2010. Retrieved 21 May 2014. 
  11. ^ "Orellana: Mejor 'histórico' que 'poeta'" [Orellana: Better 'historic' than 'poet'] (in Spanish). Ideal. 14 July 2012. Retrieved 8 April 2015. 

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