Fabricio Coloccini

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Fabricio Coloccini
Fabricio Coloccini v Ipswich.jpg
Coloccini playing for Newcastle United in 2010
Personal information
Full name Fabricio Coloccini[1]
Date of birth (1982-01-22) 22 January 1982 (age 33)[1]
Place of birth Córdoba, Argentina
Height 6 ft 0.5 in (1.84 m)[1]
Playing position Centre back
Club information
Current team
Newcastle United
Number 2
Youth career
1997–1998 Argentinos Juniors
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1998–1999 Boca Juniors 2 (1)
1999–2004 Milan 1 (0)
2000–2001 San Lorenzo (loan) 19 (3)
2001–2002 Alavés (loan) 33 (6)
2002–2003 Atlético Madrid (loan) 27 (0)
2003–2004 Villarreal (loan) 32 (1)
2004–2008 Deportivo La Coruña 105 (5)
2008– Newcastle United 209 (5)
National team
2003– Argentina 39 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 12:18, 19 January 2015 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 4 June 2014

Fabricio Coloccini (locally: [faˈβɾisjo koloˈtʃini]; born 22 January 1982) is an Argentine footballer who plays for and captains Premier League club Newcastle United as a defender. He plays for Argentina at international level.

Coloccini has represented numerous football clubs, however it was his successful spell at Deportivo La Coruña where he earned his reputation as a top-level defender. After beginning his career at Boca Juniors in his native Argentina, Coloccini attracted the attention of AC Milan. He failed to establish himself there, however, and subsequently went on loan to four different clubs. In July 2011, he was promoted to club captain of Newcastle United after proving himself as one of the Premier League's most reliable and strong central defenders. In April 2012 he was named in the PFA Team of the Year due to his influence in Newcastle's impressive season. Coloccini also holds an Italian passport due to his Italian ancestry.[2]

Club career[edit]

Boca Juniors[edit]

Born in Córdoba, Córdoba Province,[1] Coloccini started his career in the youth team of Argentinos Juniors, but made his professional debut in 1998 with Boca Juniors. He made two league appearances, both from the bench, in his one and only season with Boca. He scored in his second (and final) match, leveling the scores in a 2–2 draw with Unión de Santa Fé.

AC Milan[edit]

In 1999, at the end of the Apertura championship, he moved to AC Milan. Coloccini was at the centre of a controversy between Boca and Milan, because the transfer from Argentina to Italy wasn't agreed between the clubs. Instead, Milan arranged terms with Coloccini's father (also a former football player), who exercised his parental rights to remove the minor from Argentina. After that, FIFA ordered Milan to pay Boca compensation.

Loan moves[edit]

In 2000, Coloccini was loaned to San Lorenzo de Almagro where he helped the team to win the 2001 Clausura tournament. From 2001–04, Coloccini served three consecutive loans in La Liga: Deportivo Alavés (netting an impressive 6 league goals), Atlético Madrid, and Villarreal, where he was always first-choice.

Deportivo La Coruña[edit]

After having only appeared once for Milan officially, Coloccini joined Deportivo La Coruña in January 2005, on a six-year deal.[3] During his three-and-a-half seasons stint, he was an undisputed starter, and appeared in all the matches during 2007–08 netting four goals, good enough for a UEFA Intertoto Cup berth for the club.

Newcastle United[edit]

Coloccini joined Newcastle United on a five-year contract in August 2008 for a fee of up to £10.3 million.[4] Two days later, he made his debut against the reigning league champions, Manchester United, playing 90 minutes in a 1–1 away draw.

Coloccini playing for Newcastle United in 2012

Since his debut, Coloccini has been one of the most consistent inclusions in Newcastle's squad, and formed a partnership with fellow newcomer Sébastien Bassong in his first season. He was not immune to the pressures of representing Newcastle's infamous defence, coming under his most intense criticism for his performance in Newcastle's 5–1 defeat to Liverpool. Despite his mistakes in the game, manager Joe Kinnear voiced his support for Coloccini, stating that he believed his "Mr. Reliable" would bounce back.[5] On 1 February, Coloccini was substituted against Sunderland in the 93rd minute. Up until this point, he had played every minute of every game for Newcastle all season. He was dropped for the 1–1 draw with Stoke City, but played in Newcastle's 1–0 defeat to Aston Villa which saw them relegated.

Despite Newcastle's relegation, Coloccini stayed on and was the mainstay of the club's defence all season, partnering the likes of Steven Taylor, Mike Williamson, Fitz Hall and Tamás Kádár in the sturdiest rearguard of the league. He scored two goals for Newcastle since relegation, a header at Cardiff City,[6] and another header at Watford. The club was eventually promoted back to the Premier League as champions, and Coloccini's great contributions awarded him a place in the Championship's Team of the Year. Coloccini scored his third Newcastle goal against Wigan Athletic in the fourth minute of injury time as they came from two goals down to draw 2–2 at St James' Park, with that being his first goal in the Premier League on the same day that he captained Newcastle for the first time.[7] Coloccini scored a striker's finish in a 1–1 draw with Tottenham Hotspur on 22 January 2011, the day of his 29th birthday and his 100th Newcastle appearance.

He continued his fine form for Newcastle into April, reforming his partnership with Mike Williamson after a brief time with Steven Taylor in January. On 2 April, Coloccini made numerous forward runs and forward roaming to help supply Peter Løvenkrands' goal in the 4–1 win over Wolves. Manager Alan Pardew, along with pundit Jamie Redknapp complimented the defender for his contributions to the team's attack, calling him a "top, top player".[8]

On 8 July 2011, Coloccini was named Newcastle captain for the 2011–12 season.[9] He and Taylor rekindled their partnership and were central to one of the Premier League's meanest defences, conceding a mere 8 goals in the first 11 games. He scored his first goal of the season in the 122nd minute to win the game against Championship club Nottingham Forest in a 4–3 thriller in the third round of the League Cup that saw Forest equalise on three occasions.[10] In October, he was selected for the North East Football Writers' Association Player of the Year for 2011.[11] On 22 April 2012, Coloccini was named in the PFA Team of the Year. After an impressive display in the Tyne–Wear derby against Sunderland in October, Pardew was so impressed with the way Coloccini played that he said the performance was just like watching England legend Bobby Moore.[citation needed] In January 2013, Coloccini stunned Newcastle United by asking for a transfer back to Argentina citing personal reasons. His preference was to move to the team he helped win the 2001 Clausura, San Lorenzo. However San Lorenzo could not afford his wages or the transfer fee Newcastle would want as he still had four years left on his contract. After lengthy talks with club officials and manager Alan Pardew, Coloccini decided to stay at St James' Park until the end of the 2012–13 season and then decide on where his future lies. On 16 June 2013, Coloccini confirmed that he was staying at Newcastle until the end of the 2013–14 season at least, after lengthy talks with manager Alan Pardew. Coloccini also praised Newcastle United as a club saying that they had done everything possible to make him stay.On 1 November 2014, Coloccini made his 200th league appearance for Newcastle In the 1-0 win over Liverpool at St James' Park. Eight days later, he scored his first goal in three years with a header in Newcastle's 2–0 away win over West Bromwich Albion.[12]

International career[edit]

Coloccini was part of the Argentina Under-20 that won the 2001 FIFA World Youth Championship, as well as the gold medal winning Argentina team at the 2004 Summer Olympics.

With the main squad, he made his debut in 2003 and first participated in the 2005 Confederations Cup, scoring one goal in the game against Cameroon. In the 2006 FIFA World Cup, Coloccini played in two games, as a substitute against the Netherlands, and starting against Germany in the quarter-finals penalty shootout loss. Coloccini was an unused substitute in Argentina's World Cup qualifier against Brazil on 6 September 2009. He was absent from the national team in the 2010 FIFA World Cup. Due to his great form throughout 2012,Coloccini was recalled to the Argentina squad under new manager Alejandro Sabella for the FIFA World Cup qualifiers against Paraguay and Peru in September 2012. Coloccini won his 35th cap for Argentina on 14 November 2012, in a 0–0 draw against Saudi Arabia at the King Fahd International Stadium in Riyadh.He earned his 36th cap for Argentina coming on as an 87th minute subtistute In the 3-2 friendly win over Sweden In Stockholm on 6 February 2013. Coloccini started the 4-0 win over Guatemala on 15 June 2013. Coloccini played the full 90 minutes in a 5-2 win over Paraguay on 10 September, a game which sealed Argentina's place in the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.

Career statistics[edit]


As of 17 January 2015[13]
Club Season League National Cup[a] League Cup[b] Continental Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Boca Juniors 1998–99 Primera División 2 1 0 0 0 0 2 1
A.C. Milan 1999–2000 Serie A 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
San Lorenzo (loan) 2000–01 Primera División 19 3 0 0 0 0 19 3
Alavés (loan) 2001–02 La Liga 33 6 0 0 33 6
Atlético Madrid (loan) 2002–03 27 0 0 0 27 0
Villarreal (loan) 2003–04 32 1 0 0 11[c] 0 43 1
A.C. Milan 2004–05 Serie A 1 0 3 0 1[d] 0 5 0
Deportivo La Coruña 2004–05 La Liga 15 1 0 0 0 0 15 1
2005–06 26 0 4 0 0 0 30 0
2006–07 26 0 2 0 28 0
2007–08 38 4 0 0 38 4
Total 105 5 6 0 0 0 111 5
Newcastle United 2008–09 Premier League 34 0 2 0 2 0 38 0
2009–10 Championship 37 2 3 0 0 0 40 2
2010–11 Premier League 35 2 1 0 1 0 37 2
2011–12 35 0 1 0 3 1 39 1
2012–13 22 0 0 0 1 0 7[e] 0 30 0
2013–14 27 0 0 0 1 0 28 0
2014–15 19 1 0 0 4 0 23 1
Total 209 5 7 0 12 1 7 0 235 6
Career total 428 21 16 0 12 1 19 0 476 22
  1. ^ Italy – Coppa Italia, Spain – Copa del Rey, England – FA Cup
  2. ^ England – League Cup
  3. ^ Seven appearances in the UEFA Intertoto Cup, four appearances in the UEFA Cup.
  4. ^ Appearance(s) in the UEFA Champions League.
  5. ^ Appearance(s) in the UEFA Europa League.


As of 14 September 2013.[14]
National team Year Apps Goals
Argentina 2003 3 0
2004 8 1
2005 11 0
2006 4 0
2007 0 0
2008 6 0
2009 1 0
2010 1 0
2011 0 0
2012 1 0
2013 3 0
Total 38 1

International goals[edit]

Goal Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 4 September 2004 Lima, Peru  Peru 2–1 3–1 2006 FIFA World Cup qualification



Boca Juniors
San Lorenzo
Newcastle United





  1. ^ a b c d Hugman, Barry J., ed. (2010). The PFA Footballers' Who's Who 2010–11. Mainstream Publishing. p. 92. ISBN 978-1-84596-601-0. 
  2. ^ Whose footballers' passports are being closely watched (Spanish)
  3. ^ Deportivo claim Coloccini
  4. ^ "Newcastle seal Coloccini transfer". BBC Sport. 15 August 2008. Retrieved 15 August 2008. 
  5. ^ Joe – "Colo will bounce back" Sky Sports
  6. ^ "Cardiff 0–1 Newcastle". BBC Sport. 13 September 2009. Retrieved 13 September 2009. 
  7. ^ "Newcastle 2 – 2 Wigan". BBC Sport. 16 October 2010. Retrieved 16 October 2010. 
  8. ^ "Fabricio Coloccini given licence to get forward". Evening Chronicle (Newcastle upon Tyne). 5 April 2011. Retrieved 3 December 2011. 
  9. ^ http://www.skysports.com/story/0,19528,11095_7027994,00.html /.
  10. ^ "Nott'm Forest 3–4 Newcastle (aet)". BBC Sport. 21 September 2011. Retrieved 3 December 2011. 
  11. ^ "Captain Fabricio Coloccini wins top award". The Journal (Newcastle upon Tyne). 1 October 2011. 
  12. ^ "West Brom 0–2 Newcastle". BBC Sport. 9 November. Retrieved 10 November 2014.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  13. ^ "Fabio Coloccini Career Stats". Soccerbase. 28 December 2009. Retrieved 28 December 2009. 
  14. ^ "Coloccini, Fabricio". National Football Teams. Retrieved 17 January 2013. 

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Kevin Nolan
Newcastle United captain