Guarín in 2011
|Full name||Fredy Alejandro Guarín Vásquez|
|Date of birth||30 June 1986|
|Place of birth||Puerto Boyacá, Colombia|
|Height||1.84 m (6 ft 1⁄2 in)|
|2005–2006||→ Boca Juniors (loan)||2||(0)|
|2006–2007||→ Saint-Étienne (loan)||18||(1)|
|2012||→ Internazionale (loan)||6||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 8 December 2013.
† Appearances (Goals).
Fredy Alejandro Guarín Vásquez (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈfɾeði ɣwaˈɾin]; born 30 June 1986) is a Colombian professional footballer who plays for Internazionale in Italy. A versatile player, he is comfortable in the central or right side of midfield.
Capable of efficiently shooting from long-range with both feet and also being able to act as a playmaker, he started his career with Envigado, then had a short spell in Argentina and played two years in France with Saint-Étienne.
Early years / Saint-Étienne
Guarín was born in Puerto Boyacá. In 2005, already a regular for Envigado Fútbol Club and the Colombian U20 national team, he was taken on loan by Boca Juniors of Argentina, where he spent the first six months in the youth team, with only two league appearances; upon completion of his loan the Buenos Aires-based club attempted to sign him on a permanent basis, but he instead chose to go on loan toFrance's AS Saint-Étienne in August 2006.
Guarín made his debuts for ASSE scoring twice in a friendly against Spain's RCD Espanyol, and gradually fought his way into the starting lineup as the season closed. He made his Ligue 1 debut on 14 October 2006 against Olympique Lyonnais, and scored his first goal in a 3–1 victory against Troyes AC; in late April 2007, the deal was made permanent, for four years.
On 10 July 2008 Guarín penned a four-year deal with Portuguese League powerhouse F.C. Porto, for an undisclosed fee. Portuguese under-21 international Paulo Machado went the opposite direction, on loan. During his spell at the club he was used mainly as a reserve, but managed to appear regularly; his most important goal came on 16 May 2010 as Porto renewed its domestic cup title, defeating lowly G.D. Chaves 2–1.
In 2010–11, even after the departure of Raul Meireles to Liverpool, Guarín initially struggled to make Porto's starting XI. He was, however, a very important midfield element for the eventual national champions, playing in more than 40 official games and scoring ten goals, including five in the UEFA Europa League campaign, which also ended in conquest.
On 31 January 2011 Guarín joined Internazionale for €1.5 million, on loan, with the player replacing Paris Saint-Germain FC-bound Thiago Motta. The Italians also had an option to make move permanent for €13.5 million in June.
On 17 May 2012, Inter made the move permanent but for €11 million. Guarín scored his first official goal for the Nerazzurri on 30 August, in a 2–2 home draw against FC Vaslui for the season's Europa League (4–2 on aggregate); in the same competition but already in the group stage, he provided all three assists in 3–1 success at Neftchi Baku PFC.
On 24 May 2006 Guarín made his international debut for Colombia, in a pre-FIFA World Cup friendly against Ecuador. He represented the nation at the 2005 CONCACAF Gold Cup and the 2011 Copa América.
Style of play
Gifted with powerful long-range shots, Guarin's most notable characteristics are his physical strength and pace. Guarin is an overall versatile player, being able to act as a central midfielder to taking on a play-making role. He is also able to control and shoot the ball with both feet.
- As of 17 August 2013
|1||26 March 2011||Vicente Calderón, Madrid, Spain||Ecuador||1–0||2–0||Friendly|
|2||11 November 2011||Estadio Metropolitano Roberto Meléndez, Barranquilla, Colombia||Venezuela||1–0||1–1||2014 World Cup qualification|
|3||14 August 2013||Mini Estadi, Barcelona, Spain||Serbia||1–0||1–0||Friendly|
- Primeira Liga: 2008–09, 2010–11, 2011–12
- Taça de Portugal: 2008–09, 2009–10, 2010–11
- Supertaça Cândido de Oliveira: 2009, 2010, 2011
- UEFA Europa League: 2010–11
- UEFA Super Cup: Runner-up 2011
- Taça da Liga: Runner-up 2009–10
- Wesley Sneijder: Fredy Guarin will ease loss of talented Dutchman; Bleacher Report, 21 January 2013
- Fredy Guarín shows vision to ensure Wesley Sneijder is not missed at Inter; The Guardian, 21 January 2013
- St Etienne 3–1 Troyes; ESPN Soccernet, 17 March 2007
- Guarin signe à Saint-Etienne (Guarin signs for Saint-Etienne); Ligue de Football Professionnel, 20 April 2007 (French)
- Porto acquire St-Étienne's Guarín; UEFA.com, 11 July 2008
- Guarín gives Porto narrow win in Seville; UEFA.com, 17 February 2011
- Guarín fires Porto past CSKA; UEFA.com, 10 March 2011
- Quick-fire Porto too good for CSKA; UEFA.com, 17 March 2011
- Irrepressible Porto leave Spartak in a spin; UEFA.com, 14 April 2011
- Porto triumph as four-goal Falcao stuns Villarreal; UEFA.com, 28 April 2011
- Guarín and Palombo in, Motta out for Inter; UEFA.com, 31 January 2012
- "FC Porto revela valores dos empréstimos de Belluschi e Guarín" [FC Porto reveals figures on Belluschi e Guarín loans] (in Portuguese). Público. 31 January 2012. Retrieved 31 January 2012.
- Comunicado (Announcement); Porto's official website, 31 January 2012 (Portuguese)
- FC Porto transfere Guarín (FC Porto sells Guarín); Porto's official website, 17 May 2012 (Portuguese)
- Inter 2–2 Vaslui: Palacio and Guarin settle it; Inter's official website, 30 August 2012
- Neftchi 1–3 Inter: Nerazzurri ease past 500-goal landmark in Europe; Goal.com, 4 October 2012
- Inter progress with clinical showing at CFR; UEFA.com, 21 February 2013
- CONCACAF Championship, Gold Cup 2005 – Full Details; at RSSSF
- Freddy Guarín: "los goles llegarán en cualquier momento" (Freddy Guarín: "goals will arrive at any moment"); El Espectador, 29 June 2011 (Spanish)
- Fredy Guarín at National-Football-Teams.com
- L'Équipe stats (French)
- Saint-Étienne profile (French)
- Ligue 1 profile (French)
- Stats and profile at Zerozero
- Stats at ForaDeJogo
- Fredy Guarín at National-Football-Teams.com
- Transfermarkt profile
- FootballDatabase profile and stats