Guarín in 2011
|Full name||Fredy Alejandro Guarín Vásquez|
|Date of birth||30 June 1986|
|Place of birth||Puerto Boyacá, Colombia|
|Height||1.87 m (6 ft 1 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 18 May 2014.
† 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. He made a name for himself with Porto in Portugal, where he spent four seasons winning ten major titles, including three national championships and the 2011 Europa League.
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 to France'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 2012 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.
Again in the Europa League, on 21 February 2013, Guarín netted a brace in a 3–0 away win over CFR Cluj (5–0 on aggregate) to help Inter make it through to the last-16. In the following year's winter transfer window he was supposed to move to Juventus F.C. in exchange for Mirko Vučinić, but the deal eventually fell through after both clubs could not reach an agreement, and he declared he would not return to the Nerazzurri if he was not allowed to leave, but eventually reconsidered; it was later reported that he simply wanted to clarify his future with the club, stating that he never asked to leave and that he was confused as to why the situation was created.
On 25 March 2014, Guarín agreed to extend his contract with Inter until 2017.
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.
Guarín was selected by José Pekerman for his 2014 FIFA World Cup squad. He played his first game in the tournament on 24 June after the national team had already won its first two group matches, featuring the full 90 minutes in a 4–1 group stage win against Japan which was also his 49th cap; he gained his 50th four days later, coming on as a late substitute to help oust Uruguay 2–0 in the round-of-16.
Scores and results lists Colombia's goal tally first.
|1.||26 March 2011||Estadio 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 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|3.||14 August 2013||Mini Estadi, Barcelona, Spain||Serbia||1–0||1–0||Friendly|
|4.||6 June 2014||Estadio Pedro Bidegain, Buenos Aires, Argentina||Jordan||3–0||3–0||Friendly|
- Primeira Liga (3): 2008–09, 2010–11, 2011–12
- Taça de Portugal (3): 2008–09, 2009–10, 2010–11
- Supertaça Cândido de Oliveira (3): 2009, 2010, 2011
- UEFA Europa League (1): 2010–11
- 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
- "FC Porto vence Taça de Portugal" [FC Porto wins Portuguese Cup] (in Portuguese). Zerozero. 16 May 2010. Retrieved 27 January 2014.
- 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
- "Inter e Juve, scambio Vucinic-Guarin: l'affare si farà" [Inter and Juve, Vucinic-Guarin swap: deal will be done] (in Italian). La Repubblica. 20 January 2014. Retrieved 24 January 2014.
- "Aria tesa in casa Inter, ma Guarin torna ad allenarsi. Ausilio: "E' nostro, eh…"" [Rocky days at Inter, but Guarin returns to training. Ausilio: "He's ours, hey…"] (in Italian). Goal.com. 23 January 2014. Retrieved 24 January 2014.
- "Fredy Guarin asks for Inter 'clarity'". Yahoo! Sports. 31 January 2014. Retrieved 31 January 2014.
- "Guarin annoyed with Inter treatment". Eurosport. 31 January 2014. Retrieved 31 January 2014.
- "Former Juventus target Fredy Guarin signs Inter Milan extension". Gulf News. 25 March 2014. Retrieved 27 March 2014.
- 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)
- "Colombia World Cup 2014 squad". The Daily Telegraph. 2 June 2014. Retrieved 24 June 2014.
- "Cruising Colombia triumph, send Japan home". FIFA.com. 24 June 2014. Retrieved 24 June 2014.
- "Rodriguez brace sets up Brazil showdown". FIFA.com. 28 June 2014. Retrieved 29 June 2014.
- "Fredy Guarín International Statistics"., Int.soccerway.com Retrieved on 30 July 2014
- L'Équipe stats (French)
- Saint-Étienne official profile (French)
- Ligue 1 profile (French)
- Stats and profile at Zerozero
- Stats at ForaDeJogo
- Fredy Guarín at National-Football-Teams.com
- Fredy Guarín – FIFA competition record
- Soccerway profile