Fredy Guarín

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Fredy Guarín
Fredy Guarin 2011.jpg
Guarín in 2011
Personal information
Full name Fredy Alejandro Guarín Vásquez
Date of birth (1986-06-30) 30 June 1986 (age 27)
Place of birth Puerto Boyacá, Colombia
Height 1.84 m (6 ft 12 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current club Internazionale
Number 13
Youth career
2002–2004 Envigado
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2004–2007 Envigado 38 (4)
2005–2006 Boca Juniors (loan) 2 (0)
2006–2007 Saint-Étienne (loan) 18 (1)
2007–2008 Saint-Étienne 18 (0)
2008–2012 Porto 63 (11)
2012 Internazionale (loan) 6 (0)
2012– Internazionale 61 (8)
National team
2003 Colombia U17 6 (2)
2003–2005 Colombia U20 7 (2)
2006– Colombia 47 (3)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 20 April 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 14 November 2013

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,[1][2] he started his career with Envigado, then had a short spell in Argentina and played two years in France with Saint-Étienne.

Guarín made a name for himself with F.C. Porto in Portugal, where he spent four seasons winning ten major titles, namely three national championships and the 2011 Europa League.

Club career[edit]

Early years / Saint-Étienne[edit]

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;[3] in late April 2007, the deal was made permanent, for four years.[4]

Porto[edit]

Guarín playing for Porto

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.[5] 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.[6]

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,[7][8][9][10][11] which also ended in conquest.

Internazionale[edit]

On 31 January 2012 Guarín joined Internazionale for 1.5 million, on loan, with the player replacing Paris Saint-Germain FC-bound Thiago Motta.[12] The Italians also had an option to make move permanent for €13.5 million in June.[13][14]

On 17 May 2012, Inter made the move permanent but for €11 million.[15] 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);[16] in the same competition but already in the group stage, he provided all three assists in 3–1 success at Neftchi Baku PFC.[17]

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.[18] 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,[19] and he declared he would not return to the Nerazzurri if he was not allowed to leave, but eventually reconsidered;[20] 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.[21][22]

On 25 March 2014, Guarín agreed to extend his contract with Inter until 2017.[23]

International career[edit]

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.[24][25]

International goals[edit]

As of 17 August 2013[26]
International goals
Goal Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
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 World Cup qualification
3 14 August 2013 Mini Estadi, Barcelona, Spain  Serbia 1–0 1–0 Friendly

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Porto

References[edit]

  1. ^ Wesley Sneijder: Fredy Guarin will ease loss of talented Dutchman; Bleacher Report, 21 January 2013
  2. ^ Fredy Guarín shows vision to ensure Wesley Sneijder is not missed at Inter; The Guardian, 21 January 2013
  3. ^ St Etienne 3–1 Troyes; ESPN Soccernet, 17 March 2007
  4. ^ Guarin signe à Saint-Etienne (Guarin signs for Saint-Etienne); Ligue de Football Professionnel, 20 April 2007 (French)
  5. ^ Porto acquire St-Étienne's Guarín; UEFA.com, 11 July 2008
  6. ^ "FC Porto vence Taça de Portugal" [FC Porto wins Portuguese Cup] (in Portuguese). Zerozero. 16 May 2010. Retrieved 27 January 2014. 
  7. ^ Guarín gives Porto narrow win in Seville; UEFA.com, 17 February 2011
  8. ^ Guarín fires Porto past CSKA; UEFA.com, 10 March 2011
  9. ^ Quick-fire Porto too good for CSKA; UEFA.com, 17 March 2011
  10. ^ Irrepressible Porto leave Spartak in a spin; UEFA.com, 14 April 2011
  11. ^ Porto triumph as four-goal Falcao stuns Villarreal; UEFA.com, 28 April 2011
  12. ^ Guarín and Palombo in, Motta out for Inter; UEFA.com, 31 January 2012
  13. ^ "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. 
  14. ^ Comunicado (Announcement); Porto's official website, 31 January 2012 (Portuguese)
  15. ^ FC Porto transfere Guarín (FC Porto sells Guarín); Porto's official website, 17 May 2012 (Portuguese)
  16. ^ Inter 2–2 Vaslui: Palacio and Guarin settle it; Inter's official website, 30 August 2012
  17. ^ Neftchi 1–3 Inter: Nerazzurri ease past 500-goal landmark in Europe; Goal.com, 4 October 2012
  18. ^ Inter progress with clinical showing at CFR; UEFA.com, 21 February 2013
  19. ^ "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. 
  20. ^ "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. 
  21. ^ "Fredy Guarin asks for Inter 'clarity'". Yahoo! Sports. 31 January 2014. Retrieved 31 January 2014. 
  22. ^ "Guarin annoyed with Inter treatment". Eurosport. 31 January 2014. Retrieved 31 January 2014. 
  23. ^ "Former Juventus target Fredy Guarin signs Inter Milan extension". Gulf News. 25 March 2014. Retrieved 27 March 2014. 
  24. ^ CONCACAF Championship, Gold Cup 2005 – Full Details; at RSSSF
  25. ^ Freddy Guarín: "los goles llegarán en cualquier momento" (Freddy Guarín: "goals will arrive at any moment"); El Espectador, 29 June 2011 (Spanish)
  26. ^ Fredy Guarín at National-Football-Teams.com

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