Gabriel Fernández Arenas

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Gabi
Gabi Fernández - 01.jpg
Gabi playing for Atlético Madrid in 2013
Personal information
Full name Gabriel Fernández Arenas
Date of birth (1983-07-10) 10 July 1983 (age 30)
Place of birth Madrid, Spain
Height 1.79 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Defensive midfielder
Club information
Current club Atlético Madrid
Number 14
Youth career
CF San Eladio
Atlético Madrid
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2002–2004 Atlético B 46 (4)
2004–2007 Atlético Madrid 58 (1)
2004–2005 Getafe (loan) 32 (2)
2007–2011 Zaragoza 135 (16)
2011– Atlético Madrid 97 (5)
National team
2003 Spain U20 7 (1)
2004–2005 Spain U21 12 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 00:00, 15 April 2014 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).

Gabriel Fernández Arenas (born 10 July 1983), commonly known as Gabi, is a Spanish professional footballer who plays for Atlético Madrid in La Liga, as a defensive midfielder.

Football career[edit]

Gabi was born in Madrid. A product of Atlético Madrid's youth system he was seldom used during his debut season with the Colchoneros' first team. After a loan to another club in the capital, Getafe CF, he would amass 52 La Liga appearances for the club from 2005 to 2007, scoring his only goal in a 1–1 away draw against RCD Espanyol on 9 April 2006.

In early February 2007 Gabi joined Real Zaragoza on a 9 million transfer, agreeing to a four-year contract effective as of July.[1] He was an undisputed starter in his first year, but the Aragonese were relegated from the top flight.

Defensive-minded Gabi netted four times in 35 games in the 2008–09 campaign, helping Zaragoza immediately regain its lost status. In the following season he again was an automatic first-choice, helping his club to a final 14th position.

Again a starter in the 2010–11, only missing matches due to suspension, Gabi scored a career-best eleven goals as Zaragoza again escaped relegation, six from penalty kicks – he was also team captain. On 12 March 2011, he scored twice from the spot in a 4–0 home win against Valencia CF;[2] on 30 April, in the same predicament, he scored in a 3–2 away success against Real Madrid[3] and, in the last matchday, he grabbed a brace in a 2–1 win at Levante UD, which certified the team's permanence.[4]

On 1 July 2011 Gabi returned to Atlético Madrid, with a transfer fee of around €3 million.[5] He scored his first goal for the team on 4 December, in a 3–1 home win against Rayo Vallecano – adding one in his own net[6]and started most of his first season in his second spell, partnering another club youth graduate, Mario Suárez, in defensive midfield.

In the 2012–13 campaign Gabi played 45 official matches, including seven in the club's victorious run in the Copa del Rey, the first in 17 years.[7] He was also selected by manager Diego Simeone as the new captain.[8]

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Atlético Madrid

Country[edit]

Spain U20

Club statistics[edit]

As of 8 April 2014[9]
Club statistics
Club Season League Copa del Rey Continental Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Atlético Madrid 2003–04 La Liga 6 0 1 0 7 0
2004–05 La Liga 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2005–06 La Liga 32 1 1 0 33 1
2006–07 La Liga 20 0 2 0 22 1
Total 58 1 4 0 0 0 62 1
Getafe 2004–05 La Liga 32 2 2 0 34 2
Total 32 2 2 0 34 2
Zaragoza 2007–08 La Liga 32 0 3 0 2[a] 0 37 0
2008–09 Segunda División 35 4 0 0 35 4
2009–10 La Liga 32 1 2 0 34 1
2010–11 La Liga 36 11 2 1 38 12
Total 135 16 7 1 2 0 144 17
Atlético Madrid 2011–12 La Liga 31 2 1 0 17[a] 1 49 3
2012–13 La Liga 35 0 8 0 2[a] 0 1[b] 0 46 0
2013–14 La Liga 30 3 7 0 10[c] 0 2[d] 0 49 3
Total 96 5 16 0 29 1 3 0 144 6
Career total 321 24 29 1 31 1 3 0 384 26
  1. ^ a b c Appearances in UEFA Europa League
  2. ^ Appearances in UEFA Super Cup
  3. ^ Appearances in UEFA Champions League
  4. ^ Appearances in Supercopa de España

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Zaragoza move early to get Gabi". UEFA.com. 5 February 2007. 
  2. ^ "Zaragoza crush Valencia". ESPN Soccernet. 12 March 2011. Retrieved 30 March 2011. 
  3. ^ "Zaragoza end Real title dream". ESPN Soccernet. 30 April 2011. Retrieved 30 April 2011. 
  4. ^ "Zaragoza end drop fears". ESPN Soccernet. 21 May 2011. Retrieved 1 June 2011. 
  5. ^ "El Zaragoza hace oficial traspaso de Gabi al Atlético" [Zaragoza makes Gabi transfer official] (in Spanish). Diario AS. 1 July 2011. Retrieved 1 July 2011. 
  6. ^ "Aperitivo de calidad que no llena" [Five-star appetizer leaves begging for more] (in Spanish). Marca. 3 December 2011. Retrieved 3 December 2011. 
  7. ^ "Jose Mourinho and Cristiano Ronaldo off in Real Madrid loss". BBC Sport. 17 May 2013. Retrieved 19 May 2013. 
  8. ^ "Gabi: "No me veo en otro equipo que no sea el Atlético"" [Gabi: "I can't see myself in any other team than Atlético"] (in Spanish). Marca. 24 March 2013. Retrieved 19 May 2013. 
  9. ^ "Gabi: Gabriel Fernández Arenas". BDFutbol. Retrieved 6 March 2014. 

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Antonio López
Atlético Madrid Captain
2012–present
Succeeded by
Incumbent