Luciano Fabián Monzón
|Full name||Luciano Fabián Monzón|
|Date of birth||13 April 1987|
|Place of birth||Granadero Baigorria, Argentina|
|Height||1.79 m (5 ft 10 1⁄2 in)|
|Playing position||Left Back|
|2008–2009||→ Betis (loan)||17||(2)|
|2013||→ Fluminense (loan)||4||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 7 September 2013.
† Appearances (Goals).
Born in Granadero Baigorria, Monzón began his professional career with Boca Juniors in 2007 after being promoted out of the club's youth academy. He made his Boca Juniors debut during the 2008 Clausura tournament in Boca Juniors, and was a surprise choice for the Argentina squad for the 2008 Olympic Games later that year. This doubt was put to rest as Monzón started every match as the team went on to win gold.
Unsurprisingly, after Monzón's performance at the Olympics he moved to Europe to play for Real Betis in La Liga for a reported €9 million after being linked with a move to German side, Hamburg since the Olympics had begun. It was later revealed that Monzón had moved on a loan deal with the option to purchase the player outright in the summer of 2009. Monzón scored his first goal with Betis on his debut against FC Barcelona at the Camp Nou on 24 September 2008, however, Real Betis eventually lost the game 3–2.
In his first season back with Boca, Monzón earned a regular playing time for his native club, playing in 23 league matches, with 2 goals. In August 2010, after his first season back in Argentina, he had two failed transfer attempts. First, he failed to move to Ukrainian side Dnipro due to a congenital heart condition and a few days later a second transfer was cancelled, this time to Serie A team Udinese, admittedly by differences in payment method. Despite the failed transfer attempts, Monzón continued to feature for the club, making 20 league appearances during the 2010-11 campaign, which ultimately would be his last at the club, before finally completing a permanent transfer to Europe with French side, OGC Nice.
On 11 July 2011 Monzón signed a 4-year contract with OGC Nice in the French Ligue 1. Monzón made his debut for Nice on 6 August 2011, in a 1-3 home loss against Lyon. During his one and only season in Nice, he was a regular feature in the club's starting lineup, managing 34 league appearances, marked with 8 goals, a great performance for a left defender. Monzón was set to begin the 2012-13 season with Nice, before completing a late transfer to Lyon on 26 August 12. His final match for Nice came on the opening matchday of the 2012-13 season: a 0-1 home defeat to Ajaccio on 11 August 2012.
On 26 August 2012, Monzón officially was unveiled as a new signining for 7-time French champions Olympique Lyonnais on a 4-year contract. Monzón was purchased by the club to replace Aly Cissokho who signed for Valencia earlier in the summer.
The transfer fee was worth €3 million with bonus variables of up to €1 million. With Lyon, the player began the season as a first team regular before losing his place in the team sheet after just 5 league appearances. Goal.com named Monzón as the worst transfer signing of the 2012-13 season.
On 9 January 2013, Monzón signed a 6-month loan deal with Brazilian national champions Fluminense in order to replace Thiago Carleto who returned to São Paulo. He returned to Lyon on 16 July 2013 before being sold to Serie A side Catania.
On 16 July 2013, Monzón officially signed for Calcio Catania in the Italian Serie A on a four-year contract for €3.3 million, while a further €300,000 could be paid on performance-related bonuses.
- Summer Olympics Gold Medal: 1
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- Bartram, Steve (31 August 2005). "Fabian Monzon Reveals Shocking Boca Juniors Salary". Goal.com. Retrieved 2009-06-12.
- "Monzón vuelve a Boca después de su frustrada chance en Europa" (in Spanish). infobae.com. Retrieved 2010-08-29.
- "Fabian Monzon : " Apporter un plus à l'équipe "". ogcnice.com. Retrieved 11 July 2011.
- "Nice and Lyon swap Monzon and Pied". FIFA.com. 26 August 2012. Retrieved 19 July 2013.
- "Thiago Silva best defender, Ibrahimovic best attacker - Ligue 1 awards for 2012-13". Goal.com. 22 May 2013. Retrieved 19 July 2013.
- "Fluminense announce signing of Lyon left-back Fabián Monzón". Samba Foot. 9 January 2013. Retrieved 19 July 2013.
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-  Lyon Press Release]
- Guardian statistics
- Argentine Primera statistics (Spanish)
- Monzón, Luciano Fabián at Historia de Boca.com (Spanish)
- Luciano Fabián Monzón at National-Football-Teams.com