M. Pablo playing for Deportivo
|Full name||Manuel Pablo García Díaz|
|Date of birth||25 January 1976|
|Place of birth||Arucas, Spain|
|Height||1.76 m (5 ft 9 1⁄2 in)|
|Playing position||Right back|
|Current club||Deportivo La Coruña|
|1995–1996||Las Palmas B|
|1998–||Deportivo La Coruña||370||(1)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 20:00, 2 March 2014 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).
He played most of his professional career with Deportivo, appearing in nearly 450 official games and notably winning the 2000 national championship. With speed and stamina as his main assets, he also represented Spain on 13 occasions.
Born in Arucas, Las Palmas, Canary Islands, Manuel Pablo was only 22 when he joined Deportivo de La Coruña from hometown's UD Las Palmas in the summer of 1998 – he was signed together with Argentine Turu Flores, but was more or less considered a 'bonus' in this package deal. He made his La Liga debut on 15 November 1998 in a 2–2 home draw against Deportivo Alavés, but faced serious competition from Armando that season; he played a total of 14 league matches, but displayed enough promise to prompt Deportivo to release Armando at the end of 1998–99.
Pablo played 74 league matches from 1999–2001 and was a vital part of Depor's defense, as the Galicians were crowned league champions in 2000 for the first time in their history. His performances earned him a debut in the Spanish national team on 16 August 2000, in a 1–4 away friendly defeat to Germany.
In his fourth season at A Coruña, disaster struck: on 30 September 2001, Manuel Pablo sustained an horrific tibia injury during the Galician derby against Celta de Vigo, in a televised match, after an unlucky tackle by Everton Giovanella. Eventually, he missed the rest of the campaign.
One year later Pablo returned, playing the full 90 minutes against CD Corralejo in a Copa del Rey outing. On 6 October 2002 he was handed his league return by coach Javier Irureta, coming out as a late substitute in the 0–2 home loss against Racing de Santander.
In 2003–04's closing stages Manuel Pablo proved he was fully recovered, as displayed in an excellent individual display on 7 April 2004 in a 4–0 second leg quarterfinal crushing of A.C. Milan in the UEFA Champions League. From the 2004–05 season onwards, he was the undisputed right-back at Riazor (although he faced stiff competition from Álvaro Arbeloa in the 2006–07 campaign until the latter departed for Liverpool in January 2007).
In the following two seasons Pablo remained first-choice at his position, although he was challenged by younger Laure in the 2008–09 season. After lengthy negotiations the 33-year-old renewed his Depor link in a 2+1 deal, in early May 2009.
|Las Palmas||1996–97||Segunda División||20||1||0||0||0||0||20||1|
- La Liga: 1999–2000
- Segunda División: 2011–12
- Copa del Rey: 2001–02
- Supercopa de España: 2000, 2002
- UEFA Intertoto Cup: 2008
- Giovanella visitó a Manuel Pablo (Giovanella visited Manuel Pablo) (Spanish)
- La operación de tibia de Manuel Pablo crea polémica entre los especialistas (Manuel Pablo's tibia surgery stirs up controversy amongst specialists); El Mundo, 17 November 2001 (Spanish)
- Buoyant United ready for Deportivo
- Manuel Pablo renueva por dos temporadas (Manuel Pablo renews for two seasons); Marca, 11 May 2009 (Spanish)
- "Manuel Pablo: Manuel Pablo García Díaz". BDFutbol. Retrieved 5 November 2013.
- "Manuel Pablo". Soccerway. Retrieved 9 January 2014.
- Includes Copa del Rey and Supercopa de España
- Includes promotion play-offs, UEFA Cup, UEFA Champions League and UEFA Intertoto Cup
- Deportivo official profile (Spanish)
- BDFutbol profile
- National team data
- Manuel Pablo at National-Football-Teams.com
- Manuel Pablo – FIFA competition record
- Transfermarkt profile