Pareja training with Spartak Moscow in 2010
|Full name||Nicolás Martín Pareja|
|Date of birth||19 January 1984|
|Place of birth||Buenos Aires, Argentina|
|Height||1.81 m (5 ft 11 1⁄2 in)|
|Playing position||Centre back|
|2013–2014||→ Sevilla (loan)||25||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 27 April 2015.
† Appearances (Goals).
Born in Buenos Aires, Pareja started playing for Argentinos Juniors. He was bought for by R.S.C. Anderlecht in 2006 for €2 million, as a replacement for Vincent Kompany. Despite some injury problems he was regularly used during his two-year spell in Belgium, pairing mainly Roland Juhász.
Pareja joined Spanish club RCD Espanyol in the 2008 summer, for a fee of €4.5 million. He made his La Liga debut on 14 September, playing the full 90 minutes in a 1–0 away win against Recreativo de Huelva, and went on to start in all his league appearances for the Catalans.
In August 2010, Pareja signed Russian club FC Spartak Moscow. After featuring regularly in his first two seasons, he appeared in only 12 matches during his third, due to rotations with Salvatore Bocchetti and Juan Insaurralde.
On 4 July 2013 Pareja, was loaned to Sevilla FC. He appeared in 37 competitive matches in his debut campaign, including 12 in the UEFA Europa League which his team won; subsequently, he was selected to the 18-man Europa League squad of the season, along with teammates Beto, Stéphane Mbia and Ivan Rakitić.
On 23 June 2014, the Andalusians activated his buyout clause for €2.5 million, and Pareja signing a three-year deal. On 3 January of the following year, whilst celebrating his 100th appearance in Spain's top flight, he scored the game's only goal at home against Celta de Vigo, through a direct free kick; on 23 April, early into a Europa League quarter-final contest at FC Zenit Saint Petersburg, he suffered an anterior cruciate ligament to his right knee, going on to be sidelined until the end of the year.
Pareja was part of the Argentine Olympic team at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, contributing with five appearances to the gold medal conquest. He gained his first cap for the full side on 17 November 2010, in a 1–0 friendly win with Brazil.
- Argentina U23
- "Luis García firma pleno y liderato" [Two for two and first place, signed Luis García] (in Spanish). Marca. 14 September 2008. Retrieved 24 January 2015.
- "Pareja apoya al capitán Jarque: "Es el indicado"" [Pareja supports captain Jarque: "He is the right one"] (in Spanish). Diario AS. 22 July 2009. Retrieved 24 January 2015.
- "Spartak sign Pareja from Espanyol". UEFA.com. 30 July 2010. Retrieved 4 August 2010.
- "Nico Pareja, cedido al Sevilla" [Nico Pareja, loaned to Sevilla] (in Spanish). El Mundo Deportivo. 4 July 2013. Retrieved 6 August 2014.
- "UEFA Europa League squad of the season". UEFA.com. 3 June 2014. Retrieved 6 June 2014.
- "El Sevilla ejerce las opciones de compra por Carriço y Pareja" [Sevilla exercises buyout clauses for Carriço and Pareja] (in Spanish). El Mundo Deportivo. 23 June 2014. Retrieved 6 August 2014.
- "Nico Pareja cumple cien partidos en Primera División" [Nico Pareja celebrates one hundred games in Primera División] (in Spanish). Vavel. 5 January 2015. Retrieved 24 February 2015.
- "Pareja, entre 6 y 7 meses KO por rotura de ligamentos" [Pareja, out from 6 to 7 months due to ligament rupture] (in Spanish). El Mundo. 24 April 2015. Retrieved 14 May 2015.
- "Argentina aprovecha un despiste de Nigeria y revalida su corona olímpica" [Argentina profits from Nigeria fumble and renews olympic crown] (in Spanish). Europa Press. 23 August 2008. Retrieved 24 February 2015.
- "Argentina 1–0 Brazil". BBC Sport. 17 November 2010. Retrieved 24 February 2015.
- "Spot-on Sevilla leave Benfica dreams in tatters". UEFA.com. 14 May 2014. Retrieved 23 February 2015.
- Keegan, Mike (27 May 2015). "Dnipro 2–3 Sevilla: Carlos Bacca scores twice as La Liga side survive scare to retain Europa League crown and earn Champions League spot with dramatic win in Warsaw". Daily Mail. Retrieved 27 May 2015.
- BDFutbol profile
- Nicolás Pareja at National-Football-Teams.com
- Nicolás Pareja – FIFA competition record
- Nicolás Pareja profile at Soccerway
- Guardian Stats Centre