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 16 September 2014.
† Appearances (Goals).
Born in Buenos Aires, Pareja was bought for €2 million by Anderlecht in 2006 as a replacement for Vincent Kompany. Despite some injury problems, Pareja became a reliable force in the central defence of Anderlecht, alongside Roland Juhasz. He won the Belgian Jupiler League with Anderlecht in 2007. His performances resulted in a call up for the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing where Argentina won the tournament with Pareja in the central defense.
His outstanding play at the tournament resulted in interest from the big European leagues, as RCD Espanyol and Tottenham Hotspur were reported to have put an offer for Pareja at RSC Anderlecht. Espanyol won the struggle for Pareja, as Anderlecht and the team agreed a fee of €4.5 million for the player. He has been called up to the national team by Diego Maradona for a friendly against Russia as well as for World Cup Qualifiers against Brazil and Paraguay.
In August 2010, Pareja joined Russian giants Spartak Moscow. After featuring regularly in his first two campaigns, 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 La Liga's Sevilla FC. He appeared regularly in the league during the campaign, and was also selected among the 18-man Europa League "Squad of the season" (along with teammates Ivan Rakitić, Stéphane Mbia and Beto). On 23 June 2014, the Andalusians activated his buyout clause for €2.5 million, with Pareja signing a three-year deal.
- Argentina U-23
- Nicolas Pareja verlaat Anderlecht
- "Spartak sign Pareja from Espanyol". UEFA. 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. 3 June 2014. Retrieved 6 June 2014.
- "El Sevilla ejerce las opciones de compra por Carriço y Pareja" [Sevilla exercises the buyout clauses for Carriço and Pareja] (in Spanish). El Mundo Deportivo. 23 June 2014. Retrieved 6 August 2014.