Contreras with Melbourne Victory in 2013
|Full name||Pablo Andrés Contreras Fica|
|Date of birth||11 September 1978|
|Place of birth||Santiago, Chile|
|Height||1.81 m (5 ft 11 in)|
|Playing position||Centre back|
|2001||→ Racing Club (loan)||8||(0)|
|2001–2002||→ Osasuna (loan)||31||(1)|
|2002–2003||→ Sporting CP (loan)||30||(2)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
Early years and Europe
Born in Santiago, Contreras made his way through Colo-Colo's youth ranks, alongside fellow stopper David Henríquez, as the club was then managed by former international – also a defender – Pedro Reyes. He made his professional debuts in 1997, helping the club to two first division titles and appearing in 37 first-team matches in the next two seasons.
Afterwards, Contreras made a move to AS Monaco FC of France. At the young age of 21, he was an important element in Monaco's league and Supercup victories of 2000. He also appeared for the club in both the UEFA Cup and UEFA Champions League.
However, in January 2001, it was discovered that Contreras was using a fake Italian passport in order to gain European Union status. A Paris court fined the player €30,000, and he received a two-year ban.
Monaco was then forced to loan Contreras out to another team, and he moved to Argentina with Racing Club de Avellaneda. Shortly after, in July 2001, he was sold to Real Club Celta de Vigo, for €4.2 million.
Contreras did not join Celta immediately, being loaned to fellow La Liga side CA Osasuna. Immediately cast into the Navarrese's starting XI, he made 31 league appearances, but the club could only finish 17th, narrowly avoiding relegation. For the following season, another loan ensued, now to Portugal with giants Sporting Clube de Portugal, where he once again started throughout the season, with the Lions winning however no silverware at all – they were also eliminated in the Champions League qualifying rounds, at the hands of F.C. Internazionale Milano.
In the summer of 2003, 25-year old Contreras finally moved to Celta. He appeared rarely in in his debut season, as the Galicians were participating for the first time ever in the Champions League. He appeared in seven games as Celta eventually lost in the round of 16 to Arsenal, but also saw his team relegate to Segunda División, after a 19th-place finish in the league. Contreras became first-choice for Celta in the following seasons but, after another relegation, in 2006–07, was deemed surplus to requirements by the coaching staff (Bulgarian Hristo Stoichkov was one of four during the unsuccessful campaign in division two), and left the club in January 2008, after being released from his contract.
In June 2008, Contreras agreed to a two-year link with PAOK F.C. of Thessaloniki, citing his trust in former Celta teammate Zisis Vryzas – and the club's chairman Theodoros Zagorakis – as the main factors for his move
Contreras was promoted to team captain in his second season, alongside Sérgio Conceição who retired shortly after. In late January 2011, shortly before a local derby against Aris Thessaloniki FC, he was informed of the loss of his father, but opted to leave for his country only after the game. 
On 8 January, Contreras returned to his first club Colo-Colo in Chile, after being a free agent.
On 16 August 2012, Contreras signed a contract with Olympiacos. On 27 August, he made his debut with in an away win against Veria F.C.. On 27 January, he scored his side’s only one goal in a 1–0 away win against Panthrakikos.
On 22 September 2013, it was confirmed Contreras signed for Australian club Melbourne Victory. Contreras made his debut in Round 1 against Melbourne Heart, playing the full 90 minutes. He was, however, suspended after the match for 2 games due to an off-ball incident where he blocked an opponent in the derby match.
In January 2014, Contreras announced on Chilean radio that he would retire at the end of the season. However, strong performances near the end of the season prompted speculation that Contreras might play on with the Victory for the 2014-15 season, albeit on reduced wages. However, shortly after Melbourne Victory's semi-loss against eventual A-League champions Brisbane Roar, he confirmed his retirement.
In 2000, Contreras participated at the 2000 Summer Olympics, where Chile won the bronze medal, and the player was named one of the best defenders in the tournament. He also featured prominently in qualification for the 2002 and 2006 FIFA World Cup, with Chile failing to make the final stages on both occasions.
One of the darkest moments in Contreras' career happened during the 2007 Copa América. Alongside Reinaldo Navia, Jorge Valdivia, Rodrigo Tello, Jorge Vargas and Álvaro Ormeño, he was involved in an incident at the team's hotel involving the staff. The employees claimed the team players were celebrating drunk, throwing food, and destroying hotel property after qualifying for the second round of the tournament – Chile lost the next game 6–1 against Brazil.
Afterwards, national coach Nelson Acosta resigned and all the players involved were suspended for 20 games by the ANFP. After serving ten games, Contreras, as well as the other players involved – with the exception of Ormeño – signed a letter admitting their involvement and apologizing for the incident, and the punishment was lifted. After being reinstated, Contreras became an important member under Marcelo Bielsa, as Chile qualified for the World Cup in South Africa, the nation's first in 12 years. Contreras became the second-captain, after Claudio Bravo, when the team was managed by Claudio Borghi.
|30 April 2003||Estadio Nacional de Chile, Santiago, Chile||Costa Rica||1–0||1–0||Friendly|
|15 November 2011||Estadio Nacional de Chile, Santiago, Chile||Paraguay||1–0||2–0||2014 World Cup qualification|
- Chilean Primera División: 1997 Clausura, 1998
- MVP 2008–09
- French Court bans South American footballers
- Celta land banned Contreras
- Braga seal deal for Contreras
- PAOK con Pablo Contreras presente vence a Ergotelis (PAOK defeats Ergotelis with Pablo Contreras in lineup); Peloteros Chilenos en el Mundo, 20 December 2009 (Spanish)
- Πάμπλο Κοντρέρας : Η συνέντευξη; PAOK24, 18 January 2011 (Greek)
- Αναχωρεί για Χιλή ο Κοντρέρας, χάνει τον Ολυμπιακό; Contra, 30 January 2011 (Greek)
- "Συμφωνία με Κοντρέρας για τη λύση". paok24.com. Retrieved 2 January 2012. (Greek)
- "Victory gets its marquee man". Football Federation Australia. 22 September 2013.
- BDFutbol profile
- Pablo Contreras French league stats at LFP.fr (French)
- Pablo Contreras at footballzz.co.uk
- Pablo Contreras at National-Football-Teams.com
- FootballDatabase profile and stats