Alejandro Faurlín

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Alejandro Faurlín
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Faurlín playing for Queens Park Rangers in 2011
Personal information
Full name Alejandro Damián Faurlín
Date of birth (1986-08-09) 9 August 1986 (age 30)
Place of birth Rosario, Argentina
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)[1]
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2004–2005 Rosario Central 1 (0)
2005–2006 River Plate 0 (0)
2007 Atlético de Rafaela 19 (2)
2008 Marítimo B 15 (1)
2008–2009 Instituto 51 (10)
2009–2016 Queens Park Rangers 151 (5)
2013 Palermo (loan) 6 (0)
2016– Getafe 0 (0)
National team
2003 Argentina U-17 10 (2)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 09:48, 10 May 2016 (UTC).

Alejandro Damián Faurlín (born 9 August 1986) is an Argentine professional footballer who plays as a midfielder for Spanish club Getafe CF.


Faurlín began his playing career in 2004 with Rosario Central in the Primera División Argentina, making his debut in a 1–0 away defeat to Quilmes on 9 May 2004. After making only one appearance for his home town club, he joined Atlético de Rafaela of the Argentine 2nd division in 2007, followed by Portuguese side Marítimo B in 2008.[2] Between 2008 and 2009, he played for Instituto de Córdoba of the Argentine 2nd division.

Queens Park Rangers[edit]

On 7 July 2009, Faurlín signed for Queens Park Rangers for an alleged[3] club record fee that could rise to £3.5 million, though there is no evidence that QPR had paid that amount to Instituto. The Football Association (FA) found the player joined the club on Bosman transfer, but under contract with American incorporated company TYP Sports Agency LLC.[3] TYP acquired the rights from Instituto for just US$250,000.[3] In 2010, TYP requested QPR to pay US$1 million (£615,000) and filed a complaint to the FA.[3] In October, Faurlín extended his contract whereupon £200,000 was paid to TYP's owner Peppino Tirri as an agent fee.[3] In January 2011, QPR paid £615,000 to TYP.[3] Due to the involvement of third-party ownership, QPR was fined in 2011, as it violated regulations put in place by the FA after a similar, earlier case involving Carlos Tevez. The violation could have resulted in a penalty of deducted points for QPR,[4] but on 7 May, the FA announced that QPR would not be deducted any points and consequently would be promoted to the Premier League after placing first in the 2010–11 Football League Championship.[5]

£500,000 was reported paid to Inter Milan in compensation, as they had a first-option clause in his contract.[citation needed] Faurlín reportedly turned down the chance to play for Inter as José Mourinho could not guarantee him first-team football. In 2011, it emerged that the fee was paid to a third party. Prior to signing for QPR, Faurlín rejected opportunities to play in Spain, Italy and Greece. He told QPR's official site:

"I am really pleased to be here in England, playing for a club like Queens Park Rangers. I know a lot about the English game and I really admire the ability of the teams at this level. I am really looking forward to playing for the club and showing the manager, my fellow players and the QPR supporters what I can do. I had opportunities to play in Spain, Italy and Greece, but QPR was my choice and I'm delighted to be here. I was really impressed with the set-up and the ambition of the club and can't wait to make my QPR debut."

Faurlín made his QPR debut against Bristol City on 18 August 2009 [6] and scored his first goal, against Sheffield Wednesday, on 3 April 2010.[7] He made an instant impact in the QPR side and was voted both supporters and players Player of the Year at the end of the 2009–10 season.[8] Faurlín was part of the Rangers team that won promotion to the Premier League. He began top-flight life well, forming a partnership with new signing Joey Barton. He captained the QPR team that drew 1–1 with Milton Keynes Dons in the FA Cup, but was injured during the match, rupturing his anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in his right leg. The injury ruled him out for the season [9] and led to his omission from QPR's 25-man squad for the second half of the season.

After undergoing rehabilitation in his native Argentina as well as Barcelona, Faurlín made his return from injury in the League Cup match against Walsall, playing a full 90 minutes. He went on to start against Manchester City later that week. Faurlín earned his first assist of the 2012–13 campaign by assisting Bobby Zamora's opening goal against Tottenham Hotspur away at White Hart Lane.

Palermo (loan)[edit]

On 31 January 2013, Serie A club Palermo announced the signing of Faurlín in a loan deal, with an option to make the move permanent by the end of the 2012–13 season.[10] Faurlín soon went straight to the first-team squad, making his debut in a 2–1 loss against Atalanta on 3 February 2013.

Back to Queens Park Rangers[edit]

Faurlín playing for Queens Park Rangers in 2011

After an unsuccessful spell at Palermo, Faurlín returned to QPR at the end of the 2012–13 season. While Faurlín was away on loan, QPR were relegated from the Premier League to the Football League Championship, where Faurlín had first shone for QPR. He was one of a few players to stay on as QPR revamped their playing squad.[11] He started the season as first choice central midfielder, being named in the starting line-up in the first game of the season against Sheffield Wednesday, helping QPR to a 2–1 victory at Loftus Road.[12] Faurlín continued to be involved in QPR's matches, the fans' favourite regaining his regular place in the starting line-up. During a home match against Derby County, a challenge from John Eustace resulted in Faurlín coming off on a stretcher.[13] Two days later, scans confirmed that Faurlín had injured his ACL in his left leg, an injury he had suffered in the opposite leg 23 months ago; the new injury ruled him out for the rest of the season.[14] While Faurlín was finishing his rehabilitation, QPR won promotion back to the Premier League on 24 May 2014 via the play-offs with a 1–0 win over Derby at Wembley Stadium. Faurlín was present in amongst the stands with QPR fans and was celebrating on the pitch with his teammates after Bobby Zamora scored the winning goal in the 89th minute of the match.

On 2 July 2014, Faurlín, now the club's longest-serving player, signed a new one-year deal with QPR. Upon signing, he said, "It's nice to sign the new deal. It took a little bit of time, but I am so happy everything is now sorted. It's been quite an amazing journey so far – relegation, promotions and plenty more – but it's been a beautiful experience. I hope the next chapter is the most epic yet."[15] Faurlín, for successive seasons, started in the first league game of the season at home, this time against Hull City.[16] Faurlín started in an FA Cup game away to Burton Albion and landed innocuously on his left knee, being replaced by Leroy Fer on the hour mark. Although Faurlín walked off the pitch with no distressing pain, scans discovered it was a re-occurrence of the previous injury he had only recovered from two months previously, putting him out of action for another nine months.[17] QPR's head of medical services, Peter Florida James, said, "The knee itself stayed pretty stable, but the scans have since revealed his ACL graft has ruptured."[18] The injury meant that Faurlín has now injured his ACL three times in the last three years.[19] In August 2015, he made his return to the QPR first team.


On 8 August 2016, Faurlín joined Segunda División side Getafe CF, as a free agent.[20]

International career[edit]

Faurlín was selected by Argentina for the 2003 FIFA U-17 World Cup.[21]

Career statistics[edit]

As of 10 May 2016
Club Season League Cup League Cup Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Rosario Central 2004–05 Primera División 1 0 1 0
2005–06 0 0 0 0
Total 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Atlético Rafaela 2007 Primera B Nacional 19 2 19 2
Total 19 2 0 0 0 0 19 2
Marítimo B 2008 Segunda Divisão 15 1 15 1
Total 15 1 0 0 0 0 15 1
Instituto 2007–08 Primera B Nacional 17 4 17 4
2008–09 34 6 34 6
Total 51 10 0 0 0 0 51 10
Queens Park Rangers 2009–10[22] Championship 41 1 2 0 1 0 44 1
2010–11[23] 40 3 1 0 0 0 41 3
2011–12[24] Premier League 20 1 1 0 0 0 21 1
2012–13[25] 11 0 2 0 2 0 13 0
2013–14[26] Championship 7 0 0 0 2 0 9 0
2014–15[27] Premier League 2 0 0 0 1 0 3 0
2015–16[28] Championship 30 0 0 0 0 0 30 0
Total 151 5 6 0 6 0 163 5
Palermo 2012–13[25] Serie A 6 0 0 0 0 0 6 0
Total 6 0 0 0 0 0 6 0
Career total 242 18 6 0 6 0 252 18



Queens Park Rangers



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  2. ^ "Alejandro Faurlín". 
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  4. ^ Alejandro Faurlín transfer to QPR saw Instituto de Córdoba paid nothing – The Guardian
  5. ^ – BBC Sport. 7 May 2011. Retrieved 7 May 2011.
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  7. ^ "QPR 1–1 Sheff Wed". BBC Sport. 3 April 2010. Archived from the original on 3 April 2010. Retrieved 4 April 2010. 
  8. ^ "Faurlin clinches awards double". QPR FC. 3 May 2010. 
  9. ^ "Another blow for QPR as Faurlin is ruled out for season". Daily Mail. London. 9 January 2012. 
  10. ^ "ANCORA DUE ACQUISTI; PRESI FAURLIN E FABBRINI" [TWO MORE SIGNINGS; FAURLIN AND FABBRINI IN] (in Italian). U.S. Città di Palermo. 31 January 2013. Retrieved 31 January 2013. 
  11. ^ "QPR confirm player exodus as FOURTEEN players depart". 1 July 2013. Retrieved 10 December 2014. 
  12. ^ "Championship: QPR beat Sheffield Wednesday 2–1 at Loftus Road". 3 August 2013. Retrieved 10 December 2014. 
  13. ^ "QPR 2 Derby 1". 2 November 2013. Retrieved 10 December 2014. 
  14. ^ "Alejandro Faurlin: QPR midfielder suffers second cruciate injury". 4 November 2013. Retrieved 10 December 2014. 
  15. ^ "Alejandro Faurlin signs new one-year QPR deal after overcoming serious knee injury". 2 July 2014. Retrieved 10 December 2014. 
  16. ^ "Queens Park Rangers 0–1 Hull City". 16 August 2014. Retrieved 10 December 2014. 
  17. ^ "QPR ace Alejandro Faurlin set for prolonged spell on the sidelines after suffering third ACL injury in as many seasons". 29 August 2014. Retrieved 10 December 2014. 
  18. ^ "ALEJANDRO FAURLIN SUFFERS THIRD ACL INJURY". 29 August 2014. Retrieved 10 December 2014. 
  19. ^ "It was horrible but the injuries have made me stronger, says QPR's Alejandro Faurlin". 25 July 2014. Retrieved 10 December 2014. 
  20. ^ "El Getafe firma a Faurlín, un medio que sabe de ascensos" [Getafe sign Faurlín, a midfielder who knows about promotions] (in Spanish). Marca. 8 August 2016. Retrieved 8 August 2016. 
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  24. ^ "Games played by Alejandro Faurlín in 2011/2012". Soccerbase. Retrieved 22 August 2015. 
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  26. ^ "Games played by Alejandro Faurlín in 2013/2014". Soccerbase. Retrieved 22 August 2015. 
  27. ^ "Games played by Alejandro Faurlín in 2014/2015". Soccerbase. Retrieved 22 August 2015. 
  28. ^ "Games played by Alejandro Faurlín in 2015/2016". Soccerbase. Retrieved 7 November 2015. 

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