Carlos Zambrano (footballer)

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Carlos Zambrano
Trainingseinheit auf Schalke – Carlos Zambrano.jpg
Zambrano with Schalke in 2010.
Personal information
Full name Carlos Augusto Zambrano Ochandarte
Date of birth (1989-07-10) 10 July 1989 (age 29)
Place of birth Callao, Peru
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Centre back
Club information
Current team
Basel on loan from
Dynamo Kyiv
Number 25
Youth career
2000–2006 AD Cantolao
2006–2008 Schalke 04
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2008 Schalke 04 II 1 (0)
2008–2010 Schalke 04 16 (0)
2010–2012 FC St. Pauli 30 (1)
2012–2016 Eintracht Frankfurt 101 (0)
2016–2018 Rubin Kazan 21 (0)
2017PAOK (loan) 6 (0)
2018– Dynamo Kyiv 0 (0)
2018–Basel (loan) 0 (0)
National team
2007–2008 Peru U20 2 (0)
2008–2015 Peru 43 (4)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 18 August 2018
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 21 October 2015

Carlos Augusto Zambrano Ochandarte (born 10 July 1989) is a Peruvian footballer who plays as a defender for Basel on loan from Ukrainian club Dynamo Kyiv. He is known for his strong tackling and excellent defensive capabilities; despite being a centre-back, he has scored numerous goals throughout his career, both at youth and senior level.

Club career[edit]

Zambrano was an undisputed starter on the Schalke 04 U-19 team, and was the captain. He has a great merit considering that at that age group captaincy usually goes to a native-born player. He went to FC Schalke 04 at the age of 16, after playing in the U-17 World Cup in 2005, with Peru as hosts.[1] He immediately became a cornerstone in defense and an undisputed starter for the U-19 team and scored a large number of goals.[2] Schalke 04's defense did not concede with Zambrano. He was present for the first 5 games of the season, until the sixth match for which he was out due to injury.

He has been compared with Brazilian defender Lúcio for his style of play and great defense, offense, and speed.[3] He has played sixteen matches for Schalke, being praised by teammates such as Dario Rodriguez.[2]

FC Schalke 04[edit]

On November 10, 2007, he was promoted to the FC Schalke 04 first team.

Eintracht Frankfurt[edit]

In 2012, he signed on to play for Eintracht Frankfurt in the Bundesliga for an estimated fee of €1.5 million. Zambrano, has played most recently on loan with FC St. Pauli.[4] On 13 October 2014, injured and the Peruvian spent 17 matches on the bench. The largest chunk, from mid-October until the end of January, lasted 104 days and 11 matches. The injury to his knee was pretty severe, too: one ligament torn, the other damaged. Having played only half the season, Zambrano never looked full-speed.

In January 2016, Schalke 04 are readying a bid for Zambrano. The Peru international is widely regarded as one of Bundesliga's leading centre-backs, and he has been heavily linked with a big club move. But, seeing that Eintracht had not long before rejected a €7 million proposal for his services from ACF Fiorentina, Schalke face an uphill task, especially knowing that they only have around €5 million left in the transfer budget. It was at Schalke that Carlos Zambrano had begun his professional career and he could now be returning for a second spell at Arena AufSchalke.[5]

Rubin Kazan[edit]

On 3 July 2016, he moved to Russia, signing with FC Rubin Kazan, for an estimated fee of €3 million.[6]

PAOK (loan)[edit]

On 1 September 2017, PAOK finally managed to complete the signing of experienced Peruvian central defender from FC Rubin Kazan. The 28-year-old international joins the Greek Cup winners of Romanian manager Răzvan Lucescu on loan from the Russian club, until the end of 2017-18 season.[7] On 15 December 2017, the Peruvian international defender despite the fact that signed on a season’s long loan before the 2017-18 season begun, he has not impressed PAOK coach Răzvan Lucescu. Feeling that the 28 years old defender, hasn’t matched the expectations which came with his arrival, PAOK are not willing to pay the extra two million euros which are required to keep him until the summer. Their decision isn’t too surprising, especially when Zambrano made a key error in the defeat to Olympiacos and earned a cheap red card during the loss against AEK Athens.[8]

Dynamo Kyiv[edit]

On 30 January 2018, Zambrano signed a 4-year contract with Ukrainian club Dynamo Kyiv.[9]

International career[edit]

On 26 March 2008, Zambrano made his senior international debut for the Peruvian National Team in a friendly match against Costa Rica. Zambrano started the match and scored a goal in the 45th minute. Zambrano was chosen to participate in the 2011 Copa América, but an injury suffered against Senegal in a friendly game, days before the tournament began, kept him out. On September 11, 2012, Zambrano made his first goal in the 2014 World Cup Qualifiers against Argentina on the 22nd minute, making it a one-goal lead over Argentina. The game would later end as a tie.

International goals[edit]

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. March 26, 2008 Estadio Max Augustín, Iquitos, Peru  Costa Rica 2–1 3–1 Friendly
2. September 11, 2012 Estadio Nacional, Lima, Peru  Argentina 1–0 1–1 WCQ 2014
3. September 10, 2013 Estadio Anzoátegui, Puerto la Cruz, Venezuela  Venezuela 3–2 3–2 WCQ 2014
4. September 4, 2014 Dubai Club Stadium, Dubai, United Arab Emirates  Iraq 0–2 0–2 Friendly




  1. ^ "Peruano Zambrano jugará en el Schalke 04" (in Spanish). RPP Noticias. Archived from the original on December 28, 2007.
  2. ^ a b "El Bocón" (in Spanish).[dead link]
  3. ^ "Comparan a Zambrano con Lucio tras su llegada al Schalke 04" (in Spanish). RPP Noticias. Archived from the original on December 28, 2007.
  4. ^ "Gomez and Helmes Injured, Hoffenheim Signs Real Madrid Striker". 20 January 2016.
  5. ^ ""Krieger" Zambrano zu Schalke?" (in German). 20 January 2016.
  6. ^ "Carlos Zambrano wechselt zu Rubin Kazan" (in German). Eintracht Frankfurt. 3 July 2016.
  7. ^ "Στον ΠΑΟΚ ο Ζαμπράνο" (in Greek). 1 September 2017.
  8. ^ "Φεύγει με άδεια ο Ζαμπράνο" (in Greek). 15 December 2017.
  9. ^ "Carlos ZAMBRANO – FC Dynamo Kyiv player!". 30 January 2018.

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