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 28)
Place of birth Callao, Peru
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Centre back
Club information
Current team
Rubin Kazan
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– Rubin Kazan 21 (0)
National team
2007–2008 Peru U20 2 (0)
2008– Peru 43 (4)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 21 May 2017.
‡ 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 Russian Football Premier League side FC Rubin Kazan. 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 team mates 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.

Rubin Kazan[edit]

On 3 July 2016, he moved to Russia, signing with FC Rubin Kazan.[4]

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]




  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. ^ "Carlos Zambrano wechselt zu Rubin Kazan" (in German). Eintracht Frankfurt. 3 July 2016. 

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