Diego Fabbrini

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Diego Fabbrini
Diego Fabbrini.jpg
Fabbrini with Birmingham City in 2016
Personal information
Full name Diego Fabbrini[1]
Date of birth (1990-07-31) 31 July 1990 (age 27)
Place of birth San Giuliano Terme,[2] Italy
Height 1.82 m (5 ft 11 12 in)[3]
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Number 16
Youth career
Empoli
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2009–2010 Empoli 32 (2)
2010–2013 Udinese 21 (2)
2010–2011 Empoli (loan) 24 (1)
2013 Palermo (loan) 8 (1)
2013–2016 Watford 23 (1)
2014 Siena (loan) 10 (1)
2015 Millwall (loan) 12 (1)
2015 Birmingham City (loan) 5 (0)
2015–2016 Middlesbrough (loan) 22 (4)
2016– Birmingham City 21 (0)
2017 Spezia (loan) 17 (1)
2017– Oviedo (loan) 0 (0)
National team
2010–2011 Italy U21 12 (1)
2012 Italy 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 13:30, 27 June 2017 (UTC).

Diego Fabbrini (born 31 July 1990) is an Italian professional footballer who plays as a midfielder for Spanish Segunda División club Real Oviedo on loan from Birmingham City of the EFL Championship.

He previously played for Empoli, where his career began, Udinese, Watford and Birmingham City, with loan spells at Palermo, Siena, Millwall, Middlesbrough and Spezia. He has been capped once for Italy.

Club career[edit]

Empoli[edit]

He made his first team debut for Empoli in August 2009. In his first season as a professional player, at 19 years old, he became a regular and made 32 appearances, scoring a solitary goal in the 2009–10 Serie B campaign.

Udinese[edit]

On 31 August 2010, Udinese signed Fabbrini and Gabriele Angella in a co-ownership deal for a total of €3 million.[4] As part of the deal, Ricardo Chará and Flavio Lazzari joined Empoli, also in a co-ownership deal for a small fee, and Fabbrini would remain at Empoli for the 2010–11 season.[4][5]

Fabbrini returned to Udine for the 2011–12 season and made his competitive debut on 24 August 2011, replacing Giampiero Pinzi after 63 minutes of the Champions League play-off round second leg at home to Arsenal; Udinese lost 2–1 and were eliminated.[6][7]

On 31 August 2011, Udinese bought the remaining 50% registration rights from Empoli and Daniele Mori in a co-ownership deal, also from Empoli for a total of €2.4 million.[8][9] On 25 September 2011, Fabbrini made his Serie A debut, in an away match against Cagliari;[3] he scored his first Serie A goal in a 1–0 win against Cesena on 2 May 2012.[6] In November 2012, he extended his contract with Udinese to 2017.[10]

Palermo (loan)[edit]

On 31 January 2013, Serie A club Palermo announced the signing of Fabbrini from Udinese on loan until the end of the 2012–13 season.[11]

Watford[edit]

Fabbrini playing for Watford in 2014

On 19 July 2013, Fabbrini was one of seven Udinese players to join Watford on permanent deals; he signed a contract until 2017.[12] He made his debut as a substitute in a 1–0 win away to Birmingham City on 3 August,[13] and scored his first goal for the club two weeks later in a 3–3 draw with Reading.[14]

Loans from Watford[edit]

Fabbrini joined Serie B side Siena on 31 January 2014 on loan for the remainder of the 2013–14 season.[15]

He signed for Millwall on 15 January 2015 on a 93-day loan deal,[16] and made his debut two days later against Ipswich Town in a 3–1 defeat.[17] Fabbrini made eleven starts under Ian Holloway's management, scoring once, but played only a few minutes in Millwall's three matches following Holloway's dismissal on 10 March. On the last day of the loan window, 26 March, Watford recalled him from Millwall and loaned him to fellow Championship club Birmingham City for the rest of the season.[17][18]

An unused substitute for Birmingham's next match, Fabbrini was expected to start in the visit to AFC Bournemouth three days later, but broke his nose in training. He received treatment in Italy and returned wearing a protective mask to start the 2–1 win against Wolverhampton Wanderers on 11 April, replacing Andy Shinnie in the playmaker role.[19] He finished the season with five appearances.[17]

On 27 July 2015, Fabbrini joined Middlesbrough on loan until the end of the 2015–16 season.[20] Although there was no clause in the contract permitting a mid-season recall, once Middlesbrough signed Southampton's playmaker Gastón Ramírez on loan in the January 2016 transfer window, they agreed to a release allowing Fabbrini's loan to be terminated.[21]

Birmingham City[edit]

Fabbrini signed a three-and-a-half-year contract with Championship club Birmingham City on 27 January 2016. The fee, of £1.5 million, was the highest the club had paid for five years.[22] He made his second debut three days later, as a 62nd-minute substitute in a goalless draw away to Bristol City.[23] He was initially unable to force himself into the starting eleven ahead of Jon Toral – Birmingham's player of the year[24] – in manager Gary Rowett's favoured 4–2–3–1 formation, and acquired a reputation as a "diver", but when Toral was injured in the later part of the season, Fabbrini made what the Birmingham Mail called an "increasingly influential" contribution.[25] In 2016–17, Rowett abandoned that formation, which left Fabbrini without a natural position.[26] By Christmas, he had made only two league starts,[6] and it became increasingly likely that he would leave in the January transfer window.[27]

Loans from Birmingham[edit]

On 23 January 2017, Fabbrini agreed a loan deal with Serie B club Spezia until the end of the season, with an option to purchase at a fee reported by the Corriere dello Sport as €1.5 million.[28] He played regularly, making 17 appearances and scoring once as Spezia reached the play-offs.[6]

Spezia did not take up their option, and Fabbrini began pre-season training with Birmingham.[29] On 27 July 2017, he signed on loan for Real Oviedo for the 2017–18 season.[30] Within days of his arrival, he tore an anterior cruciate ligament in training.[31]

International career[edit]

Fabbrini made his debut for the Italy U-21 side on 3 September 2010 in a qualification match against Bosnia and Herzegovina played in Sarajevo. He scored his first goal for the U-21s on 24 March 2011, in a friendly against Sweden.

Fabbrini was called into the senior squad for a friendly on 15 August 2012 against England, to replace Mario Balotelli who had withdrawn at short notice through illness.[32] He made his debut in the 2–1 defeat, replacing Mattia Destro for the final six minutes and receiving a yellow card.[33]

Career statistics[edit]

As of match played 23 May 2017
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League National Cup League Cup Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Empoli 2009–10[3] Serie B 30 1 2 0 32 1
2010–11[6] Serie B 26 2 2 0 28 2
Total 56 3 4 0 60 4
Udinese 2011–12[6] Serie A 14 2 1 0 9[a] 0 24 2
2012–13[6] Serie A 7 0 1 0 6[b] 1 14 1
Total 21 2 2 0 15 1 38 3
Palermo (loan) 2012–13[6] Serie A 8 1 8 1
Watford 2013–14[34] Championship 21 1 2 0 2 0 25 1
2014–15[17] Championship 2 0 0 0 2 0 4 0
Total 23 1 2 0 4 0 29 1
Siena (loan) 2013–14[6] Serie B 10 1 10 1
Millwall (loan) 2014–15[17] Championship 12 1 12 1
Birmingham City (loan) 2014–15[17] Championship 5 0 5 0
Middlesbrough (loan) 2015–16[35] Championship 22 4 1 1 3 2 26 6
Birmingham City 2015–16[35] Championship 14 0 14 0
2016–17[36] Championship 7 0 2 0 0 0 9 0
Total 21 0 2 0 0 0 23 0
Spezia (loan) 2016–17[6] Serie B 17 1 1[c] 0 18 1
Real Oviedo 2017–18[6] Segunda División 0 0 0 0 0 0
Career total 195 15 11 1 7 2 16 1 229 19
  1. ^ One appearance in UEFA Champions League, eight in UEFA Europa League
  2. ^ Two appearances in Champions League, four in Europa League
  3. ^ Appearance in Serie B play-offs

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "Scheda anagrafica di Diego Fabbrini". aic.football.it. Retrieved 7 June 2015. 
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  10. ^ "Udinese: Fabbrini rinnova contratto fino al 2017" [Udinese: Fabbrini renews contract up to 2017]. Udine Today (in Italian). 15 November 2012. Retrieved 27 January 2016. 
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