Diego Fabbrini

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Diego Fabbrini
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Fabbrini in Watford colours in 2014
Personal information
Full name Diego Fabbrini[1]
Date of birth (1990-07-31) 31 July 1990 (age 25)
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
Birmingham City
Number 7
Youth career
Empoli
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2009–2011 Empoli 56 (3)
2011–2013 Udinese 21 (2)
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 2 (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 10:13, 7 February 2016 (UTC).

† Appearances (goals)

Diego Fabbrini (born 31 July 1990) is an Italian professional footballer who plays as a midfielder for English Football League Championship club Birmingham City. He has previously played for Empoli, Udinese and Watford, with loan spells at Palermo, Siena, Millwall, Birmingham City and Middlesbrough. He has been capped once for Italy.

Club career[edit]

Empoli[edit]

He made his first team debut in August 2009. In his first season as a professional player, at 19 years old, he became a regular and made 56 appearances, scoring a solitary goal in the 2009–10 Serie B campaign.

Udinese[edit]

On 31 August 2010, Udinese signed Fabbrini along with 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, in the second leg of the 2011–12 UEFA Champions League qualifying phase and play-off round at home to Arsenal, replacing Giampiero Pinzi, and picking up a yellow card after 89th minute of the game.

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.[6][7] On 25 September 2011, Fabbrini made his Serie A debut, in an away match against Cagliari. On 2 May 2012, he scored his first Serie A goal in 1–0 win against Cesena.

In November 2012, he extended his contract with Udinese to 2017.[8]

Palermo[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.[9]

Watford[edit]

On 19 July 2013, Fabbrini was one of seven Udinese players to sign for Watford on permanent deals, signing a contract until 2017.[10] Fabbrini made his debut as a substitute in a 1–0 win away to Birmingham City on 3 August 2013.[11] He scored his first goal for the club on 17 August, in a 3–3 draw with Reading.[12]

Loans[edit]

Fabbrini joined Serie B side Siena on 31 January 2014 on loan for the remainder of the 2013–14 season.[13]

Fabbrini signed for Millwall on 15 January 2015 on a 93-day loan deal.[14] He made his Millwall debut two days later against Ipswich Town, losing 3–1.[15] 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.[16][15]

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.[17][18] He finished the season with five appearances.[15]

On 27 July 2015, Fabbrini joined Middlesbrough on loan until the end of the 2015–16 season.[19] 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.[20]

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.[21][22] He made his second debut three days later, as a 62nd-minute substitute in a goalless draw away to Bristol City.[23]

Career statistics[edit]

As of match played 6 February 2016
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[24] Serie B 26 2 2 0 28 2
Total 56 3 4 0 60 4
Udinese 2011–12[24] Serie A 14 2 1 0 9[a] 0 24 2
2012–13[24] Serie A 7 0 1 0 6[b] 1 14 1
Total 21 2 2 0 15 1 38 3
Palermo (loan) 2012–13[24] Serie A 8 1 8 1
Watford 2013–14[25] Championship 21 1 2 0 2 0 25 1
2014–15[15] Championship 2 0 0 0 2 0 4 0
Total 23 1 2 0 4 0 29 1
Siena (loan) 2013–14[24] Serie B 10 1 10 1
Millwall (loan) 2014–15[15] Championship 12 1 12 1
Birmingham City (loan) 2014–15[15] Championship 5 0 5 0
Middlesbrough (loan) 2015–16[26] Championship 22 4 1 1 3 2 26 6
Birmingham City 2015–16[26] Championship 2 0 2 0
Career total 159 13 9 1 7 2 15 1 190 17
  1. ^ One appearance in UEFA Champions League, eight in UEFA Europa League
  2. ^ Two appearance in Champions League, four in Europa League

International career[edit]

He 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.

He made his debut for the Italian national team on 15 August 2012, in a friendly match lost 2–1 against England, replacing Mattia Destro for the final six minutes and receiving a yellow card.[27]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Football League Limited: Club list of registered players as at 16th May 2015" (PDF). The Football League. 16 May 2015. p. 35. Retrieved 19 June 2015. 
  2. ^ "Scheda anagrafica di Diego Fabbrini". aic.football.it. Retrieved 7 June 2015. 
  3. ^ a b "Diego Fabbrini". U.S. Città di Palermo. Retrieved 27 January 2016. 
  4. ^ a b Empoli FC SpA bilancio (financial report and accounts) on 30 June 2011 (Italian), PDF purchased from Italian CCIAA
  5. ^ Meroi, Massimo (1 September 2010). "Inler resta all'Udinese, ma è promesso sposo nerazzurro" [Inler stays at Udinese, but he's promised to the nerazzurri]. Messagero Veneto (in Italian) (Udine). Retrieved 27 January 2016. 
  6. ^ Empoli FC SpA bilancio (financial report and accounts) on 30 June 2012 (Italian), PDF purchased from Italian CCIAA
  7. ^ "Mori segue la scia di Fabbrini ma andrà via a giugno" [Mori follows on the heels of Fabbrini but will leave in June]. La Nazione (in Italian) (Florence). 1 September 2011. Retrieved 27 January 2016. 
  8. ^ "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. 
  9. ^ "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. 
  10. ^ "Watford confirm permanent signings of seven Udinese players". BBC Sport. 19 July 2013. Retrieved 1 August 2013. 
  11. ^ "Birmingham 0–1 Watford". BBC Sport. 3 August 2013. Retrieved 12 October 2013. 
  12. ^ "Reading 3–3 Watford". BBC Sport. 17 August 2013. Retrieved 12 October 2013. 
  13. ^ "In arrivo Fabbrini dal Watford" [Fabbrini arrives from Watford] (in Italian). A.C. Siena. 31 January 2014. Archived from the original on 1 February 2014. Retrieved 1 February 2014. 
  14. ^ "Diego Fabbrini: Millwall sign Watford forward on loan". BBC Sport. 16 January 2015. Retrieved 27 January 2016. 
  15. ^ a b c d e f "Games played by Diego Fabbrini in 2014/2015". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 27 January 2016. 
  16. ^ Bodell, Tom (26 March 2015). "Watford forward Diego Fabbrini has joined Birmingham City on loan after his stay at Millwall was cut short". Watford Observer. Retrieved 26 March 2015. 
  17. ^ Dick, Brian (8 April 2015). "Birmingham City hopeful of Diego Fabbrini return for Wolves visit". Birmingham Mail. Retrieved 12 April 2015. 
  18. ^ Dick, Brian (11 April 2015). "Updated: Birmingham City 2 Wolves 1 – report and stats as Blues guarantee their safety". Birmingham Mail. Retrieved 12 April 2015. 
  19. ^ "Confirmed: Italian midfielder Diego Fabbrini completes season long loan move from Watford". Middlesbrough F.C. 27 July 2015. Retrieved 27 January 2016. 
  20. ^ Vickers, Anthony (27 January 2016). "Diego Fabbrini on verge of signing for Birmingham City after Boro end loan spell". Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough). Retrieved 27 January 2016. 
  21. ^ "Fabb signing for Blues". Birmingham City F.C. 27 January 2016. Retrieved 27 January 2016. 
  22. ^ Kendrick, Mat (26 January 2016). "Diego Fabbrini: What Gary Rowett had to say when asked about Birmingham City's interest in the playmaker". Birmingham Mail. Retrieved 27 January 2016. 
  23. ^ Dick, Brian (30 January 2016). "Bristol City 0 Birmingham City 0". Birmingham Mail. Retrieved 30 January 2016. 
  24. ^ a b c d e "D. Fabbrini". Soccerway. Perform Group. Retrieved 27 January 2016. 
  25. ^ "Games played by Diego Fabbrini in 2013/2014". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 27 January 2016. 
  26. ^ a b "Games played by Diego Fabbrini in 2015/2016". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 7 February 2016. 
  27. ^ "England 2–1 Italy" BBC Sport. 15 August 2012. Retrieved 1 August 2013.