Dorlan Pabón

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This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Pabón and the second or maternal family name is Ríos.
Dorlan Pabón
Dorlan Mauricio Pabón.jpg
Pabón with Valencia CF
Personal information
Full name Dorlan Maurício Pabón Ríos
Date of birth (1988-02-06) 6 February 1988 (age 27)
Place of birth Medellín, Colombia
Height 1.68 m (5 ft 6 in)
Playing position Forward , Winger
Club information
Current team
Number 8
Youth career
Bajo Cauca
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2006–2010 Envigado 67 (26)
2010–2012 Atlético Nacional 71 (34)
2012–2013 Parma 11 (1)
2013 Betis (loan) 17 (8)
2013 Monterrey 6 (3)
2013–2014 Valencia 10 (3)
2014 São Paulo (loan) 4 (1)
2014– Monterrey 50 (28)
National team
2009–2012 Colombia 15 (3)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 8 November 2015.
† Appearances (goals)

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 29 November 2011

Dorlan Maurício Pabón Ríos (born 24 January 1988) is a Colombian footballer who plays for C.F. Monterrey,[1] as a striker.

Pabón is sometimes nicknamed Memín (based on old Mexican comic character Memín Pinguín) by the Nacional supporters.[2]

Club career[edit]


Pabón started his career with Envigado, where he became the top goalscorer of the 2008 Copa Colombia alongside Wilson Mena.


In 2010, Pabón moved to Colombian team Atlético Nacional. He is remembered for scoring a free-kick from 40 yards against Peñarol during a 2012 Copa Libertadores group stage game,[3] Nacional won the game 1–0 in Uruguay with forty goals from Pabón. Nacional went on to lose in the Round of 16 against Velez Sarsfield. Pabón ended the Copa Libertadores tournament with 7 goals, and being named player of the week for the tournament once, in 21–23 February.[4]

With Nacional, Pabón also won the 2011 Liga Postobón Apertura, in which Nacional faced La Equidad, after losing the first leg 2–1, Nacional needed to win by a goal in the second leg to go into penalties. Pabón scored two goals in the away leg which ended 2–1, and scored his penalty in the shootout, which helped Nacional win its 11th National title.[5] He has also scored a total of 50 goals in 71 games for Nacional since his arrival.[6]


Pabón attracted interest from many European clubs,[7] eventually joining Serie A club Parma F.C. on 27 June 2012, signing a five-year contract.[8] His spell in Italy was not a great success, producing 1 goal in 11 games. During the January 2013 transfer window, Mexican team C.F. Monterrey announced that Pabón would be transferred the following summer to play for them.

Betis (loan)[edit]

Shortly after being transferred to Monterrey, it was announced that Pabón would be loaned to Real Betis in Spain[9] for the next six months. However, he was registered as a loan by Parma because FIFA does not allow a player to be registered to three teams in one season. Therefore, having been registered by Monterrey he would not have been able to play for Betis. Pabón scored a higher goal per game ratio in Spain than he did in Italy. He notably scored a goal against FC Barcelona in just the first minute of the game.[10]


Pabón, with Valencia fans.

On 16 August 2013, it was announced that Pabón would be returning to La Liga with Valencia CF, after spending just a summer at C.F. Monterrey. Having been impressed with his short spell at Betis for the latter half of the 2012–13 season, Valencia agreed to pay €7.5 million for his services.[11] On 1 September 2013, he made his debut in his new team, against FC Barcelona in an eventual 2–3 home loss. Pabón scored his first goal for the Che on 19 October 2013, in a 1-2 loss to Real Sociedad.

São Paulo (loan)[edit]

On 27 January 2014, Pabón signed for one year on loan with Brazilian side São Paulo FC. Even after being Valencia's most expensive signing in the 2013-14 transfer window, Pabón did not adapt in Valencia and, with Eduardo Vargas' arrival, he would face more competition for a place in the first team, resulting in him deciding to join another club.[12]

Pabón scored his first goal for his new club on February 26: in a penalty kick, the Colombian scored the last goal of a 3-1 victory against XV de Piracicaba, in a 2014 São Paulo State League game.[13] Pabón asked for Rogério Ceni, long-time idol in the club and official penalty kicker, to take it. According to Ceni: "He had already asked me to take it against Santos (who São Paulo faced before XV de Piracicaba). But this is not a problem here."[14]

On June 3, 2014, Pabón left Tricolor, with the club, in its site, thanking the forward by his presentations for the city of the same name's side. In his last game for club, on 31 May, in the 2-1 win against Atlético Mineiro, Pabón scored the winning goal in the last minutes of the game. He said: "I remain very happy for the opportunity to have played for a giant club as São Paulo FC who gave me my first passage into Brazilian football."[15]


In June 2014, the Mexican club confirmed it had signed the Colombian from Valencia for 7 million dollars.

Club statistics[edit]

As of 16 August 2014[16]
Club Season League Cup Continental Total
Apps Goals Assists Apps Goals Assists Apps Goals Assists Apps Goals Assists
Valencia 2013–14 12 3 0 1 0 0 3 0 0 16 3 0
Total 12 3 0 1 0 0 3 0 0 16 3 0
Monterrey 2014-15 24 14 0 2 2 1 0 0 0 26 16 1
Total 5 6 0 2 2 1 0 0 0 7 8 1
Career totals 17 9 0 3 2 1 3 0 0 23 11 1

International career[edit]

Pabón made his debut for the senior side for a 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification match against Chile. His first goal for the senior side came against Bolivia in La Paz for a 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification match, Colombia went on to win the match 2–1 thanks to a late goal from Falcao. His second goal for Colombia came against Argentina in Barranquilla. Colombia went on to lose the game 2–1.

# Date Venue Opponent Score Final Competition
1. 11 Oct 2011 Estadio Hernando Siles, La Paz, Bolivia  Bolivia 0–1 1–2 2014 WCQ
2. 15 Nov 2011 Estadio Metropolitano Roberto Meléndez, Barranquilla, Colombia  Argentina 1–0 1–2 2014 WCQ
3. 16 Oct 2012 Estadio Metropolitano Roberto Meléndez, Barranquilla, Colombia  Cameroon 3–0 3–0 Friendly


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