Pabón with Valencia CF
|Full name||Dorlan Maurício Pabón Ríos|
|Date of birth||6 February 1988|
|Place of birth||Medellín, Colombia|
|Height||1.68 m (5 ft 6 in)|
|Playing position||Forward , Winger|
|2013||→ Betis (loan)||17||(8)|
|2014||→ São Paulo (loan)||4||(1)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 8 November 2015.
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, 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.
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. He has also scored a total of 50 goals in 71 games for Nacional since his arrival.
Pabón attracted interest from many European clubs, eventually joining Serie A club Parma F.C. on 27 June 2012, signing a five-year contract. 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.
Shortly after being transferred to Monterrey, it was announced that Pabón would be loaned to Real Betis in Spain 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.
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. 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)
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.
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. 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."
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."
In June 2014, the Mexican club confirmed it had signed the Colombian from Valencia for 7 million dollars.
- As of 16 August 2014
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.
|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|
- *Dorlan Pabón Liga MX stats at Medio Tiempo.com (Spanish)
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- Dorlan Pabón agrees with the São Paulo and sign in the coming days
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- Pabón pediu 'bênção' de Ceni para bater pênalti pelo São Paulo
- São Paulo oficializa saída de Pabón, que deve ir para o México
- Dorlan Pabón at ESPN FC
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