Fabian de Freitas

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Fabian de Freitas
Personal information
Full name Fabian de Freitas
Date of birth (1972-07-28) July 28, 1972 (age 45)
Place of birth Paramaribo, Suriname
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Playing position Striker
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1993–1994 FC Volendam
1994–1996 Bolton Wanderers 40 (7)
1996–1998 CA Osasuna 48 (11)
1998–2000 West Bromwich Albion 61 (8)
2000–2001 SC Cambuur 24 (14)
2001–2002 FC Den Bosch 32 (8)
2003–2004 NEC 19 (3)
Total 224 (51)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Fabian de Freitas (born 28 July 1972 in Paramaribo, Suriname) is a former Surinamese-Dutch footballer who plays as a striker. De Freitas played in England with Bolton Wanderers and West Bromwich Albion and in Spain with CA Osasuna.

Fabian de Freitas is probably best known for his late goals in the 1995 Division 1 Play-off final between Bolton Wanderers and Reading at Wembley which finished 4-3 to Bolton.Wanderers found themselves 2-0 down (although goalkeeper Keith Branagan saved a penalty in the first half to prevent Reading going 3-0 up) with 15 minutes to go before Owen Coyle pulled one back. De Freitas' goal in the 86th minute forced the game into extra-time, before Mixu Paatelainen headed Bolton in the lead. De Freitas then added the winner, firing in from close-range, with a minute to go, promoting Bolton to the Premier League, though Reading responded with a last gasp consolation goal which made the scoreline 4-3.

He made his Albion debut on 22 August 1998 in a 3-0 away win at Port Vale; in the 87th minute he replaced Lee Hughes, who had scored a hat-trick in the game.

He missed a home match against Crewe Alexandra on 5 April 1999 which West Bromwich Albion lost 5-1 due to a misunderstanding over the fact he thought the game was an evening kick-off.The club got through to him by phone at 2.20 PM and he arrived at The Hawthorns just before the 3.00 PM kick-off and by then the team sheet had already been handed in.

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