Fabricio Fuentes

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Fabricio Fuentes
Personal information
Full name Fabricio Fabio Fuentes
Date of birth (1976-10-13) 13 October 1976 (age 40)
Place of birth Río Cuarto, Argentina
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Centre back
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1996–2001 Newell's Old Boys 92 (10)
1997–1998 Quilmes (loan) 44 (1)
2001–2003 Vélez Sársfield 69 (5)
2003 Guingamp 12 (1)
2004–2005 Vélez Sársfield 51 (3)
2005–2006 Atlas 34 (2)
2006–2009 Villarreal 67 (8)
2010–2011 Atlas 26 (3)
2011 Newell's Old Boys 6 (0)
Total 401 (33)
National team
2005 Argentina 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Fabricio Fabio Fuentes (born 13 October 1976) is an Argentine retired footballer who plays as a central defender.

He competed professionally, other than in his country, in France, Mexico and Spain, amassing Primera División totals of 218 games and 18 goals over the course of ten seasons.

Club career[edit]

Fuentes was born in Río Cuarto, Córdoba. He began his career playing for Newell's Old Boys in 1996, leaving the following year for Quilmes Atlético Club in the Argentine second division before rejoining Newell's in 1998.

In 2001 Fuentes was signed for his first spell at Club Atlético Vélez Sársfield, on a US$450,000 fee (for 50% of his transfer rights).[1] In January 2003 he was sold to Mexican club Querétaro F.C. for US$1,200,000[1] but, in the transfer agreement, it was established that the player would stay with Vélez until the end of the season.[1]

However, after a good last months as Vélez's captain, Fuentes' value increased, and he was immediately sold by Querétaro to En Avant Guingamp for US$2,000,000, before having playing any official game in Mexico.[2] After half a season in France he returned to Vélez, helping the team win the league's Clausura in 2005.

Following this success Fuentes returned to Mexico with F.C. Atlas, but he only stayed one season before moving again, this time to Villarreal CF in Spain, where he re-joined former Vélez teammate Leandro Somoza as well as fellow Argentines Rodolfo Arruabarrena, Mariano Barbosa, Juan Román Riquelme and Gonzalo Rodríguez. During his debut campaign he benefited from a serious knee injury to the latter and scored four times in 33 La Liga games;[3] the following years, however, he returned to the bench, but continued to be used regularly even though he also suffered serious knee problems in January 2008.[4]

On 4 January 2010 Fuentes was released by Villarreal upon the player's request, signing with Atlas and thus returning to the side after three 1/2 years.

International career[edit]

Fuentes played once for Argentina, a friendly against Mexico on 4 February 2005 in which the former only fielded players from the domestic league. He scored in his own net in an eventual 1–1 draw.




  1. ^ a b c "Tirando paredes" [Breaking down walls] (in Spanish). La Nación. 25 July 2001. Retrieved 26 September 2010. 
  2. ^ "Puertas abiertas" [Open doors] (in Spanish). La Nación. 27 July 2003. Retrieved 26 September 2010. 
  3. ^ "Defensas centrales, delanteros por un día" [Central defenders, forwards for a day] (in Spanish). Marca. 1 October 2007. Retrieved 16 December 2015. 
  4. ^ Freak injury robs Villarreal of Fuentes; UEFA.com, 17 January 2008

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