Frank Fabra

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Frank Fabra
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Fabra lining up for Boca Juniors in 2016
Personal information
Full name Frank Yusty Fabra Palacios
Date of birth (1991-02-22) 22 February 1991 (age 28)
Place of birth Nechí, Colombia
Height 1.72 m (5 ft 8 in)[1]
Playing position Left back
Club information
Current team
Boca Juniors
Number 18
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2010–2015 Envigado 90 (3)
2014–2015Deportivo Cali (loan) 38 (1)
2015–2016 Independiente Medellín 18 (1)
2016– Boca Juniors 48 (3)
National team
2015– Colombia 19 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 4 August 2019
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 1 June 2018

Frank Yusty Fabra Palacios (born 22 February 1991) is a Colombian footballer who plays as a full back for team Boca Juniors of the Argentine Primera División.

He began his career with Envigado, debuting in 2010. He joined Deportivo Cali in 2014, where he was part of the squad that won the 2015 Apertura. After a brief spell at Independiente Medellín, Fabra signed for Boca Juniors on a three-year deal.

Fabra made his international debut for Colombia in 2015, and was part of the squad that finished third at the Copa América Centenario.

Club career[edit]

Envigado[edit]

Fabra is a product of Envigado's youth system. At the age of 18, he was called up to the first team and debuted on 22 July 2010 against Cúcuta Deportivo. Despite his young age, Fabra quickly made himself a first team player, earning 106 caps and 3 goals for El Equipo Naranja after 4 seasons at the club.

Deportivo Cali[edit]

In July 2014, Fabra was loaned out to fellow Colombian club Deportivo Cali for 6 months with a purchase option. During his loan spell in Cali, he was fast to install himself into the starting eleven, scoring once and earning 26 caps. The 2015 Apertura was Fabra's first big break, as he helped guide Cali to secure its ninth league. Following his first career title, Fabra was included in the Apertura's team of the season.

Independiente Medellín[edit]

For the 2015 Clausura, Fabra signed for Independiente Medellín after being heavily requested by Leonel Álvarez, Independiente's manager at the time. Fabra did not waste time during his adaptation and was quick to form part of the team's starting eleven. on 25 July, he scored his first goal for the Paisa club in a 1-0 victory against Deportes Tolima.

Boca Juniors[edit]

On 24 January 2016, Fabra signed a three and a half year contract with Argentine super club Boca Juniors despite heavy interest from several clubs in South America and Europe. He made his debut on 14 February in a home loss against Atlético Tucumán, having to leave the pitch after 44 minutes due to a later confirmed injury. His first goal came at the 2016 Copa Libertadores and was against his former club Deportivo Cali. The match ended in a 6-2 victory for Boca. On 12 May, Fabra scored an important away goal during the first leg of quarter-finals against Uruguayans Club Nacional. The match finished in a one-goal draw. The second leg finished with the same score, forcing a penalty shoot out between the teams. Fabra converted his penalty in a cheeky manner with some people comparing it to the way Diego Maradona often converted his own. Boca advanced to the semi-finals winning 4-3 on penalties and the series ended 2-2 on aggregate.

On 11 September 2016, Fabra scored his third goal for the Xeneizes against Belgrano in a 3-0 home triumph for match day three of the season. Fabra won the 2016–17 Argentine Primera División with Boca Juniors, making the achievement his first title with the club.

Sequentially after the end of Jonathan Silva's loan the following year, Fabra saw himself as the club's first choice left-back. For match day four of the 2017–18 season, Fabra found the net in Boca's 4-0 stomping of Vélez Sarsfield. His second goal of the season arrived against Atlético Temperley, the sole celebration of the match.

International career[edit]

On 28 August 2015, Fabra received his first call up from José Pékerman to Colombia's senior team to play a friendly against Peru. Fabra made his debut on 8 September, playing 90 minutes in a 1-1 draw against the Peruvians. His first official game was also against Peru, this time for the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers. Colombia secured 3 points, claiming a 2-0 victory in the Estadio Metropolitano of Barranquilla.

He was included in Colombia's 23 man squad for the Copa América Centenario, tournament where Fabra scored his first international goal against Costa Rica. He appeared four times at the tournament as Colombia clinched a third-place finish.

During the later part of the 2018 World Cup qualifiers, Fabra broke into the starting eleven for the rest of the matches with Colombia eventually finishing fourth thus earning direct qualification for the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

In May 2018 he was named in Colombia's squad for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.[2] However, he was ruled out of the tournament after sustaining an anterior cruciate ligament tear in his left knee during training on 9 June 2018.[3]

International goals[edit]

As of match played 11 June 2016. Colombia score listed first, score column indicates score after each Fabra goal.[4]
International goals by date, venue, cap, opponent, score, result and competition
No. Date Venue Cap Opponent Score Result Competition
1 11 June 2016 NRG Stadium, Houston, United States 7  Costa Rica 1–1 2–3 Copa América Centenario

Honours[edit]

Deportivo Cali

Boca Juniors

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2018 FIFA World Cup Russia – List of Players" (PDF). FIFA.com. Fédération Internationale de Football Association. 4 June 2018. Archived from the original (PDF) on 10 June 2018. Retrieved 10 June 2018.
  2. ^ "Revealed: Every World Cup 2018 squad - Final 23-man lists". Goal.com. Retrieved 9 June 2018.
  3. ^ "Frank Fabra sufre ruptura de ligamento y se pierde el Mundial". Colombia.as.com. 9 June 2018. Retrieved 9 June 2018.
  4. ^ Frank Fabra at Soccerway

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