Gustavo Adolfo Cabrera

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Gustavo Cabrera
Personal information
Full name Gustavo Adolfo Cabrera Marroquín
Date of birth (1979-12-13) 13 December 1979 (age 39)
Place of birth Santo Tomás,[1] Guatemala
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position defender
Club information
Current team
Number 25
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1995–2004 Comunicaciones 288 (10)
2005 Real Salt Lake 4 (0)
2005–2008 Comunicaciones 34 (4)
2008 AGF Aarhus 0 (0)
2009 Jalapa 18 (2)
2009–2010 Xelajú (0)
2011 Juv. Retalteca 13 (0)
2012 Marquense
National team
2000–2012 Guatemala 104 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 22 February 2010
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 29 August 2013

Gustavo Adolfo Cabrera Marroquín (born 13 December 1979 in Santo Tomás, Guatemala) is a former Guatemalan football defender who last played for Deportivo Marquense in the Liga Nacional de Guatemala and was also a member of the Guatemala national team. On 12 September 2012 he was banned from play for life due to allegations of match-fixing.[2]

Club career[edit]

Cabrera is the younger brother of former national team player Edy and both started playing football at JuCa de Izabal before moving to Guatemalan giants Comunicaciones. The brothers were separated when Edy joined Cobán Imperial.[3]

Prior to joining Major League Soccer outfit Real Salt Lake midway through the 2005 season, Cabrera spent ten seasons with Comunicaciones in his native Guatemala and again in 2006. He is a two-footed player that has been used on the left, right and center of his team's formations and has won four Guatemalan League championships between 1998–2005 and was also named MVP of the Guatemalan league in 2003.

On 6 June 2008, it was confirmed at a local newspaper that he was being transferred to Danish Superliga club AGF Aarhus.[4] Cabrera left CSD Comunicaciones on a free transfer following a contract dispute with the club in which three players from the national team filed for free agency with the football federation since the club was in arrears for over three months of salary obligations.[5] He was released from his AGF contract on 28 November 2008. The club said that they liked him, and that he had adapted well into the team, but he did not fit into the Scandinavian style of play. He never got to play on the first team.[6]

Cabrera returned to his native Guatemala and signed a six-month contract with C.D. Jalapa on 11 January 2009 to play for them during the 2009 Clausura.[7] He subsequently moved on to Xelaju.

Match fixing allegations and suspension[edit]

Cabrera, along with Guillermo Ramirez and Yony Flores were found guilty by the National Football Federation of Guatemala in September 2012 of conspiring to fix a pair of national team exhibitions and a CONCACAF Champions League game between CSD Municipal and Mexico's Santos Laguna. The trio played together at Municipal in the fall of 2010, when the club finished behind Santos and the Columbus Crew in its first-round group.

Banned from the sport inside their native country, the players saw their exile extended worldwide on Wednesday.[8]

International career[edit]

He has been a regular member of the Guatemalan national team since 2000, participating in the 2002, 2006, 2010, and 2014 World Cup qualifying processes. He made his debut against Belize and has since collected 100 caps as of 12 November 2011,[9] which makes him the second-most capped player ever for Guatemala. Cabrera has also been the captain of the national team often throughout 2007 including wearing the captain's armband for the nation's 3–2 victory over Mexico. On 27 May 2012, Cabrera was separated from the Guatemala National Team on basis of suspected " to arrange a match's result of Guatemala against Sudafrica on 2010 " as well as other arrangements which led to the defeat of his clubs at different opportunities. On June 2012, this was confirmed by a team mates, Luis Rodriguez and Carlos Ruiz.[10] Currently Ramires is under FIFA investigation as well as by the Ministerio Publico of Guatemala for Treason, Money laundering and other accounts.

International goals[edit]

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 10 February 2007 Estadio Cuscatlán, San Salvador, El Salvador  Belize 1–0 1–0 UNCAF Cup
2. 6 September 2011 FFB Field, Belmopan, Belize  Belize 1–0 2–1 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification
Correct as of 13 January 2017[11]


  1. ^ Un equipo con tumbao Archived 16 June 2007 at – Prensa Libre
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 10 October 2012.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ Choque entre hermanos: Los Cabrera buscarán la victoria para sus equipos [permanent dead link] – Prensa Libre (in Spanish)
  4. ^ Ruiz, Fernando (11 June 2008). "Cabrera jugará en Dinamarca". Prensa Libre (in Spanish). Archived from the original on 13 June 2008.
  5. ^ "Renunciaron tres jugadores de Comunicaciones". (in Spanish). La Red Deportiva. 2 May 2008. Archived from the original on 4 June 2008.
  6. ^ Bugge, Jesper (28 November 2008). "Cabrera færdig i AGF". (in Danish). TV 2 Sport.
  7. ^ Recinos, Eddy (11 January 2009). "Gustavo Cabrera firma con Jalapa". Prensa Libre (in Spanish). Archived from the original on 13 February 2009. Retrieved 28 January 2009.
  8. ^ Three Guatemalan players banned for life - FIFA
  9. ^ (in Spanish) Gustavo Cabrera cumplió 100 juegos con la selección de Guatemala
  10. ^ Central America is seen as especially vulnerable to match-fixing... 10/16/2012 Reuters.[permanent dead link] Retrieved 18 October 2012.
  11. ^ Gustavo Adolfo Cabrera - Century of International Appearances

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