Nicolás Pareja

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Nicolás Pareja
Nicolás Pareja 637.jpg
Pareja in 2010
Personal information
Full name Nicolás Martín Pareja
Date of birth (1984-01-19) 19 January 1984 (age 37)
Place of birth Buenos Aires, Argentina
Height 1.81 m (5 ft 11 in)
Position(s) Centre back
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2004–2006 Argentinos Juniors 49 (2)
2006–2008 Anderlecht 39 (0)
2008–2010 Espanyol 60 (3)
2010–2014 Spartak Moscow 47 (3)
2013–2014Sevilla (loan) 25 (0)
2014–2018 Sevilla 60 (2)
2018–2019 Atlas 3 (0)
Total 283 (10)
National team
2008 Argentina Olympic 5 (0)
2010 Argentina 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 16:42, 21 July 2019 (UTC)

Nicolás Martín Pareja (born 19 January 1984) is an Argentine former professional footballer who played as a central defender.

After starting out at Argentinos Juniors he went on to spend most of his career with Spartak Moscow and Sevilla, winning two Europa League trophies with the latter club. He was hindered by several injuries.

Pareja won the 2008 Olympic tournament with Argentina.

Club career[edit]

Argentinos Juniors[edit]

Born in Buenos Aires, Pareja started playing for Argentinos Juniors.[1][2] He scored his first goal in the Primera División on 10 February 2006, in a 2–1 win against Club Atlético Independiente.[3]


R.S.C. Anderlecht acquired Pareja in 2006 for 2 million as a replacement for Vincent Kompany, and the former went on to be a teammate of compatriots Lucas Biglia, Nicolás Frutos and Cristian Leiva.[4] His first game in the Pro League took place on 20 August, when he came on as a second-half substitute in the 4–3 away defeat of K.V.C. Westerlo.[5]

Despite several injury problems,[6][7][8][9][10][11][12][13] Pareja was regularly used during his two-year spell in Belgium, pairing mainly Roland Juhász. In late January 2008, he agreed to a contract extension until June 2012.[14]


Pareja joined Spanish club RCD Espanyol in the summer of 2008, for a fee of €4.5 million. He made his La Liga debut on 14 September, playing the full 90 minutes in a 1–0 away victory over Recreativo de Huelva,[15] and scored his first goal in the competition the following 11 January to help salvage a point at home to UD Almería (2–2).[16]

During his tenure in Catalonia, Pareja started in all his league appearances.[17]

Spartak Moscow[edit]

In August 2010, after being linked to a move to former side Anderlecht,[18] Pareja signed with FC Spartak Moscow.[19] He made his Russian Premier League debut late in that month, featuring four minutes in a 4–2 home win against FC Tom Tomsk.[20]

After missing out several matches throughout June and July 2011 due to international commitment, both Pareja and compatriot Marcos Rojo were fined for returning late to the club.[21] He netted his first goal on 11 September, the only to help the hosts defeat FC Amkar Perm.[22]

Pareja was handed a three-match ban after being sent off for a hard tackle on PFC CSKA Moscow's Vágner Love in November 2010,[23][24] being suspended even harsher (four) in October of the next year following a match against FC Zenit Saint Petersburg.[25] He signed a contract extension shortly after the second offense, however, running until 2016.[26]

After featuring regularly in his second season, Pareja appeared only 12 times in his third, due to rotations with Salvatore Bocchetti and Juan Insaurralde[27][28] as well as physical problems.[29][30]


On 4 July 2013, Pareja was loaned to Sevilla FC.[31] He appeared in 37 competitive matches in his debut campaign, including 12 in the UEFA Europa League which his team won; subsequently, he was selected to the 18-man Europa League squad of the season along with teammates Beto, Stéphane Mbia and Ivan Rakitić.[32]

On 23 June 2014, the Andalusians activated his buyout clause for €2.5 million, and Pareja signing a three-year deal.[33] On 3 January of the following year, whilst celebrating his 100th appearance in Spain's top flight, he scored the game's only goal at home against RC Celta de Vigo, through a direct free kick;[34] on 23 April, early into a Europa League quarter-final tie at Zenit, he suffered an anterior cruciate ligament to his right knee, going on to be sidelined until the end of the year.[35]

In late August 2016, the 32-year-old Pareja agreed to a further extension at the Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán Stadium until 2019.[36] Having acted as team captain for the first time on the 28th, in a 0–0 away draw to Villarreal CF,[37] he was named by manager Jorge Sampaoli as one of the four skippers early into the new season.[38]

On 24 August 2018, Pareja's contract was terminated by mutual consent and Daniel Carriço was named the new captain.[39]


On 25 August 2018, Pareja moved to the Mexican Liga MX after joining Club Atlas.[40] Eleven months later, having made only four competitive appearances, he left the club.[41]

International career[edit]

Pareja was part of the Argentina Olympic team at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, contributing with five appearances to the gold medal conquest.[42][43] His performances earned him praise from Diego Maradona.[44]

Pareja earned his first cap for the full side on 17 November 2010, in a 1–0 friendly win over Brazil.[45] He was selected for the following year's Copa América,[46] being an unused squad member.

In August 2017, Pareja received a call up by his former Sevilla manager Sampaoli for the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers against Uruguay and Venezuela.[47]

Personal life[edit]

Relatively small for his position, Pareja first played football in his local neighbourhood.[2] While at Espanyol, he earned the nickname of Torero (bullfighter) because of his middle name "Martín".[48]

Friends with Daniel Jarque, Pareja donned a T-shirt in remembrance of him during the 2014 Europa League celebrations.[49] Having grown up supporting Real Madrid,[50] he also held an Italian passport.[51][52]








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  3. ^ "Independiente y sus ilusiones chocaron contra Argentinos" [Independiente and their illusions crashed against Argentinos]. Ámbito Financiero (in Spanish). 10 February 2006. Retrieved 13 July 2017.
  4. ^ "Argentijnse vervanger van Kompany kost twee miljoen" [Argentine replacement for Kompany cost two million]. Het Nieuwsblad (in Dutch). 28 June 2006. Retrieved 13 July 2017.
  5. ^ "Frutos en Pareja mee naar Westerlo" [Frutos and Pareja go to Westerlo]. Het Nieuwsblad (in Dutch). 20 August 2006. Retrieved 13 July 2017.
  6. ^ "Pareja vier weken buiten strijd" [Pareja out of action four weeks]. Het Nieuwsblad (in Dutch). 25 July 2006. Retrieved 13 July 2017.
  7. ^ "Vercauteren zoekt fitte verdedigers" [Vercauteren looking for healthy defenders]. Het Nieuwsblad (in Dutch). 14 October 2006. Retrieved 13 July 2017.
  8. ^ "Spitsenschaarste dreigt voor Franky Vercauteren" [Dangerous threats loom over Franky Vercauteren]. Het Nieuwsblad (in Dutch). 16 December 2006. Retrieved 13 July 2017.
  9. ^ "Pareja paar weken out?" [Pareja a couple of weeks out?]. Het Nieuwsblad (in Dutch). 20 April 2007. Retrieved 13 July 2017.
  10. ^ "Pareja belde al met De Muner" [Pareja already called De Muner]. Het Nieuwsblad (in Dutch). 8 August 2007. Retrieved 13 July 2017.
  11. ^ "Anderlecht zonder Pareja" [Anderlecht without Pareja]. Het Nieuwsblad (in Dutch). 3 December 2007. Retrieved 13 July 2017.
  12. ^ "Pareja: 'Ik vrees voor mijn voetblessure'" [Pareja: 'I fear for my foot injury']. Het Nieuwsblad (in Dutch). 22 February 2008. Retrieved 13 July 2017.
  13. ^ "Pareja en Serhat out voor Charleroi" [Pareja and Serhat out for Charleroi]. Het Nieuwsblad (in Dutch). 8 March 2008. Retrieved 13 July 2017.
  14. ^ "Pareja en Wasilewski tekenen bij" [Pareja and Wasilewski sign]. Het Nieuwsblad (in Dutch). 25 January 2008. Retrieved 13 July 2017.
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  21. ^ "El Spartak multa a Pareja y Rojo por su retraso tras la Copa América" [Spartak fine Pareja and Rojo for tardiness after Copa América]. Marca (in Spanish). 27 July 2011. Retrieved 13 July 2017.
  22. ^ "СОГАЗ – ЧЕМПИОНАТ РОССИИ. ПРЕМЬЕР-ЛИГА. 23-й тур: АМКАР – СПАРТАК – 0:1 (0:0)" (in Russian). Sport Express. 11 September 2011. Retrieved 13 July 2017.
  23. ^ "О бедном Парехе замолвите слово" (in Russian). Sport Express. 22 November 2010. Retrieved 13 July 2017.
  24. ^ "Пареха дисквалифицирован на три матча" [Pareja suspended for three matches] (in Russian). Sport Express. 24 November 2010. Retrieved 13 July 2017.
  25. ^ "Пареха дисквалифицирован на четыре матча" [Pareja suspended for four matches] (in Russian). Sport Express. 3 October 2011. Retrieved 13 July 2017.
  26. ^ "Пареха продлил контракт со "Спартаком" до 2016 года" [Pareja extended his contract with Spartak until 2016] (in Russian). Sport Express. 31 October 2011. Retrieved 13 July 2017.
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  28. ^ "Николас Пареха: "Лидер "Спартака"? Думаю, Чельстрем"" [Nicolás Pareja: "Spartak's leader? Källström, I think"] (in Russian). Sport Express. 2 March 2013. Retrieved 13 July 2017.
  29. ^ "Пареха травмировал бедро" [Thigh concussion for Pareja] (in Russian). Sport Express. 2 March 2013. Retrieved 13 July 2017.
  30. ^ "Эменике, Пареха, Ананидзе и Хурадо не сыграют с ЦСКА" [Emenike, Pareja, Ananidze and Jurado will not play against CSKA] (in Russian). Sport Express. 18 April 2013. Retrieved 13 July 2017.
  31. ^ "Nico Pareja, cedido al Sevilla" [Nico Pareja, loaned to Sevilla]. Mundo Deportivo (in Spanish). 4 July 2013. Retrieved 6 August 2014.
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  35. ^ "Pareja, entre 6 y 7 meses KO por rotura de ligamentos" [Pareja, out from 6 to 7 months due to ligament rupture]. El Mundo (in Spanish). 24 April 2015. Retrieved 14 May 2015.
  36. ^ "Nico Pareja: "Estoy muy feliz por seguir en mi casa"" [Nico Pareja: "I am very happy to continue in my home"]. Marca (in Spanish). 23 August 2016. Retrieved 13 July 2017.
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  38. ^ "Vicente Iborra, Daniel Carriço, Nico Pareja y Vitolo, los capitanes" [Vicente Iborra, Daniel Carriço, Nico Pareja and Vitolo, the captains]. Marca (in Spanish). 8 September 2016. Retrieved 13 July 2017.
  39. ^ "Acuerdo para la resicisión del contrato de Nico Pareja" [Agreement for the termination of Nico Pareja's contract] (in Spanish). Sevilla FC. 24 August 2018. Retrieved 24 August 2018.
  40. ^ "Nico Pareja es nuevo jugador de La Academia" [Nico Pareja is a new player for The Academy] (in Spanish). Club Atlas. 25 August 2018. Retrieved 25 August 2018.
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  48. ^ "Anderlecht wint dan toch nog de lotto" [Anderlecht still win the lottery]. Het Nieuwsblad (in Dutch). 2 September 2008. Retrieved 13 July 2017.
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  50. ^ "Argentijn NICOLAS PAREJA maakt zijn grote debuut in topper" [Argentine NICOLAS PAREJA makes his debut in classic]. Het Nieuwsblad (in Dutch). 27 August 2006. Retrieved 13 July 2017.
  51. ^ "Pareja: 'Ik wil graag naar Espanyol'" [Pareja: 'I would like to go to Espanyol']. Het Nieuwsblad (in Dutch). 28 August 2008. Retrieved 13 July 2017.
  52. ^ "Pareja obtiene la doble nacionalidad y ya no ocupa plaza de extracomunitario" [Pareja gets double nationality and his no longer a non-EU player]. Diario AS (in Spanish). 30 January 2009. Retrieved 13 July 2017.
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