Pablo Armero

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Pablo Armero
Brazil and Colombia match at the FIFA World Cup 2014-07-04 (9) Recorte.jpg
Personal information
Full name Pablo Estífer Armero[1]
Date of birth (1986-11-02) 2 November 1986 (age 32)
Place of birth Tumaco, Colombia
Height 1.72 m (5 ft 7 12 in)
Playing position Left back / Left midfielder
Club information
Current team
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2004–2008 América de Cali 108 (6)
2009–2010 Palmeiras 36 (1)
2010–2013 Udinese 69 (3)
2013–2014 Napoli 29 (0)
2014West Ham United (loan) 5 (0)
2014–2017 Udinese 7 (1)
2014–2015Milan (loan) 8 (0)
2015Flamengo (loan) 4 (0)
2017 Bahia 5 (0)
2018 América de Cali 25 (1)
2019 CSA 3 (0)
2019– Guarani 1 (0)
National team
2008– Colombia 68 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 21:46, 10 June 2019 (UTC)

Pablo Estífer Armero (born 2 November 1986) is a Colombian footballer who plays as a defender for Guarani FC. He is known in Colombia by the nickname "Miñía", reportedly after a phrase commonly used to call infants in his hometown.

Club career[edit]


After his performance with Colombia, and having helped América de Cali win their 13th championship, Armero was loaned to Palmeiras, his agent Turbo Sports holding the registration rights through Poços de Caldas.[2] He was signed in early 2009, and was the first choice for Palmeiras left-back position.[2] He helped Palmeiras reach the São Paulo State Championship semi-finals before losing to Santos FC. He was noticed for his speed and crossing abilities and played many matches helping Palmeiras lead in the Brazilian Série A. His only goal for Palmeiras came in a 4–1 win against Náutico in July 2009.[3]

Having signed a pre-contract, Armero almost joined the Serie A side Parma in July 2010, but the deal collapsed on 3 July. Parma's lack of non-EU registration quota, reflected in the new ruling announced on 2 July, forced the contract to be terminated and obligated the club to pay a sum to the player.[4][5] Instead, Parma signed Zé Eduardo. It was reported that Palmeiras bought 20% economic rights, (date unknown) and the non-dividable registration rights in June 2010.[6][7] made Palmeiras would receive 20% transfer fee.[8]


On 28 August 2010, Udinese signed Armero. He became a left wingback ahead Giovanni Pasquale in Udinese's 3–5–2 formation (or a 5–3–2 formation). That season Udinese finished fourth and returned to the UEFA Champions League.

Due to Udinese's UEFA coefficient, Udinese paired with seeded team Arsenal of the English Premier League. The team changed tactics, and Armero played as a left-sided wingback in its 4–4–1–1 formation, with new-signing Neuton playing new left-back. After his successful Serie A debut and following his appearances in European football, Armero was selected into the Serie A Team of the Year for the 2010–11 season.[9]

Armero was rested for the first round of 2011–12 Serie A and started in his first UEFA Europa League match on 15 September. With the team changing its tactics back to 3–5–2, Armero remained left wing-back, also scoring the winning goal.[10]


On 9 January 2013, Armero joined Napoli on loan until the end of the season, with the option to make a permanent switch in the summer.[11] He mostly made his appearances coming off the bench for the remainder of the 2012–13 season. During the 2013 summer transfer window, Napoli made the permanent move for a reported €4 million.[12]

West Ham United (loan)[edit]

On 31 January 2014, Armero completed his loan move to West Ham United until the end of the season.[9] He made his West Ham debut on 15 March in a 3–1 away defeat to Stoke City. With West Ham already losing 3–1, he was an 83rd-minute substitute for Andy Carroll.[13] He played five league games for West Ham before his loan ended.[14] His final game came on 19 April 2014 in a 1–0 home defeat by Crystal Palace. The only goal of the game was a penalty conceded by Armero whose performance was criticised by manager Sam Allardyce.[15]

Return to Udinese and loan to Milan[edit]

On 20 June 2014, Udinese announced they had signed back Armero, a season after he left to Napoli.[16]

On 11 August 2014, the club announced his loan move to Milan for the 2014–15 season.[17]

Back to Brazil and loan to Flamengo[edit]

On April 9, 2015, he was loaned again, this time to Flamengo, until the end of the year.[18] He debuted in a match against Avaí for the third round of the Brasileirão 2015.

Return to Udinese[edit]

Armero rejoined Italian club Udinese for the 2015–16 season, where he has mostly appeared as a substitute


Armero joined Brazilian club CSA on 17 March 2019, but was released only two months later after being spotted on a nightclub in the eve of a league match.[19][20]

International career[edit]

Armero played for the Colombian under-17 team in the 2003 FIFA U-17 World Championship and was promoted to the senior team in 2008 for his form with América de Cali. He received his first cap in Colombia's 5–2 win over Venezuela and has won the spot of starting left-back for the national team. In March 2013, he scored his first goal for Colombia in a 5–0 victory over Bolivia.[21]

In June 2014, he was named in Colombia's squad for the 2014 FIFA World Cup finals.[22] Armero scored Colombia's first goal in a 3–0 win against Greece in the team's opening group game.[23]

International goals[edit]

Scores and results lists Colombia's goal tally first.[24]
# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 22 March 2013 Estadio Metropolitano Roberto Meléndez, Barranquilla, Colombia  Bolivia
2014 FIFA World Cup qualification
2. 14 June 2014 Estádio Mineirão, Belo Horizonte, Brazil  Greece
2014 FIFA World Cup



América de Cali



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  2. ^ a b "Turbo Sports coloca Pablo Armero no Verdão" (in Portuguese). O Globo. 30 December 2008. Retrieved 2 January 2009.
  3. ^ "Palmeiras goleia Náutico e 'dorme' na vice-liderança. Torcida exalta Jorginho" (in Portuguese). 11 July 2009. Retrieved 4 February 2014.
  4. ^ "Ghirardi sugli extracomunitari tesserabili: Sono allibito". Parma FC (in Italian). 3 July 2010. Archived from the original on 28 November 2010. Retrieved 4 July 2010. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  5. ^ "Foreign player cap for Serie A". Sky Sports. 3 July 2010. Retrieved 4 July 2010.
  6. ^ "Boletim Informativo Diário Eletrônico (Bid-E) Relação Pela Data 09/07/2010". CBF (in Portuguese). 9 July 2010. Archived from the original on 13 June 2012. Retrieved 24 August 2011. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  7. ^ "Boletim Informativo Diário Eletrônico (Bid-E) Relação Pela Data 14/07/2010". CBF (in Portuguese). 14 July 2010. Archived from the original on 13 June 2012. Retrieved 24 August 2011. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  8. ^ "Palmeiras confirma acordo por Armero; agente nega e diz ter mais 3 propostas". UOL Esporte (in Portuguese). 26 August 2010. Retrieved 12 January 2011.
  9. ^ a b "Hammers snap up Armero". West Ham United FC. 31 January 2014. Archived from the original on 1 March 2014. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  10. ^ Buona la prima! 15 September 2011
  11. ^ "Napoli Sign Armero on Loan". ESPN FC. 10 January 2013. Retrieved 10 January 2013.
  12. ^ "Official: Armero to Napoli - Football Italia". Retrieved 23 May 2019.
  13. ^ "Stoke City 3–1 West Ham United FT - News - Latest News - News - West Ham United". Retrieved 23 May 2019.
  14. ^ "Games played by Pablo Armero in 2013/2014". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 13 May 2014.
  15. ^ House, Future Publishing Limited Quay; Ambury, The; Engl, Bath BA1 1UA All rights reserved; number 2008885, Wales company registration (19 April 2014). "Allardyce singles out Armero for costly error". FourFourTwo. Retrieved 23 May 2019.
  16. ^ "Udinese buy Armero from Napoli". Retrieved 12 September 2014.
  17. ^ "Welcome Pablo Armero!". Retrieved 12 September 2014.
  18. ^ "Flamengo contrata Pablo Armero". (in Portuguese).
  19. ^ "Dirigente do CSA diz que Manga, Armero e Maidana cometeram indisciplina: "Ninguém tolera"". Globoesporte. Retrieved 23 May 2019.
  20. ^ "Armero se despede da torcida e diz que não desrespeitou o CSA: "Não tive uma segunda chance"". Globoesporte. Retrieved 23 May 2019.
  21. ^ "Colombia Vs Bolivia". Retrieved 1 February 2014.
  22. ^ "World Cup 2014: Radamel Falcao out of Colombia squad". BBC. 9 June 2014. Retrieved 18 June 2014.
  23. ^ "Colombia v Greece: World Cup 2014 – as it happened". Guardian. 14 June 2014. Retrieved 17 June 2014.
  24. ^ ""Pablo Armero International Statistics"". Retrieved 12 September 2014.

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