Willy Caballero

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Willy Caballero
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Caballero warming up for Manchester City in 2014
Personal information
Full name Wilfredo Daniel Caballero Lazcano
Date of birth (1981-09-28) 28 September 1981 (age 33)
Place of birth Santa Elena, Argentina
Height 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)[1]
Playing position Goalkeeper
Club information
Current team
Manchester City
Number 13
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2001–2004 Boca Juniors 15 (0)
2004–2011 Elche 186 (0)
2006 Arsenal Sarandí (loan) 13 (0)
2011–2014 Málaga 117 (0)
2014– Manchester City 2 (0)
National team
2001 Argentina U20 2 (0)
2004 Argentina U23

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 1 January 2015.

† Appearances (Goals).
Olympic medal record
Men's football
Gold medal – first place 2004 Athens Team
This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Caballero and the second or maternal family name is Lazcano.

Wilfredo Daniel "Willy" Caballero Lazcano (born 28 September 1981) is an Argentine professional footballer who plays for English club Manchester City as a goalkeeper.

He spent most of his career in Spain, representing Elche and Málaga and competing in La Liga with the latter club. In the summer of 2014, he signed for Manchester City.

Club career[edit]

Boca / Elche[edit]

Born in Santa Elena, Entre Ríos, Caballero started his playing career with Boca Juniors in 2001, where he won three major titles in 2003. On 14 December of that year he witnessed – from the bench – his team beat A.C. Milan 3–1 on penalties, in the 2003 Intercontinental Cup.

Caballero joined Elche CF of Spain in 2004, and had a brief loan spell back in his country with Arsenal de Sarandí in 2006. With the former, after a rough first season, he went on to become the undisputed starter, appearing in nearly 200 Segunda División games.


On 10 February 2011, Caballero was transferred to Málaga CF in La Liga for 900,000 and two 1/2 years, as an emergency transfer – after the 31 January transfer deadline – due to a serious knee injury to Sergio Asenjo (the club's previous starter, Rubén, was also unavailable due to physical problems);[2] he made his league debut on the 20th, starting in a 1–1 draw at Villarreal CF,[3] and played all the matches until the end of the campaign, with the Andalusians finally escaping relegation.

On 1 October 2011, Caballero entered Málaga's history books as he kept his goal clean for 480 minutes, beating the club's previous record of 429 held by Pedro Contreras since the 2001–02 season.[4] On 16 October he was sent off midway through the first half of an away fixture against Levante UD, after touching the ball with his hands just outside the box – the hosts eventually won it 3–0.[5]

On 18 January 2012, Caballero signed a contract extension, tying him to the club until 2016.[6] On 25 March, playing against RCD Espanyol, he fractured his left hand early into the game, being sidelined for the rest of the season.[7]

Caballero returned to full fitness for 2012–13, featuring in all but two games and helping the Boquerones to the sixth position. Goal.com named him as the best player in his position for the campaign.[8] At the end of the following season he was nominated as the best goalkeeper in the league, alongside Thibaut Courtois of Atlético Madrid and Keylor Navas of Levante.[9]

Manchester City[edit]

On 8 July 2014 Caballero signed a three-year deal with Manchester City, for a fee believed to be in the region of £6 million excluding add-ons. He reunited at his new club with former Málaga manager Manuel Pellegrini,[10] and his competitive debut came on 10 August in the 2014 FA Community Shield, playing the full 90 minutes in a 0–3 loss to Arsenal at Wembley Stadium;[11] a week later, in the Premier League opener, he was an unused substitute at Newcastle United.[12]

Caballero's second official appearance for City occurred on 24 September 2014, in the 7–0 home routing of Sheffield Wednesday for the Football League Cup. He made his first league appearance away against Hull City three days later, relegating longtime incumbent Joe Hart to the bench in a 4–2 win.[13]

International career[edit]

Caballero played for Argentina at under-20 level, helping the nation win the 2001 FIFA World Youth Championship by playing in the competition's last two games.[14]

In 2004 he was picked for the gold medal triumph at the 2004 Summer Olympics, as backup to Germán Lux (also first-choice in the previous tournament).



Boca Juniors



  1. ^ "Willy Caballero". Premier League. Retrieved 15 November 2014. 
  2. ^ Official: Malaga sign Willy Caballero from Elche; Goal.com, 11 February 2011
  3. ^ Villarreal left disappointed again; ESPN Soccernet, 20 February 2011
  4. ^ Puga, Manu (2 October 2011). "Willy Caballero ya es historia viva del Málaga CF" [Willy Caballero becomes living history at Málaga CF]. La Opinión de Málaga. Retrieved 19 December 2014. 
  5. ^ Levante go second; ESPN Soccernet, 16 October 2011
  6. ^ Willy Caballero amplía su vinculación con el Málaga Club de Fútbol hasta la temporada 2015–2016 (Willy Caballero extends Málaga Club de Fútbol link until 2015–2016 season); Málaga's official website, 18 January 2012 (Spanish)
  7. ^ Caballero se operará de la fractura en su mano (Caballero to undergo hand fracture surgery); Marca, 27 March 2012 (Spanish)
  8. ^ La Liga Team of the Season: Messi, Ronaldo & Falcao make up all-star front line; Goal.com, 14 May 2013
  9. ^ Fernandez-Abascal, Eduardo (14 October 2014). "Chelsea duo Thibaut Courtois and Filipe Luis nominated for La Liga awards". International Business Times. Retrieved 15 October 2014. 
  10. ^ "Willy Caballero: Man City sign Malaga goalkeeper for £6m". BBC Sport. 8 July 2014. Retrieved 8 July 2014. 
  11. ^ Sanghera, Mandeep (10 August 2014). "Arsenal 3–0 Man City". BBC Sport. Retrieved 10 August 2014. 
  12. ^ Chowdhury, Saj (17 August 2014). "Newcastle 0–2 Man City". BBC Sport. Retrieved 17 August 2014. 
  13. ^ Keegan, Mike (27 September 2014). "Hull 2–4 Man City". BBC Sport. Retrieved 1 October 2014. 
  14. ^ Willy CaballeroFIFA competition record

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