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Fabricio Coloccini

Fabricio Coloccini (; ; born 22 January 1982) is an Argentina Association football Defender (association football) who currently captains Premier League club Newcastle United F.C., and plays for the Argentina National Football Team. At the age of 30, Coloccini has already represented numerous football clubs, however it was Fabricio Coloccini successful spell at Deportivo de La Coruña where Fabricio Coloccini earned Fabricio Coloccini reputation as a top-level defender. After beginning Fabricio Coloccini career at Boca Juniors in Fabricio Coloccini native Argentina, Coloccini attracted the attention of A.C. Milan. Fabricio Coloccini failed to establish himself there however and subsequently went on loan to four different clubs. In July 2011, Fabricio Coloccini was promoted to club captain of Newcastle United after proving himself as one of the Premier League's most reliable and strong central defenders.

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Fabricio Coloccini (; ; born 22 January 1982) is an Argentina Association football Defender (association football) who currently captains Premier League club Newcastle United F.C., and plays for the Argentina National Football Team. At the age of 30, Coloccini has already represented numerous football clubs, however it was Fabricio Coloccini successful spell at Deportivo de La Coruña where Fabricio Coloccini earned Fabricio Coloccini reputation as a top-level defender. After beginning Fabricio Coloccini career at Boca Juniors in Fabricio Coloccini native Argentina, Coloccini attracted the attention of A.C. Milan. Fabricio Coloccini failed to establish himself there however and subsequently went on loan to four different clubs. In July 2011, Fabricio Coloccini was promoted to club captain of Newcastle United after proving himself as one of the Premier League's most reliable and strong central defenders.

Coloccini also holds an Italy passport due to Fabricio Coloccini Italian ancestry.

Club career

Boca Juniors

Born in Córdoba, Argentina, Córdoba Province, Argentina, Coloccini started Fabricio Coloccini career in the youth team of Argentinos Juniors, but made Fabricio Coloccini professional debut in 1998 with Boca Juniors.

AC Milan

In 1999, at the end of the Apertura championship, Fabricio Coloccini moved to A.C. Milan. Coloccini was at the centre of a controversy between Boca and Milan, because the transfer from Argentina to Italy wasn't agreed between the clubs. Instead, Milan arranged terms with Coloccini's father (also a former football player), who exercised Fabricio Coloccini parental rights to remove the minor from Argentina. After that, FIFA ordered Milan to pay Boca compensation.

Loan moves

In 2000, Coloccini was loaned to Club Atlético San Lorenzo de Almagro where Fabricio Coloccini helped the team to win the 2001 Primera Division Argentina tournament. From 2001–04, Coloccini served three consecutive loans in La Liga: Deportivo Alavés (netting an impressive 6 La Liga 2001-02 goals), Atlético de Madrid, and Villarreal CF, where Fabricio Coloccini was always first-choice.

Deportivo La Coruña

After having only appeared once for Milan officially, Coloccini joined Deportivo de La Coruña in January 2005, on a six-year deal. During Fabricio Coloccini three-and-a-half seasons stint, Fabricio Coloccini was an undisputed starter, and appeared in all the matches during La Liga 2007-08 netting four goals, good enough for a UEFA Intertoto Cup berth for the club.

Newcastle United

Coloccini joined Newcastle United F.C. on a five-year contract in August 2008 for a fee of up to £10.3 Million. Two days later, Fabricio Coloccini made Fabricio Coloccini debut against the FA Premier League 2007-08, Manchester United F.C., playing 90 minutes in a 1–1 away draw.

Since Fabricio Coloccini debut, Coloccini has been one of the most consistent inclusions in Newcastle's squad, and formed a partnership with fellow newcomer Sébastien Bassong in Fabricio Coloccini first season. Fabricio Coloccini was not immune to the pressures of representing Newcastle's infamous defence, coming under Fabricio Coloccini most intense criticism for Fabricio Coloccini performance in Newcastle's 5-1 defeat to Liverpool F.C.. Despite Fabricio Coloccini mistakes in the game, manager Joe Kinnear voiced Fabricio Coloccini support for Coloccini, stating that Fabricio Coloccini believed Fabricio Coloccini "Mr. Reliable" would bounce back. On 1 February, Coloccini was substituted against Sunderland F.C. in the 93rd minute. Up until this point, Fabricio Coloccini had played every minute of every game for Newcastle all season. Fabricio Coloccini was dropped for the 1–1 draw with , but played in Newcastle's 1–0 defeat to which saw them relegated.

Despite Newcastle's relegation, Coloccini stayed on and was the mainstay of the club's defence all season, partnering the likes of Steven Taylor (footballer), Mike Williamson (footballer), Fitz Hall and Tamás Kádár in the sturdiest rearguard of the league. Fabricio Coloccini scored two goals for Newcastle since relegation, a header at Cardiff City F.C., and another header at Watford F.C.. The club was eventually promoted back to the Premier League as champions, and Coloccini's great contributions awarded Fabricio Coloccini a place in the Championship's PFA Team of the Year. Coloccini scored Fabricio Coloccini third Newcastle goal against Wigan Athletic F.C. in the fourth minute of injury time as they came from two goals down to draw 2-2 at St James' Park, with that being Fabricio Coloccini first goal in the Premier League on the same day that Fabricio Coloccini captained Newcastle for the first time.
Coloccini scored a striker's finish in a 1-1 draw with Tottenham Hotspur on 22 January 2011, the day of Fabricio Coloccini 29th birthday and Fabricio Coloccini 100th Newcastle appearance.

Fabricio Coloccini continued Fabricio Coloccini fine form for Newcastle into April, reforming Fabricio Coloccini partnership with Mike Williamson (footballer) after a brief time with Steven Taylor (footballer) in January. On 2 April, Coloccini made numerous forward runs and forward roaming to help supply Peter Løvenkrands' goal in the 4-1 win over Wolves. Manager Alan Pardew, along with pundit Jamie Redknapp complimented the defender for Fabricio Coloccini contributions to the team's attack, calling Fabricio Coloccini a "top, top player".

On 8 July 2011, Coloccini was named Newcastle captain for the 2011-12 season. Fabricio Coloccini and Taylor rekindled their partnership and were central to one of the Premier League's meanest defences, conceding a mere 8 goals in the first 11 games. Fabricio Coloccini scored Fabricio Coloccini first goal of the season in the 122nd minute to win the game against Championship club Nottingham Forest F.C. in a 4-3 thriller in the third round of the League Cup that saw Forest equalise on three occasions. In October, Fabricio Coloccini was selected for the North East Football Writers' Association Player of the Year for 2011.

International career

Coloccini was part of the Argentina national under-20 football team that won the 2001 FIFA World Youth Championship, as well as the Football at the 2004 Summer Olympics Argentina national football team at the 2004 Summer Olympics.

With the main squad, Fabricio Coloccini made Fabricio Coloccini debut in 2003 and first participated in the 2005 Confederations Cup, scoring one goal in the game against Cameroon national football team. In the 2006 FIFA World Cup, Coloccini played in two games, as a Substitute (football) against the Netherlands national football team, and starting against Germany national football team in the quarter-finals Penalty shootout (association football) loss. Coloccini was an unused substitute in Argentina's World Cup qualifier against Brazil national football team on 6 September 2009. Fabricio Coloccini was absent from the national team in the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

Reference: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fabricio_Coloccini

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