Gabi (footballer)

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Gabi
File:Gabi Fernández - 01.jpg
Gabi playing for Atlético Madrid in 2013
Personal information
Full name Gabriel Fernández Arenas
Date of birth (1983-07-10) 10 July 1983 (age 36)
Place of birth Madrid, Spain
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Defensive midfielder
Club information
Current team
Atlético Madrid
Number 14
Youth career
San Eladio
Atlético Madrid
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2002–2004 Atlético Madrid B 46 (4)
2004–2007 Atlético Madrid 58 (1)
2004–2005 Getafe (loan) 32 (2)
2007–2011 Zaragoza 135 (16)
2011– Atlético Madrid 145 (6)
National team
2003 Spain U20 7 (1)
2004–2005 Spain U21 12 (0)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 3 January 2016.

† Appearances (goals)

Gabriel Fernández Arenas (born 10 July 1983), known as Gabi, is a Spanish professional footballer who plays for Atlético Madrid as a defensive midfielder.

He made over 250 La Liga appearances, mostly in two spells at Atlético Madrid interspersed with a period at Zaragoza, winning domestic and European silverware with the former.

Club career

Atlético Madrid

Gabi was born in Madrid. A product of Atlético Madrid's youth system he was seldom used during his debut season with the Colchoneros' first team.

After a loan to another club in the capital, Getafe CF, he would amass 52 La Liga appearances for the club from 2005 to 2007, scoring his only goal in a 1–1 away draw against RCD Espanyol on 9 April 2006.

Zaragoza

In early February 2007 Gabi joined Real Zaragoza on a 9 million transfer, agreeing to a four-year contract effective as of July.[1] He was an undisputed starter in his first year, but the Aragonese were relegated from the top flight.

Defensive-minded Gabi netted four times in 35 games in the 2008–09 campaign, helping Zaragoza immediately regain its lost status. In the following season he again was an automatic first-choice, helping his club to a final 14th position.

Again a starter in the 2010–11, only missing matches due to suspension, Gabi scored a career-best eleven goals as Zaragoza again escaped relegation, six from penalty kicks – he was also team captain. On 12 March 2011, he scored twice from the spot in a 4–0 home win against Valencia CF;[2] on 30 April, in the same predicament, he scored in a 3–2 away success against Real Madrid[3] and, in the last matchday, he grabbed a brace in a 2–1 win at Levante UD, which certified the team's permanence.[4]

Atlético return

On 1 July 2011 Gabi returned to Atlético Madrid, with a transfer fee of around €3 million.[5] He scored his first goal for the team on 4 December, in a 3–1 home win against Rayo Vallecano – adding one in his own net[6] and started most of his first season in his second spell, partnering another club youth graduate, Mario Suárez, in defensive midfield.

In the 2012–13 campaign Gabi played 45 official matches, including seven in the club's victorious run in the Copa del Rey, the first in 17 years.[7] He was also selected by manager Diego Simeone as the new captain.[8]

On 17 May 2014, in the away match to FC Barcelona that was the last of the season, Gabi took a 49th-minute corner kick which was headed in by Diego Godín to equalise 1–1, and give Atlético its first league title since 1996.[9] On 4 July he signed a new contract, keeping him at the club until 2017.[10]

In the second leg of a domestic cup quarter-final against Barcelona on 28 January 2015, Gabi was sent off in the tunnel at the end of the first half. His midfield partner Suárez was also dismissed later on, in an eventual 2–3 home defeat.[11]

Club statistics

As of match played 22 November 2015[12][13]
Club statistics
Club Season League Copa del Rey Continental Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Atlético Madrid 2003–04 La Liga 6 0 1 0 7 0
2004–05 La Liga 0 0 0 0 3 0 3 0
2005–06 La Liga 32 1 1 0 33 1
2006–07 La Liga 20 0 2 0 22 0
Total 58 1 4 0 3 0 68 1
Getafe 2004–05 La Liga 32 2 2 0 34 2
Total 32 2 2 0 34 2
Zaragoza 2007–08 La Liga 32 0 3 0 2[lower-alpha 1] 0 37 0
2008–09 Segunda División 35 4 0 0 35 4
2009–10 La Liga 32 1 2 0 34 1
2010–11 La Liga 36 10 2 1 38 11
Total 135 16 7 1 2 0 144 16
Atlético Madrid 2011–12 La Liga 31 2 1 0 17[lower-alpha 1] 1 49 3
2012–13 La Liga 35 0 8 0 2[lower-alpha 1] 0 1[lower-alpha 2] 0 46 0
2013–14 La Liga 36 3 7 0 12[lower-alpha 3] 0 2[lower-alpha 4] 0 57 3
2014–15 La Liga 34 0 5 0 7[lower-alpha 3] 0 2[lower-alpha 4] 0 48 0
2015–16 La Liga 12 1 0 0 5[lower-alpha 3] 0 0[lower-alpha 4] 0 17 1
Total 141 6 21 0 42 1 4 0 217 7
Career total 372 24 34 1 42 1 4 0 464 26
  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Appearances in UEFA Europa League
  2. Appearances in UEFA Super Cup
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Appearances in UEFA Champions League
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Appearances in Supercopa de España

Honours

Club

Atlético Madrid

Country

Spain U20

References

  1. "Zaragoza move early to get Gabi". UEFA.com. 5 February 2007.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. "Zaragoza crush Valencia". ESPN Soccernet. 12 March 2011. Retrieved 30 March 2011.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. "Zaragoza end Real title dream". ESPN Soccernet. 30 April 2011. Retrieved 30 April 2011.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. "Zaragoza end drop fears". ESPN Soccernet. 21 May 2011. Retrieved 1 June 2011.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. "El Zaragoza hace oficial traspaso de Gabi al Atlético" (in Spanish). Diario AS. 1 July 2011. Retrieved 1 July 2011. Unknown parameter |trans_title= ignored (help) <templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  6. "Aperitivo de calidad que no llena" (in Spanish). Marca. 3 December 2011. Retrieved 3 December 2011. Unknown parameter |trans_title= ignored (help) <templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  7. "Jose Mourinho and Cristiano Ronaldo off in Real Madrid loss". BBC Sport. 17 May 2013. Retrieved 19 May 2013.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  8. "Gabi: "No me veo en otro equipo que no sea el Atlético"" (in Spanish). Marca. 24 March 2013. Retrieved 19 May 2013. Unknown parameter |trans_title= ignored (help) <templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  9. Martin, Richard (17 May 2014). "Barcelona 1 Atletico Madrid 1, La Liga: match report". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 17 May 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  10. "Transfer news: Atletico Madrid captain Gabi signs contract extension". Sky Sports. 4 July 2014. Retrieved 4 July 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  11. Reddy, Luke (28 January 2015). "Atl Madrid 2–3 Barcelona". BBC Sport. Retrieved 29 January 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  12. "Gabi: Gabriel Fernández Arenas". BDFutbol. Retrieved 6 March 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  13. "Gabi". Soccerway. Retrieved 7 July 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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