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D.O.B: 22nd January 1982 (now 29)
Birthplace: Cordoba, Argentina
Height: 6ft Oin
Playing Position: Centre Back
Argentinos Juniors – 1997-1998
Boca Juniors – 1998-1999
Milan – 1999-2004
–> San Lorenzo (Loan) – 2000-2991
–> Alaves (Loan) – 2001-2002
–> Atletico Madrid (Loan) – 2002-2003
–> Villarreal (Loan) – 2003-2004
Deportivo La Coruna – 2004-2008
Newcastle United FC - 2008-Present
Nicknamed ‘Colo’ by the Newcastle United faithful, Fabricio Colocinni signed for Newcastle United in 2008 and after a tough start and relegation with the Toon Army, he has found his foothold as arguably the best central defender Newcastle possess. A recent performance against Wolverhampton Wanderers, following other recent impressive performances, proved that defending is not his only forte: The game on Saturday 2nd April saw Colo being part of key attacking play which gained the Toon the goals they vitally needed, his attacking ability has improved since he joined in 2008, with two league goals under his belt so far this season. One of the goals being a cracking ‘strikers’ finish’ in the 1-1 draw with Tottenham Hotspur on January 22nd 2011.
A notable factor of Colo’s physique is his height, at 6ft Oin but with a strong leap, not many crosses and lobbed balls get past him. On very rare occasions, is he beaten in the air. As noted in the previous paragraph, his attacking play has improved immensley since he signed in 2008. Confidence seems to be the key to this, for example, nutmegging a Wolves player to start an attack which led to Lovenkrands’s goal against Wolves. It seems as if he wants to play with flair and confidence (a ball-playing central defender) and impresivley he uses that confidence to lead the team, help teammates, keeping the line etc. Having already captained the team this season, into his 3rd year on Tyneside, leadership is something Colo has worked on well.
Weaknesses with Colo come about when he is lazy / switches-off. His weaknesses shine, when he doesn’t put enough effort in, tactically clumsy comes to mind when this happens. Meaning he shows pacy strikers the wrong side and puts himself into trouble, he doesn’t get goal side when he should etc. Not something that happens a lot but when he has his off games, it really does show.
- Holds an Italian Passport due to his ancestry.
- Captained the Magpies for the first time on October16th 2010 vs Wigan.
- 34 full International Caps for Argentina, scoring 1 goal.
- In 2007/2008 season at Deportiva La Coruna, he played every minute of the entire campaign.
- He has an Olympic Gold Medal, playing in the Argentina Team at Athens 2004.
Current Status: Key Defender
Current Ability: 7.5/10
The information for this article was valid at the time of writing on 05-04-2011
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