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Cesc Fàbregas

Position:
Midfielder
Height:
5'8" (1.75m)
Weight:
150 lbs (68 kg)
age:
27
DOB:
May 4, 1987
POB:
Spain

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Player Profile

Along with Lionel Messi and Gerard Pique, Fabregas emerged from the Barcelona cantera but it was under the guidance of Arsene Wenger at Arsenal that he became one of world football's most sought-after players. Barcelona, and his former colleagues, mounted a relentless campaign to convince him to return to Camp Nou -- and in August 2011 that pursuit came to fruition. After three years in his native Catalonia, however, he decided to return to England -- this time with Chelsea, ahead of the 2014 World Cup.

Fabregas left hometown club Barcelona at the age of just 16 when joining Arsenal in 2003 and it was a move that quickly paid off. After the club had gone unbeaten in 2003-04, Wenger could ignore the talent of Fabregas no longer and his stunning emergence the following season even convinced his manager to sell captain Patrick Vieira, such was his faith in the Spaniard who took the Frenchman's famous number four shirt.

An FA Cup final victory in 2005 aside, Fabregas may have been starved of silverware in North London but is regarded as one of the club's modern-day greats and accumulated 303 appearances. The 2007-08 PFA Young Player of the Year, Fabregas was installed as Arsenal captain in November 2008 and thrived in Arsenal's free-flowing formation as its creative lynchpin.

Fabregas also hit a rich seam of form in the 2009-10 season when operating in a more advanced role, scoring 19 goals in all competitions. He produced the assist for Andres Iniesta's winning goal in the 2010 World Cup final to become a world and European champion with Spain.

But his love affair with Arsenal came to an end when the Gunners could no longer resist Barcelona's persistence, a three-year campaign to bring home one of their own. Fabregas' exit left a bitter taste in the mouth of some fans, who believed the player had made it impossible for Arsenal to keep him -- and that Barca had effectively got him on the cheap for an initial fee of around 29 million euros.

With a spring in his step, Fabregas began his Barcelona career by becoming the first player in the club's history to score in each of his first four La Liga games. He won the 2012-13 La Liga title and a Copa del Rey trophy but something didn't feel right as he struggled to make his mark. Eventually, his desire return to England saw him join Chelsea, after Arsenal turned down the chance to re-sign him.

Strengths: A quite superb passer of the ball who possesses both excellent vision and the ability to dictate the pace and tempo of a contest. Has a strong character and mentality to complement his technical excellence and has become more potent in front of goal.

Weaknesses: If anything, Fabregas has a lack of real pace, while his injury record is far from perfect.

Career high: Poking the ball through for Andres Iniesta to score the winning goal in the World Cup final in 2010.

Career low: Defeat to Barcelona in the final of the 2006 Champions League with Arsenal.

Style: Composed, cultured, creative, a wonderful passer.

Quotes: "I do feel that I have unfinished business in the Premier League and now is the right time to return. I considered all the other offers very carefully and I firmly believe that Chelsea is the best choice. They match my footballing ambitions with their hunger and desire to win trophies." Cesc Fabregas on joining Chelsea in 2014.

Trivia: Fabregas became Arsenal's youngest ever player in any competition on October 28, 2003 when appearing in a League Cup tie against Rotherham aged just 16 years and 177 days.

Career

Team Comp. GS SB G A SH SG FC FS YC RC
Barcelona UCL 7 2 1 1 9 4 12 8 4 0
Barcelona La Liga 28 8 8 13 52 24 42 38 4 0
Spain Int 5 2 2 1 10 4 5 5 1 0
Barcelona Sup Cup 1 1 0 0 1 1 2 2 1 0
Barcelona Esp Cup 8 0 4 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Spain Conf 2 1 0 1 7 1 1 3 0 0
Spain WCQ 2 0 0 1 3 0 0 3 0 0
Season Totals   53 14 15 17 82 34 62 59 11 0

Appearances

Team Oppo Date Comp. Res. Appear. g a sh sg fc fs yc rc
Spain A - El Salvador Jun 7, 2014 Int W 0-2 Sub-Off 45.0 min 0 0 3 1 0 1 0 0
Spain H - Bolivia May 30, 2014 Int W 2-0 Sub-On 60.0 0 0 2 1 0 1 0 0
Barcelona H - Atletico May 17, 2014 La Liga D 1-1 Sub-Off 76 min 0 0 0 0 2 2 0 0
Barcelona A - Elche May 11, 2014 La Liga D 0-0 Sub-Off 80 min 0 0 1 0 2 1 0 0
Barcelona H - Getafe May 3, 2014 La Liga D 2-2 Sub-On 65 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 0
Barcelona A - Villarreal Apr 27, 2014 La Liga W 2-3 Sub-On 61 0 1 3 0 1 0 0 0
Barcelona H - Athletic Apr 20, 2014 La Liga W 2-1 Sub-On 69 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0
Barcelona A - Real Madrid Apr 16, 2014 Esp Cup L 2-1 Sub-Off 60 min 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Barcelona A - Granada Apr 12, 2014 La Liga L 1-0 Started 0 0 4 1 0 1 0 0
Barcelona A - Atletico Apr 9, 2014 UCL L 1-0 Sub-Off 60 min 0 0 2 1 0 0 0 0
Barcelona H - Betis Apr 5, 2014 La Liga W 3-1 Sub-On 78 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
Barcelona H - Atletico Apr 1, 2014 UCL D 1-1 Sub-Off 67 min 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 0
Barcelona A - Espanyol Mar 29, 2014 La Liga W 0-1 Sub-Off 89 min 0 0 1 0 1 2 0 0
Barcelona H - Celta Vigo Mar 26, 2014 La Liga W 3-0 Started 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0
Barcelona A - Real Madrid Mar 23, 2014 La Liga W 3-4 Sub-Off 77 min 0 0 0 0 2 1 1 0
Barcelona H - Osasuna Mar 16, 2014 La Liga W 7-0 Unused Substitute
Barcelona H - Man City Mar 12, 2014 UCL W 2-1 Sub-Off 85 min 0 0 1 1 3 1 1 0
Barcelona A - Valladolid Mar 8, 2014 La Liga L 1-0 Sub-Off 60 min 0 0 2 1 3 2 0 0
Spain H - Italy Mar 5, 2014 Int W 1-0 Sub-Off 45 min 0 0 2 0 2 0 0 0
Barcelona H - Almeria Mar 2, 2014 La Liga W 4-1 Sub-Off 78 min 0 0 2 2 0 0 0 0
Barcelona A - R Sociedad Feb 22, 2014 La Liga L 3-1 Sub-On 60 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0
Barcelona A - Man City Feb 18, 2014 UCL W 0-2 Sub-Off 85 min 0 0 0 0 3 2 0 0
Barcelona H - Rayo Feb 15, 2014 La Liga W 6-0 Started 0 2 2 1 4 2 0 0
Barcelona A - R Sociedad Feb 12, 2014 Esp Cup W 1-1 Started 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Barcelona A - Sevilla Feb 9, 2014 La Liga W 1-4 Sub-On 72 1 0 1 1 0 1 0 0
Barcelona H - R Sociedad Feb 5, 2014 Esp Cup W 2-0 Sub-Off 85 min 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Barcelona H - Valencia Feb 1, 2014 La Liga L 2-3 Sub-Off 76 min 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0
Barcelona H - Levante Jan 29, 2014 Esp Cup W 5-1 Sub-Off 69 min 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Barcelona H - Malaga Jan 26, 2014 La Liga W 3-0 Started 0 0 2 2 2 2 0 0
Barcelona A - Levante Jan 22, 2014 Esp Cup W 1-4 Unused Substitute
Barcelona A - Levante Jan 19, 2014 La Liga D 1-1 Sub-Off 72 min 0 0 2 1 2 1 0 0
Barcelona A - Getafe Jan 16, 2014 Esp Cup W 0-2 Sub-Off 70 min 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Barcelona A - Atletico Jan 11, 2014 La Liga D 0-0 Started 0 0 1 0 1 2 0 0
Barcelona H - Getafe Jan 8, 2014 Esp Cup W 4-0 Sub-Off 81 min 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Barcelona H - Elche Jan 5, 2014 La Liga W 4-0 Started 0 1 0 0 3 3 1 0
Barcelona A - Getafe Dec 22, 2013 La Liga W 2-5 Sub-Off 85 min 2 1 2 2 1 0 0 0
Barcelona H - FC Cartagena Dec 17, 2013 Esp Cup W 3-0 Sub-Off 76 min 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Barcelona H - Villarreal Dec 14, 2013 La Liga W 2-1 Sub-Off 86 min 0 0 2 1 0 2 0 0
Barcelona A - FC Cartagena Dec 6, 2013 Esp Cup W 1-4 Started 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Barcelona A - Athletic Dec 1, 2013 La Liga L 1-0 Started 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 0
Barcelona A - Ajax Nov 26, 2013 UCL L 2-1 Sub-Off 81 min 0 0 1 0 2 2 1 0
Barcelona H - Granada Nov 23, 2013 La Liga W 4-0 Started 1 1 2 1 1 2 0 0
Barcelona A - Betis Nov 10, 2013 La Liga W 1-4 Sub-Off 79 min 2 1 2 2 2 1 0 0
Barcelona H - Milan Nov 6, 2013 UCL W 3-1 Sub-On 77 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
Barcelona H - Espanyol Nov 1, 2013 La Liga W 1-0 Sub-On 85 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0
Barcelona A - Celta Vigo Oct 29, 2013 La Liga W 0-3 Sub-Off 69 min 1 0 4 2 1 0 1 0
Barcelona H - Real Madrid Oct 26, 2013 La Liga W 2-1 Sub-Off 69 min 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0
Barcelona A - Milan Oct 22, 2013 UCL D 1-1 Sub-On 73 0 0 1 1 2 1 1 0
Barcelona A - Osasuna Oct 19, 2013 La Liga D 0-0 Started 0 0 4 1 2 0 1 0
Spain H - Georgia Oct 15, 2013 WCQ W 2-0 Unused Substitute
Spain H - Belarus Oct 11, 2013 WCQ W 2-1 Sub-Off 83 min 0 0 2 0 0 3 0 0
Barcelona H - Valladolid Oct 5, 2013 La Liga W 4-1 Sub-Off 64 min 0 0 2 1 2 1 0 0
Barcelona A - Celtic Oct 1, 2013 UCL W 0-1 Sub-Off 77 min 1 0 2 1 1 0 1 0
Barcelona A - Almeria Sep 28, 2013 La Liga W 0-2 Started 0 1 0 0 1 1 0 0
Barcelona A - Rayo Sep 21, 2013 La Liga W 0-4 Started 1 1 1 1 0 2 0 0
Barcelona H - Ajax Sep 18, 2013 UCL W 4-0 Sub-Off 70 min 0 0 1 0 1 1 0 0
Barcelona H - Sevilla Sep 14, 2013 La Liga W 3-2 Sub-On 73 0 0 2 1 1 0 0 0
Spain H - Chile Sep 10, 2013 Int D 2-2 Sub-Off 45 min 0 0 1 0 1 0 1 0
Spain A - Finland Sep 6, 2013 WCQ W 0-2 Sub-Off 70 min 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0
Barcelona A - Valencia Sep 1, 2013 La Liga W 2-3 Sub-Off 79 min 0 2 1 1 0 1 0 0
Barcelona H - Atletico Aug 28, 2013 Sup Cup D 0-0 Sub-Off 72 min 0 0 1 1 1 1 1 0
Barcelona A - Malaga Aug 25, 2013 La Liga W 0-1 Started 0 0 4 2 1 1 0 0
Barcelona A - Atletico Aug 21, 2013 Sup Cup D 1-1 Sub-On 45 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0
Barcelona H - Levante Aug 18, 2013 La Liga W 7-0 Started 0 2 0 0 2 2 0 0
Spain A - Brazil Jun 30, 2013 Conf L 3-0 Unused Substitute
Spain H - Italy Jun 27, 2013 Conf W (7) 0-(6) 0 Unused Substitute
Spain A - Nigeria Jun 23, 2013 Conf W 0-3 Sub-Off 53 min 0 0 4 0 0 0 0 0
Spain H - Tahiti Jun 20, 2013 Conf W 10-0 Sub-On 68 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0
Spain H - Uruguay Jun 16, 2013 Conf W 2-1 Sub-Off 64 min 0 1 3 1 0 3 0 0
Spain H - Rep of Ire Jun 11, 2013 Int W 2-0 Sub-On 58 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Spain H - Haiti Jun 8, 2013 Int W 2-1 Sub-Off 58 min 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Spain H - Uruguay Feb 6, 2013 Int W 3-1 Started 1 1 2 2 2 3 0 0