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Pablo Javier Zabaleta Girod | Defensemen

Team: Manchester City
Age / DOB:  (29) / 1/16/1985
Ht / Wt:  5'9' / 163

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Argentina XI: Romero; Zabaleta, Demichelis, Garay, Basanta; Biglia, Mascherano, Di Maria; Lavezzi, Messi, Higuain
Marcos Rojo, who has been impressing in this World Cup, misses out today because of suspension but should slot straight back into the XI should Argentina advance today. Manchester City defender Pablo Zabaleta hasn't missed a minute of the tournament yet while club teammate Martin Demichelis makes his first appearance and start. Jul 5 - 10:43 AM


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Another goalless contest in regulation needed extra time and Argentina would grab the winner as Lionel Messi found Angel Di Maria who scored in the 118th minute to allow Argentina to narrowly defeat Switzerland 1-0.

Once again, it took a single moment of opportunity for Lionel Messi to get Argentina the result they were looking for. After being contained for most of the match (he didn't even take a shot until well into the 2nd half) he finally found some space after the Swiss turned the ball over, and as the opposing defenders closed in on him, he found an open di Maria on the right, and the Real Madrid star slotted it home with a low driven strike. While the result is a positive one, the performance was not convincing if Argentina have designs on winning it all. Messi needs help, and winning like this cannot be counted on.
Jul 1 - 2:47 PM

Argentina XI: Romero, Garay, Zabaleta, Gago, Di Maria, Higuain, Messi (c), Mascherano, Rojo, Fernandez, Lavezzi

Sergio Aguero is absent as expected as he struggles with a thigh injury. His availability going forward is still in question should Argentina advance. Ezequiel Lavezzi appears to be taking over the same role as the trident forward attack remains intact. Man City's Pablo Zabaleta is the only Premier League player starting in this game.
Jul 1 - 11:09 AM

Argentina avoided a disaster result with a goal from Lionel Messi in 2nd half stoppage time to steal three points off of a tough Iran side in the 1-0 win.

Three points for Argentina was always expected, but they made it as difficult as possible on themselves. They dominated possession throughout the match but posed little threat as Iran just wouldn't allow anyone in space, marking brilliantly for 90 minutes. But the luxury of having the best player in the world allows for one moment of magic to save the day, and Messi sent a curling effort from the top of the box into the corner of net. Zabaleta helped the defense keep a clean sheet, while continuing to get forward on attacks as he often does. The win guarantees a spot in the KO stage and they should easily top their group.
Jun 21 - 1:59 PM

Argentina XI: Romero; Zabaleta, Garay, Fernández, Rojo; Gago, Mascherano, Di Maria; Messi, Higuaín, Agüero

The big news in Argentina's XI is the inclusion of Gonzalo Higuain, who after playing the 2nd half in their first match has been deemed fit enough to start and will help form a lethal attacking trident with Sergio Aguero and Lionel Messi
Jun 21 - 11:09 AM

Argentina edged out Bosnia and Hertzegovina 2 - 1 in what was a slow paced and poor match.

Argentina opened up the scoring through a Bosnia own goal in the 5th minute. Lionel Messi doubled their lead in the second half through an incredible individual effort. Outside of Messi's goal, Argentina lacked quality going forward. They only had one true central midfielder in the game and that wasn't enough to control the game against an organized Bosnian team. Argentina will have to improve if they are to be one of the favorites to win this tournament.
Source: FIFA
Jun 15 - 7:55 PM

Pablo Zabaleta, who suffered a hamstring injury against Leicester City in the Carling Cup, trained today ahead of Manchester City's top-of-the-table clash with Liverpool on Boxing Day.

Zabaleta was expected to miss at least a month, but with no other fit right backs in the squad (Gael Clichy was an unconvincing deputy against Fulham), Manchester City will be thrilled to have the Argentine back ahead of the Liverpool clash.
Source: Goal.com
Tue, Dec 24, 2013 05:38:00 PM

Manchester City right back, Pablo Zabaleta, suffered what appeared to be a hamstring injury against Leicester City and had to be substituted very early in the match.

With Micah Richards himself sidelined with a hamstring injury, it was Dedryck Boyata who came in for the Argentine. Boyata will likely deputize in City's upcoming League matches. While City haven't been as solid defensively as they once were, the young Belgian could be an interesting fantasy option.
Source: BBC Sport
Wed, Dec 18, 2013 02:06:00 AM

Pablo Zabaleta believes Manuel Pellegrini could be a great manager for Manchester City as his "way to play football is great".

Zabaleta was at San Lorenzo when Pellgrini was first team manager so he has a pretty good idea of the style the Chilean asks his teams to play. With the attacking talent in the City squad it would be exciting to see the team play more expansive football than seen under Roberto Mancini and it could lead to them pushing for top spot once again.
Thu, May 23, 2013 03:03:00 AM