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Top facts about Fabricio Coloccini, former Newcastle Untied great star

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Fabricio Coloccini is an Argentine former professional football player who used to feature in the position of centre-back.

Coloccini started his professional club career at Boca Juniors in his native Argentina in his early career, where he could grab the eyes of A.C. Milan and joined them.

Be that as it may, as he could not manage to establish himself at the club, he was transferred on loan to San Lorenzo, Alavés,

Atlético Madrid

, Villarreal until he moved to Deportivo La Coruña in 2004.

Following that he gained worldwide recognition during his 4 years at Deportivo La Coruña, he moved to Newcastle United in August 2008 and went on to receive the honour to take the responsibility of captaining his side in July 2011.

Not to mention that in April 2012 he was heralded as a member of the PFA Team of the Year as well. After his rather glorious career with them, on 5 July 2016, he came back to Argentina to join San Lorenzo, as he had already spent a loan span with them.

As he stayed there until 2021 and went to join Aldosivi until he hung up his boots in that same year.

On the international stage, he represented the Argentine youth team and was honoured to be among the squad that won the 2001 FIFA World Youth Championship, and picked up the gold medal at the 2004



He even represented Argentina's senior national team 39 times between 2003–2014, putting away one goal, while he was among the squads that progressed to the finals of the 2004 Copa América and the 2005 FIFA Confederations Cup as he also participated in the 2006 FIFA

World Cup


Top facts about Fabricio Coloccini, the former Newcastle Untied great star

Come along with us to cast further light on some of the most interesting top facts about Fabricio Coloccini, the former Newcastle Untied great star, with taking into account his personal and professional career.

Fabricio Coloccini quick facts

General information

  • Full name

    : Fabricio Coloccini

  • Date of birth

    : 22 January 1982 

  • Age

    : 40 years old

  • Place of birth

    : Córdoba, Argentina

  • Nationality

    : Argentinan

  • Birth Sign

    : Aquarius

  • Religion

    : Unknown

Physical statue

  • Height

    : 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)

  • Weight

    : 84 kg

  • Eye Colour

    : Black

  • Hair colour:

    Light brown

  • Body type:


Personal life

  • Marital status

    : Married

  • Wife

    : Natalia Coloccini

  • Children

    : Tiago Coloccini, Augustina Coloccini

  • Parent

    : Lisandro Ernesto Colmenares and Grecia Mieussens

Football information

  • Profession

    : Retired footballer

  • Position

    (s): Centre-back

  • Most Recent

    club: Aldosivi

  • Net worth

    : $5 million

Fabricio Coloccini childhood and early career

Fabricio Coloccini was born on 22 January 1982 to his parents Lisandro Ernesto Colmenares and Grecia Mieussens in Cordoba, Argentina.

Fabricio Coloccini childhood

was spent as he grew an ardent passion for football to the point that when he was almost 16 years old he started his football career professionally.

That is to say, his youth career was started when he joined Argentinos Juniors in 1988. Soon after that, he began his senior career by making his professional career for his first senior club Boca Juniors in that same year.

Fabricio Coloccini professional club career

Fabricio Coloccini made his senior club debut in 1998 for Boca Juniors when he managed to make one league appearance when he featured as a starting eleven in his only season with Boca.

To be specific, he starred in the position of Walter Samuel' who was called up for the


national team. In that same match, Coloccini succeeded to put away a goal so as to level the scores in a 2–2 draw with Unión de Santa Fé.

It was at the end of the Apertura championship in 1999 that Coloccini joined A.C. Milan in a controversial transfer between Boca and Milan, owing to the fact that moving from Argentina to Italy was not agreed upon between the clubs.

Be that as it may, Milan established terms with Coloccini's father who was a former football player too, as he exercised his parental rights for removing the minor from Argentina. Yet, FIFA forced Milan to pay Boca compensation.

Then in 2000, Coloccini was transferred on loan to San Lorenzo where he managed to help them win the 2001 Clausura tournament.

Afterwards, from 2001 to 2004, he spent short loan stints with three consecutive clubs in

La Liga

including Alavés (where he put away six league goals), Atlético Madrid, and finally Villarreal, in which he was a regular first choice.

Following that he featured for

A.C. Milan

officially just once, he moved to Deportivo La Coruña in January 2005, on a six-year agreement with them.

In his three-and-a-half seasons' span there, he turned out to be an undisputed starter, appearing in all the matches of 2007–08, finding the back of the net four times, which was sufficiently good for a UEFA Intertoto Cup berth for the club.

In August 2008 he moved to Newcastle United on a five-year agreement for a fee reported to be more than £10.3 million.

Just after two days, he debuted in a  1–1  draw against the reigning league champions,

Manchester United

, where he played 90 minutes.

Ever since his debut, he proved to be one of the most consistent members of Newcastle's squad, forming a partnership with fellow newcomer Sébastien Bassong in his first season.

While he was vulnerable to the pressures of featuring in Newcastle's infamous defence, he was on the receiving end of one of his most intense criticism for his performance in Newcastle's 5–1 loss to



Notwithstanding his mistakes in the game, manager Joe Kinnear expressed his support for Coloccini, indicating that he is of the opinion that "Mr. Reliable" would bounce back.

Even if on 1 February, he was substituted against Sunderland in the 93rd minute, until that moment he had featured in every minute of every game for Newcastle all season.

Likewise, he was dropped for the 1–1 draw with Stoke City, however, he starred in Newcastle's 1–0 loss to Aston Villa, which ended up in their relegation.

While Newcastle was relegated, he stayed on, becoming the mainstay of the club's defence all season, as he partnered with players like Steven Taylor, Mike Williamson, Fitz Hall and Tamás Kádár in the sturdiest rearguard of the championship.

He even went on to score two goals for them, the first one was a header at Cardiff City, and the other one was a header at Watford.

As a result, they were finally promoted back to the Premier League as champions, and due to Coloccini's remarkable contributions, he was granted a spot in the championship's Team of the Year.

Coloccini put away his third Newcastle goal against Wigan Athletic in the fourth minute of injury time in their 2_2 draw at St James' Park, while it was his first goal in the Premier League, scoring it on the same day that he was assigned to Newcastle captaincy for the first time.

Then Coloccini successfully scored a striker's finish in a 1–1 draw with Tottenham Hotspur on 22 January 2011, which was the day of his 29th birthday and his 100th Newcastle appearance.

He went to make his great feats for


into April, as he reformed his partnership with Mike Williamson following that he spent a short time collaborating with Steven Taylor in January.

On 2 April, he made a number of forward runs and forward roaming to help supply Peter Løvenkrands' goal in the 4–1 triumph over Wolves.

In this way, he received the approbation of Manager Alan Pardew, and pundit Jamie Redknapp, for his excellent contributions to the team's attack, as they heralded him as a "top, top player". On 8 July 2011, Coloccini was honoured to become Newcastle captain for the 2011–12 season.

He and Taylor started to make their partnership again so as to play a crucial role in one of the

Premier League

's meanest defences, as they conceded just eight goals in the first 11 games.

He put away his first goal of the season in the 122nd minute to grab victory in their game against Championship club Nottingham Forest in a 4–3 thriller in the third round of the League Cup in which Forest equalised three times.

In October, he picked up the honour to be selected for the North East Football Writers' Association Player of the Year for 2011.

Then on 22 April 2012, he was included in the PFA Team of the Year. Following that he made an incredible feat in the Tyne–Wear derby against Sunderland in October, Pardew was so much touched by the performance of Coloccini that he expressed that his playing draws a lot of resemblance to that of England legend Bobby Moore.

In January 2013, Coloccini made everyone perplexed when he asked Newcastle United for a transfer back to Argentina because of personal reasons.

He preferred to go to the team he helped win the 2001 Clausura, San Lorenzo. Yet, it seemed that San Lorenzo was not able to afford his wages or the transfer fee Newcastle requested, since he still had four years left on his contract.

Following a series of talks with club officials and manager Alan Pardew, Coloccini made his mind to stay in Newcastle until the end of the 2012–13 season.

Even on 16 June 2013, it was revealed that Coloccini would stay at Newcastle at least until the end of the 2013–14 season, following lengthy talks with Pardew.

Coloccini held the Newcastle club in the highest esteem indicating that they had done whatever they could to make him stay.

On 1 November 2014, Coloccini went on to make his 200th league appearance for Newcastle, in their 1–0 triumph over Liverpool at

St James' Park


Eight days after that, he put away his first goal in three years, with a header in Newcastle's 2–0 away victory over West Bromwich Albion.

In July 2015, there came some rumours about Coloccini's movement to Crystal Palace, being linked up with his former manager Alan Pardew on a permanent deal. Yet, it was not true as Pardew himself publically dismissed this news on 5 August 2015.

So on 6 August, Coloccini did not let anyone speculate about his future move anymore as he signed a one-year contract extension until the end of the 2016–17 season, with an option of a further year beyond that.

It was on 5 July 2016, that Coloccini consented to terminate his contract with Newcastle and on the same day, he got contracted with Primera División side San Lorenzo.

He stayed there until 2021 and then joined Aldosivi in Argentina so as to make 20 appearances for them in that season and eventually hang up his boot after a rather glorious 22-year career.

Fabricio Coloccini international career

As part of the top facts about Fabricio Coloccini, it is notable to suggest that he was among the Argentina Under-20 squad that won the 2001 FIFA World Youth Championship, along with the gold medal of Argentina's triumph at the 2004 Summer Olympics.

Being included in the Argentine senior squad, he debuted for his side on 30 April 2003, in a 3–1 friendly victory over Libya, in Tripoli.

One year after that, he was a part of the squad that reached the final of the 2004 Copa América, just to concede the match against Brazil with the result 4–2 on penalties, after a 2–2 draw.

He eventually managed to score his only international goal on 4 September 2004, in a 3–1 away triumph over Peru, in Lima, in a 2006 FIFA World Cup qualifier.

Afterwards, he contributed to the 2005 Confederations Cup, as Argentina once again ended up becoming runners-up following their 4–1 defeat to Brazil in the final.

He also succeeded to star in the 2006 FIFA World Cup, featuring in two games of the tournament, as a substitute against the Netherlands, and as a starter against hosts Germany in the quarter-finals, which resulted in a 5–3 penalty shootout defeat after a 1–1 draw.

He even accompanied his side in Argentina's World Cup qualifier against Brazil on 6 September 2009 but he was an unused substitute.

Even if he was absent from the national team in the 2010 FIFA World Cup, in the light of his incredible form during 2012, he was recalled again to the Argentina squad by the new manager Alejandro Sabella for the FIFA World Cup qualifiers against Paraguay and Peru in September 2012.

Coloccini starred the full 90 minutes in a 5–2 triumph over Paraguay on 10 September, a game that cemented their spot in the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.

Fabricio Coloccini potentials

Our top facts about Fabricio Coloccini would be incomplete without indicating that he was considered to be a goal-threat from set-pieces in the opposing penalty area in the light of his physical strength, perseverance, experience, fearless challenges, stamina, and especially his ability in the air.

As a defender, even if he often used to play in the position of centre-back, he could also feature as a right-back at a times.

Being widely revered as a promising defender in his youth career, he was even heralded as one of the 100 best young footballers in the world by Don Balón in 2001.

Fabricio Coloccini personal life

When it comes to the

top facts about Fabricio Coloccini personal life

affairs, there is not much data available in this regard.

Yet, at least we can notify you that he got married to his longtime girlfriend, Natalia Coloccini as they exchanged a vow in an intimate and extravagant wedding ceremony.

Moreover, it seems that the pair are also blessed with two children; a son, called Tiago Coloccini and a daughter, called Augustina Coloccini (the right girl in the above image).

Fabricio Coloccini net worth

It should not be excluded from our

top facts about Fabricio Coloccini

the notion of the amount of money he has been raking either from his football career or other sources.

To be specific,

Fabricio Coloccini net worth

is estimated to be between $3 million and $5 million, while a vast majority of this amount, is gained from his career as a soccer player.

Yet, it is suggested that a part of his earnings is earned from his endorsement contract with Yeezy sneakers.

Fabricio Coloccini social media

In the last part of our

top facts about Fabricio Coloccini

, it is worth mentioning his activity on online networking platforms.

Therefore as long as

Fabricio Coloccini social media

is concerned, you might find it interesting to know that with his account of


on Instagram, he has racked up around 50k followers, where he tends to share snaps of his football profession, his family as well as the intimate aura of his country Argentina.

Among his recent activity, one can suggest that as he has been just recently retired, he announced his retirement from his professional football career in December 2021 on an emotional Instagram post that reads as follows:

"I was immersed in a dream for 22 years of my life that has given me much more than I imagined," he wrote on Instagram.

"I fulfilled all my dreams as a soccer player, (and) know that I was happy during this trip which I would have liked never to end. But unfortunately, it has an expiration date. Like everything."

While before joining Aldosivi and San Lorenzo, he spent eight years of his career at St James' Park, making 275 appearances for them and for some time he had the responsibility of captaining their team, it was no wonder to see Newcastle send their thanks in Twitter as the result of his retirement in what follows:

"Congratulations on a fantastic career, Colo and all the very best with your next chapter."

As he had specially made a mind-blowing feat in the 2011/12 season, which resulted in Newcastle earning the spot number 5 in the Premier League, he made an indelible impression on The Magpies fans.

Even if once in a while, he was susceptible to making errors, for his unique spirit and passion he has had a special place at the heart of the fans.

Therefore, being highly regarded by many die-hard fans, there has been a rush of thanks and well wishes for the player.


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