Ariel Cabral

Ariel Cabral
Personal information
Full nameAlejandro Ariel Cabral
Date of birth (1987-09-11) September 11, 1987 (age 26)
Place of birthBuenos Aires, Argentina
Height1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing positionCentre midfielder
Club information
Current clubVélez Sársfield
Number11
Youth career
Vélez Sársfield
Senior career*
YearsTeamApps(Gls)
2007–Vélez Sársfield115(5)
2010–2011Legia Warszawa (loan)22(3)
National team
2007Argentina U-206(0)
2011–Argentina2(0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 01:00, 16 December 2012 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 21:12, 23 October 2011 (UTC)

Alejandro Ariel Cabral (born September 11, 1987) is an Argentine football left-footed centre midfielder currently playing for Vélez Sársfield in the Argentine Primera División.

Club career

Cabral started his playing career in 2007 with Vélez Sársfield, during Ricardo La Volpe's coaching era. Despite playing in the youth system as an attacking midfielder, he has mostly played in the first team as a centre midfielder. Cabral was part of Vélez' 2009 Torneo Clausura winning team, playing 5 games.[1]

For the entire 2010–11 season, Vélez loaned Cabral to Legia Warszawa, for a fee of USD 150,000 and a buyout price of USD 2 million.[2] Cabral showed considerable promise early on (scoring against Arsenal FC in a pre-season friendly and being called up to the senior national team). The Argentine midfielder played 40 minutes (including the extra time) in the final of the 2010–11 Polish Cup and scored on the penalty shootout. Winning the Polish Cup, Legia secured its right to play in the 2011–12 Europa League qualifying games. At the end of the season the club decided not to make use of the buyout clause and Cabral returned to Vélez Sársfield.[3]

Upon his return, Cabral was relegated from Vélez's first team by Víctor Zapata. However, initially due to the latter's injuries, he started seeing more action during the first half of 2012, playing 15 games during the 2012 Clausura[4] and 9 during the 2012 Copa Libertadores.[5]

After Zapata's departure from the team in June 2012, Cabral established himself as a regular starter, playing all 19 games (and scoring twice) of Vélez's 2012 Inicial championship-winning campaign.[6]

International career

Cabral played for the Argentina national under-20 football team that won the 2007 FIFA U-20 World Cup in Canada. He played the last minutes of the final game against Czech Republic.

Called by Sergio Batista, the midfielder made his debut for the Argentina national football team on 1 June 2011 in a 1–4 defeat to Nigeria, soon followed by another appearance in a 1–2 defeat to Poland.

International appearances and goals

Honours

Club

Vélez Sársfield
Legia Warszawa

International

Argentina U-20

References

External links

  • Argentine Primera statistics at Futbol XXI (Spanish)
  • (Polish)
  • Ariel Cabral at National-Football-Teams.com
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