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Pablo Zeballos

Pablo Daniel Zeballos
Emelec (loan)18(1)
National team
2008–9(1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 20 October 2013.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 20 March 2013

Pablo Daniel Zeballos Ocampos (born on 4 March 1986) is a Paraguayan football striker who currently plays for Krylya Sovetov in the Russian Premier League and the Paraguay national football team.[1]

Career

Sol de América

Zeballos started his career in the youth divisions of Sol de América where he played alongside José Ortigoza. He made his debut in 2005 and helped the team to win the Paraguayan División Intermedia tournament by being the team's top-scorer.[2] He is rembembered for his fantastic goal against Cerro Corá at the last minute of the match.

Loan to Oriente Petrolero

In 2006, Zeballos was transfer to Bolivian club Oriente Petrolero on a 6–month loan period, where he became the top-scorer with 16 goals in 14 league appearances and helped the team reach second position during the 2006 Liga de Fútbol Profesional Boliviano Torneo Clausura.[3]

Return to Sol de América

Zeballos returned to Paraguay for the 2007 season and finished as the joint top goal scorer of the Primera Division top-scorer, along with Fabio Ramos of Club Nacional, with 15 goals.[4]

Cruz Azul

2008–2010

His good form rewarded him with a transfer to Cruz Azul of Mexico. He debuted against San Luis F.C. in the Jornada 3 of the Clausura 2008, making his first goal in the Primera División de México one minute after being substituted in for Nicolás Vigneri. In the liguilla del futbol Mexicano he brought the team back up to beat Jaguares in quarter-finals and took them all the way to the final where they would lose.

On 15 November 2008, Zeballos scored his first "hat-trick" with Cruz Azul against Jaguares.

Loan to Cerro Porteño

In January 2010, Zeballos was loaned to Primera División Paraguaya club Cerro Porteño until 31 December 2010.[5][6] In Cerro Porteño won two second places and was top scorer of the Torneo Apertura with 16 goals along with Rodrigo Teixeira, and ended up being top scorer of the year with 24. On 12 December 2010, it was reported that former club Oriente Petrolero and various clubs from Bolivia's Liga de Fútbol Profesional had shown there interest in Zeballos.[7]

Olimpia

At the end of that year, Zeballos signed a contract with rival of Cerro Porteno, Olimpia. In Olimpia, his team came up second during the Torneo Apertura 2011 with him as top scorer having scored 13 goals. On the next tournament of the year, Zeballos managed to win the Torneo Clausura with Olimpia, being the team's top scorer with 12 goals, one behind the tournament's top scorer Fredy Bareiro. With this record, Zeballos was top scorer of the 2011 season in Paraguay with a total of 25 goals, attracted on themselves the attention of Genoa and Cagliari.[8]

Krylya Sovetov Samara

2012–13 season

In the summer of 2012, Zeballos joined Russian Premier League side Krylia Sovetov Samara on a three year contract.[9] Zeballos made his debut for Krylya Sovetov in the 2012–13 Russian Premier League season in a 1–1 home draw against Terek Grozny on 22 July.[10] After 1 goal in 15 appearances in the first half of the season for Krylia Sovetov, Zeballos joined Ecuadorian side Emelec on a six month loan deal till 30 June 2013, with the option of a permanent move.[11][12]

Club Sport Emelec

He arrived to the Emelec, where he was loaned for a great sum of money, but only managed one goal during his time, for which he was criticized by the fans and the media that he wasn't worth the amount paid for. He left Emelec after just appearing in 17 games.

International career

On 29 February 2008, Zeballos was called up to the Paraguay national football team the first time for a friendly against Honduras. In June 2008, Zeballos was again called up to the national team for two 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification matches against Brazil and Bolivia.[13] On 25 May 2011, Zeballos scored his first goal for Paraguay in a 4–2 away loss in a friendly against Argentina.[14][15]

Career statistics

Club

[16]

Club performance League Play-off Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Mexico League Play-off Copa MX CONCACAF Total
2008-09 Cruz Azul Liga MX 37 10 - 0 0 37 10
2009-10 8 1 - 8 5 16 6
Paraguay League Play-off Cup CONMEBOL Total
2010 Cerro Porteño (Loan) División Profesional 44 24 - - 6 0 50 24
2011 Olimpia 43 25 - - 6 3 49 31
2012 19 6 - - 5 3 24 9
Russia League Play-off Russian Cup Europe Total
2012–13 Krylya Sovetov Russian Premier League 15 1 0 0 1 0 - 16 1
Ecuador League Play-off Cup CONMEBOL Total
2013 Emelec (Loan) Primera Categoría Serie A 15 1 - - 7 0 16 1
Russia League Play-off Russian Cup Europe Total
2013–14 Krylya Sovetov Russian Premier League 0 0 - 0 0 - 0 0
Total Mexico 45 11 - 8 5 83 19
Paraguay 62 31 - - 12 6 74 37
Russia 15 1 0 0 1 0 - 16 1
Ecuador 12 1 - - 7 0 19 1
Career total 178 68 - 1 0 27 11 235 82

International

International goals

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. May 25, 2011 Estadio Centenario, Resistencia, Argentina  Argentina 1–1 4–2 Friendly

Honours

Club

Sol de América
Olimpia

International

Paraguay

Individual

References

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