Fabricio Coloccini is an Argentina international footballer who currently features for the English Premier League club Newcastle United. He is considered one of the best centre-backs in the world.
Coloccini began his career at the youth team of Argentinios Juniors and made his professional debut with Argentine powerhouse Boca Juniors in 1998. After one season he moved to Europe and to AC Milan.
But after one season, he was loaned to Argentine side San Lorenzo and won the Clausura championship in 2001. Coloccini was loaned out to Spanish club Deportivo Alaves for the 2001-2002 season, then Atletico Madrid for the 2002-2003 campaign and to Villarreal for 2003-2004.
Coloccini was impressive in all of those short stints and Deportivo la Coruna eventually signed him from Milan on a permanent deal in the summer of 2004. He made over 100 appearances for Depor and became one of the best central defenders in Spanish footballer, before joining Newcastle for £10.3 million.
The Argentine central defender was initially criticised for his performances in the Premier League, but he soon regained the confidence of the fans and his critics, and was made the team’s captain. To date, Coloccini has made over 150 league appearances for Newcastle.
Coloccini won the 2001 FIFA World Youth Championships with Argentina and made his debut for the senior side in 2003. Coloccini played in the 2005 Confederations Cup and in the 2006 Germany World Cup.