Fabián Canobbio

Néstor Fabián Canobbio Bentaberry (born 8 March 1980) is a Uruguayan retired footballer who played as an attacking midfielder.

Fabián Canobbio
Personal information
Full name Néstor Fabián Canobbio Bentaberry
Date of birth (1980-03-08) 8 March 1980 (age 40)
Place of birth Montevideo, Uruguay
Height 1.79 m (5 ft 10 12 in)
Position(s) Midfielder
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1997–2000 Progreso
2001–2003 Peñarol 73 (26)
2003–2005 Valencia 11 (1)
2004–2005Celta (loan) 38 (12)
2005–2008 Celta 93 (17)
2008–2010 Valladolid 53 (5)
2010–2011 AEL 18 (3)
2011 Fénix 5 (0)
2012 Progreso 13 (4)
2013–2015 Danubio 21 (4)
Total 325 (72)
National team
1999 Uruguay U20 4 (1)
2001–2007 Uruguay 9 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

A skilled midfielder with netting ability, he spent most of his professional career in Spain, having played in more than 200 competitive matches for three clubs.

Club careerEdit

Born in Montevideo, Canobbio began his career with C.A. Progreso in 1997. In three seasons there, he was impressive enough to be signed by country giants C.A. Peñarol in 2001, where he spent two campaigns scoring more than 30 official goals while helping the capital side to the 2003 league title.

In late July 2003, Canobbio was acquired by Rafael Benítez's Valencia CF,[1] where he was played mainly as a substitute.[2] Having scored just once throughout the season, in a 2–2 home draw to RC Celta de Vigo, he nonetheless managed to make ten appearances in the team's 2004 UEFA Cup conquest, netting once in the 3–2 success against Beşiktaş JK.[3]

In 2004–05, Canobbio joined freshly relegated Celta on loan, with the Galician club having the option to buy at the end of the season, which was activated as he finished as the team's joint-top scorer at 12 (with Jandro) and a La Liga promotion befell.[4]

After three additional campaigns as an important attacking player, scoring seven goals in 2007–08 as Celta failed to return to the top flight, Canobbio was released in July 2008, subsequently joining Real Valladolid.[5] In November, he netted in home wins against Sevilla FC (3–2, two goals)[6] and Real Madrid (1–0),[7] and appeared regularly during his two-year spell, being relegated in 2010.

On 26 July 2010, 30-year-old Canobbio moved to Greece, signing a one-year contract with Athlitiki Enosi Larissa FC.

International careerEdit

A Uruguayan international since 7 October 2001, in a 2002 FIFA World Cup qualifier against Colombia, Canobbio went on to represent the nation at the 2007 Copa América, playing two matches for the semi-finalists. Previously, he played at the 1999 FIFA World Youth Championship.[8]

Personal lifeEdit

Canobbio's younger brother, Carlos, was also a footballer. A defender, he also played in Spain but only in amateur football, and they shared teams at Progreso.[9]






  1. ^ "El Valencia ficha al uruguayo Canobbio" [Valencia sign Uruguayan Canobbio]. El Mundo (in Spanish). 30 July 2003. Retrieved 21 June 2016.
  2. ^ "La lámpara del Celta" [Celta's light bulb]. El País (in Spanish). 26 November 2005. Retrieved 21 June 2016.
  3. ^ "David Navarro salva al Valencia" [David Navarro saves Valencia]. El País (in Spanish). 27 February 2004. Retrieved 21 June 2016.
  4. ^ "Fabián Canobbio" (in Spanish). Yo Jugué en el Celta. 14 August 2010. Retrieved 28 June 2013.
  5. ^ "Fabián Canobbio, "la lámpara" de Benítez, llega a Valladolid" [Fabián Canobbio, Benítez's "light bulb", arrives at Valladolid]. Diario AS (in Spanish). 21 July 2008. Retrieved 21 June 2016.
  6. ^ Valladolid 3–2 Sevilla FC; ESPN Soccernet, 2 November 2008
  7. ^ Valladolid 1–0 Real Madrid; ESPN Soccernet, 15 November 2008
  8. ^ Fabián CanobbioFIFA competition record
  9. ^ "Los hermanos Canobbio hicieron líder provisional al Progreso en Uruguay" [The Canobbio brothers made Progreso the provisional leaders in Uruguay]. Qué! (in Spanish). 1 September 2012. Archived from the original on 22 December 2015. Retrieved 21 June 2016.

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