Fabián Estoyanoff

Fabián Larry Estoyanoff Poggio (born 27 September 1982) is a Uruguayan professional footballer who plays as a winger for Peñarol.

Fabián Estoyanoff
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Estoyanoff playing for Peñarol in 2011
Personal information
Full name Fabián Larry Estoyanoff Poggio
Date of birth (1982-09-27) 27 September 1982 (age 38)
Place of birth Montevideo, Uruguay
Height 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)
Playing position(s) Winger
Club information
Current team
Number 11
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2000–2005 Fénix 77 (16)
2002–2003Peñarol (loan) 45 (15)
2005–2008 Valencia 0 (0)
2005–2006Cádiz (loan) 29 (2)
2006–2007Deportivo La Coruña (loan) 28 (1)
2007Valladolid (loan) 4 (0)
2008Peñarol (loan) 11 (4)
2008–2012 Panionios 37 (9)
2010–2011Peñarol (loan) 22 (3)
2012–2015 Peñarol 60 (20)
2015 Al-Nassr 14 (4)
2016–2017 Fénix 30 (15)
2017– Peñarol 73 (6)
National team
2001–2007 Uruguay 30 (4)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 15 December 2019

Early yearsEdit

Estoyanoff's grandfather, Dimitar Stoyanov, was a Bulgarian stock breeder from the Sofia Valley who emigrated to Uruguay during the Balkan Wars (1912–13).[1]

Club careerEdit

Born in Montevideo, Estoyanoff started his career at Centro Atlético Fénix in 2000, and was loaned to C.A. Peñarol two years later. In 2005 he signed for Valencia CF in Spain, but never represented the Che during his three-year link, which included several loan spells.

Estoyanoff made his La Liga debuts in the 2005–06 season, appearing regularly as Cádiz CF[2] was relegated. The following campaign he also featured consistently with Deportivo de La Coruña[3] (although mainly as a substitute), scoring the game's only goal in a start against RCD Mallorca at home, through a penalty.[4]

Valencia loaned Estoyanoff again for 2007–08, and he started out with Real Valladolid,[5] where a lack of playing time prompted another loan, with a return to Uruguay and Peñarol in January 2008.[6] There, he once again teamed up with Carlos Bueno; he played in Spain as a non-foreigner, having received an Italian passport.[7]

Estoyanoff was finally released by Valencia in June 2008, eventually agreeing on a move to Panionios FC, having a successful first season in the Superleague Greece. In 2010, the 28-year-old re-joined former club Peñarol on loan, and the move was made permanent the following year.

In January 2015, Estoyanoff signed for Al-Nassr FC in the Saudi Professional League. On 5 May, after his team had suffered a 1–3 home loss against Lekhwiya SC for the AFC Champions League, he attacked opposing player Nam Tae-hee from behind in the tunnel, being subsequently fined in 50% of his salary.[8]

International careerEdit

Estoyanoff made his debut for Uruguay on 25 July 2001 at that year's Copa América, playing the final 15 minutes in a 1–2 semi-final loss against Mexico.[9][10] Subsequently, he appeared at the 2004 – scoring twice for the eventual third-placed nation[11]– and 2007 continental tournaments.


  1. ^ Estoyanoff, en el nombre del abuelo (Estoyanoff, in the name of the grandfather); El Observador, 23 October 2012 (in Spanish)
  2. ^ Estoyanoff se marcha cedido al Cádiz (Estoyanoff goes on loan to Cádiz); Diario AS, 11 July 2005 (in Spanish)
  3. ^ Estoyanoff: "La primera meta es acceder a las competiciones europeas" (Estoyanoff: "The first goal is to reach European competitions"); Marca, 15 July 2006 (in Spanish)
  4. ^ El Deportivo vence con lo mínimo al Mallorca (Deportivo defeat Mallorca with the least); Marca, 3 February 2007 (in Spanish)
  5. ^ Estoyanoff jugará cedido en Valladolid la próxima temporada (Estoyanoff will play on loan to Valladolid next season); Marca, 27 July 2007 (in Spanish)
  6. ^ Estoyanoff regresa a Peñarol (Estoyanoff returns to Peñarol); Mundo Deportivo, 18 January 2008 (in Spanish)
  7. ^ ¿Una sociedad en la que los dos ganan? (A win-win society?); ESPN Deportes, 16 July 2005 (in Spanish)
  8. ^ Al-Nassr’s Fabián Estoyanoff fined half of salary after attack on opponent; The Guardian, 7 May 2015
  9. ^ Copa América 2001 Archived 19 October 2013 at the Wayback Machine; at RSSSF
  10. ^ "Mexico win stormy semi". BBC Sport. 25 July 2001. Retrieved 2 May 2016.
  11. ^ Copa América 2004 Archived 22 October 2008 at the Wayback Machine; at RSSSF

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