Fabián Orellana

Fabián Ariel Orellana Valenzuela (American Spanish: [faˈβjan oɾeˈʝana]; born 27 January 1986) is a Chilean professional footballer who plays as a winger for Spanish club Real Valladolid and the Chilean national team.

Fabián Orellana
Personal information
Full name Fabián Ariel Orellana Valenzuela
Date of birth (1986-01-27) 27 January 1986 (age 34)
Place of birth Santiago, Chile
Height 1.68 m (5 ft 6 in)[1]
Position(s) Winger
Club information
Current team
Number 12
Youth career
2000–2005 Audax Italiano
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2005–2009 Audax Italiano 117 (27)
2009–2011 Udinese 0 (0)
2009–2010Xerez (loan) 26 (2)
2010–2011Granada (loan) 39 (8)
2011–2013 Granada 17 (0)
2011–2012Celta (loan) 37 (13)
2013–2017 Celta 120 (19)
2017Valencia (loan) 16 (1)
2017–2018 Valencia 0 (0)
2018Eibar (loan) 17 (3)
2018–2020 Eibar 62 (11)
2020– Valladolid 11 (2)
National team
2008– Chile 42 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 11 December 2020
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 13 November 2020

After starting out at Audax Italiano, he went on to spend his professional career in Spain, where he represented Xerez, Granada, Celta, Valencia and Eibar. Over nine seasons, he amassed La Liga totals of 258 games and 36 goals with all the clubs.

A Chilean international since 2008, Orellana appeared in two World Cups and the Copa América Centenario, winning the latter tournament.

Club careerEdit

Born in Santiago, Orellana began his career in Colo-Colo and then moved to Audax Italiano. He made his Primera División debut at only 18, and scored 12 league goals in 38 games in the 2007 season as his team finished third in the Apertura, won their Clausura group and reached the semi-finals in the play-offs.

Orellana signed with Udinese Calcio in Italy on 23 May 2009, for 3.2 million,[2] being immediately loaned to Xerez CD in the Spanish Segunda División.[3] In the following campaign he continued in that country and tier, joining Granada CF also in a temporary deal[4] and being a solid contributor as the Andalusians returned to La Liga after a 35-year absence, netting seven goals – plus one in the play-offs[5]– in 2,673 minutes of play (he was also sent off three times).[6]

In the middle of 2011, Orellana became the property of Granada. In September he was loaned to another Spanish second level club, RC Celta de Vigo.[7]

Orellana was acquired for good by the Galicians in early January 2013.[8] On 5 April 2015, he was sent off in the dying minutes of a 0–1 home loss to FC Barcelona for throwing a piece of turf at Sergio Busquets' face.[9]

On 31 January 2017, after a serious run-in with manager Eduardo Berizzo,[10][11] Orellana signed a four-month loan with fellow league side Valencia CF, with the possibility of making the move permanent until June 2018 at the end of the campaign.[12][13]

After this happened, Orellana was completely ostracised by new manager Marcelino García Toral, and on 1 December 2017 he moved to SD Eibar also of the Spanish top tier on loan until the following 30 June.[14] The following April, immediately after the Basques confirmed their survival, a permanent €2 million contract was agreed after the pertinent clause was triggered;[15] he scored eight goals in 2019–20 and also provided more assists than anyone in the squad, as they again managed to stay afloat.[16]

On 20 July 2020, Real Valladolid announced Orellana had joined them on a two-year deal.[17]

International careerEdit

Orellana made his debut for Chile in 2008. On 15 October of the same year he scored his first international goal, in a 2010 FIFA World Cup qualifier against Argentina in Santiago (1–0 win).[18]

On 10 October 2009, for the same competition, Orellana closed the scoring in a 4–2 win in Colombia, securing the national team's qualification to the World Cup after 12 years.[19] In the final stages in South Africa, he came on as a substitute for Alexis Sánchez midway through the second half of a 1–2 group stage defeat against eventual champions Spain.[20]

Orellana played in the 2008 Toulon Tournament with the under-20s, helping them to the second position.

International goalsEdit

Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
15 October 2008 Estadio Nacional, Santiago, Chile   Argentina 1–0 1–0 2010 World Cup qualification[18]
10 October 2009 Atanasio Girardot, Medellín, Colombia   Colombia 2–4 2–4 2010 World Cup qualification[19]

Personal lifeEdit

Orellana's nickname, El Poeta (The poet), came from his resemblance to a Chilean comedy character who had the same name. After his goal against Argentina, he also began being referred to as El Histórico (The historic one).[21]





  1. ^ "Fabián Orellana". Valencia CF. Archived from the original on 19 August 2017. Retrieved 18 August 2017.
  2. ^ "Orellana: Ficha por el Udinese" [Orellana: Signs for Udinese] (in Spanish). Fichajes. 23 May 2009. Retrieved 8 April 2015.
  3. ^ "Orellana: Cedido al Xerez" [Orellana: Loaned to Xerez] (in Spanish). Fichajes. 30 August 2009. Retrieved 8 April 2015.
  4. ^ "Mercado: Es oficial, el Granada ficha a Orellana, cedido por el Udinese" [Mercado: It's official, Granada sign Orellana, loaned by Udinese] (in Spanish). Goal. 29 July 2010. Retrieved 8 April 2015.
  5. ^ "Granada sigue adelante tras batir al Celta en los penaltis" [Granada progress after beating Celta on penalties]. Diario AS (in Spanish). 11 June 2011. Retrieved 21 May 2014.
  6. ^ "Fabián Orellana se convierte en el jugador más expulsado de toda la Liga" [Fabián Orellana becomes player with most ejections in entire League]. Ideal (in Spanish). 22 February 2011. Retrieved 21 May 2014.
  7. ^ "Pina decidió que Orellana fuera al Celta porque Udinese tiene muchos extranjeros" [Pina decided Orellana moved to Celta because Udinese has many foreign players]. Ideal (in Spanish). 11 September 2011. Retrieved 11 September 2011.
  8. ^ "El Granada mueve ficha en el mercado invernal" [Granada make a move in winter transfer market]. Marca (in Spanish). 1 January 2013. Retrieved 8 April 2015.
  9. ^ "Celta Vigo 0–1 Barcelona". BBC Sport. 5 April 2015. Retrieved 22 September 2020.
  10. ^ Álvarez, Juan Carlos (18 January 2017). "Una respuesta, un incendio" [One reply, one fire]. Faro de Vigo (in Spanish). Retrieved 31 January 2017.
  11. ^ "¡Que se vaya a cagar!" [“Let him eat shit!”]. Mundo Deportivo (in Spanish). 18 January 2017. Retrieved 31 January 2017.
  12. ^ "Orellana ya está en Valencia" [Orellana is already in Valencia]. Marca (in Spanish). 31 January 2017. Retrieved 31 January 2017.
  13. ^ "No dudé en ningún momento venir al Valencia" [I never had any doubts about coming to Valencia] (in Spanish). Valencia CF. 1 February 2017. Retrieved 3 February 2017.
  14. ^ "Orellana, cedido por el Valencia hasta final de temporada" [Orellana, loaned by Valencia until the end of the season] (in Spanish). SD Eibar. 1 December 2017. Retrieved 31 December 2017.
  15. ^ Torres, David (27 April 2018). "Oficial: El Éibar [sic] ficha a Fabián Orellana" [Official: Eibar sign Fabián Orellana] (in Spanish). El Desmarque. Retrieved 20 July 2020.
  16. ^ "Orellana se va del Eibar como el "fenómeno" del equipo" [Orellana leaves Eibar as the team's “star”] (in Spanish). En Cancha. 29 June 2020. Retrieved 20 July 2020.
  17. ^ "Orellana 2022" (in Spanish). Real Valladolid. 20 July 2020. Retrieved 20 July 2020.
  18. ^ a b "En vivo: La 'Roja' venció por 1–0 a Argentina con gol de Fabián Orellana" [Live: The 'Roja' beat Argentina 1–0 with goal from Fabián Orellana] (in Spanish). ADN Radio Chile. 15 October 2008. Retrieved 19 October 2017.
  19. ^ a b "Valdivia helps Chile clinch spot". FIFA. 11 October 2009. Retrieved 30 October 2011.
  20. ^ Palomar, Roberto (25 June 2010). "España resuelve el pase en su peor partido" [Spain go through in their worst game]. Marca (in Spanish). Retrieved 21 May 2014.
  21. ^ Lamelas, R.; Puebla, Mariela (14 July 2012). "Orellana: Mejor 'histórico' que 'poeta'" [Orellana: Better 'historic' than 'poet']. Ideal (in Spanish). Retrieved 8 April 2015.
  22. ^ Timms, Aaron (27 June 2016). "Chile win Copa América once again as Argentina title drought continues". The Guardian. Retrieved 27 June 2016.

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