Pablo Zeballos

Pablo Daniel Zeballos Ocampos (born 4 March 1986) is a Paraguayan football attacking midfielder who plays for 12 de Octubre.[1] Zeballos represented the Paraguay national team from 2008 to 2012, featuring in the 2011 Copa América where Paraguay finished runners-up. In 2011, he was voted the Paraguayan Footballer of the Year.

Pablo Daniel Zeballos
Pablo Daniel Zeballos.jpg
Pablo Zeballos in 2011
Personal information
Full name Pablo Daniel Zeballos Ocampos
Date of birth (1986-03-04) 4 March 1986 (age 35)
Place of birth Vallemí, Paraguay
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Position(s) Attacking midfielder
Club information
Current team
12 de Octubre
Number 10
Youth career
Sol de América
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2005–2007 Sol de América 60 (31)
2006Oriente Petrolero (loan) 14 (16)
2008–2010 Cruz Azul 53 (14)
2010Cerro Porteño (loan) 44 (24)
2011–2012 Olimpia Asunción 62 (31)
2012–2014 Krylya Sovetov 19 (1)
2013Emelec (loan) 12 (1)
2014 Botafogo 30 (6)
2015–2016 Atlético Nacional 9 (3)
2015Olimpia Asunción (loan) 16 (8)
2016Libertad (loan) 15 (1)
2016–2017 Sportivo Luqueño 23 (7)
2016Al-Wakra (loan) 11 (4)
2017–2018 Sol de América 37 (10)
2018 Oriente Petrolero 24 (11)
2019 Royal Pari 13 (2)
2020– 12 de Octubre 7 (5)
National team
2008–2012 Paraguay 9 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 20:27, 31 May 2020 (UTC)

CareerEdit

Sol de AméricaEdit

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 remembered for his goal against Club Cerro Corá at the last minute of the match.

Loan to Oriente PetroleroEdit

In 2006, Zeballos was transferred to Bolivian club Oriente Petrolero on a six-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 AméricaEdit

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 AzulEdit

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 PorteñoEdit

In January 2010, Zeballos was loaned to Primera División Paraguaya club Cerro Porteño until 31 December 2010.[5] With Cerro Porteño he 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.[5]

OlimpiaEdit

At the end of that year, Zeballos signed a contract with rival of Cerro Porteno, Olimpia. Olimpia 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.[6]

Krylya Sovetov SamaraEdit

In the summer of 2012, Zeballos joined Russian Premier League side Krylia Sovetov Samara on a three-year contract.[7] 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.[8]

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.[9][10]

Club Sport EmelecEdit

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. Zeballos left Emelec to join Kyrlia again but this time with no success after long and exhausting negotiations during summer 2014 Zeballos returned to Club Olimpia, but by judicial problems he couldn't sign a contract and then started negotiations with Botafogo.

BotafogoEdit

After a lot of negotiation Zeballos arrived at Rio de Janeiro to sign with Botafogo. He scored his first goal, of penalty, in a match of the Cariocão 2014 against Boavista.

LibertadEdit

During December 2015, it had already been reported that Zeballos had a %99 chance of departing Olimpia.[11] By 7 January 2016, it was announced that Zeballos had joined Club Libertad[12] and the following day he had travelled to the city of Minga Guazú to join the club in their pre-season training.[13][12]

River Plate AsunciónEdit

On 30 December 2020, it was confirmed that Zeballos signed with River Plate for the 2021 season, when the club would play in the Copa Sudamericana. Zaballos signed a two year agreement.[14]

International careerEdit

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.[15] On 25 May 2011, Zeballos scored his first goal for Paraguay in a 4–2 away loss in a friendly against Argentina.[16][17]

Career statisticsEdit

ClubEdit

[1]

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 goalsEdit

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

HonoursEdit

ClubEdit

Sol de América

Olimpia

InternationalEdit

Paraguay

IndividualEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Pablo Zeballos at Soccerway
  2. ^ Peligro... de SOL[permanent dead link] (in Spanish)
  3. ^ "Bolivia 2006". www.rsssf.com.
  4. ^ "Cruz Azul ya espera al goleador Pablo Zeballos". ESPNdeportes.com. 11 January 2008.
  5. ^ a b "En Bolivia vuelven a buscar a Pablo Zeballos - Paraguay.com". www.paraguay.com.
  6. ^ "Transfer Serie A". Archived from the original on 22 April 2012. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  7. ^ "Пабло Себальос стал игроком «Крыльев Советов»". www.KC-CAMAPA.ru.
  8. ^ "Krylya Sovetov vs. Akhmat Grozny - 22 July 2012 - Soccerway". int.soccerway.com.
  9. ^ "Pablo Zeballos fue presentado oficialmente en Emelec". El Comercio.
  10. ^ "Pablo Zeballos no seguiría en Emelec | Goal.com". www.goal.com.
  11. ^ "Pablo Zeballos: "En un 99% no sigo en Olimpia"". d10.ultimahora.com (in Spanish). 16 December 2015.
  12. ^ a b "Account Suspended". archivo.entornointeligente.com.
  13. ^ "Pablo Zeballos ya entrena con el Gumarelo en el Este". d10.ultimahora.com (in Spanish). 8 December 2016.
  14. ^ https://versus.lanacion.com.py/versus/2020/12/30/oficial-pablo-zeballos-jugara-en-river-plate/
  15. ^ "Bolivia vs. Paraguay - 18 June 2008 - Soccerway". int.soccerway.com.
  16. ^ "Sitio Oficial de la Asociación del Fútbol Argentino". Sitio Oficial de la Asociación del Fútbol Argentino.
  17. ^ "Argentina vs. Paraguay - 25 May 2011 - Soccerway". int.soccerway.com.