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Gabriel Paletta

Gabriel Alejandro Paletta (born 15 February 1986 in Buenos Aires, Argentina) is an Argentina central defender who currently plays for Parma F.C. in Italy's Serie A.

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Gabriel Paletta biography


Gabriel Alejandro Paletta (born 15 February 1986 in Buenos Aires, Argentina) is an Argentina central defender who currently plays for Parma F.C. in Italy's Serie A.

Career

Banfield

Paletta came through the youth divisions of Club Atlético Banfield and reached the first team in 2005. When Banfield qualified for the knockout stages of the Copa Libertadores, they altered their 25 man squad for the event to include Paletta and immediately threw Gabriel Paletta into action against the Colombian team Independiente Medellín. Paletta played well and Banfield progressed, but Paletta was to play no further part in the tournament after being called up to the Argentina national under-20 football team team to participate in the 2005 FIFA World Youth Championship.

Liverpool

Paletta signed for Liverpool at 20 years of age, the club was believed to have paid a fee of ₤1 Million. Gabriel Paletta agreed to sign with the club in February 2006 and signed Gabriel Paletta contract for a 4-year deal on July 4, 2006, making Paletta the second Argentine to play for the Merseyside club, after Mauricio Pellegrino. Gabriel Paletta scored Gabriel Paletta first and what turned out to be only Liverpool goal in the Carling Cup against Reading on 25 October 2006. On July 9, 2007 it was reported that Paletta would be loaned to Spain's Levante UD in order to gain some valuable first-team experience, although Rafa Benitez had agreed to loaning the defender, the move was not established. Instead, on August 26, 2007 it was officially reported that Liverpool agreed for Paletta to sign with Boca Juniors having welcomed the arrival of Emiliano Insúa.

Boca Juniors

Paletta returned to Argentina after one year with Liverpool to join Boca Juniors. Gabriel Paletta debuted for the club on August 29, 2007. Paletta played in the 2007 FIFA Club World Cup Final in which Boca Juniors lost 4–2 against AC Milan. Upon Gabriel Paletta return in early 2008, Gabriel Paletta scored against arch rivals Club Atlético River Plate in the Superclásico of the Torneo de Verano's Copa Revancha, Gabriel Paletta also featured in the 2008 Copa Libertadores where Boca Juniors reached the semi-finals before being knocked out by Fluminense. During the Apertura Tournament of 2008, in a 1–0 win against Arsenal de Sarandí on November 9, Paletta was ruled out of play for six months after tearing the cruciate ligament in Gabriel Paletta right knee, the injury was a vital incident to occur leading up to the final stages of the Apertura as Paletta's team mate Martin Palermo had also suffered the same injury in August. Paletta returned to the scene in May 2009 against Velez Sarsfield and unfortunately suffered an ankle sprain after just 17 minutes. In August 2009 Paletta failed to move to Italy due to U.S. Città di Palermo failing to agree the price of the player, Greeces Panathinaikos were also chasing Gabriel Paletta signature. Despite expressing Gabriel Paletta desire of returning to Europe Gabriel Paletta became a regular in the first team of Boca Juniors throughout the Torneo Apertura of 2009.

Parma F.C.

On Tuesday 6 July 2010, Serie A club Parma FC announced via their website the acquisition outright of Gabriel Paletta from Boca Juniors. Gabriel Paletta was a regular in the side, seeing off the challenge of Massimo Paci and partnering Alessandro Lucarelli.

International career

In 2005, Paletta was selected for the Argentina U-20 team to participate in the 2005 FIFA World Youth Championship. Gabriel Paletta started in all seven games of the tournament, playing in the heart of the Argentine defence, alongside Lionel Messi and Sergio Agüero. Argentina went on to win the tournament and Paletta's performances attracted the attention of Liverpool.

Honours

Club

Boca Juniors
- Recopa Sudamericana: 2008 Recopa Sudamericana
- Argentine Primera División: 2008-09_in_Argentine_football Torneo_Apertura

International

Argentina national under-20 football team:
- FIFA U-20 World Cup: 2005 FIFA World Youth Championship

Reference: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gabriel_Paletta

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