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Fabian Balbuena Signed

West Ham sign Paraguay defender Balbuena

West Ham United are delighted to confirm the signing of Paraguay international Fabian Balbuena.

The defender has joined the Irons from Campeonato Brasileiro Serie A side Corinthians for an undisclosed fee, penning a three-year deal.

A powerful centre-back with an eye for goal, Balbuena has enjoyed success in Brazil and his home nation of Paraguay, and will now test himself in the Premier League.

“I’m really excited for this new challenge and my target is to meet the demands of the Premier League," the 26-year-old said.

“Obviously to be at West Ham is an extra motivation, and I want to do my best to help the team.”

Director of Football Mario Husillos is delighted with Balbuena’s signing and believes the defender will prove to be a worthy addition to the West Ham squad.

Husillos said: “We welcome Fabian to West Ham United. He is somebody we have monitored for a long time and we are very pleased to have taken the opportunity to sign him.

“He is a player of great strength, character and personality. To be captain of Corinthians, one of the biggest clubs in South America, requires a very strong mentality, and he also has international experience with Paraguay.

"He has won many individual honours and was often named one of the best central defenders in Brazil for his statistics.

“We believe he will improve our squad and our defensive qualities. He is the perfect age – a player for the present and the future – and he can be a very important player for many years at West Ham."

Read more at https://www.whufc.com/news/articles/2018/july/14-july/west-ham-sign-paraguay-defender-balbuena#xz7obldVQaewfoL6.99

Born in Ciudad del Este, Paraguay’s second largest city, Balbuena signed with Club Cerro Porteño (Presidente Franco) as a teenager, spending two years with the side and helping them to win the Division Intermedia, the second tier of the Paraguayan football league, in 2011.

The 6’2’’ centre-back would move to Club Rubio Ñu in 2013, playing 17 times, before switching to Club Nacional Asunción later in the year.

After 42 appearances in all competitions, Balbuena would sign for one of Paraguay’s most prominent sides, Club Libertad, in 2014.

It was at the Asunción-based team that Balbuena’s stock began to rise, with the defender establishing himself as an important aspect of the team that won both the Torneo Apertura and the Torneo Clausura in his maiden season.

After 20 appearances in his first campaign, the defender would make another 34 in his second in a year that would also bring his first international cap for Paraguay, in a 1-0 defeat to Mexico.

In 2016, Balbuena departed his home country and transferred to Brazilian team Corinthians, immediately establishing himself in the Timão’s starting XI.

Two goals in 41 appearances in his first season was quickly followed by six finishes the following campaign; a year in which Balbuena played 58 times for Corinthians. Only two other players made more appearances for the side than the centre-back that campaign as the team won the Campeonato Brasileiro Série A and the Campeonato Paulista.

Nicknamed ‘El Comandante’, Balbuena’s individual efforts did not go unnoticed. The defender’s excellent season saw him selected in the 2017 Campeonato Brasileiro Team of the Year and also awarded the Bola de Prata – an honour given to the best players in their respective position.

Corinthians also won the Campeonato Paulista this year, with the side beating Palmeiras on penalties in April to lift the trophy. Balbuena found himself named in the Campeonato Paulista Team of the Year for his performances.

With seven international caps to his name, West Ham’s newest signing most recently represented Paraguay in March in a friendly against the USA.

West Ham would like to welcome Fabian and his family to the Club and wish him all the best for his career with the Hammers

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normannomates 1:56 Tue Oct 2
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paulon 1.11

aside from being a smug cunt..he is also a yid

zebthecat 1:24 Tue Oct 2
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El Commandate looks like bargain of the season. Hats off to the scout.

eusebiovic 11:24 Mon Oct 1
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I like him...proper old skool

So far he looks better than Angelo "Chalfonts" Ogbonna

Far Cough 6:03 Mon Oct 1
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El Comandante and The Beast our best CB pairing in years

franksfat&slow&wank 6:02 Mon Oct 1
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wow he's been decent

SUM A DING WONG 1:27 Mon Oct 1
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To the tune of M beat feat General Levy - incredible

He is the a incre, a incre a incredible general!

Always wins the ball!!

He is the a incre, a incre a incredible general!

paulon 1:11 Mon Oct 1
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Don't understand why anyone listens to Vickery, just a mouthy cock who watches a lot of football on TV

Russ of the BML 1:09 Mon Oct 1
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Eerie Descent 1:03 Mon Oct 1

To be fair a lot of what he has said there is pretty valid.

When I first saw Balbuena I was also concerned he wasn't agile enough. But he has totally proved that concern wrong. He isn't the fastest and most agile but he is fast enough and when you add that to his positional play he is a proper handful to play against for a striker.

Love this fella. Proper hard-nut and fully committed.

Eerie Descent 1:03 Mon Oct 1
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“He’s (Balbuena) a no-nonsense, big, physical defender but I’ve come to the decision over the years that centre back is the hardest position to adjust to coming straight from South American football to the Premier League,” Vickery told talkSPORT.

“Some even better defenders than Balbuena have struggled with it a bit, I’m thinking specifically of (Gabriel) Paletta who came into Liverpool and really didn’t do well at all but ended up in Italy and doing so well that he played for Italy.

“Balbuena has been with Corinthians who are a very, very organised team… I’m a little bit worried for him taken out of that context, I’m a little bit worried that he might be a bit too ponderous in the Premier League.

“He’s not the quickest… he may just get found out a bit.”

He still in work out there?

Rossal 12:57 Mon Oct 1
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Gets better every game, seems to read it very well and is very good positionally to be in the right place for clearances. I reckon he will chip in with a few goals as well this season. For £3.5M not really much to moan about a very welcome addition.

Eerie Descent 12:51 Mon Oct 1
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Tim South American Football Expert Vickery.

Have some of that.

Sarge 12:34 Mon Oct 1
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Him and Diop have the potential to be our best pairing since reiper and bilic.

Russ of the BML 11:47 Mon Oct 1
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Again, like Anderson, I see him getting better each game. You can see him adapting to the pace and physicality of the game over here and, from what I can see, he has everything you need to cope with it. Looks really strong in the air and tackle. Once he gets his distribution really sorted he will be a top player for us.

He reminds me of one of those players that another club get under the radar and you say "Where did they get him from? Why are we not getting players like that?"

For once that player is ours.

Eggbert Nobacon 11:37 Mon Oct 1
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JimmyT 9:59 Sat Sep 29
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Bargain of the season?

at 3.5m he may just be!

RM10 10:44 Sat Sep 29
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Harsh on ogbonna

Kidders 10:39 Sat Sep 29
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Definitely an upgrade on Ogbonna

Barty 10:30 Sat Sep 29
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JimmyT 9:59 Sat Sep 29


dicksie3 10:11 Sat Sep 29
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Again, he's looking decent now.

Long may it continue.

Takashi Miike 10:10 Sat Sep 29
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the bloke is class, everything he does is done calmly :.)

JimmyT 9:59 Sat Sep 29
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Bargain of the season?

Bernie 10:07 Mon Sep 3
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Yeah I noticed that Burnsy, rather than run with him it looked like he tried to pull him back. Weird.

Other than that he played pretty well

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