Fede Cartabia, Deportivo’s new player, on loan to Sporting Braga

31/01/2017 20:15

Federico Nicolás Cartabia (20 January 1993, Bombal-Santa Fe – Argentina) will begin his second stage in RC Deportivo next July. He will play the remainder of this season on loan to Sporting Braga, and is signed to Deportivo for 5 more seasons.

Fede Cartabia began in his local club Sportivo Bombal, but in 2006, at the age of 16, his life radically changed. The former Spanish international, Juan Antonio Pizzi, discovered him and brought him to Spain. After being rejected in FC Barcelona’s lower categories, he ended up in Valencia CF.

After playing in different Valencian youth squads, as well as with their associated team CF Cracks and being on loan to CF Torre Levante, the left winger reached the B team (Valencia Mestalla), in the 2012-2013 season. Playing for the B team in Third Division, he scored 7 goals in 30 matches. Thanks to his performance he gained a spot in the senior team, where an ex-Deportivo player, Miroslav Djukic, gave him a chance.

After playing 40 matches (3 goals, all in the European League) with Valencia throughout 2013-2014, he was loaned to Córdoba in the 2014-2015 season. The Andalusian side had recently been promoted to First Division. There, he coincided with Deportivo’s current top-scorer, Florin Andone and, again, with Djukic, who coached them for half the season. In the green and white squad, Cartabia played 30 matches (all league matches), where he scored 4 goals which weren’t enough to prevent the team’s relegation to Second Division.

He returned to Valencia in the 2015-2016 season and was unable to gain a spot in the Valencian squad, thus he was loaned out to Dépor. He displayed his best football in A Coruña and always proved to be happy with the Club and the city. He played 29 matches as a Deportivista, scoring 4 goals, the third, against Málaga in Riazor (3-3), a historical match for Dépor; it was our 2000th match in First Division.

Last summer he returned to Valencia, where he finished off his contract, and was rarely counted on; only one of the three coaches, Cesare Prandelli, counted on him. With the Italian on the bench in Mestalla, Cartabia participated in 3 matches, 2 in LaLiga (one of them in Riazor, where he came on in the 74th minute) and 1 in Copa del Rey.

Fede Cartabia has double nationality (Spanish-Argentinean), although his rare international appearances were with the Argentinean U20, in the South America Championship of this category in 2013.

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