Willy Caballero

Willy Caballero

Willy Caballero
28 September 1981, Santa Elena, Argentina
Joined City
08 July 2014
Willy Caballero


  1. Argentine Primera Division
    Argentine Primera Division
  2. Copa Libertadores
    Copa Libertadores
  3. Intercontiental Cup
    Intercontiental Cup
  4. Olympic Gold
    Olympic Gold
  5. Capital One Cup
    Capital One Cup

Hero of the 2016 Capital One Cup win and No.2 to Claudio Bravo...

Willy Caballero joined City in July 2014, teaming up with manager Manuel Pellegrini again having played for the Chilean at Malaga, where he clocked up 117 league appearances.


A fine shot-stopper, the Argentine had a reputation for his strength in organising the defence in front of him and brought a wealth of La Liga and European experience with him to Etihad Stadium.


Willy began his career in his homeland with Boca Juniors, with whom he won the Argentina Primera Division, Copa Libertadores and Intercontinental Cup in 2003. His early promise was spotted by Elche, who moved quickly to bring the keeper to Spain a year later. After a loan spell back in Argentina with Arsenal Sarandi, the keeper returned to Elche and became the permanent owner of the club’s no.1 shirt, making nearly 200 appearances in Segunda Division.


After seven years with Los Franjiverdes (The Green Striped Ones), Willy was snapped up by La Liga side Malaga early in 2011 on an emergency transfer to cover an injury to Sergio Asenjo.

Swiftly adapting to his new club, Willy made his debut within a few days against Villarreal, and went on to play every game until the end of the 2010-11 campaign, helping the La Rosaleda outfit avoid relegation.


He wrote his name into the club’s record books in October 2011 when he went 480 minutes without conceding a goal, and was a key member of the squad that ended the 2011-12 campaign fourth in La Liga.


Willy gained recognition on the European stage the following season, as Malaga topped a Champions League group containing AC Milan and triumphed over Porto in the round of 16 to reach the quarter finals.


Having made sporadic appearances for City following his move in 2014, he proved his worth when given the chance in the 2016 Capital One Cup final. Three superb saves in the penalty shoot-out, to deny Liverpool’s Lucas Leiva, Philippe Coutinho and Adam Lallana, helped City to victory and made Willy into an instant, if unlikely, City hero.


Willy has represented Argentina at youth level, and lifted the U20 FIFA World Cup in 2001. He was also part of the squad that won a gold medal at the Summer Olympics in Athens in 2004 when aged 22.

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2004 - 2011



2011 - 2014


It was a great way for him to finish at Wembley and win his first trophy with Manchester City, to stop penalties and be the main man of the team

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