Marco Fabian (l.) has become a firm favourite with Eintracht Frankfurt fans since swapping Mexico for Germany in January 2016. - © © imago
Marco Fabian (l.) has become a firm favourite with Eintracht Frankfurt fans since swapping Mexico for Germany in January 2016. - © © imago

Marco Fabian: 10 things on Eintracht Frankfurt's Mexican midfield metronome


From Guadalajara to Germany - via Mexico City: Eintracht Frankfurt's Marco Fabian has enjoyed a memorable career thus far.

1) FIFA Puskas Award nominee

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In 2014, Fabian was included on the shortlist for the prestigious FIFA Puskas Award, a vote to decide the best goal scored in a calendar year. Playing against Puebla while on loan at Cruz Azul, Fabian produced an exquisite first touch on the edge of the box to control a long ball forward, before spinning his marker and executing a delicate chip over the goalkeeper. The award was eventually won by Bayern Munich's James Rodriguez.

2) Social media star

Fabian is an active presence on social media and regularly posts updates of himself on and off the pitch. The 26-year-old's Facebook page has over 1.7 million fans, while he has over two million followers on Twitter and over half a million followers on Instagram. Frankfurt have landed a superstar indeed.

3) Emoji man 

A regular user of social media, Fabian has his very own set of emojis that you can download here.

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4) Has his own smartphone game

Marco Fabian Juggle Cup is available free and is a game where you play keepy-uppies using a cartoon figure of Fabian. Users can commentate the action while playing and post their best effort on Facebook or Twitter to stand a chance of competing against Fabian himself.

5) FIFA 16 cover star

As a measure of his popularity and general appeal, he was chosen to be on the cover of FIFA 16 in Mexico alongside FC Barcelona's Lionel Messi.

6) Has his own football academy

With the motto: “Here we work to make dreams come true, to develop footballers and strengthen values that will last a lifetime” and “A dream factory", Fabian's academy is based in Guadalajara, Mexico. It provides football coaching, nutritional and psychological advice and direct supervision from Fabian himself. One graduate was recently signed by Brazilian club Santos FC.

7) A heart of gold

When Fabian’s homeland was hit by a devastating earthquake in late 2017, with 355 people losing their lives and more than 6,000 injured, Fabian and compatriot Carlos Salcedo made considerable donations to the recovery effort. At least 40 buildings also collapsed around Puebla in the quake, which topped 7.1 on the Richter Scale.

8) Itchy feet

Fabian was certainly eager to get started at Frankfurt, as he posted an emotional farewell message to Chivas fans on his Facebook page a week before the move to the Bundesliga was officially confirmed. "This decision was one of the most difficult of my life. I grew up with the dream of playing for Chivas, but on the other hand, another one of my dreams has been to play in Europe, and I also wish to make it a reality. Now I will face new challenges in the Bundesliga."

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9) Well-known acquaintances

Fabian is evidently a fan of selfies. He has posted many on his various social media platforms, including some with notable celebrities, such as Mexican president Peña Nieto (below) and Barcelona striker Neymar.

10) Baseball fan

Playing football is what he does best, but Fabian is also a passionate baseball fan and a follower of Guadalajara-based outfit Charros de Jalisco"What a great season, Charros! Great pride and fighting until the end."

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