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Nelson Cabrera
Personal information
Full name Nelson David Cabrera Báez
Date of birth (1983-04-22) 22 April 1983 (age 38)
Place of birth Itauguá, Paraguay
Height 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in)
Position(s) Centre back
Club information
Current team
Always Ready
Youth career
Olimpia Asunción
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2004–2005 Olimpia Asunción 24 (0)
2005–2008 Cerro Porteño 107 (18)
2009–2012 Colo-Colo 23 (1)
2009–2010CFR Cluj (loan) 5 (0)
2012 Chongqing Lifan 21 (5)
2012–2017 Bolívar 131 (12)
2017–2018 Sportivo Luqueño 20 (2)
2019– Always Ready 5 (0)
National team
2007 Paraguay 1 (0)
2016 Bolivia 5 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 10 February 2019

Nelson David Cabrera Báez (Spanish pronunciation: [nelsondaˈβið kaˈβɾeɾa];[a] born 22 April 1983 in Itauguá) is a football defender who plays for Club Always Ready. Born in Paraguay, he represented the Paraguay national football team once in a friendly before naturalizating as a Bolivian and switching to represent Bolivia internationally.


Cabrera started his career at Olimpia Asunción and moved to rivals Cerro Porteño in 2005. There he won two championships and was team captain from 2007 to 2008. He was then transferred to CSD Colo Colo of Chile for $1,000,000. In the 2009–2010 season he played for CFR Cluj of Romania, where he won the National League and played in the UEFA Europa League.

Cabrera was born and raised in Paraguay, and represented their national team in a friendly match in 2007. However, later in his career he played in Bolivia, gained their nationality and debuted officially for the Bolivia national football team in 2016.[1] FIFA regulations required players switching nationalities to have resided in the country for at least five years, but Cabrera only had for four.[2] He was subsequently found to be ineligible by FIFA resulting in forfeiture of the preliminary 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification games between Bolivia and Peru on 1 September 2016 and between Chile and Bolivia on 6 September 2016.[3] Bolivia appealed the decision of FIFA to their own appeal committee, and then to the Court of Arbitration for Sport. It was not disputed that Cabrera was ineligible. However, Bolivia questioned FIFA's right to investigate, and argued that a protest must be submitted within an hour of the match in question. Both appeals were dismissed.[4]


Cerro Porteño
CFR Cluj
Club Bolivar


  1. ^ In isolation, Nelson and David are pronounced [ˈnelson] and [daˈβið] respectively.


  1. ^ "Baldivieso names Bolivia Copa America Centenario squad" (
  2. ^ "¿Quién es Nelson Cabrera?, el jugador por el cual FIFA sancionó a Bolivia" [Who is Nelson Cabrera ?, the player for whom FIFA sanctioned Bolivia]. El Comercio. 1 November 2016.
  3. ^ (1 November 2016). "Bolivia sanctioned for fielding ineligible player". Retrieved 2 November 2016.
  4. ^ "CAS dismisses the appeals filed by the Bolivian Football Federation" (Press release). Lausanne: The Court of Arbitration for Sport. 29 August 2017. Retrieved 20 September 2017.