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    On the 7th of July 2009 Queens Park Rangers announced the signing of unknown Argentinian midfielder Alejandro Faurlin from Argentinian 2nd division minnows Instituto de Cordoba. This was right in the middle of flamboyant owners Flavio Briatore and Bernie Ecclestone’s ownership of club and many assumed Faurlin was going to take to the English game as badly as many of Briatorie’s previous European signings.

    In over a year QPR had seen four European midfielders play their trade in the heart of Loftus Road, this includes: Dani Parejo, Emmanuel Ledesma, Domiano Tommassi and Jordi Lopez, these were all players who arrived with big pedigrees. However many fans still felt fan favourite Martin Rowlands and Mikele Leigertwood were more than capable of controlling our midfield. This ultimately saw the four Europeans leave rangers as quickly as they had joined.

    However season 2009-10 was revelations for QPR as Briatorie’s Ali Faurlin became an ever present in midfield and went on to win both players and supporter’s player of the year in his first year at the club.
    Neil Warnock swiftly arrived and realised what an exciting diamond he had uncovered in Faurlin the following season Faurlin was again the first name on the team sheet and formed a formidable partnership with Shaun Derry and was ultimately part of ‘that’ team which won us the championship title in 2011. However nothing would be simple with QPR and Faurlin had more than his part to play in giving every R’s fan greyer hair, until Gianni Pallidini famously screeched ‘no points’ and QPR had confirmed their place in the top flight.
    However this season started to be the downfall for Faurlin, first he was ridiculed on the pitch by manager Neil Warnock at home to West Bromich Albion after he failed to ‘take one for the team’ and allowing Shane Long to grab a last ditch point. This was consequently Warnock’s last home game and the next game was what really changed Alejandro Faurlin as he went down with his first anterior cruciate ligament injury away to Milton Keynes in the 3rd round of the FA cup.

    Faurlin didn’t return until early into the 2012-13 season in which was a much changed QPR side, which no longer featured work horses like Shaun Derry and Tommy Smith but more like Ji Sung Park, Stephane M’Bia and Jose Bosingwa, as a result Faurlin was shipped out to Palermo on loan.
    As the new season arrived and QPR had a clearance sale, Faurlin was in the new managers Harry Redknapp’s plans, however23 months after his initial injury it strikes again on the opposing knee and Faurlin missed out on QPR’s return to the top flight.

    In that summer he signed a new contract to make him the clubs longest serving player, however after starting the first game of the season against Hull, the ACL injury struck again away to Burton Albion and many doubted Faurlin after this. However he showed the same amount of courage and determination he showed throughout his time in west London and made a return to the first team picture.
    However with Jimmy Floyd Hasslebaink wanting to play a more pressing style of play Faurlin was deemed surplus to requirements at a club which he had served so professionally for.
    Faurlin had many trails during the summer of 2016, most noticeably at local west London rivals Fulham, however his injury record seemed to put many possible buyers off and he has since signed for Getafe in the Spanish division and to date has only made 9 appearances scoring 2 goals.

    For a player who proved so many people wrong and should rightly be classed as a QPR legend, is it a classic example of the injuries just finally getting the better of him. As a player who was once tipped to play for his native Argentina alongside greats like Lionel Messi and Sergio Aguero is now slumping it at a weak Spanish side. Or was this a rash decision made by a football club who seem to take pleasure in cutting off greats before their expiry dates?
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Alejandro Faurlin started by Simon Cheshire View original post
    Comments 33 Comments
    1. nanocopic's Avatar
      nanocopic -
      Looking back now, the answer is no. We have moved on and have 4 or 5 players better in that position than the current Faurlin. 5 months ago I may have been saying something different but things have all worked out.
    1. Hubble's Avatar
      Hubble -
      "Cutting off greats before their expiry dates"?!

      Way to go on the drama me old cheese, but no, really, QPR stood by Faurlin through how many knee breakdowns was it? Three? I think 'we' did alright by Ale.

      As for "seeming to take pleasure in it", that really is pure melodrama.
    1. vespa's Avatar
      vespa -
      He was never a "legend " for f ucks sake , and we stood by him through all his time in the treatment room , shame for Faurlin who came over as a decent fella that his career was plagued with injuries but he did well out of QPR , and its now time to move on .
    1. corbray's Avatar
      corbray -
      Originally Posted by vespa
      He was never a "legend " for f ucks sake , and we stood by him through all his time in the treatment room , shame for Faurlin who came over as a decent fella that his career was plagued with injuries but he did well out of QPR , and its now time to move on .
      I think it depends on the generation of fans when it comes to being a "legend" here. I'm 23 so i have fond memories of faurlin being one of our best players during the most succesful periods of my time supporting us with faurlin also being one of the only players who actually cared about the club during the moneybags era. He was a mainstay when fit and a cracking player too.

      I dont see him as a legend yet, mainly coz i think the term legend is earned years after you've left the club unless you're a truly special player like taarabt etc (of all our recent players)
    1. vespa's Avatar
      vespa -
      Fair point Corbray ,about the age thing , i gather the op is in his teens ,so to your generation Faurlin ,may be as near to a legend as youve come . But the term legend gets bandied about far too easily in my opinion and Faurlin ,although a decent chap ,was never a legend.
    1. East London R's Avatar
      East London R -
      Club did more than enough for Faurlin. He can have no complaints in my opinion. Very unlucky re injuries and I really hope he does well wherever he plays.
    1. easthertsr's Avatar
      easthertsr -
      I loved Ale but the club made the right decision to release him. The Championship is a hard physical league and as we can see at the moment you need quick, strong, young players in midfield to compete. None of that changes what Ale brought to our club, it was just time to move on.
    1. Tim's Avatar
      Tim -
      Big Ale fan, great bloke, very talented player, shame about the injuries. It was a sad time when both him and Clint were released, was it the right time? Maybe, and like some have said I don't think he has been wronged. More of a what might have been player than a true legend, but a player I'm proud to have had grace Loftus Road and wish him nothing but the best. It does make my blood boil when he was out injured and we got sh!t like Bosw^nker, SWP, Park, Anton Ferdinand, well the list goes on barely breaking a sweat for the club when Ale always gave his all and wore the shirt with pride...
    1. amusant's Avatar
      amusant -
      Ale was a joy to watch. An elegant player who always seemed to have time and almost instinctively know where the other players were.
    1. acricketer's Avatar
      acricketer -
      Just got promoted to La Liga with Getafe. Well done Ale!
    1. West Acton's Avatar
      West Acton -
      Was decent player before his unfortunate catalogue of injuries. May have done well in second division of Spain but then look at the quality of that league. He would not cope in championship anymore as his final four months with us showed

      Hope he gets break in top flight in Spain and remains injury free
    1. Alanwycombe's Avatar
      Alanwycombe -
      Originally Posted by corbray
      I think it depends on the generation of fans when it comes to being a "legend" here. I'm 23 so i have fond memories of faurlin being one of our best players during the most succesful periods of my time supporting us with faurlin also being one of the only players who actually cared about the club during the moneybags era. He was a mainstay when fit and a cracking player too.

      I dont see him as a legend yet, mainly coz i think the term legend is earned years after you've left the club unless you're a truly special player like taarabt etc (of all our recent players)
      I actually feel a bit sorry for guys of your age. You haven't seen a true legend and the way the game is these days at our level I doubt you ever will. We'll move on anyone with the potential to become a legend for the right offer.....fact of life in the modern era. Adel? No, the legend there was Warnock - the only man before or since that has got him to use his talent and ability on the pitch.
    1. qpr's Avatar
      qpr -
      For me a great player but not quite legend that is used loosely now a days. Well done Ale

      I might go to Real Madrid v Gatafe next year !
    1. corbray's Avatar
      corbray -
      Originally Posted by Alanwycombe
      I actually feel a bit sorry for guys of your age. You haven't seen a true legend and the way the game is these days at our level I doubt you ever will. We'll move on anyone with the potential to become a legend for the right offer.....fact of life in the modern era. Adel? No, the legend there was Warnock - the only man before or since that has got him to use his talent and ability on the pitch.
      warnock is a legend for us i agree on that, he got us back to the prem and made us love football again but so did adel imo. he made an average side special and everyone played well because of him, we probably wouldn't have even made the playoffs without him. in 20 years time he'll still be thought of as a special player who should have gone on to big things after us rather than become the waste of talent that he became.
      thats the frustrating thing about him though, imo he had more potential than any of our players in history, at 20 years old he would have made any team better and could easily fit right in with any of our teams of the past. he should have gone onto win champions leagues and titles all over the world and he'll really regret it when he retires.

      anyway, congrats to ale. im glad that he had a good season with getafe as he deserves another shot in the top flight. hopefully he has an injury free season next season and helps keep getafe up although id rather he came back here!!
    1. dogsrrs's Avatar
      dogsrrs -
      A player of ability a and excellent character which many of the signing we've made sadly lack
    1. MattyRangers's Avatar
      MattyRangers -
      Originally Posted by acricketer
      Just got promoted to La Liga with Getafe. Well done Ale!
      He scored in the final too, chuffed for him.
    1. Norths's Avatar
      Norths -
      How funny would it be if Getafe sign Granero. What might have been with those two as a midfield partnership.
    1. West Acton's Avatar
      West Acton -
      Originally Posted by Norths
      How funny would it be if Getafe sign Granero. What might have been with those two as a midfield partnership.
      There was on game they played together and bossed the first half and looked fantastic together never saw it again though. Granero I really rated should have held on to him
    1. Norths's Avatar
      Norths -
      Originally Posted by West Acton
      There was on game they played together and bossed the first half and looked fantastic together never saw it again though. Granero I really rated should have held on to him
      Got the impression he was homesick. Started off really well but form dipped once those winter months started to bite.
    1. dogsrrs's Avatar
      dogsrrs -
      Originally Posted by West Acton
      There was on game they played together and bossed the first half and looked fantastic together never saw it again though. Granero I really rated should have held on to him
      Yeah Granero really looked the dogs nuts that game but don't we get more than our fair share that look the biz and the nothing