Álvaro Luiz Maior de Aquino
|Full name||Álvaro Luiz Maior de Aquino|
|Date of birth||1 November 1977|
|Place of birth||Nilópolis, Brazil|
|Height||1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)|
|Current club||Mogi Mirim|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 31 August 2010.
† Appearances (Goals).
Mainly a central defender, he holds a Spanish passport due to the years he spent in the country (representing three different clubs, and amassing La Liga totals of 192 games and 15 goals), thus possessing dual nationality.
Álvaro played for several Brazilian teams in quick succession to start his career, including two spells with São Paulo FC. In 2000 he was signed by UD Las Palmas in Spain, going on to spend three seasons with the club, two of those in La Liga. While in the Canary Islands, he was found guilty of forging a European Union passport, spending several months in 2001–02 on the sidelines.
In the 2003 off-season, Álvaro signed for Real Zaragoza, where he spent another three years, rarely missing a game with the Aragonese and winning the 2004 Copa del Rey, against Real Madrid (3–2 in Barcelona).
In the 2006 summer he joined Levante UD, which had just regained top flight status. He was expected to sign for English Premier League team Newcastle United for a fee around £3 million before the January 2008 transfer window closed, but finally remained in Spain until the end of the season as the English side's offer proved to be a hoax.
In June 2008, in the middle of a severe financial crisis at Levante and with the club also being relegated from the top level, Álvaro returned to Brazil and joined Sport Club Internacional. The following year, he signed a one-year deal with Clube de Regatas do Flamengo.
- (Correct as of 2 June 2010[update])
|Club||Season||Brazilian League||Brazilian Cup||Libertadores Cup||South American Cup||State League||Total|
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